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Australia-Korea Foundation—Strategic Plan 2013–16
Australia has important geopolitical and economic interests in Korea which need to be sustained by a closer relationship that promotes an increased awareness of Australia in Korea and Korea in Australia. This requires a widening and deepening of the areas of contact and exchange between the two countries and their peoples. The Australia-Korea Foundation was established to support the exchange and dissemination of information, and to provide a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed. Much has been accomplished since its establishment in 1992 but much also remains to be done to continue to develop the relationship to a level which matches its strategic importance.
To enhance awareness and understanding in both Australia and Korea of the importance and mutual benefits of the bilateral relationship into the future
Key Strategic Areas 2013-16
- Geopolitical Relations
- Economics and Trade
- Education, Science and Technology
- Society, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media
To strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and cultural links.
The AKF will support Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by facilitating activities that:
- raise awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia and increase understanding in both countries of Australia’s and Korea’s shared interests and importance to each other;
- increase knowledge and recognition in Korea of Australian excellence and expertise;
- promote exchanges of individuals and groups between the two countries across a broad range of fields, including international relations and trade, science and technology, education, society, culture and sports and the media ;
- encourage the development of institutional links, including between universities, research institutes, professional organisations, cultural establishments, museums, libraries, community groups and other non-government organisations;
- support Australian studies in Korea and Korean studies in Australia.
AKF Strategic Plan
AKF Strategic Plan 2013-16
Priority Areas 2015-16
In the context of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, in support of President Park's Three Year Plan for Economic Innovation and with reference to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's South Korea Country Strategy, the Foundation has designated the following priority areas for 2015-16.
Korean Language and Literacy
Projects developing the language and cross-cultural skills of Australians to effectively engage with Korea and deepen understanding of Korean society, politics and economy.
Projects which assist Australian businesses, including small to medium enterprises, to maximize the opportunities available under KAFTA and under President Park’s structural reform agenda. Projects which strengthen relationships of national professional institutions and facilitate Australian services exports to Korea.
Projects which support enduring linkages between Australian and Korean universities and research institutions. Projects which promote commercialization of Australian research through partnerships with Korean entities. Of particular interest are projects related to health, aging and social change.
Projects harnessing major sporting events, including supporting sporting and business relationships between Australia and Korea developed through the 2015 Asian Cup and the forthcoming 2018 Winter Olympics to be hosted by Korea.
The Foundation will also consider applications in other areas, such as projects that advance Australia’s engagement with Korea by supporting cultural and academic pursuits, business and community exchanges, and partnerships and collaborations.
The Australia-Korea Foundation currently consists of a six-member part-time Board with a Chair and five Ordinary Members, as well as an ex-officio representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Chair is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ordinary Members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Board meets several times each year to consider policy directions and to decide on projects and grants. AKF Board members are drawn from a wide cross section of the Australian community. While some members have particular expertise in the field of Australia-Korea relations, others have been selected for their particular skills and knowledge in relation to aspects of Australian society.
The management and day-to-day operations of the Foundation is carried out by a Secretariat located within DFAT, and is staffed by officers of the department.
Current board membership
Appointed 11 December 2014 for five years
Peter is the CEO and Managing Director of Woodside, Australia's largest independent
oil and gas company. Peter has 30 years experience in the dynamic and highly
competitive global oil and gas industry, successfully executing business across six
continents. Peter has played an important role in providing energy security, job
opportunities and economic development in some of the world's poorest communities.
During his time in Indonesia from 2004-2008 he led significant humanitarian efforts
to support victims of the tsunami in Aceh province and provide relief to victims of
the Jogjakarta earthquake.
In 2011 Peter was selected to take over the reins at Woodside, a company with
long-term business links in Korea, and significant buyer relationships in Japan and
China. Peter has transitioned Woodside towards a values-led company with an
increasingly global outlook.
Peter's strategic approach to growing Woodside's business in an increasingly
competitive global market is recognised within the industry and beyond, including
through an honorary Adjunct Professorship in Corporate Strategy from the University
of Western Australia and a Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from
Peter's desire for business to make a broader contribution to society is evident
through roles with a number of business associations in Australia and abroad,
including: Senior Vice President, Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee;
Member, Advisory Council of the Asia Society Australia; Member, Australia-India
Cooperation Council and Fellow, Australian Institute of Science and Technology.
