Australia and India established diplomatic relations in the pre-Independence period, when the Consulate General of India was first opened as a Trade Office in Sydney in 1941. India's first High Commissioner to Australia arrived in Canberra in 1945. In March 1944, Lieutenant-General Iven Mackay was appointed Australia's first High Commissioner to India.
Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international partnerships. Two-way Prime Ministerial visits in 2014 have been followed by regular leaders' meetings. Former Prime Minister Turnbull visited New Delhi and Mumbai in April 2017. Learn more about the Australia-India relationship
The Australia-India Council (AIC) was established on 21 May 1992 in response to a recommendation by the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, following an inquiry into Australia's relations with India. AIC broadens the relationship between Australia & India raising awareness & promoting exchanges. Learn more about the AIC
The Australia-India education partnership is important in driving engagement, collaboration and building the bridge between our communities. Unique among India’s education partners Australia has a ministerial lead policy forum, the Australia India Education Council (AIEC), which provides a platform for ministerial engagement on policy and operational issues across education. The AIEC is co-chaired by education ministers from both countries and includes representatives from government, academia and industry.
· For more information on Australia’s education network and engagement, visit: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx .
· For more information on international student data, visit: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/international-student-data/pages/default.aspx
Australia and India have a positive defence relationship, underpinned by the 2006 Memorandum on Defence Cooperation and the 2009 Joint Declaration on Security Co-operation. Following the agreement in 2014 of a bilateral Framework for Security Cooperation the defence relationship has grown to include a range of forums for strategic dialogue, as well as regular interactions between our respective services through senior visits, staff talks, and training exchanges. Read More..
The Australia-India defence relationship now encompasses almost every major area of military partnership, namely
- strategic dialogues, coordination, and information exchanges, including those involving third countries;
- military exercises involving ground, air, and especially maritime forces that reflect a growing degree of interoperability;
- military-to-military exchanges and training; and
- defence commerce and technological cooperation.
The Australian Government’s overseas aid program advances Australia’s national interest by assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve economic development. While Australia does not have a bilateral development cooperation program with India, we provide support through our global and regional aid investments and technical assistance activities. Information about Australia’s development program is here.
· The South Asia Regional program seeks to underpin Australia’s economic engagement in the region by addressing key region-wide barriers to sustainable economic growth.
· Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and Australian Consulates in Chennai and Mumbai support small-scale, sustainable grassroots development projects in India and Bhutan. For more information, click here.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research bilateral program with India was initiated in 1982 and the South Asia office was set up in India in 1997. Our projects are mostly bilateral, although occasionally we do undertake multilateral projects. For more information, visit http://aciar.gov.au/region/south-and-west-asia.
The $12.7 million Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) contributes to Australian Government priorities to promote a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific. The AICCTP complements the Australia-India Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation signed by Australia’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne and India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar as part of the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced during the Leaders’ Virtual Summit on 4 June 2020. Click here for more details on the program, priority areas and grant guidelines.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India, the Hon Barry O’Farrell AO, launched the Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership (AIIPOIP) grant program to help support a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific underpinned by the rule of law and respect for sovereignty. The AIIPOIP grants program will help deliver practical outcomes under the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI), launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 14th East Asia Summit in November 2019. Click here for more details on the program, priority areas and grant guidelines.