Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations Appointments

    Minister Bishop has announced the appointment of three new Board Members to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

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  • Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Lives of Arab Women (C413)

    Ms Awad will travel to the Middle East to explore the similarities and differences experienced by women in both Australia and the Arab world.

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  • Successful CAAR grant recipients for 2016-17

    The Foreign Minister has announced the successful Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) grant applicants for 2016-17.

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  • Australian Involvement in Great Arab Revolt: Exhibition & Speaker Series

    Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Raed Bin Zeid, The Jordan Museum in cooperation with the Australian Embassy presents the Great Arab Revolt Exhibition at Jordan Museum starting 27 September 2016.

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The 2017-2018 CAAR grants round will open in February 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed).  Prior to the opening of the round, this page will be updated with the CAAR's Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 and the 2017-18 Business Plan, which will detail the 2017-18 priority sectors.

In the meantime, if you have an idea for a grant application, please do not hesitate to contact the CAAR Secretariat on to discuss your project.

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Dates for 2017–2018 Grants Round 
Opening date: February 2017
Closing date for submitting applications: April 2017 
Unsuccessful applicants notified: Early July 2017
Successful applicants notified: Early July 2017

Who we are

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government in January 2003, as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries.

Our mission

To promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

Our strategic goals

  • to support robust professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and the Arab world that will promote mutual understanding and project positive, accurate and contemporary images of each other's societies;
  • to promote productive partnerships between Australia and the Arab world on contemporary issues of shared interest, particularly in the fields of science, technology, the environment and social development initiatives such as health and sport;
  • to raise public and corporate awareness of the importance of the Australian-Arab relationship; and
  • to support increased business and trade between Australia and Arab countries.

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Contact us

CAAR Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6261 2090

Address: CAAR Secretariat
DFAT (MEB S4) Locked Bag 40, Kingston ACT 2604