Australian National Commission for UNESCO

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 the Australian National Commission Grants Scheme 2015-16 are now closed and all successful applicants contacted. We invite you to revisit this website for updated information in mid-2016. Please note that applicants who were unsuccessful in applying for funding under the National Commission Grant Scheme 2015-16 (i.e. the latest grant scheme) need not resubmit applications for the same projects next year. Only applications for new projects will be considered.

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

Young Professional Programme (YPP)

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.

Contact us

  • 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
  • Email:
  • Phone: +61 (0)2 6261 2037
  • Media enquiries: +61 (0)2 6261 1555