About the Australia-India Council

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.

The Council's purpose is to broaden the relationship between Australia and India by encouraging and supporting contacts and increasing levels of knowledge and understanding between the peoples and institutions of the two countries. The Council initiates or supports a range of activities designed to promote a greater awareness of Australia in India and a greater awareness of India in Australia, including visits and exchanges between the two countries, development of institutional links, and support of studies in each country of the other. The Council offers support, in the form of funding, for projects likely to contribute to the development of the relationship, within the context of AIC objectives and guidelines.

By initiating and supporting a range of activities that have put it on the map, the Council has played a recognised and respected role in promoting the relationship between Australia and India. It has informed and educated Australians about India, and it has informed persons interested in the bilateral relationship about the way it is developing. It has furthered the Government's foreign policy and trade objectives and added value to Australia-India relations.

Mission Statement, Functions and Objectives

The Council has the following Mission Statement:

The Australia-India Council advances Australia's interests concerning India by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India.

Functions of the Australia-India Council

The functions of the Australia-India Council (AIC) are to make recommendations to the Australian Government, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the broadening and deepening of the relationship between Australia and India, with particular emphasis on:

  • raising awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia;
  • promoting visits and exchanges between the two countries of individuals and groups for the purpose of broadening relations in a number of areas, including the arts, commerce, education, the news media, science and technology, and sport. 
  • encouraging the development of Australia-India institutional links between universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional bodies and appropriate non-government organisations; and
  • supporting Australian studies in India, and Indian studies in Australia.

Australia-India Council Funding and Objectives

In carrying out these functions, the AIC provides funding for innovative proposals which will, in the Council's assessment, advance the Council's objectives, which are:

  • to initiate and support, among influential persons and groups in Australia and India, activities that encourage a greater interest in the development of relations between the two countries, including economic relations
  • to initiate and support exchanges that demonstrate to Indians Australian excellence in the arts, sports and other fields, and that give Indians an opportunity to learn more about the nature of Australian society
  • to encourage Australians to take a greater interest in developments in India, by supporting activities that increase the level and quality of public awareness, and broaden community knowledge and understanding, of India in Australia
  • to initiate, monitor and publicise important developments in the various fields of Australia-India relations
  • to seek maximum publicity for the Council's activities as a means of encouraging wider public appreciation of and support for the Council's role
  • to seek community involvement in and private sector support for the Council's activities.

AIC Contacts

Australia-India Council
PO Box 5363 Kingston ACT 2604
Telephone (02) 6261 3833
Facsimile (02) 6112 3833

Last Updated: 11 October 2012