Ms Jacquie Riddell
Appointed 1 October 2012 until 30 September 2015
Jacquie Riddell is Director of Public Engagement, The Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is a creative strategist and general manager with over 25 years experience in media and marketing innovation and leadership. She has created television channels and radio stations; new program formats and digital media concepts; developed world-famous marketing initiatives; led large teams and overseen large television productions.
She has particular skills in media brand development and a track record building successful and high profile media brands.
She was the Director of Marketing at SBS for the 6 years, leading a large division responsible for the brand management, creative direction, audience research, content strategy, advertising and promotion of SBS TV, radio and online. Her work at SBS included development of the organisation’s new brand platform ‘Six (now Seven) Billion Stories and counting…’ as well as the creation of arts channel STUDIO, and has won numerous international creative awards.
Jacquie is highly experienced in digital media creation, having created social media strategies, web sites, mobile initiatives, consumer databases, digital/ITV television applications and mobile apps. She does pro-bono work for several organisations. When not changing the media landscape with new ideas, she can be found in the bush around a campfire, tending to her native garden or in the waves with the kids.
Professor Susan Street
Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.
Professor Susan Street AO worked as a professional dancer with Ballet Victoria, Kolobok Dance Company and the International Folkloric Dance Company based in Amsterdam. Academic posts have included a decade as Head of Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She is currently the Executive Director of QUT Precincts with curatorial and management responsibility for the University’s cultural assets including the Gardens Theatre, the William Robinson Gallery, The Cube, QUT Art Museum, Old Government House and contemporary exhibition and display venues at the Creative Industries Precinct.
She has previously served as; Chair, Dance Fund and Council Member of the Australia Council; Chair, Artistic Advisory Committee and Board Member, Hong Kong Ballet; Arts advisor to Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Leisure and Cultural Service Department of Hong Kong Government. Board Member, Australia-China Council (DFAT), Trustee Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Australasian Advisor to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and National President of The Australian Dance Council – Ausdance. Presently, Professor Street is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, a member of Board of Directors of Creative Partnerships Australia and an Artistic Advisor to the Australian Ballet.
In 1999 Susan was given an Australian Dance Award for services to Dance Education and in 2000 she was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by QUT. In 2012 Susan was made an Honorary Life Member of Ausdance and in 2014 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Professor James Cotton
Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.
James Cotton (PhD, London School of Economics) is Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Having studied in London, Beijing and Princeton, he has held many academic positions. These include visiting professor in international relations at the London School of Economics (2001), Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC (2009), and Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia (2013).
Between 1997 and 2003 James Cotton was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Council convened by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
James Cotton has published extensively on Australian foreign policy, regional international relations and Asian politics. His most recent books are (edited with John Ravenhill), Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press/AIIA, 2012); (edited with David Lee), Australia and the United Nations (Canberra: Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade/Longueville Media, 2012); The Australian School of International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A regular visitor to the Koreas for 30 years, James Cotton has published many items on Korean politics and inter-Korean relations.
Mr Ian Williams
Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.
Mr Ian Williams is a Partner of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
He advises a wide range of Korean and international clients, including trading houses, banks, mining companies, consumer goods and manufacturers on Australian investments and on-going operations.
Ian is Vice-President, Australia Korea Business Council and a Non-Executive Director, of New Hope Corporation, Australia's largest listed coal company.
Ian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws and completed his Post-graduate Diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.
Ian's talents go beyond the legal profession. He is a former Wallaby rugby union player representing Australia between 1984 and 1990, and was awarded the Australian Rugby "Player of the Year" in 1988.
Ms Georgina Carnegie
Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.
Ms Georgina M. Carnegie is the Managing Director of Carnegie Enterprises.
Carnegie Enterprises works with companies particularly those specialising in natural resources, agribusiness and infrastructure development to develop sustainable partnerships and build international networks. Clients and projects span the globe from the Sentient Group (a global private equity firm); Iron Road in the development of an iron ore mine in South Australia; Mawson Resources, a Nordic Arctic exploration company developing the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Lapland and Finland, and Ferrometals in the development of strategic mining rights to manganese resources located in the heartland of Brazil’s soybean industry. In these and other advisory projects clients draw on her considerable skill and experience in international risk assessment, high-level government liaison, and international debt/equity strategies.
