Australia-Japan Foundation

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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 Australia-Japan Foundation 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.

Programs and activities

Australian studies in Japan

The Australia-Japan Foundation has been supporting Australian Studies in Japan at the University of Tokyo. The current Visting Professor of Australian Studies for 2014-15 is Dr Anna Johnston. In 2015-16, the Visiting Professor will be Dr Maria Nugent.

More information

Grants Program for 2015-16

The AJF Major Grants round for 2015-16 opened at 4pm (AEST) and 2pm (Japan Time) on Friday 27 February. Please read the Funding Guidelines for more details:

Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program for 2015-16

The Publication Award will also open at the time specified above. Details on the Publication Award can be found on the following website:

Australia–Japan Foundation - 2015–16 Publication Awards

The Grant Round will close on Monday 20 April 11.00pm (AEST); 10.00pm (JST).



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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