Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Programme

​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the 2016 to 2017 ACACA programme funding round are now open for projects and trade missions that develop Australia’s agricultural trading relationship with China.

Applications close on 11 March 2016.​

If you have an idea for a project or a trade mission initiative that will promote bilateral cooperation with China, read the programme guidelines and submit an application.

To keep informed on the programme, subscribe to the ACACA mailing list.

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Background and ACACA programme objectives

The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments designed to:

  • enhance cooperation across agricultural industries
  • develop the trading relationship
  • provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information.

The Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement programme (ACACA programme) operates under this agreement. It is an ongoing, competitive programme, with funding rounds every two calendar years, designed to develop Australia’s agricultural trading relationship with China.

China is now the world’s second largest importer of agricultural, food and fishery products, worth almost US$119 billion in CY2014. The ACACA programme helps our farming and fishing industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

The objectives of the ACACA are to:

  • promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture between Australia and China
  • develop the trading relationship
  • exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.

Specific funding priorities and rounds are set every two calendar years as agreed by the Chinese and Australian governments. The programme will call for applications twice during the ACACA 2016 to 2017 programme funding round. These calls will occur annually. Priorities and target areas of cooperation will be reviewed before the second call for applications.

The agreed priorities and target areas of cooperation for the 2016 to 2017 funding round are:

  • eCommerce innovation
  • science and technology cooperation
  • sustainable agricultural technology
  • post-harvest storage and waste
  • sanitary and phytosanitary training
  • agricultural products processing
  • animal husbandry
  • food safety
  • trade and investment cooperation
  • commodity production research
  • exploration of niche markets.

Activities and funding

The ACACA funds projects and trade missions that:

  • support the objectives of the Agreement
  • align with one or more of the funding round priorities
  • provide flow-on benefits for the applicant, project participants and the applicant’s broader industry or sector.

Applicants can apply for up to A$44,000 (GST inclusive) for a project. The project may include funding contributions by the applicant or third parties in order to improve project deliverables and outcomes and achieve greater programme value.

Note: Organisations that are a government-related entity for GST purposes can apply for up to A$40,000 (GST exclusive) for a project.

Activities that may qualify for Stream 1 Project funding include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • technical exchanges
  • officer transfer
  • attendance at conferences
  • working groups
  • training programmes
  • workshops
  • research and development
  • information exchanges
  • feasibility studies
  • master classes.

Applicants can apply for up to A$16 500 (GST inclusive) for a trade mission. The trade mission may also include funding contributions by the applicant or third parties in order to improve project deliverables and outcomes and achieve greater programme value.

Note: Organisations that are a government-related entity for GST purposes can apply for up to A$15,000 (GST exclusive) for a trade mission.

Expenses that may qualify for trade mission funding include, but are not limited, to:

  • international airfares (including business class)
  • Australian domestic fares (as required)
  • translation services in advance of the mission
  • single-entry visas into China
  • travel insurance
  • small daily allowances (at the Australian government allowance rate) for discretional items (for example, tips, newspapers or personal items)
  • conference fees.

Examples of previous ACACA-funded projects include:

  • ​a joint research project to enhance the functionality of Australian oats exported to China
  • the development of bilateral applications of new spatial and digital technologies for cropping between Australia and China
  • facilitation of a trade mission focused on enhancing cooperation and exchange with China on genetically modified organism regulation and trials.

Application process

Applications for the 2016-17 funding round are now open.

The guidelines set out the programme objective, funding priorities, assessment criteria and other relevant information. It is important you read and become familiar with these guidelines prior to submitting an application.

Download the programme application form (under the attachments section on this page) and follow the instructions. Completed applications can be submitted by email or posted in hard copy to the programme manager (see contact details below).

Second call for applications

The second call for applications for the 2016 to 2017 ACACA funding round will be announced in late 2016.

The department will call for applications using the ACACA mailing list. Please subscribe to the list if you would like to keep informed on the process.

ACACA contact details

ACACA Programme Administrator
North Asia Section
Trade and Market Access Division
Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1800 019 193
Email: AC​ACA

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Last reviewed:
18 Feb 2016