Australia-Korea Foundation

  • Deepening Australia–Korea relations: opportunities virtually limitless

    ‘Opportunities for deepening and broadening the relationship between Australia and Korea through intellectual engagement are virtually limitless.’

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  • Clunes and Paju bond through photography

    More than a century after George Rose visited Korea from Melbourne in 1904 and captured the beginning of Japan’s occupation with his camera.

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  • Korean language studies on the rise again in Australia

    Australia’s new national curriculum has made new language curricula available, including Korean. The move will see an increase on the number of students studying the language.

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  • Liberalisation of Australia’s trade with Korea

    The Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) has expanded the strong, complementary trading relationship between Australia and Korea.

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Introduction to the Australia-Korea Foundation

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) was established by the Australian Government in 1992 to promote bilateral relations between Korea and Australia. The objectives of the Foundation are to increase public awareness of Australia in Korea and of Korea in Australia; develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context; and increase Australians' capacity to effectively engage with Korea. The AKF offers annual grant funding to organisations and individuals to support projects or activities which advance Australia's engagement with Korea, including exchanges, partnerships and other collaborations in the general fields of business, education, academia, arts/culture and society.

Brief history of Australia-Korea Foundation

Following head-of-government-level visits in 1988-89, the Governments of Australia and the Republic of Korea agreed to establish a group of influential members from the business, academic, cultural and media sectors of Australia and Korea to identify new directions and areas of cooperation in the relationship between the two countries. The group — the Australia-Korea Forum — subsequently met in Canberra and in Sydney and brought down a series of recommendations aimed at broadening and strengthening bilateral ties, including a recommendation that each side establish a foundation to promote the relationship. This culminated in the establishment of the Foundation by the Australian Government in 1992.

Order constituting the Australia-Korea Foundation

Korea-Australia Foundation

The Government of the Republic of Korea also announced the formation of the Korean counterpart of the AKF, the Korea-Australia Foundation (KAF), in 1991. The Board of the KAF is composed of a number of prominent Koreans from government, academia and business.

Australia-Korea Foundation Annual Reports

Australia-Korea Foundation Newsletter

The Australia-Korea Foundation Newsletter provides news about bilateral relations and stories of people-to-people engagement.

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Contact us

  • Email: australia.korea@dfat.gov.au
  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3869
  • Fax: +61 2 6261 2143
  • Mail:
    • Australia
      Australia-Korea Foundation, North Asia Division
      Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
      R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
      Barton ACT 0221
      Australia
    • Korea
      Australia-Korea Foundation
      Australian Embassy
      19th Fl, Kyobo Building
      1 Jongno 1-Ga, Jongno-Gu
      Seoul, Korea