2013 ACYD FAQs


How do I apply to be a delegate at the 2013 ACYD?

  •  Send a cover letter and CV accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a referee to acydapplications@acyd.org.au
  •  Include the subject line: “Application to 2013 ACYD”
  •  The CV, cover letter and letter of recommendation should be attached as a single pdf document.
  •  The cover letter and letter of recommendation should address the question “what unique aspect can you bring to the ACYD?”
  •  You should indicate whether you are applying to be an Australian or Chinese delegate.

When is the deadline for applicants?

  • For Australian applicants, the deadline for applications is 11:59pm AEST, 30 June 2013.
  • For Chinese applicants, the deadline for applications is 11:59 BST, 30 June 2013.

When will I hear back from you?

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview by phone or Skype within approximately two weeks after close of applications.
  • We expect that successful applicants will be informed in mid-July.

Can I submit an application in Chinese or must it be in English?

  • The ACYD is a bilingual dialogue.  Applications in both Chinese and English are accepted.  However, Chinese applicants must also be able to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.

What characteristics are you looking for? What makes a competitive application?

  • ACYD accepts outstanding delegates from a range of backgrounds and experiences and there are no formal criteria other than the age range and citizenship requirements. In all cases the potential to be a leader in your field is considered very important.
  • Biographies of previous delegates are available in the 2010 and 2011 ACYD Summary Reports, available on our website. Information on past Australian delegates can be accessed here, and past Chinese delegates can be accessed here.

What is the typical age of ACYD delegates? How is the age criteria determined?

  • The ACYD is open to Australian and Chinese applicants between the ages of 18 and 35. We understand that within that age range, older applicants are likely to have achieved more than younger applicants by virtue of their age. The ACYD is looking for outstanding delegates who are impressive in relation to their peers, and this is the basis applicants will be assessed on.
  • To be eligible for the ACYD you must be between the ages of 18 to 35 on the 24th of September 2013.

What if I'm ethnically Chinese but my citizenship is neither PRC or Australian, am I eligible?

  • Normally ACYD will only select citizens or residents of China and Australia, but exceptional cases may be considered.  A candidate who is not a citizen of the PRC or a citizen or permanent resident of Australia would need to provide a strong argument in support of their candidacy. There is no cost for applying, and whether you apply or not is up to you, but the ACYD organisers reserve the right to make final decisions about delegate selection.
  • The ACYD welcomes applications from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwanese residents.

What expenses will the ACYD cover?


  • The ACYD will provide all travel for the duration of the ACYD, from Canberra to Melbourne and return.
  • Delegates must make their own arrangements to arrive in Canberra at the beginning of ACYD 2013.
  • The ACYD will provide a $AU 500 subsidy to delegates travelling internationally to attend ACYD 2013.

Other expenses

  • The ACYD will generally cover expenses associated with the ACYD 2013 (but see visa and insurance costs below).  This includes accommodation in Canberra and Melbourne between 24 September 2013 and 29 September 2013, and all food and drink consumed at formal ACYD 2013 events.

Personal expenses

  • The ACYD does not cover personal expenses, such as room service, or food and beverages consumed outside official ACYD 2013 events.  In previous years, delegates have often arranged to visit bars and clubs in the evenings following scheduled events.  Costs incurred visiting bars and clubs are not covered by the ACYD.  If Delegates wish to stay at the ACYD 2013 accommodation beyond 29 September 2013, they will have to make their own arrangements with the hotel.

Are there any fees charged to delegates?

  • No.  ACYD does not charge delegates any fees.

Do I need a Visa?

  • Citizens or residents of China will need a visa to travel to Australia.  Delegates must make applications for a Visitor visa.  The ACYD will provide delegates with a letter of invitation to assist in this process.  All costs associated with visas must be paid by the delegate.  More information on applying for Australian visas can be found here for PRC residents, and here for residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Do I need insurance?

  • Delegates attending ACYD 2013 do so at their own risk in all respects. Delegates are responsible for all their own insurance, including travel, life, injury and theft insurance plus any other insurance delegates may wish to have.  The ACYD bears no liability for any health costs, loss or other expenses incurred by Delegates while attending ACYD 2013.  Delegates are strongly encouraged to take out travel insurance.


  • The ACYD respects applicants’ privacy and will not pass information on to third parties without your consent.  Successful delegates will be required to have their information posted on the ACYD website, and forwarded to our Major Partners.
  • In addition, by accepting an offer as a delegate, you acknowledge and accept that you may appear in photographs and video footage taken by the Australia-China Youth Dialogue during the event. Some of this content may be made available in the public web sphere and/or used in communications and reports in relation to Australia-China Youth Dialogue activities. By agreeing to be interviewed by the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in any format, you agree to share any intellectual property contained in the interview under an appropriate Creative Commons license.

What do I do if I still have questions?

  • If you still have questions please contact the Dialogue’s Human Resources Intern, Yuzhou (Vincent) Hu at vincent.hu@acyd.org.au