Chief Negotiator for the Pacific Alliance FTA and Deputy CN for the Indonesia – Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)


Andrew Martin is an experienced trade negotiator and diplomat with the Australian Government.  He is currently Assistant Secretary of the FTA Goods Branch in DFAT’s Regional Trade Agreements Division.  In that position, Andrew is Australia’s Chief Negotiator in negotiations with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru).  He also works as Australia’s Deputy Chief Negotiator on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

Prior to taking up these roles, Andrew chaired the global trade negotiation, the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), from the launch of negotiations in 2014.  He also led the Australian team negotiating Australia’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

From 2012-2016, Andrew worked at the Australian WTO mission in Geneva, covering WTO disputes and legal issues, as well as trade and environment.  Andrew advised on the landmark dispute against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging measures, as well as efforts to reform the WTO’s dispute settlement system.

Previously, Andrew has worked extensively on agricultural trade policy issues, including in the WTO, the TPP, and in Australia’s bilateral FTA with the United States.  He has also negotiated on technical agricultural trade issues such as quarantine and labelling.

Overseas, Andrew has also served as Deputy High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission in Fiji from 2005-2008, and at the Australian Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1998-2001.  He was part of the original Truce Monitoring Group in Bougainville in 1997, at the end of the island’s long-running period of civil unrest.