Australia and UK Free Trade Agreement

The deal was ‘agreed in principle’ by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in London in June, and negotiators have now finalised all chapters of the agreement.

As part of the new agreement, scientists and researchers will for the first time have access to visas to work in Australia without being subject to Australia’s changing skilled occupation list. This is more than Australia has ever offered any other country in a free trade agreement.

The free trade agreement makes a commitment to further strengthen, facilitate, and promote existing higher education collaborations and global innovation networks like the Monash Warwick Alliance. The Alliance welcomes the commitment to innovation and R&D, and strengthening of cooperation on 21st century global challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR):

“Much has been achieved through the Monash Warwick Alliance over the last ten years by combining the complementary strengths of two leading research-intensive universities. An FTA with Australia that provides effective frameworks and opportunities to facilitate collaboration on innovation and R&D across our economies could become a key enabler for our continued efforts to tackle complex global challenges.”
Professor Mike Shipman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Warwick and Alliance Academic Co-Director

“Collaborative models of innovation are needed to effectively tackle the major social, technological and economic challenges we face. The Monash Warwick Alliance is a decade-long collaboration that has demonstrated how to combine the complementary capabilities, talents and geographically distinct contributions of institutions placed in very different regions of the world, to deliver shared outcomes and heightened impact for their students, researchers and stakeholders. An FTA with the UK will improve our access to a wider range of innovative practices and R&D that will greatly benefit our communities and continue to allow us to produce truly transformational research."
Professor Abid Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement) and Alliance Academic Co-Director