Developing future leaders through political exchange

42 years of history
138+ political exchanges hosted in Australia
1304 Australian alumni
191+ international political exchanges

About the Council

The Australian Political Exchange Council (the Council) was founded in December 1981 when the then Prime Minister, with the support of the leaders of the major Parliamentary political parties, announced the establishment of a committee to arrange exchange visits of young political leaders between Australia and other countries.

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Men and women taking part in an exchange to the United States of America
The Council sponsors regular political exchanges with a number of counterpart countries including the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Members of the Alumni with Australian flags.
Since the Council’s creation in 1981, hundreds of emerging Australian leaders have participated in the Council’s political exchange program.
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The Council publishes a report on its exchange programs which is tabled in the Parliament by the Special Minister of State.