Your Guide to the 11th Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD)

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If you have an interest in the Australia-China relationship, then this could be the perfect next step in your journey.

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) is the preeminent interdisciplinary early to mid- career leaders dialogue between Australia and China. The ACYD was founded in 2010 on the back of a need for more institutionalised dialogue between Australia and China, and takes place annually in either country.

The ACYD aims to promote frequent and meaningful engagement between young adults in China and Australia who are interested in furthering Australia-China relations.

ACYD’s core objectives are to:

  • Develop a community of Australian and Greater Chinese young leaders from a range of backgrounds to create long-term, mutually beneficial relationships
  • Position young influential leaders to be active, visible and constructive figures in Australia and Greater China affairs
  • Leverage ACYD’s community to promote awareness and understanding of culture and society in the public interest

So…what actually happens over the Dialogue?

Over the course of four days, delegates will learn from some of the best and brightest involved in the Australia-China relationship by discussing issues pertinent to the relationship. Previous speakers have included The Hon Malcom Turnbull, The Hon Kevin Rudd, The Hon. Bob Carr, The Hon. Warrick Smith, Ms Frances Adamson, Justin Yifu Lin, John W.H. Denton AO, Dr Linda Jakobson, Jiang Kejun, Richard McGregor, Su-Lin Tan, Prof Kerry Brown, Kaiser Kuo, Penny Burt, and more. You can view a full list of past speakers on the ACYD website here.

This year the dialogue will take place in Hobart, Tasmania from 23-26 July with the theme being Global Responsibility. Each day will focus on a topic, including geopolitics, trade and investment, sustainability and the arts. Panel discussions are interspersed with interactive group activities, including site visits and social functions.

The connections and communities formed between delegates each year remain one of the strongest and long-lasting takeaways from the dialogue. Post-dialogue, delegates are welcomed into the global ACYD alumni network. The ACYD then hosts both in-person and online events for alumni.

Who can apply?

Anyone aged between 25 to 40 wanting to join the conversation is encouraged to apply. Whether you work in finance, law, academia, international relations, language, history, arts, IT or something else entirely, in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world, each and every sector now touches on the Australia-China relationship.

How do I apply?

Does this sound like something you are interested in, then APPLY HERE

Applications close on Monday 19 April 2021.

The application process requires you to provide:

  • Your educational background
  • What industry your career is most focussed on
  • What countries you have lived in
  • A resume
  • A letter outlining your motivation to attend (max. 300 words)
  • A letter of endorsement (one page)

There has never been a more fitting time to join the discussion on Australia-China relations. The next generation of Aus-China leaders will have their work cut out for them. Events like the ACYD remain committed to the future of bilateral relations.

Looking for more inspiration for engaging with China? Make sure to take a look at our China Options section to delve deeper into study, volunteer and work opportunities in the Australia-China space!

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Zach Eggleston

Zach works in communications at both the Australia China Business Council and the Australia China Youth Dialogue. A Mandarin speaker with an Asian Studies major from La Trobe University in Melbourne, he has spent extensive time studying in Shanghai, Chongqing and Taiwan.

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