What is Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement?
The Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. It was signed in 1984 to enhance cooperation across agricultural industries, develop the trading relationship and provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information. The ACACA program operates under this agreement.
The Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) program objectives are to:
- promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture between Australia and China
- develop the agricultural trading relationship between Australia and China
- exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.
The ACACA program is an ongoing program. The 2020 grant opportunity has a total value of $222,000 (GST Exclusive) available in the 2019-20 financial year.
Stream 1 Projects funding: There is no minimum amount for this activity; applicants can apply for a maximum of $50,000 (GST exclusive) for this activity.
Stream 2 Trade missions funding: There is no minimum amount for this activity; applicants can apply for a maximum of $15,000 (GST exclusive) for this activity.
The current funding priorities are:
- food safety, regulatory, biosecurity, trade and investment and service and technology cooperation
- post-harvest storage and waste
- advanced and sustainable agriculture technologies
- commodity production research
- agricultural product processing
- exploration of niche markets
- water in agriculture
- sanitary and phytosanitary training
- animal husbandry
- eCommerce innovation.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- Stream 1: Projects (The project must take place in Australia and/or China)
- collaborative research
- technical exchange
- exchange programs
- attendance at conferences
- working groups
- training programs
- research and development
- information exchanges
- feasibility studies
- master classes.
- Stream 2: Trade missions – Applicants can apply for funding for travel-related expenses. Proposed trade mission activities must be limited to a maximum of:
- a maximum of two (2) trade mission visits in 2020
- a maximum of four (4) members per trade mission.
To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:
- Indigenous Corporation
- Corporate Commonwealth Entity
- Non-Corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
- Commonwealth Company
- Corporate State or Territory Entity
- Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
- Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
- Local Government
- Incorporated Association
- International Entity registered for business with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission
- Sole Trader
- Statutory Entity
- Trustee on behalf of a Trust
- Unincorporated Association
To be eligible the applicant must:
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to obtain one
- are registered for the purposes of GST, or be willing to become registered
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications close 12 February 2020.