Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • 2018-19 CAAR Grants Round dates announced

    The 2018-19 CAAR Grants Round will open for applications on 5 February, and close on 4 April 2018.

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  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations grants

    The CAAR grants program supports projects that celebrate and strengthen links between Australia and the Arab world.

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  • 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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  • 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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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.

More on CAAR

Last Updated: 5 April 2018

Contact us


Phone: (02) 6261 2090


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