Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • Building ties between Australian and Lebanon through rugby league

    Grant funding allowed coaches and match officials from the Lebanese Rugby League Federation to travel to Australia.

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  • Strengthening of academic and cultural ties with Gulf states

    Professor Mohamad Abdalla from the University of South Australia travelled to promote opportunities for academic cooperation.

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  • Visit to Australia by Tunisian youth leaders

    Ten Tunisian youth leaders participated in an intensive three-day democracy education and training course.

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  • Sportswomen from the Middle East kicking goals in Australia

    This initiative brought together female S4D practitioners from across Australia and a number of Arab countries to exchange skills.

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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
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton  ACT  0221 Australia