BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) is seeking Expressions of Interest from qualified applicants for the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University (Chair).

FASIC is a non-profit foundation established independently of the Australian Government to manage the position and receive sponsorship and other funds in support of the Chair and the Australian Studies in China program.

The successful applicant will be the second occupant of the Chair following Professor David Walker, who was appointed as the inaugural Chair in November 2012.

FASIC is responsible for the selection and management of the position.  The Selection Committee includes representatives of FASIC, Peking University, Universities Australia and the Australia China Council.

The Committee seeks expressions of interest from persons wishing to be considered for the position. The appointee will normally be expected to be at Peking University for one to two full academic years.  Persons wishing to be considered should provide a curriculum vitae, a list of three referees and a summary outline of one or two courses in Australian Studies proposed to be given at Peking University.  In principle, no field of interest is excluded, although the relevance to Australian studies is vital. The Selection Committee is keen to encourage an Australia-wide interest in the Chair and expressions of interest from persons in and outside of academia are welcome.

Expressions of interest with relevant documentation and enquiries about the position should be addressed to the Foundation for Australian Studies in China, c/o Riverstone Advisory, Level 24, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia, or sent electronically to  not later than 21 November 2014.

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Australian Minister of Education,The Hon Christopher Pyne (third left) during the visit to Peking University Australian Studies Centre, with HE Frances Adamson (Australian Ambassador to China, second left), Professor Liu Shusen, Secretary General of Australian Studies Centre (first right) and Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University second right). Image courtesy of Peking University Australian Studies Centre

Video address to the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD)

The Australia-China Council Chair, the Honourable Warwick Smith AM has recently recorded a video address to the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD)  - this year to be held in Beijing from 21 to 24 November.

View the video address.

The Australia-China Council has been a founding supporter of the ACYD since its beginnings in 2010, and we're pleased to see that it has become a leading bilateral platform and network for engagement between Australian and Chinese young leaders. 

The Chair has also accepted the invitation to join the ACYD Leadership Council which will provide high-level advice on the future development of the Dialogue.

Other members of the ACYD Leadership Council are Frances Adamson (Australian Ambassador to China) and John Denton (Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth).

Warwick Smith speaking

Australia-China Council Delegation in China

The Australia-China Council delegation which included Professor Stephanie Fahey (ACC Deputy Chair), Ms Vicki Thomson (Board member) and Philipp Ivanov (ACC Manager) successfully completed a biennial official visit to China. The visit focused on the 14th Australian Studies Conference in Mudanjiang and engagement with the Australian Studies Centres network, Chinese government, think-tanks, business, arts, media and education stakeholders. The delegation also had an opportunity to gain some first-hand insights into the current political and socioeconomic developments in China.

In Beijing, the delegation met with the Chinese Ministry of Education, ACC alumni and current grant recipients.  The ACC delegation also met with Mr Ma Shulin, Deputy Director-General, visited the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) and the Green T.House - one of Beijing's most creative cultural spaces.  The ACC Board met with current students and alumni of the Austcham Future Leaders Program (an internship and leadership development program for Australian students in China supported by the Council for the last four years).

To understand the directions of China's economic reforms, The ACC hosted an economic policy roundtable with the representatives from the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  The discussion was centered on China’s macroeconomic settings and policy shifts post-Third Plenum focussing on the changes in China's media landscape, press freedom and reporting and regulatory conditions for foreign journalists in China.

Vicki Thomson speaking at a podium outside
ACC Board member Ms Vicki Thomson addresses guests at the reception hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham) and Australia-China Alumni Association. Image courtesy of AustCham

Australia-China Council Grants 2014-15: Strengthening foundations and developing new frontiers of the Australia-China relationship

24 July 2014

The Australia-China Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the successful grant recipients for 2014-15. ACC awarded funding to 34 projects in the new strategic priority areas of Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China.

ACC Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM, said: "ACC grant program helped to kick-start hundreds of collaborations between Australia and China in arts, education and business. This year's grant round yet again demonstrated entrepreneurship, creativity and growing interest of Australian business, education and cultural institutions in building and expanding their engagement with China. It was an extremely difficult task for the Board to select 34 projects from 211 outstanding proposals with the total requested funding of 6.9 million. I would like to thank my fellow Board members for their dedication and painstaking approach to the grant assessment process."

Through its annual grant program, ACC provides seed funding to a wide range of innovative, high-impact projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that enhance Australia-China education, business and cultural connections.

