Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations Inc

ISFAR and The French Australian Review acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of Australia.

The Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations (ISFAR) was founded in 1985. ISFAR conducts research and serves as a resource centre in all areas of French-Australian relations – historical as well as contemporary – and in the sciences and technology as well as in the humanities. Australia’s geographic situation means that ISFAR is particularly well placed to contribute to the advancement of knowledge of French-Australian relations in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Institute organises a number of scholarly, educational and cultural events each year. Its meetings and colloquia cover a wide range of activities, reflecting its members’ broad range of interests. Its publication, The French Australian Review (formerly Explorations), published twice yearly, records the results of research on French-Australian connections.

ISFAR is a non-political, non-profit, cultural and educational organisation. Its committee includes representatives from Victoria’s universities and other institutions active in the field of French-Australian relations. It has a continuing link with universities across Australia and its journal has an international Advisory Board.


Annual subscription is available for individual / library, family and students. Members receive The French Australian Review, and notices to events organised by ISFAR and associated organisations.

The French Australian Review

The French Australian Review is the journal of ISFAR.  It is published twice-yearly and is included in membership or can be purchased separately.

The French-Australian Dictionary of Biography

The French Australian Dictionary of Biography (FADB) provides informative short entries about significant people whose lives reveal the richness of Franco-Australian history. It is a collaborative and ongoing project initiated by ISFAR in 2017. Historical subjects include explorers and diplomats, artists and scientists, academics and politicians, courtesans and convicts, and many more.

Purposes and Rules of ISFAR

The Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations (ISFAR) was founded in 1985. Click here to view the Purposes and Rules of ISFAR updated 22 March 2017 (425Kb PDF).

Incorporated in Victoria. Registration No: A0033387S. ABN: 90 113 201 034