The Australia-India Council was established on 21 May 1992 under an Order-in-Council of the Australian Government.
The Council reports to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.Although not formally required to prepare an annual report, the Council has established a practice of submitting such a report to the Minister and to the Australian Parliament.
The financial affairs of the Australia-India Council are examined by the Australian National Audit Office as part of its examination of the financial accounts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Council membership consists of a Chairman and from 4 to 14 other members, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. A full list of members during 1997-98 is available under Board Members.
The Council met on 4 September 1997 (Canberra), 5 December 1997 (Perth), 27 March 1998 (Adelaide) and 15 May 1998 (Melbourne).
Members receive sitting fees for attendance at Council meetings and for other agreed Council business, at rates determined under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, as amended, for part-time members of non-statutory bodies.They are also eligible for travel allowances at rates determined under the Act and for reimbursement of travel costs incurred on Council business.
Secretariat and staffing
The principal functions of the Australia-India Council secretariat are to make recommendations to the Council's board on program expenditure and other matters, to implement board decisions and to provide administrative support.
During 1997-98, the secretariat was located in the South Asia and Indian Ocean Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT 0221 and was staffed by two departmental officers, Mr John Powys (Director) and Mr Ian Black (Project Officer).
Home page: http://www.dfat.gov.au/aic/aichome.html
Australian High Commission, New Delhi
The Council funds a locally engaged project manager within the Public Affairs Section of the Australian High Commission in New Delhi to implement and assist with its programs in India.The AIC project manager in New Delhi during 1997-98 was Ms Asha Das.Contact details are:
Industrial Democracy and Equal Employment Opportunity
Secretariat staff are covered under the Industrial Democracy and Equal Employment Opportunity provisions formulated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The activities and programs of the Council also fall within the Access and Equity plan of the Department.
Freedom of information
The Council received no applications under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 during the reporting period.
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