The Global Cantonese Association of Australia (GCAA) was created in response to the proposal of the president of the Overseas Friendship Association of Guangdong Cantonese ZhujixiangDescendents to establish an overseas branch of the association. The GCAA began preparations for its establishment in 2012 and in July 2015 was registered to the NSW Fair Trading Office. It is a non-government, non-religious, not-for-profit, national, community organisation.