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.
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:
- increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia
- increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner, and
- 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 is open. The 2016-17 Grant Round will close at 12.00 noon Canberra time on 4 April 2016 (11.00am 4 April 2016, Japan standard time).
The online application system, Smartygrants, will close on the closing date at the time indicated above. Late entries will not be accepted. We recommend applicants do not wait until the last day to submit their applications.