The purpose of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. DFAT provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian government. DFAT works with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively. DFAT is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. DFAT manages a network of 96 overseas posts in five continents, with over 6600 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. See for more information. 

The Australian Government describes its partnership with the GHL as:

"DFAT will work with GHL and other partners to foster and enable humanitarian innovation which leads to more efficient, effective and sustainable humanitarian action. Through DFAT’s innovationXchange and partnering with groups such as the GHL, Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation and the Global Innovation Fund, DFAT aims to incorporate innovation across the Australian aid program. DFAT’s Innovation Strategy aligns with GHL’s approach by empowering people to innovate, promoting collaboration and contestability, experimenting with new approaches, sharing lessons learned, engaging intelligently with risk and valuing and rewarding innovation."