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IRGP – Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC)


This program aims to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and ten Southeast Asian countries. 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, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 2020 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.
- Wherever possible the Council seeks to expand people‐to‐people and institutional links through partnerships with other organisations and seed funding of projects.

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 $400,000 is available in 2020-21 subject to appropriation, starting in July 2020.

The Australia-ASEAN Council has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to resubmit their applications when the round reopens.

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 2020-03-26 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2020
Start By Date 3 Apr 2020
Closing Date 17 Apr 2020
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 $400,000(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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