Applications for the 2014 and 2015 funding round are now open. Applications close on 28 March 2014

Background and ACACA programme objectives

The Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (the Agreement), a treaty level agreement, was signed in 1984 to enhance cooperation in a wide range of agricultural sectors, to develop the trading relationship and to provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information. Previously, the Agreement facilitated exchange visits between Australia and China by providing financial assistance to successful applicants for travel costs associated with missions. In April 2013, Australia and China agreed to changes to enhance cooperation under the Agreement, which has led to the establishment of the new Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement Programme (ACACA programme).

The ACACA programme is an ongoing, competitive programme with specific funding priorities and funding rounds set every two calendar years. These priorities are agreed between the governments of China and Australia prior to a particular funding round. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture administers the ACACA programme for Australia.

The objective of the ACACA programme is to fund projects that:

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

The objectives of the Agreement are to:

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

Activities and funding

Projects that may qualify for funding under the ACACA programme include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • technical exchanges
  • officer secondments
  • attendance at conferences
  • working groups
  • training programmes
  • workshops
  • research and development
  • information exchanges
  • feasibility studies
  • ‘Master classes’
  • trade missions

Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 (AUD) in funding (GST inclusive where applicable). The project may also include funding contributions by the applicant or third parties in order to improve project deliverables and outcomes and achieve greater programme value.

2014 and 2015 funding round priorities

The agreed funding priorities for 2014 and 2015 are:

  • Science and technology cooperation
    • Food safety
    • Animal Husbandry
    • Post-harvest losses
    • Sustainable agricultural technology
  • Investment Cooperation
    • Two-way information exchanges
  • Trade cooperation
    • Forestry
    • Sanitary and phytosanitary training
    • Enhancing capacity for utilising agricultural products
    • Exploration of niche or emerging markets.
    • Projects must fall within one these funding round priorities.

Application process and important dates

The department is currently accepting applications for funding under the ACACA Programme.

Applications will be accepted until 28 March 2014, applicants must complete and submit an application before this date. It is preferred that completed applications and supporting documentation be emailed to​​​ ACACA.

Alternatively, hard copies may be mailed to:

ACACA Programme Administrator
North Asia Section
Trade and Market Access Division
Department of Agriculture
GPO Box 858

Applicants should read the ACACA Programme Guidelines before completing the application form. The guidelines have all the information you require to understand the processes (including assessment) that your application will undergo and how the information you provide will be treated.

Once your application is assessed, you will be notified once a decision is made.

The expected timeframe for the application assessment process to be completed is summarised in the table below and further detailed in the guidelines.

Milestone Anticipated Dates
Applications Open for the 2014 and 2015 ACACA programme funding round 28 February 2014
Applications Close [4 weeks from day of announcement] 28 March 2014
Decision May 2014
Applicants advised June 2014

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

ACACA contact details

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

Switchboard phone: 1800 019 193
Email: ACACA