CAAR Business Plan 2018-2019


To strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building a greater appreciation of each other's cultures and values.


The 2018-19 objectives for the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) are to:

    • build on the success of the CAAR Flagship programs;
    • ensure that the CAAR grants program aligns with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Public Diplomacy agenda and regional priorities, and the CAAR's Strategic Plan; and
    • develop a full calendar year of effective and engaging CAAR projects that recognise important regional/bilateral events or anniversaries.


In 2018-19, the CAAR Board Members will:

    • promote the CAAR's profile through social media, in order to increase awareness of the Council's work and to further its mission;
    • promote the grants round to potential applicants that would:
      • represent a diverse cross-section of Australia and the Arab world;
      • recognise important events/anniversaries;
      • align with the Flagship Programs, and/or one of CAAR's 2018 Priorities: Economic Change, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Human Rights or Social Change; and
      • build strong community and international stakeholder relationships, including the Board identifying one major partnership for sponsorship.


Board and Secretariat:There are eight Board members (Chair and seven Board Members – one of whom will be appointed Deputy Chair) and two ex officio members from DFAT and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).  The Secretariat is based in the Middle East Branch of DFAT and comprises of a Manager and Program Officer.   

Total 2018-19 IRGP allocation: A$455,000 Administered funding

Last Updated: 2 January 2018