Australia-Japan Foundation

  • Australia-Japan Foundation 2016-17 grants

    The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) is pleased to congratulate the successful grant recipients for 2016-17.

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  • Recovery through the power of books

    Soon after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku area in Japan in 2011, many of its citizens were forced to leave their homes and into temporary housing.

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  • Bridging the divide of language for science

    Two Australian teachers strengthen the science and education connections between Australia and Japan.

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  • The Gin No Suzu Project

    When loud, edgy Aussie rock blends with the sounds of traditional Japanese instruments, the result is dynamic, entertaining and truly unique.

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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 Award is now closed.

Thank you for your interest.  Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified around mid-July 2016. 

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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: 12 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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