Foreign Affairs and Trade
The mission of the Australia-ASEAN Council is to broaden and deepen the relationship between Australia and the countries of South-East Asia and to undertake and support programs that strengthen next-generation links between Australia and the region. This advisory body forms part of the International Relations Grants Program (IRGP). The IRGP supports the Government's foreign and trade policies and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including the arts, media, education, business, science, technology and sport. The objectives of the Council are: - Initiate and support influential persons and groups in Australia and South-East Asian countries, with activities that encourage a greater interest in the development of cooperation and collaboration between the countries, including trade and economic relations and people-to-people links; - Promote cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and South-East Asian countries which enhance learning, teaching and research in areas of mutual interest; - Broaden awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asian countries of each other's culture, values and traditions through increased people-to-people capabilities, strengths and opportunities; - Promote the Australia-ASEAN region relationship and foster relations through media and alumni activities in order to facilitate long-term bilateral links; and - Wherever possible the AAC seeks to expand people-to-people and institutional links through partnerships with other organisations and seed funding of projects.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under


  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    8 September 2015

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Christine Holgate 3 July 2018 2 July 2021
Member Prof. Alice Woodhead 3 July 2018 2 July 2021
Member Dr. Imran Lum 3 July 2018 2 July 2021
Member Mr. Greg Earl 3 July 2018 2 July 2021
Member Ms. Lesley Alway 3 July 2018 2 July 2021
Member VACANT    
Member VACANT    
Member Deputy Secretary Mr. Richard Maude 29 January 2018 Determined by the appointer
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