ACC grant-making and program activities for 2014-2018 are centered on Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and underpinned by the three cross-cutting themes: Mobility, Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

We would like to thank all grant applicants for the time and effort and wish them all the best with their initiatives and projects.

black and white still from Yang Fudong's Ye Jiang/The Nightman Cometh (2011)
Image: Yang Fudong's Ye Jiang/The Nightman Cometh (2011) exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, as part of its China Up Close program, which explores China's rich historic and contemporary moving image art, film and culture, supported by the Australia-China Council in 2014-15.  Credit: Yang Fudong, Ye Jiang  (The Nightman Cometh) (still) 2011.  Courtesy of Shanghai Art Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Australia-China Council Chair's address to the Australia in China's Century Conference

30 May 2014

The Chair of the Australia-China Council, the Hon Warwick Smith AM, delivered a major address at the Australia in China's Century Conference in Melbourne. Mr Smith spoke about the role of the Australia-China Council in the bilateral relationship and importance of institutions of 'soft power' in Australia's engagement with China and the Indo-Pacific region.

Warwick Smith delivering a speech

ACC Chair meets the Governor of Guangdong Province

On 9 April 2014, The Hon Warwick Smith AM, Australia-China Council Chair, met with Mr Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province. The meeting took place during the visit to Guangdong by the former New South Wales (NSW) Premier who was a part of the Prime Ministerial delegation to China.

The meeting was a memorable event as Mr Smith and Mr Zhu recalled their first meeting in 1986, when Mr Smith visited Guangdong as a part of the Australian parliamentary political exchange delegation which was hosted by Mr Zhu in his capacity as the Secretary of the Communist Youth League of the Guangdong province.

Guangdong and Australia have extensive economic, cultural and community ties. NSW has had a Sister-State Relationship with Guangdong Province since 1979. The Joint Economic Meeting, alternating between Sydney and Guangzhou, is an integral component of the NSW-Guangdong Sister-State engagement.

In 2013 Australia and Guangdong established the Australia-Guangdong Business Cooperation Council which would assist Australian and Chinese businesses recognise and take advantage of opportunities in each other's markets, and help to streamline trade and investment between the two economies, and between business leaders and sectors.

The Hon Warwick Smith AM and Mr Zhu Xiaodan
The Hon Warwick Smith AM and Mr Zhu Xiaodan. Credit: Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou

Vicki Thomson joins ACC Board

ACC Board welcomes its newest member - Ms Vicki Thomson  - who has been appointed by the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Vicki Thomson is the Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network (ATN) that brings together some of Australia’s leading and most innovative and enterprising universities: Curtin University, University of South Australia, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, and Queensland University of Technology.  The group is recognised nationally and internationally for its strong industry linkages and its associated impact-based research.

Ms Thomson has significant experience and relationships with China.  From the mid 1990s when she was first involved through her Government positions, she assisted the management of trade, industry and energy negotiations over a number of years.   She has gone on to build strong policy and cooperative partnerships and linkages with China’s higher education sector for the ATN.

Ms Thomson’s diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management as well as the higher education sector.  She has an extensive media, political and policy background and as Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.

Previous to that position Ms Thomson was senior policy and media adviser to the Premier, entering politics after a decade- long political media career in newspaper, radio and television in Canberra, Western Australia and South Australia.

As Executive Director of the ATN, she is responsible for positioning the Network in the Australian higher education environment as a cohesive and authoritative voice.  She has extensive networks at the most senior levels of Federal Government, industry, business and public service.

Ms Thomson has also worked extensively to develop successful ATN linkages and joint ventures with higher education coalitions in the UK, Canada, South America, Europe, South Africa and China, delivering a significant international presence for the ATN.

She is a member of the New Colombo Plan Steering Group and the RMIT EU Advisory Board and she was recently named in The Australian Newspaper’s Top 50 most influential people in Higher Education.

Vicki Thomson

Call for submissions


ACYA Journal of Australia-China Affairs 2014


Co-published with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre 悉尼大学中国研究中心协办

2014 Journal homepage and how to submit! 请点击链接查看更多详情! 2013 Journal 点此阅读2013年学 Submissions close Sunday 10 August 2014

Co-published with the China Studies Centre, the annual ACYA Journal (ISSN: 2201-3814) is a unique academic publication that provides a high-quality and high-visibility platform for students, researchers and professionals to publish academic essays, opinion articles and creative work touching upon some aspect of Australia-China affairs. The Journal welcomes a diversity of themes and writing styles, and submissions may be made in either English or Chinese. The Journal is peer-reviewed by the China Studies Centre, entirely English-Chinese bilingual translated, and offers up to AUD$500 in prizes for each section. It is published electronically by the China Studies Centre and distributed across Australia and China by the Australia-China Youth Association, University of Sydney and Foundation for Australian Studies in China. Detailed submissions guidelines

