Australia-Thailand Institute

ThaiBRIDGE Extension Grant Round

The Australia-Thailand Institute is pleased to invite applications for the ATI ThaiBRIDGE Extension program for 2015 - Applications close Friday 27 February 2015

The Australia-Thailand Institute is offering Australian schools that are already participating in the ThaiBRIDGE program the opportunity to extend and build upon pre-existing BRIDGE partnerships. Grants will be offered for innovative ideas to extend school partnerships into areas of science, sports, art, music or other cross-cultural collaboration.

The ATI recognises the importance of sustained intercultural links and cross-cultural exchange of ideas and experiences.

Students, teachers and communities will benefit from these ongoing partnerships.

This grant round offers AUD 5,000 seed funding per grant towards innovative BRIDGE Extension partnerships. Please also refer to ATI General Grant Program Guidelines for additional information on ATI Grants. Note: funds may be used to cover travel and accommodation (Para. 6.2 of the General Grant Guidelines does not apply). Applicants will need to fundraise or seek sponsorship support to cover additional costs above the grant allocation.

ATI News

'Thai Kitchen to the World' exchange

The Australia Thailand Institute and the Thai Embassy in Australia partnered with Tasmania’s Guilford Young College in August, to deliver an imaginative culinary program in the north and south of the state, aimed at enhancing skills in preparing Thai cuisine. Local chefs, apprentices and hospitality students in secondary colleges received first-hand tuition from three senior Thai cooking instructors.

More: 'Thai Kitchen to the World' exchange

BRIDGE teachers meet the Australia-Thai Institute Board

The Australia-Thailand Institute Board met with 24 Thai and Australian BRIDGE teachers in Canberra on Friday 22 August. This year, teachers have been selected from eight secondary schools, three primary schools and one special education school in Australia and Thailand. They are currently undertaking a professional development program in Australia which supports classroom learning, develops intercultural understanding between partner schools, enhances contemporary knowledge and understanding of each country, and explores how social media can support classroom collaboration.

Since its establishment in 2013, 16 teachers from eight school partnerships have been involved. In 2014 BRIDGE expanded to include twelve new school partnerships. The program is implemented by The Asia Education Foundation with support from the Thai Ministry of Education and Australian Education International in Bangkok.

group shot of BRIDGE Teachers visit group
BRIDGE teachers meeting the ATI Board in Canberra, 22 August 2014. Photo courtesy of Drew Boekel and Julia Landford.

2014 Australia-Thailand Institute Media Fellows

In 2014 the Australia-Thailand Institute, in partnership with the University of Sydney Department of Media and Communications, supported two journalism students to travel to Thailand and complete internships at the Bangkok Post. Check out Mikaela's and Shona's stories below.

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About the Institute

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) was established in 2005 to advise the Australian Government, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, on broadening and deepening the relationship between Australia and Thailand and to undertake and support programs that strengthen next generation links between Australia and Thailand. Every year the Institute carries out a number of regular programs, as well as administering an annual grants round.

The ATI invites grant applications each year between 1 March and 1 May for projects commencing the following financial year. A link to our online application form will be made available from this website during these dates only.

Contact us

  • Mail:
    Australia-Thailand Institute Secretariat
    South-East Asia Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    R G Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    BARTON ACT 0221
  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3202
  • Fax: +61 2 6261 1304
  • Email: austhailand.institute@dfat.gov.au

About us

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) was established in 2005 to promote bilateral relations with Thailand and to expand institutional and people-to-people links.

Mission

To advise the Australian Government, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, on broadening and deepening the relationship between Australia and Thailand and to undertake and support programs that strengthen next generation links between Australia and Thailand.

Australia-Thailand Institute Strategic Plan 2013-2015

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) was established in 2005 to promote bilateral relations with Thailand and to expand institutional and people-to-people links.

Mission statement

To broaden and deepen the relationship between Australia and Thailand and to undertake and support programs that strengthen next generation links between Australia and Thailand.

Functions

The functions of the ATI are to:

  1. Provide advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), on appropriate programs to achieve the mission and objectives of the institute effectively and efficiently within the agreed budget ;
  2. Develop an annual Business Plan of activities to implement the ATI's objectives. The Business Plan will recommend expenditure on those activities from funds allocated to the ATI;
  3. Administer a grants program under the priority areas of the Business Plan;
  4. Organise visit programs, carry out joint activities with other organisations and leverage with other DFAT Foundations, Councils and Institutes; and
  5. Contribute information on ATI programs to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Annual Report.

Accordingly, this Strategic Plan sets out the ATI's goals and strategic programs. The Strategic Plan will be supplemented by a Business Plan for each financial year detailing activities more precisely and recommending expenditures for those activities from the funds allocated to the ATI.

Goals

In order to promote and strengthen the Australia-Thailand bilateral relationship, the Australia-Thailand Institute will pursue five goals:

  1. Contribute to the development of Australia's political and economic relations with Thailand and support Australia's broader diplomatic objectives in Thailand.
  2. Broaden awareness and understanding in Australia and Thailand of each other's culture, values and traditions, including sport.
  3. Generate increased institutional and people-to-people contacts between Australia and Thailand.
  4. Publicly promote the Australia-Thailand relationship and establish relations through media and alumni activities in order to facilitate long-term bilateral links.
  5. Support the implementation of Australia in the Asian Century White Paper recommendations, in collaboration with sister Institutes.

Strategies

The Australia-Thailand Institute will adopt the following strategies to meet its goals.

  • Create and strengthen networks, contacts, partnerships and/or institutional linkages
  • Capitalise on partnerships which increase overall value of activities
  • Provide seed funding for activities which will become self-sustaining
  • Support activities which have the potential to deliver medium to longer term outcomes, including through institutions, groups or individuals
  • Facilitate a broad geographic spread of activities both in Australia and Thailand
  • Leverage from high profile events to maximise benefits and the effective use of resources
  • Promote complementarities and avoid duplication with other institutions active in Australia-Thailand relations
  • Collaborate in programs of mutual interest with other DFAT Asia-focused Foundations, Councils and Institutes

The ATI will conduct a regular review and evaluation of its programs to determine the extent of their impact on the bilateral relationship.

Meetings

The Advisory Board will meet at least three times a year, and at least one of these meetings will consider the Business Plan for the following year.


Ben Rak in a workshop with a group of people
2013-14 Artist-in-Residency participant – Ben Rak on location in Chang Mai " photograph courtesy of Ben Rak.
Virginia Jealous with a man, both holding up books
2013-14 Artist-in-Residency participant – Virginia Jealous on location in ComPeung" photograph courtesy of Virginia Jealous.