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IRGP – Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC)


This program aims to generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia. It forms part of the International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) which seeks to support the government's foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia.

The council’s mandate is to cover the ten countries of ASEAN: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The 2019 funding priorities are:
- Increase people-to-people linkages between Australia and South-East Asian countries, particularly between people and institutions that have the capacity to influence others.
- Increase knowledge and understanding in Australia of South-East Asian countries, and the opportunities they present.
- Enhance awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asia of each other’s cultures, values and traditions.

The objectives of the council are to:
- 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 between Australia and the countries of South-East Asia.

Grant between $10,000 and $50,000 are available. Co-contributions from the applicant and other parties strengthen their application.

A total funding pool between $250,000 and $500,000 is available in 2019-20 subject to appropriation, starting in July 2019.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be one of the following entity types:
a) Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
b) Consortium with a lead organisation
c) Registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
d) Australian local government body
e) Australian State/Territory government body
f) Corporate Commonwealth entity
g) Australian statutory authority
h) Australian or permanent resident of Australia
- Be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for their project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided they have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university (i.e. their university is the applicant).

Eligible Activities

Eligible costs include:
- Economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport
- Communication and translation
- Venue hire and catering
- Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material
- Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages

Only one participant per conference or meeting and only where the participant is a principal speaker and the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the grant opportunity.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Innovation
- Impact
- Approach
- Team

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation.
- A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
- Capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles.
- Purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment).
- The covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2018-10-22 Download
Guidelines 2019-02-05 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2019
Start By Date 14 Mar 2019
Closing Date 28 Mar 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $10,000
Max.Funding $50,000
Total Funding Pool $500,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Innovation and R&D
Arts : General
Education : General
Multicultural : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Program Administrator
Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC)
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