About China Matters Events

Discussion of China’s rise and the implications for Australia usually takes place among like-minded individuals in isolation from those with dissenting opinions. It is often simplistic. Our goal is to be a catalyst for a constructive dialogue between the keen supporters of Australia’s relations with China and the sceptics as well as those in-between.

China Matters hosts biannual national meetings to bring together a diverse set of senior representatives from government, business and academia – Australians who are affected by China’s rise in one way or another. Each national meeting will address a few of the difficult challenges that China’s rise poses for Australia, spanning geopolitics, society and economics. Our aim is to formulate recommendations to strengthen Australian policy toward China.

China Matters also hosts China policy dinners and roundtables. These provide a platform for a handful of senior figures from business and government to discuss specific aspects of Australia-China relations in an informal, closed-door setting.

The China Matters Young Professionals project hosts a series of events specifically for young professionals, aged 35 or under, from business and the public service. The biannual national meeting emulates our flagship event for senior policymakers and business executives, the China Matters National Meeting. There will be a number of smaller events throughout the year designed to maintain an ongoing dialogue between our Young Professionals alumni. Please see our Young Professionals page for more details.


Sixth National Meeting, 17 October 2017, in partnership with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra.
Fifth National Meeting, 24 March 2017, in partnership with The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Fourth National Meeting, 22 September 2016, in partnership with Perth USAsia Centre, Perth.
Third National Meeting, 7 April 2016, in partnership with University of Sydney Business School, Sydney.
Second National Meeting, 20 November 2015, in partnership with La Trobe Asia, Melbourne.
Inaugural National Meeting of China Matters, 22 May 2015, in partnership with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra.

Young Professionals

Second Young Professionals Debate, 31 August 2017, held at The National Library of Australia, Canberra.
Second Young Professionals national meeting, 25 August 2017, held at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre on the Parkville Campus of The University of Melbourne.
Inaugural Young Professionals national meeting, 15 November 2016, held at the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University, Canberra
Inaugural Young Professionals Debate, 22 February 2017, held at Westpac Place, Sydney


Second Youth Policy Meeting, 20 April 2016, Sydney, in partnership with the Australia-China Relations Insitute (ACRI) UTS, Sydney.
First Youth Policy Meeting, 6 May 2015, Sydney, in partnership with the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney.