- World Trade Organisation
- Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS Agreement)
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
- Office International des Epizooties (OIE)
- International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
- AusAID's Australian Development Gateway
Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA)
Applications for the 2012-13 funding round are now closed, and the successful applicants have been announced.
The Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) targets groups in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors looking to enhance cooperation and develop linkages with China, including:
- farm, forestry, aquaculture and seafood enterprises
- industry groups
- rural and regional associations
- education, research and academic institutions.
The program focuses on projects that demonstrate commercial potential and provide clear flow-on benefits to the delegation’s broader industry.
The Australian and Chinese governments signed ACACA in 1984. The program enhances cooperation in activities related to agriculture, fisheries and forestry by helping to develop trading relationships and facilitating the exchange of technical information between Australia and China.
DAFF and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China (MOA) jointly fund and administer the agreement. Forestry delegation visits are co-funded by DAFF and the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
ACACA offers a special opportunity for Australian citizens to visit locations within China and to make business contacts that might otherwise not be possible. To enhance the value of the program for Australia, delegates are required to share key lessons and contacts from their visit with their broader industry.
MOA provides the same opportunity for stakeholders in China to visit Australia to establish business contacts.
Since 1984, over 200 delegations have been exchanged in areas as diverse as:
- food safety
- agricultural and food processing, storage and transport
- agricultural economics
- land and water management technology
- Summerfruit: developing the export market for Australian summerfruit to China (Summerfruit Australia Limited).
- Carbon reforestation program: examining the impacts of China’s planned carbon reforestation program on water yield and quality and determining the potential for collaboration for Australian universities and industry (Murdoch University).
- Walnut production and marketing: developing collaborative opportunities with the Chinese walnut industry (Australian Walnut Industry Association).
- Beekeeping: developing economic and technological links with the Chinese beekeeping industry (NSW Department of Primary Industries).
- Southern rock lobster: strengthening the rock lobster supply chain into China (Southern Rocklobster Limited).
- Oaten hay: strengthening linkages with China’s dairy and beef production by providing nutritional information about the benefits of oaten hay (Australian Fodder Industry Association).
ACACA contact details
For more details on ACACA please contact:
ACACA Program Administrator
East Asia Section
Trade and Market Access Division
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Switchboard phone: 1800 019 193
Fax: +61 2 6272 4600
09 Jan 2012