Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government in January 2003, as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries.

Grants Program

The CAAR’s annual grant funding round is now open for 2014-15. Applications will close on 20 August 2014 at 16:00 AEST.

How to apply for funding: Grants Program

Activities

Activities and priorities for CAAR.

About the Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Mission Statement

To promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

Strategic Objectives of the Council

The strategic objectives of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations are:

  • to support robust professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and the Arab world that will promote mutual understanding and project positive, accurate and contemporary images of each other's societies.
  • to promote productive partnerships between Australia and the Arab world on contemporary issues of shared interest, particularly in the fields of science, technology, the environment and social development initiatives such as health and sport.
  • to raise public and corporate awareness of the importance of the Australian-Arab relationship.
  • to support increased business and trade between Australia and Arab countries.

Strategic plans

Annual reports

Annual Program Reports

Establishment of the Council

Board members

  • Mr Talal Yassine OAM, Chairman. Appointed for three years from 23 July 2013.
  • Dr Glen Simpson, Deputy Chairman. Appointed for three years from 1 January 2014.
  • Ms Aziza Abdel-Halim AM. Appointed for three years from 16 December 2012.
  • Dr Anne Aly. Re-appointed for three years from 16 December 2012.
  • Roland Jabbour Esq. J.P. Appointed for three years from 16 December 2012.
  • The Hon. Mark Vaile AO, Appointed for three years from 25 November 2013.
  • Ms Debra Counsell, Appointed for three years from 25 November 2013.
  • Mr Marc Innes-Brown, Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ex officio member.
  • Mr Grame Barty, General Manager Growth and Emerging Markets, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). Ex officio member.

Contact us

  • Phone: (02) 6261 2090
  • Fax: (02) 6261 2640
  • Email: caar@dfat.gov.au
  • Mail:
    CAAR Secretariat
    DFAT (MEB S3)
    Locked Bag 40
    Kingston ACT 2604

Logos

Using the logo

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) 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 CAAR grant recipients include the CAAR logo and acknowledge CAAR’s support in all promotional material and publications, including websites. The following acknowledgement must be used in association with the logo where possible:

The [insert name of project] is supported by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Logo elements

The logo is composed of the Australian Government crest and the CAAR logo. The crest and CAAR logo are locked together. The elements of the logo may not be separated and used individually nor altered in any way.

The logo should be within a clear area, free from other text and graphics.

Do not scan the logo from a hard copy.

If you have any questions regarding the use of the logo, please contact the Secretariat

Download the logos

Use of the CAAR logo on relevant websites and printed material is one of CAAR's funding conditions.

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