Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Australia-China Council

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council (ACC) was established by the Australian Government in 1978 to promote mutual understanding and foster people-to-people relations between Australia and China.

New Chair

The Hon Warwick Smith AM has been appointed as the new Chair of the ACC for a period of five years.

Mr Smith brings extensive experience in business, and a wealth of knowledge and linkages with China to the role. Mr Smith will further the vital work of the Council in enhancing "people-to-people" relations between Australia and China.

Mr Smith is currently the Chairman for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (NSW and ACT), and Chairman, Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity, which holds diverse interests in broadcasting, mining, construction machinery and investments across Australia and Asia.

Prior to his current roles, Mr Smith was an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank (1998–2006), Deputy Chair of Asia Society (2003–2009), Chairman of the Australia-China Business Council (2003–2006) and a member of the Federal Parliament from December 1984 to March 1993 and 1996 to October 1998 when he was Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government and Member assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney Olympics (1996–1998) and Minister for Family Services (1996–1998).

In 2008, Mr Smith was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, to the telecommunications industry as a contributor of reform and debate within the sector, to the promotion of international trade and tourism, and to philanthropy through a range of charitable and community organisations.

Australian Studies in China

The ACC has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over twenty-five Australian Studies Centres across China to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Australia in China.

Closing dates for Australian Studies in China Program 2011-12

Competitive Projects:
currently open,
close on Friday 30 September 2011
Output Awards:
TBA
Book Prizes:
TBA

Competitive Project Grants

Competitive Project grants are awarded to individuals or collaborative teams for specific projects to be undertaken in the forthcoming year. Grants can be awarded for research projects; curriculum and faculty staff development; publishing subsidies; and other Australian Studies initiatives (including special events, public lectures and conferences, website development, and other activities to promote Australian Studies).

More details: Australian Studies in China Program.

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