Australian Embassy

Development cooperation

Development Cooperation

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the Australian Government's foreign aid program. The Australian Embassy, Beijing, is responsible for development cooperation between the Governments of Australia and China. Please visit for more information.


The Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget. The program provides funding to local communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interests. Read more about DAP here.

Applications for the 2022-2023 funding cycle of the Australian Embassy’s DAP are now open. Interested applicants can read more about DAP and how to apply here.

Applications for the 2021-2022 funding cycle are now closed.  Click here.

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 Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

ACIAR, established in June 1982, is an Australian Government statutory authority that operates as part of Australia's aid program within the foreign affairs and trade portfolio. It contributes to the aid program’s objectives of advancing Australia's national interests through poverty reduction and sustainable development by funding agricultural research and development projects jointly carried out by scientists from Australia and partner countries. More information on ACIAR, including details of its program in China, can be found at: