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 Dinner for the Rt. Hon. Dr. H.V. Evatt, New York, 1949

About Us


The American Australian Association was established in New York City in 1948 to promote cooperation and understanding between the United States and Australia.  For over 65 years, it has provided an important forum for exchange between political and business leaders across the United States and Australia. Every Australian Prime Minister who has served since 1950 and the chief executives of leading companies across the United States and Australia have been among the many individuals hosted by the Association.


The Association’s gala event, the Annual Benefit Dinner, honors prominent corporate American and Australian leaders and raises proceeds for the Association and its Education Fund, which supports post-graduate study and research between Australia and the United States.  The Fund is the largest source of privately funded educational Fellowships between the two countries. Since its launch in 2002, the Education Fund has granted awards to more than 200 Fellows, totaling over $5.5 million. 


The other marquee event is the Australia Day Black Tie Gala which is held to commemorate Australia Day and to celebrate the Australian American partnership.


The Association has a long and impressive history of serving the relationship between the United States and Australia and our corporate membership includes many of the most prominent commercial and financial institutions engaged in business between the United States and Australia.


With a long history of shared cooperation and security interests, Australia has participated alongside the United States in every military conflict in the last 70 years. Australia is a reliable ally, security partner and friend of the United States.  Such cooperation supports joint efforts against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Australia supports the continued commitment of the United States to the Asia-Pacific. 

The Association is headquartered in New York City and has small regional operations in Los Angeles and Boston.  It is closely affiliated with the American Australian Association Ltd, in Sydney, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and the Perth US Asia Centre at the University of Western Australia. 


The American Australian Association's purpose is to broaden, strengthen and encourage ties across the Pacific through corporate, educational, economic, social and cultural activities, and people to people exchange.


The Association largely owes its inspiration to the late Sir Keith Murdoch. Following the end of World War II, Sir Keith recognized the importance of maintaining the strong relationship that had begun to develop between Australia and the United States throughout the war. His intention was to encourage American governmental and business interests in Australia through the establishment of an association devoted to American Australian relations.


The American Australian Association was incorporated in 1948 as a Chamber of Commerce with the primary objective of providing a forum for the political and business leaders of America and Australia to meet and to encourage the development of new commerce and investment.  In 1996 it merged with the Australia Society and became a non-profit organization.


The American Australian Association delivers a wide range of programs and events to further its mission of promoting international understanding and communication; and developing a strong and robust relationship between America and Australia.
  • Corporate & Government
  • Social & Cultural
  • Education Fund
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
  • Philanthropic
  • California Region
  • New England Region

Contact Us


American Australian Association

50 Broadway, Suite 2003

New York, NY 10004


Telephone I (212) 338-6860

Fax I (212) 338-6864

Email I information@aaanyc.org



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