Positioned within Western Sydney University, the Institute consolidates and builds on a wide range of existing teaching and research expertise in Chinese literature, translation, interpretation, music composition and history within the Institute for Culture and Society, School of Education and School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture had Professor Jocelyn Chey AM as its Founding Director. The institute is supported by Research and Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Key Researchers and Professional Staff. The broad connections made by two successive Directors in both Australia and China will help attract world class research teams and expertise to the Institute.