CAAR Business Plan 2019-2020


To broaden and 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 2019-20 objectives for the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) are to:

  • build on the success of the CAAR Flagship programs: CAAR Speakers, CAAR Visitors, CAAR Exchanges and Women in Leadership
  • ensure that the CAAR grants program aligns with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Public Diplomacy strategy and regional priorities, and the CAAR's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan; and
  • develop a full calendar year of effective and engaging CAAR projects that recognise important regional/bilateral events or anniversaries.


In 2019-20, 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 four Flagship Programs and/or one of CAAR's 2019 Priorities:
      1. Innovation and Sustainability  (e.g. environment, energy, waste management)
      2. Arts and Culture
      3. Social change  (e.g. Work Health & Safety (WHS), health promotion, food/water safety, disease prevention)  
    • build strong community and international stakeholder relationships, including the Board identifying one major partnership for sponsorship;
  • promote, encourage and contribute to the Dubai Expo 2020. 


Board and Secretariat: There are up to eight Board members (Chair, Deputy Chair and up to six Board Members appointed by the Foreign Minister 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 2019-20 IRGP allocation: A$455,000 Administered funding

Last Updated: 3 December 2018