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Australia-Korea Foundation—Strategic Plan 2013–16


Australia has important geopolitical and economic interests in Korea which need to be sustained by a closer relationship that promotes an increased awareness of Australia in Korea and Korea in Australia. This requires a widening and deepening of the areas of contact and exchange between the two countries and their peoples. The Australia-Korea Foundation was established to support the exchange and dissemination of information, and to provide a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed. Much has been accomplished since its establishment in 1992 but much also remains to be done to continue to develop the relationship to a level which matches its strategic importance.


To enhance awareness and understanding in both Australia and Korea of the importance and mutual benefits of the bilateral relationship into the future

Key Strategic Areas 2013-16

  1. Geopolitical Relations
  2. Economics and Trade
  3. Education, Science and Technology
  4. Society, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media


To strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and cultural links.

The AKF will support Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by facilitating activities that:

  • raise awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia and increase understanding in both countries of Australia’s and Korea’s shared interests and importance to each other;
  • increase knowledge and recognition in Korea of Australian excellence and expertise;
  • promote exchanges of individuals and groups between the two countries across a broad range of fields, including international relations and trade, science and technology, education, society, culture and sports and the media ;
  • encourage the development of institutional links, including between universities, research institutes, professional organisations, cultural establishments, museums, libraries, community groups and other non-government organisations;
  • support Australian studies in Korea and Korean studies in Australia.

AKF Strategic Plan

AKF Strategic Plan 2013-16

Priority Areas 2015-16

In the context of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, in support of President Park's Three Year Plan for Economic Innovation and with reference to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's South Korea Country Strategy, the Foundation has designated the following priority areas for 2015-16.

Korean Language and Literacy

Projects developing the language and cross-cultural skills of Australians to effectively engage with Korea and deepen understanding of Korean society, politics and economy.

Economic Diplomacy

Projects which assist Australian businesses, including small to medium enterprises, to maximize the opportunities available under KAFTA and under President Park’s structural reform agenda. Projects which strengthen relationships of national professional institutions and facilitate Australian services exports to Korea.

Science Innovation

Projects which support enduring linkages between Australian and Korean universities and research institutions. Projects which promote commercialization of Australian research through partnerships with Korean entities. Of particular interest are projects related to health, aging and social change.

Sports Diplomacy

Projects harnessing major sporting events, including supporting sporting and business relationships between Australia and Korea developed through the 2015 Asian Cup and the forthcoming 2018 Winter Olympics to be hosted by Korea.

The Foundation will also consider applications in other areas, such as projects that advance Australia’s engagement with Korea by supporting cultural and academic pursuits, business and community exchanges, and partnerships and collaborations.

Organisation Structure

The Australia-Korea Foundation currently consists of a six-member part-time Board with a Chair and five Ordinary Members, as well as an ex-officio representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Chair is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ordinary Members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Board meets several times each year to consider policy directions and to decide on projects and grants. AKF Board members are drawn from a wide cross section of the Australian community. While some members have particular expertise in the field of Australia-Korea relations, others have been selected for their particular skills and knowledge in relation to aspects of Australian society.

The management and day-to-day operations of the Foundation is carried out by a Secretariat located within DFAT, and is staffed by officers of the department.

Current board membership


Peter Coleman

Appointed 10 December 2014 for five years

Peter is the CEO and Managing Director of Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company. Peter has 30 years experience in the dynamic and highly competitive global oil and gas industry, successfully executing business across six continents. Peter has played an important role in providing energy security, job opportunities and economic development in some of the world's poorest communities. During his time in Indonesia from 2004-2008 he led significant humanitarian efforts to support victims of the tsunami in Aceh province and provide relief to victims of the Jogjakarta earthquake.

In 2011 Peter was selected to take over the reins at Woodside, a company with long-term business links in Korea, and significant buyer relationships in Japan and China. Peter has transitioned Woodside towards a values-led company with an increasingly global outlook.

Peter's strategic approach to growing Woodside's business in an increasingly competitive global market is recognised within the industry and beyond, including through an honorary Adjunct Professorship in Corporate Strategy from the University of Western Australia and a Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Monash University.

Peter's desire for business to make a broader contribution to society is evident through roles with a number of business associations in Australia and abroad, including: Senior Vice President, Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; Member, Advisory Council of the Asia Society Australia; Member, Australia-India Cooperation Council and Fellow, Australian Institute of Science and Technology.

Mr Peter Coleman  


Ms Jacquie Riddell

Jacquie Riddell is Director of Public Engagement, The Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is a creative strategist and general manager with over 25 years experience in media and marketing innovation and leadership. She has created television channels and radio stations; new program formats and digital media concepts; developed world-famous marketing initiatives; led large teams and overseen large television productions.

She has particular skills in media brand development and a track record building successful and high profile media brands.

She was the Director of Marketing at SBS for the 6 years, leading a large division responsible for the brand management, creative direction, audience research, content strategy, advertising and promotion of SBS TV, radio and online. Her work at SBS included development of the organisation’s new brand platform ‘Six (now Seven) Billion Stories and counting…’ as well as the creation of arts channel STUDIO, and has won numerous international creative awards.

