New Strategic Directions for the Australia-China Council
The Australia-China Council released its new four-year Strategic Plan 2014-2018. 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.
2014-15 Grant Round Dates
ACC 2014-15 Grant Round (Expressions of Interest) will open on Monday 17 February 2014 and close on Sunday 16 March 2014.
Image: Shih Chieh Huang's work Slide to Unlock 2012 supported by ACC as a part Experimenta Speak to Me exhibition. Image courtesy of Experimenta Media Arts.
The Governor-General opens Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body exhibition in Tianjin Art Museum
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 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 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. ACC Secretariat is a part of the North Asia Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Council’s core activities are:
- Providing policy advice to the government, and promoting bilateral relations among its network of stakeholders in the strategic priority areas of Economics and Trade, Society and Culture and Education and Science
- 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
- 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.
Focus Australia-China Relations
A web initiative showcasing the diversity and depth of Australia-China ties.
Programs and activities
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.
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 Economics and Trade, Society and Culture and Education and Science.
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 area of economics and trade, society and culture and education and science, and practical support in the coordination and implementation of these strategies.
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
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