Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

CAAR Strategic Plan 2006-09

The Council for Australian–Arab Relations (CAAR) was established on 1 January 2003 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Alexander Downer MP, and the Minister for Trade, The Hon. Mark Vaile MP. The Council held its first meeting in March 2003.

Mission Statement

The Council for Australian–Arab Relations aims to promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each others' cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.


The CAAR will

  1. create partnerships which promote people-to-people links with Australia in countries of the Arab region
  2. promote the mutual exchange of information and ideas of excellence between Australia and Arab countries
  3. develop and promote the engagement of youth between the regions.

Business Plan

Each year the Council will develop an annual business plan of activities.


Council priorities for the three-year period ending 30 June 2009 will include