Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Australia announces the Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership

PA/01/21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            19 April 2021

                                                                   Australia announces the Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, the Hon Barry O’Farrell AO, today 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. 

"This AUD 1.4 million (INR 8.12 crore) grant program is a practical initiative to advance Australia and India’s shared vision for the Indo-Pacific", High Commission O’Farrell said. 

"Through this program, we are seeking new proposals on how Australia, India and other regional partners can advance our shared maritime objectives", he added. 

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. 

"Australia is proud to be co-leading with India the marine ecology pillar of the IPOI", High Commissioner O’Farrell said.  

The first phase of this multi-year grant program will encourage proposals from Australian and Indian stakeholders to share expertise and resources, complementing the work under existing regional mechanisms such as ASEAN, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, and the Pacific Islands Forum. 

AIIPOIP is an outcome of the Australia-India Joint Declaration on a Shared Vision for Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, signed by Australia’s Foreign Minister Senator the Hon Marise Payne and India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in June 2020, as part of the Australia-India Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership Agreement.   

More details on the program, priority areas and grant guidelines can be found on the Australian High Commission website Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership: Grant Round 1 (