Jacquie is highly experienced in digital media creation, having created social media strategies, web sites, mobile initiatives, consumer databases, digital/ITV television applications and mobile apps. She does pro-bono work for several organisations. When not changing the media landscape with new ideas, she can be found in the bush around a campfire, tending to her native garden or in the waves with the kids.

Ms Jacquie Riddell  
Prof Michael Manton

Former Chief of the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre from 1984 until his retirement in 2006. He now has a part-time position as Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University.

He has been a member of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and chair of the Atmospheric Observation Panel (AOPC) of the Global Climate Observation System (GCOS).

From 2002 until 2006, he was chair of the National Committee for Earth System Science of the Australian Academy of Science. From 1998 to 2011, he chaired the Peer Review Committee for the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure.

Currently Chair of the WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel and a member of the WMO Expert Team on Weather Modification Research. He is Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) and is leading the climate synthesis of the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).

Professor Manton is a former member of the Board of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is Chair of the ATSE International Strategy Group. He is a member of the Science Panel for the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI).

Prof Michael Manton  

Ex-officio member

Greg Moriarty
Deputy Secretary

Mr Moriarty serves as ASEAN SOM leader and has responsibility for the East Asia Summit. Mr Moriarty represents the department on the Australia-China Council, Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation, the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the Australia-Thailand Institute and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. Mr Moriarty also attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.

Mr Peter Rowe  

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) logo is available for download by grant recipients and other approved organisations. It can be used in print and electronic media, as well as other applications such as signage, team uniforms and sporting gear.

It is a condition of funding that AKF grant recipients include the AKF logo and acknowledge the AKF's support in all promotional materials, publications, displays and reports, including social media, blogs and websites which must link to the AKF website from the logo.

The following acknowledgment must be used in association with the logo where possible:

The [insert name of project] is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Korea Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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Commonwealth of Australia
Order Constituting the Australia-Korea Foundation

WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of further developing relations between Australia and Korea:

AND WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of implementing the recommendations of the Australia-Korea Forum, held in Canberra in November 1989 and in Seoul in April 1991, in order to broaden the areas of exchange between the two countries:

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that such relations should be developed by the promotion in Korea of a greater awareness of Australia, and by the promotion in Australia of a greater awareness of Korea and the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between Australia and Korea and their respective peoples:

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that there be established a body for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed:

NOW THEREFORE I, Philip Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, HEREBY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

1. There is hereby established a foundation to be known as the 'Australia-Korea Foundation'. Establishment of Foundation
2. The Foundation shall consist of: Board and Secretariat
  • a Board comprising
  • a Chairperson; and
  • the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) or a DFAT representative appointed by the Secretary as an ex-officio member; and
  • not less than 4 and not more than 13 other members; and

(2) a secretariat provided by DFAT.

3. (1) The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding five years, and on a part-time basis. Appointment of Chairperson and Members

(2) Members of the Board, other than the Chairperson and the ex-officio DFAT member, shall be appointed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding three years and on a part-time basis.

(3) The Chairperson and members may be re-appointed.

4. (1) The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the Chairperson or a member on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The Chairperson may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Governor-General. Termination and Resignation of Membership

(2) The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs may terminate the appointment of a member of the Board, other than the ex-officio DFAT member.

(3) A member (other than the Chairperson) may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

5. (1) The function of the Board is to make recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the broadening of the relationship between Australia and Korea, with particular emphasis on: Functions of Board

(a) raising awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia;

(b) the promotion of visits and exchanges between the two countries of individuals and groups for the purpose of broadening relations in a number of areas including, in particular, commerce, education, science and technology, industrial relations, culture, sports, and the news media;

(c) encouraging the development of institutional links amongst universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non-government organisations;

(d) maintaining liaison with the Korea–Australia Foundation and co-operating, where appropriate, with its programs; and

(e) the support of Australian studies in Korea and of Korean studies in Australia.

(2) In developing its function the Board should consult as widely as possible with individuals, organisations, enterprises and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the broadening of relations between Australia and Korea.

6. The functions of the secretariat, under the authority of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, are: Functions of Secretariat

(1) to provide administrative support for the Board;

(2) to implement the recommendations of the Board.; and

(3) to undertake other activities as appropriate.

7. (1) Subject to sub-clause (2), meetings of the Foundation Board shall be held at such times and at such places as the Board determines. Meetings

(2) The Chairperson shall, upon receipt of a written request signed by 4 other members of the Foundation Board, summon a meeting of the Board to deal with such matters as are specified in the written request.

8. The procedures for the conduct of meetings of the Foundation Board, including procedures for the appointment of an Acting Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson, shall be as determined from time to time by the Board. Procedure at Meetings
9. Moneys required for the purposes of enabling the Foundation to discharge its functions and the implementation of the Foundation Board's recommendations shall be obtained from: Finances

(1) moneys standing to the credit of any Trust Account established under section 62A of the Audit Act 1901 for those purposes; or

(2) any other moneys lawfully available for these purposes.

10. As soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, the Foundation shall provide to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs an Annual Report on Foundation activities during the period of twelve months ending on the preceding 30 June. Annual Report

GIVEN under my Hand
and the Great Seal of
Australia on
8 April 2004.


P M Jeffery
By His Excellency's Command


Alexander Downer
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

Australia-Korea Foundation Annual Reports