Overview

Our Mission

Over 10,000 miles may separate us.
14 hours may stand between one’s day and the other’s night.
And the greatest ocean may make it seem like we’re a world apart.
Yet we have never been closer than we are today.

In celebrating our many differences, Americans and Australians have always come together under a common belief in freedom, openness and optimism to unite our two great countries.

With ambitious vigor, we forge new paths to progress and embrace our responsibility as world leaders.

For over 70 years, the American Australian Association has connected our two cultures, guided our people and provided new opportunities for a diverse network of trail blazers.

We build enduring connections where culture, commerce and community come together to open the door to boundless possibility.

What We Do

Established by Sir Keith Murdoch in New York City in 1948, the American Australian Association is the leading privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening, strengthening and developing ties across the Pacific. For over 70 years, our programs have connected our two cultures, guided our people and provided new opportunities for a diverse network of trail blazers.

The consistent leadership, influence and cooperation we bring to our two countries allows us to find agile and effective solutions to the challenges that come our way. We have a long and impressive history of serving the relationship between the United States and Australia, providing an important forum for collaboration and exchange between political and business leaders – the US President, Australian Prime Ministers, Federal and State Cabinet Ministers, and the chief executives of leading companies across the United States and Australia have been among the many individuals hosted.

Our scholarships & exchanges champion progress, creativity and expression, providing opportunities to young American and Australian leaders to undertake transformational study, research and professional or artistic development in each other’s country. To date, we have awarded more than US$14million to over 900 graduates, veterans and artists.

We exist to benefit all American and Australians. Whatever your background, we pride ourselves on being actively fair, equitable and inclusive to our diverse membership.

Sir Keith Murdoch

Corporate Members

Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt/Visy Industries (left) and Lachlan Murdoch, Co-Chairman of News Corp and Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Corporation (right)

Our corporate members include many of the most prominent commercial and financial institutions engaged in business between the United States and Australia, showcasing the depth of our countries’ partnership – spanning defense, spacial exploration, arts, education, technology and innovation, energy, infrastructure, sport and many other areas of mutual endeavor. Read more about becoming a Corporate Member here.

American Australian Association in Australia

We opened our Sydney office in 2006 to further the development and enrichment of the bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States. With funding from the Australian Federal Government, we established the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Perth US Asia Centre at the University of Western Australia. We continue to assist in the Centers function and oversight. The Centers are the undisputed leaders of Australian insight into the United States and the Indo-Pacific region. Their research is a vital resource for government leaders and policymakers, academics and researchers, the private sector, the media and the public.

Business & Innovation

The dynamic economic bond between Australia and the United States comes from the connections we help forge between institutions, business and people. By strengthening these bonds, we provide access to new opportunities.

Education

Our Education Fund provides scholarship awards of up to US $40,000 to support graduate-level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Post-Doctoral Research) to American and Australians to study in each other's countries respectively.

Veterans

Our Veterans' Fund provides scholarship awards of up to US $40,000 to support honorably discharged post-9/11 military veterans, from America and Australia, to pursue undergraduate and graduate-level study in each other's countries respectively.

Arts

Our Arts Fund provides scholarships and grants to support American and Australian emerging or early-career artists to pursue artistic development in each other’s countries.

Contact Us

HEADQUARTERS

American Australian Association
50 Broadway, Suite 2003
New York, NY 10004

Telephone: +1 212.338.6860
Fax: +1 212.338.6864
Email: info@americanaustralian.org