Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA)

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.


Eligible Projects

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
    • forums
    • exchange programs
    • attendance at conferences
    • working groups
    • training programs
    • workshops
    • 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.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • 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
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • International Entity registered for business with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Person
  • 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.


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