Australia-China Council

Policy, advocacy and outreach

The Council runs a robust outreach and advocacy program with the aim to promote diversity, depth and strength of the Australia-China relations among its vast network of partners, grantees, alumni, supporters and friends and broad Australian community. 

David Olsson

ACC Board Member David Olsson on Asia engagement opportunities and challenges

6 September 2013

ACC Board Member, David Olsson and Asia engagement expert, Pamela Young are speaking to ABC News 24 about opportunities and challenges in doing business in Asia and capabilities' required for Australia to successfully navigate complex and diverse Asia business environment.

Australia's understanding of Asian opportunities good, but leadership lacking

Supporting and Fostering Education Links is the Australia-China Council’s Strategic Priority

The Australia-China Council’s submission to the Asian Century White Paper, Australian Studies Program and BHP Billiton Chair of Australia Studies initiative were featured in the 2dn edition of the Australia-China Quarterly Magazine published by the Australia-China Business Council.

The Council is strengthening its Education programs with the new focus on Asia literacy and development of new champions of the bilateral relationship.

See Australia-China Quarterly “Education: the tie that binds Australia and China”.

Submission to the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

The Australia-China Council Board made a comprehensive submission to the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper outlining our views on directions of Australia’s engagement with China.

The Australia-China Council Chair speaks to China's Global Times Newspaper

The Chairman of the Australia-China Council, The Hon Warwick Smith AM gave an extensive interview to the Global Times newspaper. The interview is a part of the special report on Australia resulted from the visit to the country by the Global Times journalists.

The Chair's interview titled 'Australia an example for engaging with China positively' can be accessed on the Global Times website.

In the interview, Mr Smith outlined significant achievements of the Australia-China bilateral relations over the last 40 years and spoke of the opportunities to expand and deepen the engagement in the areas of education and culture, services trade and environment.

The special coverage also features an interview with Dr Craig Emerson, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness.

Australia-China Council Delegation to China in July 2012

Group photo at the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China
Group photo at the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China

The delegation of the Australia-China Council successfully concluded a biannual visit to Chengdu and Beijing on 6-15 July 2012.

The delegation was led by ACC Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM and included ACC Deputy Chair, Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown and Board member, Mr Chris Clark.

In Chengdu, the delegation attended the 13th biannual Australian Studies Conference hosted by Xihua University. ACC Chair and Australian Ambassador to China H.E. Ms Frances Adamson officially opened the Conference.

The conference provided an opportunity for the ACC Board to brief the leaders of Australian Studies Centres about the newly-established Foundation for Australian Studies in China and upcoming appointment of the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies in Peking University.

In Beijing, the delegation had an extensive program of meetings with the Chinese government and universities, ACC stakeholders and Australian art and business community.

ACC Board delegates also participated in the Australia-China High-Level Industry Dialogues and Gala dinner to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and China. Both events were a part of the visit to China by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP.

The visit strengthened the Council's relations with the key government, academic and business partners in China. It also enabled the Board to gain a better understanding of the polices and recent developments in China in the areas of economy and trade, higher education, culture, science and technology.

Speeches