Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Program

The 2020 ACACA grant opportunity is open from 3 January to 12 February 2020. Find out more information including how to apply.


The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The agreement was signed in 1984 to enhance cooperation across agricultural industries, develop the trading relationship, and to provide a forum for the mutual exchange of scientific information between the two countries.

China is Australia’s largest export market for agricultural, fisheries and forestry products. Our agricultural, fisheries and forestry exports to China were worth $15.1 billion in 2018-19 (source: ABARES 2019).

The ACACA program also helps our farming, fishing and forestry industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and China’s growing market.

The ACACA program objectives are to:

  • promote bilateral cooperation and collaboration in agricultural fisheries, forestry and regulatory, biosecurity and food safety cooperation between Australia and China
  • develop, improve and augment trading relationships and linkages between Australia and China
  • exchange scientific and emerging technology information between Australia and China

2020 grant opportunities

The 2020 ACACA grant program is open from 3 January 2019 to 12 February 2020.

Funding is available for activities that enhance agricultural cooperation between Australia and China, including technical exchanges, training programs, conferences, missions, workshops, information exchanges or programs, industry scoping missions and feasibility studies.

There are two funding streams available:

Stream 1 must be for an eligible project activity undertaken in Australia and/or China.

Stream 2 must be for a trade mission to/from China only.

The 2020 ACACA grants round is being administered by the Australian Government Community Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

To find out more visit Community Grants Hub.

Apply now at GrantConnect.

The ACACA program as an ongoing and competitive grant program, with calls for applications every year, or twice in a calendar year, where funding permits.

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Funding Priorities

The Australian Government works with the Chinese Government to set funding priorities every two calendar years. Subject to funding, these grant opportunities occur at least once per year.

The agreed funding priorities for 2018 and 2019 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
  • advanced agriculture technologies
  • water in agriculture.


The ACACA funds projects and trade missions that:

  • support the objectives of the Agreement
  • align with one or more of the funding 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 programs
  • workshops
  • research and development
  • information exchanges
  • feasibility studies
  • masterclasses.

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

  • international airfares
  • Australian domestic fares
  • 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:

  • Southern rock lobster trade mission to Seafood Show in China
  • Australian soft wheat to China trade mission
  • Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Soil Carbon Measurement Workshop in Tasmania
  • Trade mission to engage with the Chinese vegetable industry to share experiences of food safety management for lettuce and other leafy vegetables
  • A trade mission to the China Fruit and Vegetable Trade Fair in Beijing to expand market opportunities for premium Australian dried grape products
  • An Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania for research and development on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and technology
  • 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
  • A capacity building project on emerging animal diseases of global importance to support bilateral trade in livestock and their products
  • The promotion of opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA for a media program
  • The development of bilateral applications of new spatial and digital technologies for cropping between Australia and China.
Last reviewed: 4 February 2020
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