The Australia-Japan Foundation is a
joint foundation first established in 1976. Its aim is to
fortify the Australia-Japan bond across a wide range of
sectors from education, culture and at the same time
The foundation’s headquarters is located in Canberra and it
is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in
Projects and programs supported by the Australia Japan
foundation help foster people-to-people interaction and
engagement in a wide range of areas.
activities increase understanding in Japan and Australian
shared interests recognizing each others’ importance as an
economic and strategic partner.
The Australia Japan Foundation is
geared in delivering high quality programs that
cater to particular themes of interests. First is
the economic and trade relationship of the two
countries. Second are the security and regional/
international relations that zeroes in on the shared
contribution of the two nations in promoting peace
and stability not only in its borders but the rest
of the world.
Third is the cooperation of
individuals as well as institutions in the field of
education and science. Ultimately, this facet is
aimed at enhancing research and educational
development and other areas of contemporary
interests. Society and culture lies in the fourth
place. Professional, community and institutional
linkages are further strengthened leading to
enhanced mutual understanding and goodwill.
Lastly, the fifth theme of the
facet is communication, information and advocacy of
information. Comprehensive, up to date relevant information
is exchanged between the two nations to project a positive
and accurate image of the countries to its constituents.
One of the goals of the
foundation is to deliver self-sustaining projects to
both countries. Projects that have the potential to
deliver medium to long term outcomes and in the
course of the project, engage current and future
influential supporters and advocates.
projects, the Australia Japan foundation hopes to
maximize benefits at the same time minimizing the
cost needed to sustain these endeavors.
The Australia Japan foundation has given numerous
grants to different individuals and institutions all
of which whose projects adhere to the goals and
visions of the foundation.The Foundation
assesses and weighs grant applications on the likely
benefits a given project will bring, rather than the amount
actually requested. It exercises substantial flexibility in
the amounts disbursed as grants and the conditions attached
to these grants. When a project is of exceptional quality,
but financially outside the Foundation's resources in
funding, it may decide to award the applicant a grant
conditional on funds being raised from other sources.
However, even with the diverse range of grants given by the
Australia Japan foundation or their policy for giving
funding to innovative proposals, grants are not normally
available for a number of purposes. Examples of these are
capital expenditure in real property, equipment or computer
software, or funding support to grant-giving organizations
for their respective activities mainly involving their own
personnel, to name a few.