中澳青年联合会中澳关系学报(ISSN: 2201-3814)与悉尼大学中国研究中心联合出版,每年出刊一期,旨在为学生、青年专业人士和研究学者提供一个高质量、高可见性平台,让他们可以就中澳关系相关问题,发表深度学术论文、原创观点文章和创意作品。学报欢迎不同主题和写作风格的投稿,并同时接受中英双语来稿。学报为悉尼大学中国研究中心同行评议期刊,全刊中英双语出版,并为每一写作大项提供最高达500澳元的奖金。学报电子版将由悉尼大学中国研究中心出版发布,并将分发至中澳青年联合会下属中澳所有分会和在华澳大利亚研究基金会点此阅读投稿须知 For all inquiries regarding the ACYA Journal, please contact ACYA National Publications Director Neil Thomas at 如您对学报有任何相关问题,请联系ACYA全国出版物主管牛犇

Australia China Youth Association Journal of Australia-China Affairs 2013

Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia Online

Shanghai, China - 10 April 2014: The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, launched Australia's first interactive online resource examining Chinese investment in Australia, developed by KPMG and University of Sydney with the support of the Australia-China Council.  The launch was a part of the Australia Week in China held in Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing this week. The Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia website was developed by KPMG and University of Sydney Business School and China Studies Centre, with funding from the Australia-China Council. The online platform is based on the partnership's expanding business report series by the same name, authored by Doug Ferguson (Partner in Charge, Asia Business Group, KPMG Australia) and Professor Hans Hendrischke (University of Sydney Business School).

A funding grant from the Australia-China Council has enabled the reports' data to be better visualised and accessed, initially through the internet.  In the next stage of development, an app will be developed, providing a portable version of the animation independent of an internet connection.  The project is one of the new flagship initiatives of the Australia-China Council under its New Strategic Plan (2014-18), and is a direct contribution to the Government's Economic Diplomacy agenda.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb giving a speech at the AWIC

New Strategic Directions for the Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council is pleased to release its new four-year Strategic Plan 2014-2018. The Plan — a result of extensive consultations and research — sets the directions for ACC grant-making, policy and advocacy activities for the next four years. It responds to the rapidly-growing bilateral relationship agenda and supports the Government's focus on academic and professional mobility and economic diplomacy.

The New Strategic Plan was endorsed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014–2018

Asian lanterns, by Toa55, courtesy of

Appointments to the Australia-China Council Board

16 December 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced the appointment of Professor Sandra Harding and Mr Frank Tudor as members of the Australia-China Council Board.

Media release: Appointments to the Australia-China Council Board

The Governor-General opens Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body exhibition in Tianjin Art Museum

16 October 2013

The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE attended the opening of the Warburton Arts Project's 'Tu Di Shen Ti / Our Land, Our Body' exhibition at the Tianjin Art Museum, in China on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. The event was also attended by Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China.

The Governor-General is undertaking a State Visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, from Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 23 October.

The WA-based Warburton Arts Project's 'Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body 2013-2014 Tour of China', is supported by the Australia-China Council and other major government and corporate sponsors. It is one of the most extensive showcases of the Australian indigenous art to be presented in China. The exhibition is being displayed across eight museums in China in 2013 and 2014.

The collection is presented in the context of an indigenous cultural space acknowledging Western Desert people and their world. Genealogies, narrative text, photographs taken by indigenous school children, a 20 channel digital immersive environmental soundscape, and data projected and multiple screen installations are important parts of the exhibition.

The finest artworks from the Warburton Collection are displayed in a powerful, communicative installation format to create significant inter-cultural occasions for Chinese and international visitors. Four art glass installations and eight large textiles have been added to the 2013 tour and it is supported by a new, fully translated colour catalogue and education program.

Photo gallery: The Governor-General opens Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body exhibition at the Tianjin Art Museum

Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project ,Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project, Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project ,Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Group photo of attendees at the exhibition, including Ambassador Frances Adamson, Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Gary Proctor, Director of the Warburton Arts Project, Ren Xuefeng, Vice-Mayor of Tianjin,  ‎ Ian Bauert, Managing Director China at Rio Tinto

2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

6 September 2013

The fourth Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) will be held from 24 to 29 September in Canberra and Melbourne.  ACYD is a premier bilateral youth forum that brings together emerging Australian and Chinese leaders in a week-long exchange of ideas and perspectives on the broad range of bilateral interests.

The Australia-China Council continues to be a major founding partner of the Dialogue.

This year, the Dialogue will be addressed among many others by The Hon. Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States, Professor The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO, ACC Deputy Chair, Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO.

The theme of 2013 Dialogue is ‘Asia Dream’ through which the delegates will explore Australia’s political, economic, cultural and security relationship with China.

This year’s ACYD will also involve a creative partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) International.  During the Dialogue the delegates will visit the ABC Centre and develop their own Australia-China content to be shared on digital and mobile platforms with audiences in Australia and China.

China Country Strategy

27 August 2013

On 27 August, Prime Minister Rudd launched the Australia in the Asian Century China Country Strategy.

The Strategy outlines how Australia will build stronger and more comprehensive relationship with China across governments, economy and communities.

