Australia-Japan Foundation

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About us

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) is Australia’s oldest cultural council supporting people-to-people links underpinning this key bilateral and regional relationship. 
Established by the Australian Government in 1976, the AJF aims to:

  1. increase awareness and understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
  2. increase awareness and understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
  3. increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

Eminent Australians, appointed to the AJF board, provide a range of expertise and input to Australia’s foreign policy and economic diplomacy priorities through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

The AJF provides grants to projects aligned with the Australian Government’s priorities with funding from the International Relations Grants Program (IRGP). The AJF expands people-to-people and institutional links through programs and partnerships on contemporary issues including in economic diplomacy, the arts, media, education, business, science, technology and sport. 

The AJF has its headquarters in Canberra and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo

Last Updated: 4 October 2016


Contact us

In Australia

  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3898
  • Email: ajf.australia@
  • Mail:
    The Manager
    Australia-Japan Foundation
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent, Barton
    ACT 0221

* Please note, you may contact any AJF Board member through the AJF Secretariat in Canberra.

In Japan

  • Phone: (81 3) 5232 4111
  • Fax: +81 3 5232-4064
  • Email:
  • Mail:
    Australia-Japan Foundation
    Australian Embassy
    2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku
    Tokyo JAPAN 108-8361

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