Ms Carnegie is a member of the EmNet Advisory Committee at the OECD (the Development Centre’s Emerging Markets Network).
She has a long standing background of working in Asia having established AsiaFax the first daily corporate information service in the region. She serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Australia Korea Business Council, the Australia Taiwan Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Council of Asialink, at Melbourne University.
An economist and experienced corporate director, Ms Carnegie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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Commonwealth of Australia
Order Constituting the Australia-Korea Foundation
WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of further developing relations between Australia and Korea:
AND WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of implementing the recommendations of the Australia-Korea Forum, held in Canberra in November 1989 and in Seoul in April 1991, in order to broaden the areas of exchange between the two countries:
AND WHEREAS it is desirable that such relations should be developed by the promotion in Korea of a greater awareness of Australia, and by the promotion in Australia of a greater awareness of Korea and the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between Australia and Korea and their respective peoples:
AND WHEREAS it is desirable that there be established a body for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed:
NOW THEREFORE I, Philip Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, HEREBY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:
| 1. There is hereby established a foundation to be known as the 'Australia-Korea Foundation'.
|| Establishment of Foundation
| 2. The Foundation shall consist of:
|| Board and Secretariat
- the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) or a DFAT representative appointed by the Secretary as an ex-officio member; and
- not less than 4 and not more than 13 other members; and
(2) a secretariat provided by DFAT.
| 3. (1) The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding five years, and on a part-time basis.
|| Appointment of Chairperson and Members
(2) Members of the Board, other than the Chairperson and the ex-officio DFAT member, shall be appointed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding three years and on a part-time basis.
(3) The Chairperson and members may be re-appointed.
| 4. (1) The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the Chairperson or a member on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The Chairperson may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Governor-General.
|| Termination and Resignation of Membership
(2) The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs may terminate the appointment of a member of the Board, other than the ex-officio DFAT member.
(3) A member (other than the Chairperson) may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
| 5. (1) The function of the Board is to make recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the broadening of the relationship between Australia and Korea, with particular emphasis on:
|| Functions of Board
(a) raising awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia;
(b) the promotion of visits and exchanges between the two countries of individuals and groups for the purpose of broadening relations in a number of areas including, in particular, commerce, education, science and technology, industrial relations, culture, sports, and the news media;
(c) encouraging the development of institutional links amongst universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non-government organisations;
(d) maintaining liaison with the Korea–Australia Foundation and co-operating, where appropriate, with its programs; and
(e) the support of Australian studies in Korea and of Korean studies in Australia.
(2) In developing its function the Board should consult as widely as possible with individuals, organisations, enterprises and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the broadening of relations between Australia and Korea.
| 6. The functions of the secretariat, under the authority of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, are:
|| Functions of Secretariat
(1) to provide administrative support for the Board;
(2) to implement the recommendations of the Board.; and
(3) to undertake other activities as appropriate.
| 7. (1) Subject to sub-clause (2), meetings of the Foundation Board shall be held at such times and at such places as the Board determines.
(2) The Chairperson shall, upon receipt of a written request signed by 4 other members of the Foundation Board, summon a meeting of the Board to deal with such matters as are specified in the written request.
| 8. The procedures for the conduct of meetings of the Foundation Board, including procedures for the appointment of an Acting Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson, shall be as determined from time to time by the Board.
|| Procedure at Meetings
| 9. Moneys required for the purposes of enabling the Foundation to discharge its functions and the implementation of the Foundation Board's recommendations shall be obtained from:
(1) moneys standing to the credit of any Trust Account established under section 62A of the Audit Act 1901 for those purposes; or
(2) any other moneys lawfully available for these purposes.
| 10. As soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, the Foundation shall provide to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs an Annual Report on Foundation activities during the period of twelve months ending on the preceding 30 June.
|| Annual Report
GIVEN under my Hand
and the Great Seal of
8 April 2004.
P M Jeffery
By His Excellency's Command
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Australia-Korea Foundation Annual Reports