About Us

Welcome! The Australia China Youth Association (ACYA) is the only youth-administered NGO run for its members, by its members that works to actively foster a transnational community of young Australians and Chinese interested in furthering understanding of each other’s countries. Focusing chiefly on young people between the ages of 18 to 30, ACYA’s objectives are to facilitate and develop lasting bilateral friendships, partnerships and opportunities across a variety of social sectors, including but not limited to: business, academia, government, sport and the arts.

The Three Pillars & More

ACYA’s broad engagement is centred on three organisational pillars: Careers, Education and People-to-People (P2P) exchange. Since its inception in 2008 by Australian university students Henry Makeham, Huw Pohlner, and Dom Delany while they were studying in Beijing, ACYA has well and truly grown into a vibrant community of its own. ACYA’s founders are no longer directly involved in the organisation, having each gone on to pursue other exciting initiatives in the bilateral relationship.

Through its extensive network of 26 local Chapters and National Executive Committee, ACYA hosts a plethora of events, unique internship, scholarship and volunteering opportunities. Some of these have been self-administered, and many others as partnerships, made possible due to the longstanding and generous support of our various institutional partners.

Alongside these, ACYA administers an annual conference aimed at providing professional skills training to passionate, up and coming youth leaders involved in Australia-China affairs.

These same voices and others are also regularly featured in ACYA’s various publications. These are namely the bilingual, peer-reviewed Journal of Australia China Affairs with the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, the Australia-China Perspectives Blog, the ACYA Newsletter, AustraliaBites, and ChinaBites respectively.

Membership & Involvement

ACYA operates through 26 Chapter Committee; 19 at Australian universities and 7 in Chinese cities. Together with the ACYA National Executive, these Chapter Committees and the rest of ACYA’s 6000+ strong membership comprises an extensive network of young people from diverse social, cultural and sectoral backgrounds. It is through the tireless volunteer contributions of the committees and members that ACYA is able to enjoy its premier position in youth bilateral affairs today.

Membership at Chapters is subject to the local circumstances of each committee, and subscription to our publications are free, so don’t hesitate to sign up or express an interest to get involved by contacting us directly or one of our committees; we’re always open to the involvement of energetic and passionate young people, without which ACYA would not be able to continue grow, create, and sustain new, previously unavailable projects, events, publications and much more.

In doing so, you will be helping us foster a vibrant community of young Australians interested in China and young Chinese interested in Australia promoting bilateral relations at both a grassroots and public advocacy level for decades to come.

We look forward to meeting you.