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Westfield Junior Matildas 2019 Pacific Tour / Credit: Joseph Mayers

Expertise and experience

Training and playing together gives the sportspeople of the world unique opportunities to deepen their understanding of each other, and contribute to a better informed and more connected global community.

Drawing on the expertise and experience of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other experts in the sports diplomacy community, Sport Exchange Australia offers its partners access to world-class, sport-specific diplomatic training so they can get the greatest benefit out of their international sporting experiences.

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Sports Diplomacy MOOC

La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have collaborated together to create the world’s first Sport Diplomacy MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course will provide participants with a good understanding of Australian sporting values and the soft power potential of sport.

The Sports Diplomacy MOOC is free and has been designed for team leaders, coaches, managers, administrators, high-performance managers, sports scientists, sports psychologists, umpires and referees, and people involved in sport for development programs.

Subjects covered in the course include:

     • Official, cultural, public and sports diplomacy

     • Australian foreign policy

     • How sport can showcase Australian culture and values

     • Personal branding and reputation

     • Cultural awareness

     • Diplomatic tradecraft

     • Networking, protocols and etiquette

Members of the Australian Government’s Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council  provide expert guidance, including sports broadcaster Stephanie Brantz, former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar, former AFL footballer Gavin Wanganeen and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute Caitlin Byrne.

Enrolments are now open – register here

Diplomatic Academy

The Diplomatic Academy is a leading-edge learning hub for DFAT staff and other Australian government employees. It offers training in international engagement tradecraft, and supports professional development in areas including communication, negotiation and advocacy.

Learn more about the Diplomatic Academy

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