Australia-Japan Foundation

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Australia-Japan Foundation

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other's country.

As a part of the implementation of the Australian Government's response to the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders, the Australia-Japan Foundation was re-formed within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1 December 2006.

The AJF has its headquarters in Canberra and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Key Activities

Projects and programs supported by the Foundation help promote people-to-people engagement across a diverse range of sectors, including the arts, education, science and technology, sport, local government, community services and business.

The Foundation's annual work program focuses on activities which are aligned with its strategic objectives, which are to:

  1. increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
  2. increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
  3. increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

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Major Programs




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Strategic Ties for the Arts Program


What's New

Australia-Japan Foundation grants program for 2014-15

1 April 2014

All applicants to the Australia-Japan Foundation grants program for 2014-15 are advised that the deadline for submission of applications on smartygrants has been extended to Monday 7 April 12.00 midday (AEST) and 2.00 pm in Japan. The round closes automatically and precisely at these times. We strongly suggest applicants submit their applications well ahead of the deadline where possible. Please note: this will be the only extension to the deadline.
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AJF Address 2014

5 February 2014

AJF Chair Mr Murray McLean AO announces Professor Takatoshi Ito to present the AJF's annual address for 2014 in Melbourne. More


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