Up to $55,000 is available from Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement to support projects or trade missions which promote cooperative agricultural relationships with China.
Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA)
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 provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information. The ACACA program operates under this agreement.
The program’s funding priorities are agreed between DAWR and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China every two years who may review and alter the priorities annually by mutual agreement. It is an ongoing program and advertises a grant opportunity (funding round) every calendar year; twice in a calendar year where funding permits. The beneficiaries of the ACACA program are Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, organisations, businesses and individuals (and their respective industry or sector) who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China in agriculture.
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 2019 grant opportunity provides funding for two streams of activities, which are:
- Stream 1 Projects—funding to undertake a project in Australia and/or China
- Stream 2 Trade missions—funding to cover travel costs for trade missions to China
The ACACA program is an ongoing program. The 2019 grant opportunity has a total value of $100,000 (GST Inclusive) available. Proposed activities (project and/or trade mission) may include funding contributions from the applicant or from third parties.
- Stream 1 Projects funding – Applicants can apply for a maximum of $40,000 (GST inclusive) for a project activity
- Stream 2 Trade missions funding – Applicants can apply for a maximum of $12,500 (GST inclusive) for a trade mission activity.
The agreed funding priorities this grant opportunity (funding round) are:
- eCommerce innovation
- sustainable agricultural technology
- sanitary and phytosanitary training
- agricultural products processing
- commodity production research
- science and technology cooperation
- post-harvest storage and waste
- animal husbandry
- food safety
- trade and investment cooperation
- exploration of niche markets
- advanced agriculture technologies
- water in agriculture.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- Stream 1: Projects (The project must take place in Australia and/or China)
- technical exchange
- officer transfer
- 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:
- two trade mission visits in 2019
- four 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
- 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)
- be registered for the purposes of GST
- if an individual, be a permanent resident of Australia
- if an entity, be registered to operate in Australia
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications close 30 April 2019.