Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been accused of using fashion diplomacy as a self-promotional tool. Labor senator Sam Dastyari took issue with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade devoting public diplomacy funds to a hashtag #fashiondiplomacy initiative in the wake of the Australia Network's demise.

Sydneysider Nicola Gray uses a new online photography project to introduce her Facebook audience to an Australian refugee—a “New Human of Australia”—every few days.

The rapid acceleration of digital technologies has been rupturing the conservative profession of diplomacy for the better part of a decade [...] Without deft digital diplomacy, Australia leaves itself unable to respond to the risks that [their] citizens and exporters increasingly face overseas.