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Australia-China Council

Changes affecting the Australia-China Council

In 2019, the Australian Government announced the establishment of a new and innovative National Foundation for Australia-China Relations to strengthen understanding and engagement between the two countries.

The new Foundation will replace the Australia-China Council which, for more than forty years, has done an outstanding job at the forefront of our nation's expanding ties to China. The new Foundation will formally open in 2020.

The 2018-19 Australia-China Council grants round was the final grants round for the Council. There will not be a 2019-20 grants round. Existing Australia-China Council grant agreements will not be affected. Grants will continue to be acquitted through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smartygrants system as per your original grant agreement. Please direct any enquiries to

About us

The Australia-China Council (ACC) was established by the Australian Government in 1978 to promote mutual understanding and foster people-to-people relations between Australia and China. The Chairperson is appointed by the Executive Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who also appoints the Board members.

The Council to makes recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister for Foreign Affairs on strengthening the Australia-China relationship and furthering Australia's foreign policy and economic diplomacy interests. The ACC Secretariat is a part of the North Asia Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Council's core activities are:

  1. Providing policy advice to the government, and promoting bilateral relations among its network of stakeholders in the strategic priority areas of Economic Diplomacy, Education, Arts and Culture.
  2. Supporting and funding sustainable, long-term and high-impact projects that directly contribute to the strengthening of Australia-China relations and which support the Government's foreign and trade policy objectives
  3. Supporting a network of 30 Australian Studies Centres located in leading Chinese metropolitan and regional universities through the Australian Studies in China program and the new Foundation for Australian Studies in China – a unique partnership between government, corporate and university sectors to advance Australian studies and education in China.

Australian Government Directory: Australia China Council

Programs and activities

Australian Studies in China

The Australia-China Council has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia's leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.

Australian Studies in China

Grants Program

Through its annual competitive grants program, the Australia-China Council supports projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that deliver tangible outcomes for Australia-China relations in the priority areas of Economic Diplomacy, Education, Arts and Culture.

Grants Program

Board Members

Meet the Australia-China Council Board Members.

Our Board Members

Policy, advocacy and outreach

The Australia-China Council provides effective and informed advice to the Australian Government in relation to public diplomacy strategies and Australia-China engagement in the key areas of Economic Diplomacy, Education, Arts and Culture, and practical support in the coordination and implementation of these strategies.

Policy, advocacy and outreach

Foundation for Australian Studies in China

In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Studies Centres and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies to be located at Peking University in Beijing

More: Foundation for Australian Studies in China

Corporate information

Contact us

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China: Australian Embassy, Beijing (sites established 11 January 2011)

China: Australian Embassy, Guangzhou

  • Flickr: established 31 August 2012

Taiwan: Australian Office, Taipei

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