The Australian National Commission for UNESCO is the Australian Government focal point for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The National Commission provides expert analysis and policy advice to the Australian Government on UNESCO matters and acts as a point of liaison between government, the community and UNESCO in Australia.
UNESCO was established in 1946 as a specialised agency of the United Nations. UNESCO's mandate includes education, the natural sciences, the social and human sciences, culture and communications/information technology. Australia is a founding member. Further information is available from UNESCO.
Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Scheme
The Australian National Commission for UNESCO assists projects which will further National Commission and UNESCO priorities and objectives as set out in UNESCO’s approved Programme and Budget 2014-2017 (37 C/5) [PDF] and Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (37 C/4) [PDF], and the priorities for the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. They include:
- Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning;
- Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development;
- Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges;
- Fostering cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; and
- Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication
Applications for grants for between $2,000 and $30,000 will be considered. Please see Grant Guidelines for further details, including how to apply.
Please note that applicants who were unsuccessful in applying for funding under the National Commission grant scheme 2014-15 (i.e. the latest grant scheme) need not resubmit applications for the same projects. Only applications for new projects will be considered.
Applications for the Australian National Commission Grants Scheme 2015-16 are now open and will close on Friday 18 September at 5.00pm (AEST). This year for the first time applications will be accepted and processed online using the SmartyGrants website.
Additional Funding Sources
We would encourage applicants to also familiarise themselves with other potential funding sources. The Grants & Assistance Finder is a useful Australian Government online tool for identifying available Federal, State and Local grants in a range of sectors, including the arts, environment education, disaster relief and indigenous programs.
About the Australian National Commission
The Young Professional Programme is a UNESCO initiative for candidates from un-represented or under-represented countries in the UNESCO Secretariat.
For the information of potential applicants, Australia has not been invited to nominate candidates for the YPP in the current intake.
- The Secretary-General
Australian National Commission for UNESCO
International Organisations and Legal Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221
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- Phone: +61 (0)2 6261 2037
- Media enquiries: +61 (0)2 6261 1555