The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (AIPA) is an independent, voluntary, non-political organization founded in 1991 in Melbourne.
It seeks to develop stronger and more diversified ties between Australia and Poland by inviting, and organizing meetings with, expert speakers, both Polish and Australian. The Institute publicizes events relevant to Polish-Australian relations, and arranges lectures as well as commemorations and celebrations of important anniversaries.
While actively involved in all aspects of Polish-Australian relations, the Institute pays special attention to promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue and understanding.
AIPA operates nationally, but its key centres are in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Its principal functions are performed on a voluntary basis, and its main source of income derives from membership fees.
The Institute welcomes all who are interested in Polish culture, politics, economy and society, and in expanding Polish-Australian relations. AIPA’s program of activities has contributed to the strengthening of relations between both countries, while enhancing Poland’s profile within Australia, and promoting interest in all matters Polish.
Since its inception AIPA has invited over 30 international guests, and organized over 50 public meetings, lectures, academic sessions and commemorative events. Our guests have included such important figures as Jan Karski (the heroic war envoy who brought news of the Holocaust to the world), Bronisław Geremek (historian, Solidarity advisor, parliamentary leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997–2000)), Krzysztof Zanussi (film director), and Leszek Balcerowicz (distinguished economist, architect of Poland’s postcommunist economic reforms, and Minister of Finance in Tadeusz Mazowiecki's first non-communist government (1989-1991)).