The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments.
The program works to develop Australia’s agriculture and agricultural trading relationship with China. It also helps our farming, fishing and forestry industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).
China is Australia’s largest export market for agricultural, fisheries and forestry products. Our exports to China were worth $13.6 billion in 2017-18.
The ACACA program objectives are to:
- promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and forestry between Australia and China
- develop the agriculture trading relationship
- exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.
2019 Grant Opportunities
The ACACA program operates under this agreement as an ongoing and competitive grant program, with calls for applications every year.
The 2019 ACACA grants round is being administered by the Australian Government Community Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Agriculture.
You can find more information on the 2019 ACACA grants round, and how to apply at the
Community Grants Hub.
The Australian Government works with the Chinese Government to set funding priorities every two calendar years. Subject to funding, these grant opportunities occur at least once per year.
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
- research and development
- information exchanges
- feasibility studies
Expenses that may qualify for trade mission funding include, but are not limited, to:
- international airfares
- Australian domestic fares
- 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.