PACER-Plus - Australia must support an Independent Trade Adviser and Pacific Island Sovereignty

Ongoing funding for an Independent Office of Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) has been a contentious issue, particularly in 2011.

Australia and New Zealand agreed to fund the OCTA for three years from its commencement in 2010. The first year of funding was agreed to very quickly and operations commenced under the Chief Trade Advisor (CTA).

Problems occurred when the contracts were due for the second and subsequent years of funding in early 2011. New Zealand and Australia placed unacceptable conditions onto the funding and into the proposed contracts.

For more information on this aspect of the campaign please follow this link to our PACER-Plus page on the OCTA Funding Campaign