The APJC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and based in Melbourne.
Since it was established in May 2003, the centre has worked on professional development programs involving more than 500 journalists from countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
In setting up the APJC, the founding directors wanted to provide an efficient way of tapping the energy, goodwill and resources of established news media, the foundation sector, individual journalists and others to support the development of journalism in the region.
The assumption underlying the centre’s mission is that journalism in established societies is well placed to help international colleagues seeking professional help, there are professional benefits to be gained from this engagement, and programs to strengthen journalism bring benefits to all communities.
A key feature of the centre’s work is its focus on personal leadership skills needed to implement change.