The Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, has announced 13 successful recipients of the second round of Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants.
The projects include:
- Establishing an e-network of women leaders in the ASEAN transport sector based on a series of regional training workshops – an innovative project from the University of Queensland;
- Sharing expertise in the training for forensic first responders in disaster situations – a vital collaborative project led by experts from Victoria University and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ,
- Developing collaborative research in radio astronomy research between Australia and Thailand, led by experts from Curtin University; and
- Supporting ASEAN academic partnerships for small business use of ICT.
The AAC Chair, Ms Christine Holgate (CEO, Blackmores) said the Council was delighted by the high calibre of applications for the grants, and commended the awardees.
"We're confident that these awards will build partnerships between Australia and the countries of South-East Asia, leading to closer collaboration between institutions and stronger people-to-people links," she said.
Ms Holgate said the grants also promoted cross-cultural understanding through the arts.
"The Council is supporting the exciting Filipino theatre company Sipat Lawin and musician Joey Ayala to attend this year's Darwin Festival," she said. "As well, we're delighted to sponsor a special presentation of Cambodia's acclaimed Phare Circus at the 2016 OzAsia Festival in Adelaide."
Ms Bishop launched the AAC in September 2015. Applications for grant projects starting in the 2017-18 financial year will open in late February 2017. Further information on the AAC, including details of the grants outcomes, can be found at www.dfat.gov.au/aac