On 13 October 2011, the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, asked the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee to inquire into and report on Australia's overseas representation, with specific reference to: the activities that Australia's diplomatic posts must undertake; their geographic location and spread; the appropriate level of staffing, including locally engaged staff; and the effect of e-diplomacy and information and communications technology on the activities of diplomatic posts. The AEC provided the following submissions.
Date: 20 December 2011
Title: JSCFADT Submission
Title: Supplementary Submission
The Committee's report entitled "Australia's Overseas Representation – Punching below our weight?" was tabled on 29 October 2012.
Further detail on the Inquiry is available from the Parliament of Australia Inquiry website.