Labour shortages, supply chain disruption and climate change are expected to be among the topics of discussion on the Prime Minister’s Australian trade mission.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met officially with her recently-elected Australian equivalent Anthony Albanese.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese. File photo. Photo: RNZ/Katie Scotcher


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern starts a trade mission in Melbourne today before talks with her Australian counterpart.

Ardern was in Sydney just a few weeks ago to meet the newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

She returns today for a series of trade, tourism and business events in Melbourne and Sydney.

She will speak at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum and deliver what’s described as a ‘major foreign policy speech’ at the Lowy Institute, before meeting Albanese for their annual bilateral talks on Friday.

Albanese has been in Ukraine overnight.

Ardern’s trip – and trans-Tasman leader talks – come one week before the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.