Applications for the 2013 ACYD - CLOSED


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Call for delegate applications to the

2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

The Asia Dream

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) is currently accepting applicants for the 2013 ACYD, to be held in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia from 24 to 29 September, 2013. Delegate applications are open until 30 June for both Chinese and Australian applicants.


The ACYD promotes frequent and meaningful engagement between young adults in China and Australia who are interested in furthering Australia-China relations. The ACYD was founded to promote sophisticated cross-cultural understanding among Australian and Chinese and to enhance Sino-Australian relations by bringing together key people from both sides to forge deeper connections for the future.

2013 ACYD

This year the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in partnership with the China University Media Union and the All-China Youth Federation’s “Dialogue with the World" series will present the 2013 ACYD from Canberra and Melbourne, Australia.

From 24 to 29 September, the 2013 ACYD will bring together 30 future leaders from Australia and China to discuss, debate and analyse key issues that will shape Sino-Australian relations in the coming decades. Issues on the agenda for the ACYD 2013 include:

  • Energy and climate change
  • Governance and law
  • Trade and investment
  • Cultural diplomacy

Previous ACYD speakers have included The Hon Bob Hawke AC (former Prime Minister of Australia), HE Ms Frances Adamson (Australian Ambassador to China), Jing Ulrich (Managing Director and Chairman of Global Markets, JP Morgan), The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Former Australian High Court Justice), Michael Lynch CBE AM (CEO West Kowloon Cultural District Authority), Justin Yifu Lin, (Former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank) and Professor Ma Jun (Chinese environmentalist and investigative journalist).

Apply now!

We are currently seeking applications from exceptional young Australians and Chinese aged 18-35 who have a demonstrated interest and engagement in Sino-Australian affairs whether through international relations, politics, defence/security, journalism, international business, law, academia, sport or creative industries.

Applicant requirements

To be eligible to apply as a delegate to the 2013 ACYD you must be:

  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Australian (Citizen or Permanent Resident) or Chinese
  • Have a demonstrated interest and engagement in Sino-Australian relations
  • A willingness to engage with other delegates and meaningfully participate in the programs provided throughout the 2013 ACYD

Application process

To be considered for this program, interested parties should submit the following materials by 11:59pm AEST Sunday 30 June to with the subject line “Application for 2013 ACYD":

  • Current CV, including nationality and date of birth
  • Cover letter
  • A letter of recommendation (from a referee)
  • The CV, cover letter and letter of recommendation should be attached as a single PDF.
  • Your cover letter should address:
    • Whether you are applying to be an Australian or Chinese delegate
    • What unique aspect you can bring to the 2013 ACYD.

More information

For more information about the 2013 ACYD, including Frequently Asked Questions, a documentary of the 2012 Dialogue, and a confirmed list of speakers please visit: Follow the ACYD on Twitter for regular updates at

Contact  - Australia

Hayley Ward Public Affairs Manager, ACYD

+61 421 792 274

Contact  - China

Liang Xiaoyan Communications Manager, ACYD

+86 139 1660 5493

Please Note: The successful delegates must be able to organize their own transport to and from Canberra. A $AU 500 subsidy will be provided to delegates travelling internationally. The Australia-China Youth Dialogue does not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury incurred during the Dialogue. All delegates will be responsible for their own travel and personal insurance throughout the duration of the 2013 ACYD. 

Further, the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, its Major Partners, and its Associate Partners reserve the right to use your image taken during the dialogue for any promotional material related to the dialogue.