Australia's support package for India
"India is a great friend of Australia and a comprehensive strategic partner. We share so much in common as peoples, as democratic nations, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences and our support to the nation of India and the people of India and the Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister Modi."
— Prime Minister Scott Morrison
On 27 April, 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an initial support package for India, standing with India - a friend & strategic partner – to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Australia will provide India with an initial 500 ventilators, 1 million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/ N95 masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves, and 20,000 face shields, said the Prime Minister in his Press Conference. Details ➡️ Press Conference | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au).
So far, Australia has delivered over 30 tonnes of essential medical supplies, including 3,000 ventilators and 250 oxygen concentrators to India.
Important updates for those wishing to return to Australia
Key decisions announced at the Australian National Cabinet meeting on 7 May 2021 - National Cabinet | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au)
Important information for Australians
For up-to-date information on India, please refer to the Smartraveller website.
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- understand how to isolate if you need to
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The Australian High Commission, New Delhi has suspended passport and notarial services until further notice
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Australian High Commission cautions you against ongoing organised visa scams targeting Indians. Victims are provided with a fake visa grant notice, which links to a non-genuine visa checking service on a fake website. All potential visa applicants should refer directly to information published on the official Department of Home Affairs website.
Australia's High Commissioner visits Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell visited Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – the two southern states of growing commercial and strategic importance under the Australia India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The High Commissioner held discussions with the senior members of the two state governments, opposition figures, government officials and business representatives to advance trade and investment links, particularly in critical minerals, education, health, and technology.
High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell's visit to Uttar Pradesh
Australia’s relationship with every state in India has a part to play in our overall Australia-India partnership. On his first official visit to Uttar Pradesh, High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, other state ministers and government officials to progress economic engagement, particularly in roads and infrastructure, water and skills development sectors. He also attended the Ganga Aarti at Varanasi’s Tulsi Ghaat, and witnessed the famous silk-weaving technology in a Varanasi village.
High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
India Economic Strategy
The Australian Government is committed to growing the Australia-India economic, trade and investment relationship. In response to the independent report to the government, the India Economic Strategy, the Australian Government has agreed to implement a number of its recommendations. The full independent report is available at indiaeconomicstrategy.dfat.gov.au or watch this video: Capturing India’s economic transformation Read more: India Economic Strategy
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