Applications for the inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue—AJYD 2017—are now open!


About the Dialogue

The inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue will be held in Melbourne, Australia. 20 future leaders—10 from Australia and 10 from Japan—will be selected to attend AJYD 2017. Delegates will participate in an expert-led program of roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, cultural exchanges and social events to foster mutual understanding and expand their professional networks.

Over three days, AJYD 2017 will include discussions on governance and public policy, the ‘Special Strategic Partnership’, the trade relationship after JAEPA, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the future of the bilateral relationship, along with compelling site visits, social activities and special guests. Further information about the AJYD 2017 agenda will be provided in due course.

Flights, accommodation, meals and transfers will be supported by the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue Limited. Applications will close at 11:59pm JST on Friday 27 January 2017.



Applicants must:

  • be aged between 25 and 40 as at the time of application,
  • be a citizen of either Australia or Japan,
  • have a strong command of the English language,
  • be able to demonstrate a proven professional track record and their commitment to the Australia–Japan relationship; and
  • be willing to participate in all sessions, activities and events in the AJYD 2017 program, as well as stay in contact with the AJYD Organising Committee and involved in the AJYD alumni network.

Application Process

Applicants are required to participate in a competitive multi-stage selection process.

Stage 1: Complete your online application

After reading this guidance thoroughly and deciding whether you would like to attend AJYD 2017, please complete the online component of the application process. This involves two steps:

  1. Please complete and submit this questionnaire (Check here for a preview of the questions…)
  2. Please email your CV or resume to: [email protected]

Applicants will be shortlisted by the AJYD Advisory Committee, which will shortlist candidates based on nationality, age, professional promise, English-language ability, and experience and understanding of the partner country.

Stage 2: Phone/Skype interview

The AJYD Advisory Committee will contact shortlisted candidates to arrange an interview via phone or Skype.

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be invited to interview in early February 2017.

Stage 3: Delegates are selected

The AJYD Advisory Committee will determine delegates to AJYD 2017 by assessing shortlisted candidates’ online applications and phone interviews. Diversity is crucial to the success of AJYD 2017, so the AJYD Organising Committee will strive for an equal gender mix and strong cross-sectoral representation.

Delegate spots will be offered to preferred candidates in mid-February. By accepting a position at AJYD 2017, delegates agree to the AJYD 2017 terms and conditions (available here).

​All applicants can expect to hear back from the AJYD Organising Committee by late February. The determination of the AJYD Organising Committee is final.

For more information about the dialogue please visit the AJYD website.

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