The Strategy draws on the views of Australians expressed during the nationwide consultations and in over 250 submissions, and it continues the national conversation to identify whole-of-Australia priorities for engagement with China.

The Australia-China Council (ACC) Board, involved in the development of the document, today endorsed the Strategy.

ACC Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM said:

"The Strategy is a new blueprint for strengthening Australia's network of partnerships with China across business, government and community sectors. It identifies significant opportunities for Australia to strengthen our existing links with China and explore new frontiers of engagement, for example in business relations, innovation, professional and academic mobility, China capabilities and artistic collaborations. ACC has been in the forefront of the bilateral engagement in these areas for 35 years. The Strategy will inform new priorities for the Council to enable Australian businesses, education and cultural organisations to get ahead and succeed in China".

Australia's China/China's Australia: Past, Present and Future

26 August 2013

Peking University and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China are delighted to announce the conference ‘Australia's China, China's Australia’, which will be held in Peking University on 21-22 September, 2013.

The conference will be opened by Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China, and will address three key themes:  the nature of the strategic relationship with China, the purpose and politics of Asian engagement and what it might mean to be Asia and China literate.

The conference will be addressed by leading Australian and Chinese thinkers, including:  

  • Paul Kelly (Chair), Editor-at-Large, The Australian
  • Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University
  • Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of
  • International Studies, Peking University
  • Kevin Hobgood-Brown, ACC Deputy Chair and Managing Director, Foundation for Australian Studies in China
  • Jin Canrong, Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China
  • Geraldine Doogue, Journalist and Presenter, Saturday Extra, ABC Radio

The conference is convened by Professor David Walker, inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. 

Australia-China Council Grants 2013-14: Supporting Australia-China Partnerships

26 July 2013

The Australia-China Council (ACC) Board is pleased to announce the successful grant recipients for 2013-14. ACC awarded funding to 38 projects across Education and Science, Society and Culture and Economics and Trade priority themes

Official documentary for the 2012 Australia-China Youth Dialogue held in Beijing and Chengdu, China from 19-24 October 2012

9 May 2013


Education and Business Experts join the Australia-China Council Board

04 January 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the appointments of Professor Stephanie Fahey and Mr David Olsson as members of the Australia-China Council Board.

Professor Stephanie Fahey is currently a Lead Partner for Education in Oceania for Ernst and Young, and until recently was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at Monash University. Mr Olsson is a senior partner in the Beijing office of international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. He is the current Chairman of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham).

Professor Fahey and Mr Olsson join the Council Board at a time of rapidly expanding bilateral engagement between Australia and its largest trading partner across all sectors of economy and society. Professor Fahey and Mr Olsson bring to the Board an outstanding track-record in advancing Australia-China education and business ties and diverse range of skills and experience to effectively contribute to the work of the Council.

Media release: Australia-China Council

Biographies of the ACC board members

Launch of 'Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors to China 1972-2012 Oral History Project'

12 December 2012

On 11 December 2012, The Australia-China Council and National Library of Australia officially launched 'Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors to China 1972-2012' Oral History Project at the National Library.

The project is a joint initiative of the Council and the Library, which will produce extended 'whole-of-life' interviews with Australia's former and current Ambassadors to China.

The project is a part of the program to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations with China.

40th Anniversary – Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors 1972-2012 Oral History Project

Photo gallery – 'Beyond the Cables' Launch, 11 December 2012

Leading Australian Studies expert, Professor David Walker was appointed inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

26 November 2012

Dr Craig Emerson, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy and Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research announced the appointment of Professor David Walker as inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

Ministers welcome BHP Billiton Chair appointment at Peking University

Former Ambassador Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO on Gough Whitlam's historic 1971 visit to China

Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO has published anessay The Coup that Laid the Fear of China in which he provides a unique account of Whitlam's historic visit to China in 1971.

The paper is a part of the Whitlam Institute's project Gough Whitlam and the road to establishing formal relations with the People's Republic of China: the significance for contemporary Australian-Chinese relations supported by the Australia-China Council.

Read more about the paper The Coup that Laid the Fear of China

Australia-China Council is featured in the Australia-China Quarterly

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”.

Successful grant recipients

The Australia-China Council is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2012-2013 competitive grants. Congratulations to all organisations and individuals who have been awarded funding.

Australia-China Council Delegation to China in July 2012

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.

Australia-China Council Board Meeting June 2012

The Australia-China Council held a Board Meeting in Canberra on 22 June 2012. The Board discussed and agreed on the priorities of the Council for 2012-2013.

In the course of the meeting, ACC Board met with the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, China's Ambassador to Australia.

ACC board
ACC Chair the Hon Warwick Smith AM, Deputy Chair Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown, Board Members Professor Fiona Wood FRACS AM and Ms Suhanya Raffel with His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, Ambassador to Australia at the Ambassador's Residency.

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