Australia-Japan Foundation

  • Australia-Japan Foundation 40th anniversary

    The Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation, Mr Murray McLean AO, has great pleasure to launch the AJF’s celebrations of its 40th anniversary in 2016.

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  • Bilateral education in sciences in Japan and Australia

    Lecture series to science high schools in Japan from University of Tasmania academics.

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  • WAYJO / Showa University of Music Cultural Exchange

    Reciprocal exchange of musicians and staff members from the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and Showa University of Music and a tour to Japan of their joint jazz big band.

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  • Postwar Grassroots Reconciliation Workshop and Exhibition

    Grassroots reconciliation workshop held as part of the major conference ‘Wounds, Scars, and Healing: Civil Society and Pacific Basin Reconciliation’ at the University of Sydney, 30 September - 2 October 2015.

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About us

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other's country.

As a part of the implementation of the Australian Government's response to the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders, the AJF was re-formed within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1 December 2006.

The AJF has its headquarters in Canberra and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Key activities

Projects and programs supported by the Foundation help promote people-to-people engagement across a diverse range of sectors, including the arts, education, science and technology, sport, local government, community services and business.

The Foundation's annual work program focuses on activities which are aligned with its strategic objectives, which are to:

  1. increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia
  2. increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner, and
  3. increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

2016–17 Grant Round

The Australia-Japan Foundation’s 2016–17 Grant Round and 2016-17 Publication Awards will open at 9.00am Canberra time on 1 February 2016 and will close at 12.00 noon Canberra time on 4 April 2016 (7.00am 1 February 2016 and 11.00am 4 April 2016, Japan standard time).

The online application system, Smartygrants, will be accessible on the opening date and will close on the closing date at the times indicated above. Late entries will not be accepted. We recommend applicants do not wait until the last day to submit their applications.

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AJF’s reconstruction initiative

Assisting the communities of the north eastern Tohoku region to recover from the devastation of the earthquake/tsunami of 11 March 2011 remains one of the Australia-Japan Foundation’s priority areas. Read more about what the Australia-Japan Foundation has done to support the Reconstruction Initiative.

The Reconstruction Initiative: Australia–Japan Foundation’s response to Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami

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Last Updated: 1 February 2016



Contact us

In Australia

  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3898
  • Email: ajf.australia@
  • Mail:
    The Director
    Australia-Japan Foundation
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent, Barton
    ACT 0221
    9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday

* Please note, if you wish to contact any AJF Board member, you will need to contact the AJF Secretariat in Canberra in the first instance. If you represent a media organisation and urgently need to contact an AJF Board member, please call DFAT's Media Liaison Section which is monitored 24 hours a day on 02 6261 1555.

In Japan

  • Phone: (81 3) 5232 4111
  • Fax: +81 3 5232-4064
  • Email:
  • Mail:
    Australia-Japan Foundation
    Australian Embassy
    2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku
    Tokyo JAPAN 108-8361

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