Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • Lina Attalah, founder of Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr, shares her story

    The Walkley Foundation brought Egyptian journalist and new media entrepreneur Lina Attalah to Australia to give a keynote speech at its Storyology conference.

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  • An enduring friendship forged in battle

    A centenary exhibition in Jordan commemorated the bonds formed between the ANZACs and the people of Jordan during the Great Arab Revolt (1916-18).

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  • Democracy taking root in Tunisia, with insights from Australia and Indonesia

    Young civil society activists from Tunisia learned from Australian and Indonesian experiences about consolidating a democratic civil society.

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  • Empowering women on the big screen

    A first of its kind film fair held in the Middle East celebrates, encourages and inspires women in the region.

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The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) seeks to strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building a greater awareness and appreciation of each other's cultures and values.

Our strategic goals

The objectives of the Council are to:

  • empower the peoples of Australia and the Arab world to develop a holistic and contemporary mutual understanding;
  • support positive and collaborative relationships between Australia's Arab diaspora communities and the broader Australian community; and
  • support activities that encourage increased trade and investment between the two regions.

Operating environment

The CAAR is a non-statutory, regional council in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  Established in 2003, its purpose is to broaden and strengthen the relationship between Australia and the Arab world, by encouraging and supporting greater mutual understanding and cooperation between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world.

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Last Updated: 15 February 2017


Contact us

CAAR Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6261 2090

Address: CAAR Secretariat
Middle East Branch, Locked Bag 40, Kingston ACT 2604