Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Program

​​​​​The 2018 ACACA grant opportunity closed on 13 March 2018.

The department recommends creating a ‘new user registration’ on GrantConnect  and subscribing to the ACACA mailing list to keep informed about future grant opportunities for this program.

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ACACA program objectives and funding priorities

The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments designed to develop Australia’s agriculture and agricultural trading relationship with China. The ACACA program operates under this agreement as an ongoing, competitive grant program, with calls for applications every year.

China is Australia’s largest export market for agricultural, fisheries and forestry products, worth almost $11.8 billion in 2016-17. The ACACA program helps our farming, fishing and forestry industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

The ACACA program objectives are to:

  • promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture between Australia and China
  • develop the agriculture trading relationship
  • exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.

Funding priorities are set every two calendar years as agreed by the Chinese and Australian governments. Grant opportunities will occur at least once per year subject to funding availability. Priorities and target areas of cooperation may be reviewed before each grant opportunity. The agreed funding priorities for 2018 and 2019 are:

  • eCommerce innovation
  • science and technology cooperation
  • sustainable agricultural technology
  • post-harvest storage and waste
  • sanitary and phytosanitary training
  • agricultural products processing
  • animal husbandry
  • food safety
  • trade and investment cooperation
  • commodity production research
  • exploration of niche markets
  • advanced agriculture technologies
  • water in agriculture.


The ACACA funds projects and trade missions that:

  • support the objectives of the Agreement
  • align with one or more of the funding priorities
  • provide flow-on benefits for the applicant, project participants and the applicant’s broader industry or sector.

Activities that may qualify for project funding include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • technical exchanges
  • officer transfer
  • attendance at conferences
  • working groups
  • training programs
  • workshops
  • research and development
  • information exchanges
  • feasibility studies
  • master classes.

Expenses that may qualify for trade mission funding include, but are not limited, to:

  • international airfares
  • Australian domestic fares (as required)
  • translation services in advance of the mission
  • single-entry visas into China
  • travel insurance
  • small daily allowances (at the Australian government allowance rate) for discretional items (for example, tips, newspapers or personal items)
  • conference fees.

Examples of previous ACACA-funded projects include:

  • A trade mission to the China Fruit and Vegetable Trade Fair in Beijing to expand market opportunities for premium Australian dried grape products
  • An Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania for research and development on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and technology
  • The introduction and demonstration of e-Bale technology, a tracking system for wool bales, to the Chinese wool industry and to exchange information related to the potential of the technology
  • A capacity building project on emerging animal diseases of global importance to support bilateral trade in livestock and their products
  • The promotion of opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA for a media program
  • The development of bilateral applications of new spatial and digital technologies for cropping between Australia and China

ACACA 2018 Grant Opportunity - Questions and Answers

These Questions and Answers are a guide only. It is recommended that you also refer to the ACACA guidelines for definitive information. Applicants may not be required to complete every section of the online application form. The online application form will generate relevant sections based on answers given to previous sections.

Australia-China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Program 2018 Grant Opportunity Questions and Answers

ACACA contact details

ACACA Program Administrator
Trade and Market Access Division
Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1800 019 193
Email: ACACA