Australia-China Council

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.

In 2003 the ACC partnered with a consortium of Australian universities, led by the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland together with the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, to promote Australian Studies in China. The ACC’s Australian Studies program is now managed by Professor David Carter at the University of Queensland. Professor Carter can be contacted by email at austudies.china@uq.edu.au.

Group photo of people attending the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China

The Australia-China Council Board delegation with the academic leaders of Australian Studies Centres at the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China, Xihua University, Chengdu (July 2012).

(Far left), former Board Member, Chris Clark; (next left) ACC Deputy Chairman, Kevin Hobgood-Brown; (centre), ACC Chairman, The Hon Warwick L. Smith AM.

Australian Studies Program objectives

  • Enhance the range, volume, quality and value of research on Australia, and promote the dissemination of research outcomes in China through publishing, conferences and other means.
  • Promote greater Australian content in teaching at all levels of the Chinese educational system.

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. The BHP Billiton Chair was officially announced by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard in April 2011.

More information about the Foundation for Australian Studies in China

BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

Australian Studies Program components