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Strategic Plan 2014–2018


"Strengthening foundations and developing new frontiers of Australia-China partnership."


The function of the Council is to make recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister for Foreign Affairs on strengthening the Australia-China relationship in ways that support Australia's foreign and trade policy interests (Australia-China Council Executive Order, 30 May 2008).

Strategic Goals

  1. To strengthen the foundations of engagement - China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people
  2. To seek and foster new areas of engagement between Australia and China across business, knowledge and creative sectors
  3. To enhance understanding in China of Australian society, economy, politics and culture through the Australian Studies in China Program
  4. To showcase Australian creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in China
  5. To generate, disseminate and make accessible high-quality, relevant and up-to-date information about Australia-China relations
  6. To facilitate dialogue, develop professional and institutional networks between Australia and China and harness the leadership of Australian communities in strengthening bilateral connectivity

Funding Priorities

The Australia-China Council's grant-making and program priorities for the 2014-2018 period are centred on four areas – Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China and are underpinned by three cross-cutting themes - Mobility, Technology and Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

  1. Education: Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China, and promote education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China
  2. Economic Diplomacy: Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia's trade and investment relationship with China
  3. Arts and Culture: Showcase Australian arts and creative industries to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural and artistic partnerships
  4. Australian Studies in China: Consolidate and strengthen the Australian Studies in China Program

The Council's grant-making and program activities in the above-mentioned areas will focus on the following three cross-cutting themes:

  1. Mobility:Encouraging greater and more diverse professional mobility between Australia and China, including through support of the New Colombo Plan
  2. Capabilities: Building capabilities of organisations and individuals to enter into partnerships and work effectively with their Chinese counterparts; investing in information resources (including new digital and mobile platforms) that inform Australian communities and relevant sectors about opportunities, practices and risks in engaging with China
  3. New Areas of Engagement: Identifying and seeking practical solutions to develop new niche areas of engagement between the two countries

Guiding Principles

The Australia-China Council programs and grant-making activities are informed by the following principles:

  • Creativity and Innovation: The Council-funded projects generate new ideas and identify new areas of contact
  • Sustainability: Projects deliver medium to longer-term outcomes, strengthen networks and linkages and, over time, become self-sustaining
  • Partnerships: Projects are developed and delivered in partnership with Australian and Chinese organisations, promote complementarities and avoid duplication with similar programs
  • Equality and Diversity: Projects promote and encourage gender equality, cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity, and facilitate engagement between Australian and Chinese regions and areas outside major capital cities and business hubs
  • Accountability: Projects have clear key performance indicators and comply with the Australian government's financial and other reporting requirements

Previous strategic plans

Last Updated: 15 July 2015
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