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.
AJF Funded Publications
2014 ASAJ International Conference: Sophia Symposium at Sophia University
26-27 July 2014
The 25th anniversary International Conference for Australia Studies Association of Japan will be held on 26 and 27 July. This year's theme is "Transformation of Australian Studies in a Globalising Age". Please refer to the ASAJ Website for details: http://australianstudies.jp/event/
Conference Venue: Sophia University Bld.No.2 (17-101, 102) and others
Please enter from either the front or east gate
Hancho's Meeting In Cowra Side A
15 July 2014
Rinkogun's theatre play, "Honcho's Meeting in Cowra" was first performed in 2013 to illustrate the Cowra Prisoner of War Breakout. This year marks the 70th year since the incident, and the AJF has funded Rinkogun's "Side A" performance which is a collaborative production with Australian actors. The play will be performed in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe in July and then tour Australia to perform at Cowra, Canberra and Sydney in August 2014.
Chair for Australia-Japan Studies
10 July 2014
The Australia-Japan Foundation and the University of Tokyo will collaborate to establish an endowed Chair of Australia-Japan Studies at the University of Tokyo. Rio Tinto Limited, one of Australia's premier companies, will provide funding for an initial three-year period. The Rio Tinto Chair of Australia-Japan Studies will raise the profile of Australia and Japan, and further promote mutual understanding and strengthen ties between the two countries.
Minister Julie Bishop Media Release
Rio Tinto Media Release
Japanese Women Marriage Migrants to Australia
4 July 2014
The AJF is pleased to advise publication of the book by Sir Neil Currie Awardee, Mr Takeshi Hamano, entitled - Japanese Women Marriage Migrants to Australia: Changing Japanese Ethnic Community in Contemporary Australia.
Encouraging Two-way Trade
The Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has just launched its Australia-Japan Business Matching website.
Lecture by Australian Visiting Professor Catoriona Elder - "Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people: Possibilities for Reconciliation in Today's Australia"
Saturday 21 June: 14:00-16:00
Australian Visiting Professor Catoriona Elder will give a lecture titled "Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people: Possibilities for Reconciliation in Today's Australia" at Umeda Satellite Campus of Otemon University in Osaka.
AJF Board Meets with the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
28 May 2014
Australia's Foreign Minister, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP met with the AJF Board on 28 May. The Board met to recommend grants for the 2014-15 period. All applicants will be advised shortly. The board also confirmed the AJF's 2014-17 Strategic Plan.
AJF Fellowship and time at AFP: Ms Beverly Parungao, University of Sydney
19 May 2014
Ms Beverly Parungao, a student of University of Sydney has completed her AJF-funded internship at Tokyo office of L'Agence France-Presse. Her experience in Tokyo is available on the video clip at the website of Media Department of the university.
2014-2015 visiting professors to University Tokyo
1 May 2014
Australia-Japan Foundation welcomes the appointment of the new 2014-2015 visiting professors of Australia Studies at the University of Tokyo.
More (Press Release)
Questacon Launches its Science Circus Tour of Japan Today!
24 April 2014
Questacon, Australia's largest science centre and prominent among the world's leading science centres, starts its five-week tour of Japan today. Questecon was established through generous funding from the Japanese Government and the Keidanren as a Bicentennial gift to the people and Government of Australia. The visit commences in Tokyo then goes to four tsunami-recovering communities in the Tohoku region.
More (Questecon media release)
Questecon's 2014 Science Circus Tour of Japan
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.
24 March 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
29 January 2014
The AJF Major Grants round for 2014-15 is now open until Monday 4 April, 7pm (AEST) and 5pm (Japan). Please see the AJF Funding Guidelines for full details.