Council on Australia Latin America Relations
Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) was established by the Australian Government in 2001 to enhance Australia's economic, political and social relations with Latin America. 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 Council's objectives are: - To strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the areas of mutual economic support (encompassing two way trade and investment), education and research, sporting culture and tourism, aligned closely with the policy of economic diplomacy. - To leverage COALAR's extensive network of business stakeholders to encourage closer engagement at a corporate level between Australia and Latin America. - To increase engagement with and understanding of Australia in Latin America and of Latin America in Australia. - To provide advice to government about opportunities that will enhance the Australia-Latin America relationship including tourism, education, visa arrangements, financial and taxation agreements and aviation policy.
Type of Body
D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation
Established By / Under
Max No. of Board/Committee Members
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
1 March 2001
Current board appointments
|Position||Appointee||Start Date||End Date|
|Member||Ms. Valeria Alvano Toloza||1 August 2018||31 July 2021|
|Member||Ms. Pia Miller||1 August 2018||31 July 2021|
|Member||Deputy Secretary Mr. Christopher Langman PSM||7 December 2017||Determined by the appointer|