Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was first established by the Australian Government in 1976 and re-established in 2006 as an advisory body within the Department. Its purpose is 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. 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 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 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.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    International Agreement / Treaty / Council Order

  • Established By/Under More info

    Executive Council Order

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    30 November 2006

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr. Bruce Miller AO 24 August 2020 23 August 2025
Deputy Chair Prof. Veronica Taylor 1 August 2018 31 July 2022
Member Adam Liaw 1 August 2021 31 July 2024
Member Yuki Nakamura 4 October 2021 3 October 2024
Member Prof. Caroline McMillen AO FAHMS 4 October 2021 3 October 2024
Member Mr. Mark Connors 24 March 2020 23 March 2023
Member Mr. Chris Saines CNZM 24 March 2020 23 March 2023
Member Wendy Holdenson 24 August 2020 23 August 2023
Member Justin Hayhurst 29 June 2020 Determined by the appointer
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