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.
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:
- increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
- increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
- increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.
Practical teaching materials for loan.
On-line studying reference that introduces Australia to schools.
Multimedia teaching aid to introduce Australian environmental studies for schools.
Strategic Ties for the Arts Program
AJF Funded Publications
Sister M. Clement Baseden visits the Australian Embassy
Sister M. Clement Baseden, former Australian Headmistress of Seiwa Girls High School in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture who received the Australia-Japan Foundation Achievement Award in 2006, visited Australian Embassy today. Sister Clement first came to Japan in 1963 and has played crucial role in establishing the sister-city relationship between Sasebo City and Coffs Harbour, NSW and the Sasebo Japan-Australia Society.
Blind Sports Australia in Japan for exchange program
Australia-Japan Foundation is pleased to support Blind Sports Australia to travel to Japan to participate in the exchange program with Japan Blind Tennis Federation.
30 October - 2 November
The AJF is pleased to support the tour by Polyglot Theatre, a leading contemporary Melbourne-based theatre group, who will bring their new work "We Built This Town" to Minamisanriku in Migayi Prefecture. Read more (press release).
Video footage is available here.
10-12 October 2013
Breath – an assemble trio including shakuhachi player Ms Anne Norman – will visit Fukushima for a series of charity concerts between 10 and 12 October. Breath's Japan tour is funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation as part of their reconstruction initiatives in Tohoku.
3 October 2013
The Australia-Japan Foundation is pleased to support The Click Clack Project's latest event EXTREMITIES. As part of Melbourne Festival The Click Clack Project presents EXTREMITIES, a Japanese sound art experience featuring acclaimed Japanese sound artists Cal Lyall, Masayuki Kawai and Pardon Kimura on Sunday 13 October 2013.
The Click Clack Project Facebook page
Flyer - EXTREMITIES
24 September 2013
The Australia-Japan Foundation is pleased to support the inaugural conference on Japan entitled 'Japan Update 2013' on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at the Australian National University. Read more
28 August 2013
Asialink will present an information session in Canberra on Monday 9 September on its 2014 residency program. Read more
26 August 2013
Victorian Government announces scholarships for Victorians to study Japanese in Japan. Applications close on 22 September 2013. Read more
26 August 2013
Isabella a cappella and the tour to Japan 'Singing for Our Sister'. Read more
18 August 2013
Wadaiko Rindo will perform a fund-raising concert on Sunday 18 August at 144-146 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford in Melbourne ahead of their tour to Kumamoto, Kyushu to participate in "Kumamoto Australia Week 2013" from 16-23 September. Read more
30 July 2013
Application opens online until 20 August 2013.
26 July 2013
We are now seeking applications for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo. Applications must be submitted by 5pm (AEST) Friday 20 September 2013. For information about this significant academic role, please see the position description.
The Australia-Japan Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, welcomes students to Victoria from Japanese disaster zone.
25 March 2013
Twenty young Japanese junior high-school students from the Togura, Shizugawa and Utatsu junior high schools in Minami-Sanriku, one of the areas worst affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will visit Victoria for an eight-day visit commencing today.
24 March – 2 April 2013
The AJF grants round for 2013-14 is now closed
25 March 2013
Further details of progress of the round will be provided as soon as possible.
1 March 2013
27 February 2013
Associate Professor Catriona Elder has been selected as the Visiting Professor of Australian Studies for 2013-14 at the University of Tokyo.
31 January 2013
Australia'’'s support for a community uprooted in the aftermath of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant continued today with the opening of a new mobile library service, by Australian Ambassador to Japan Bruce Miller.
29 January 2013
The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) general grant round for 2013-14 is open from 10.00 pm (AEST) / 1200 pm (Japan) Tuesday 29 January to 12.00 am (AEST) Friday 22 March and 10.00 pm 22 March (Japan).
9 - 10 January 2013
Australia-Japan Foundation Sir Neil Currie Australian Studies Award Special Lectures "Post 3.11 Civil Societies in Australia and Japan: Dialogue and Collaboration" will be held at Tokyo’s Keio University on 9 January and Fukushima University on 10 January 2013.
Specialists, social activists and journalists from Australia and Japan will discuss the new challenges and opportunities between Australia and Japan.