Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Programme

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The 2017 ​ACACA programme funding round has now closed and eligible applications are currently being assessed.

The department advertises funding rounds on the GrantConnect website for all Australian Government grant opportunities and by notifying the subscribers to the ACACA mailing list.

The department recommends creating a ‘new user registration’ on GrantConnect and also subscribing to the ACACA mailing list to keep informed about future rounds and the programme.

Questions and answers

Please see Questions and answers for additional information about the 2017 ACACA programme funding round now closed.

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ACACA programme objectives and background

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 grant programme, with calls for applications every year, 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, totalling over US$120 billion per annum, and is Australia’s largest agriculture export market (by value) with A$11.1 billion exported in 2015.

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 at least once per year subject to funding availability. Priorities and target areas of cooperation will be reviewed before each 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.

Activities that may qualify for 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.

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

  • international airfares
  • 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:

  • the introduction and demonstration of e-Bale technology, a tracking system for wool bales, to the Chinese wool industry and to exchange information related to the potential of the technology
  • the development of bilateral applications of new spatial and digital technologies for cropping between Australia and China
  • promotion of opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA by the ABC Landline program

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