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
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.
Closing Date: Monday, 1 April 2013