The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) was established in 2005 to promote bilateral relations with Thailand and to expand institutional and people-to-people links.
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.
The functions of the ATI are to:
- 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 ;
- 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;
- Administer a grants program under the priority areas of the Business Plan;
- Organise visit programs, carry out joint activities with other organisations and leverage with other DFAT Foundations, Councils and Institutes; and
- 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.
In order to promote and strengthen the Australia-Thailand bilateral relationship, the Australia-Thailand Institute will pursue five goals:
- Contribute to the development of Australia's political and economic relations with Thailand and support Australia's broader diplomatic objectives in Thailand.
- Broaden awareness and understanding in Australia and Thailand of each other's culture, values and traditions, including sport.
- Generate increased institutional and people-to-people contacts between Australia and Thailand.
- Publicly promote the Australia-Thailand relationship and establish relations through media and alumni activities in order to facilitate long-term bilateral links.
- Support the implementation of Australia in the Asian Century White Paper recommendations, in collaboration with sister Institutes.
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.
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.