The ASAA makes regular submissions to governments and universities on matters relating to Asian Studies, the professional interests of our members, tertiary and secondary education about Asia, and Asia-Australia relations. Statements and letters are available below. 

Statements and Letters

  • 2024 Submission to Department of Education and ARC Review into the National Competitive Grants Program 
  • 2023 Submission to the Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040
  • 2022 ASAA Submission to Australian Universities Accord
  • 2021 Letter to Federal government ministers on Australia’s response to the Afghanistan crisis
  • ASAA Statement of concern re. cuts to staff with Asia expertise at UWA
  • ASAA submission international education
  • A report on the establishment of the Advanced Japanese Language Network and the current state of advanced Japanese language programs at university level in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
  • A collection of articles by members and affiliates on media outlets across Australia and abroad, collated here
  • A statement regarding the cancellation of four Asian language programs across Australia
  • A statement on the axing of language studies at Swinburne University and the proposed closure of Indonesian studies at Murdoch University
  • A statement on the proposed closing of Indonesian and Hindi Studies at Latrobe University.
  • A statement on proposed changes to Commonwealth funding for degrees (June 2020)
  • A letter to the National Library of Australia in regard to changes to its Asian collection policy (May 2020)
  • A request for members to provide feedback on the impact of the current crisis on Asian studies teaching in Australian universities.
  • A statement on racism in light of recent reports of COVID-19 related attacks on international students.
  • A letter to the National Library of Australia in regard to cancellation of Asia subscriptions (February 2020)
  • A statement on the National Library of Australia’s review of its collecting strategy (December 2019).
  • The ASAA submission to the 2019 Review of the APSA Journal List (July 2019).
  • A contribution to the TUNE Review of the National Archives of Australia (June 2019).
  • A submission on Shaping the National Foundation for Australia-China relations (June 2019).
  • A submission to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification review on FOR codes related to Asia-focused research (June 2019)
  • A notice to members on the censorship that has restricted access to the Asian Studies Review in China (December 2018)
  • A statement from the Executive on political interference in the Australian Research Council grant allocation (October 2018)
  • The ASAA Submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper consultation process led by DFAT (28 February 2017)
  • The Journal Ranking List prepared by the ASAA Journals, Engagement and Impact Working Group for ASAA member consultation (22 February 2017)
  • The ASAA NISA Direct Advice to the Australian Research Council on its proposed impact and engagement assessment exercise (22 August 2016)
  • The ASAA letter to ANU Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Dean by ASAA President Louise Edwards (20 January 2016)
  • The ASAA submission to the Draft National Strategy on International Education – ASAA Submission by ASAA President Louise Edwards (29 May 2015)
  • The ASAA submission to the National Curriculum Inquiry by ASAA President John Ingleson (27 February 2014)
  • The ASAA submission to the Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (Asian Century) Bill by ASAA President John Ingleson (13 March 2013)
  • The ASAA submission on the Draft F-12 Australian Curriculum Geography for the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority by ASAA Councillor Deborah Henderson (1 March 2012)
  • The ASAA submission to the Henry Commission leading to the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century White Paper by ASAA President Purnendra Jain (25 February 2012)

For media enquiries in relation to any of these submissions, please contact the Secretary.

 Our guidelines for media statements can be ASAA Media Statement Guidelines.

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