Australia is a party to the multilateral treaties which make up the World Trade Organisation. This means that private companies and individuals that are affected by the decisions of governments which are also members of the WTO, through their legal representatives, may approach the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to request representations with the World Trade Organisation. Australia has become involved in a number of international trade disputes. At the moment, one of the more interesting aspects of activity in this area is the case of Indonesia – Importation of Horticultural Products, Animals and Animal Products (DS465, DS466)
Australia, the United States and New Zealand requested consultations with Indonesia concerning certain measures it imposes on the importation of horticultural products, animals and animal products. It remains to be seen how the international dispute settlement system will resolve this important dispute.