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Australia-India Council Strategic Plan 2020-2023

The Australia-India Council (AIC) is a non-statutory body sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). AIC board members are appointed by the Australian Government to strengthen the connections between Australia and India, and provide advice to government on the opportunities and vulnerabilities in the relationship. Project funds are available through a highly competitive grants process.


The AIC's mission is to advance Australia's foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India (Order Constituting the Australia-India Council, 6 May 2010).


  • Raise awareness of Australia in India, and India in Australia, to grow bilateral relations, including trade and investment.
  • Promote collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the strategic partnership.
  • Facilitate high quality programs demonstrating Australia's economic credentials to influential Indian audiences.
  • Mobilise community involvement and private sector support for the AIC’s efforts and the bilateral relationship broadly.

Priority Considerations

To achieve these objectives, the AIC gives priority to projects that:

  • support the recommendations of the India Economic Strategy, an ambitious plan to transform Australia’s economic partnership with India out to 2035, including the 10 economic sectors and 10 priority Indian states identified;
  • establish innovative, dynamic and sustainable linkages between Australia and India and improve perceptions in both countries;
  • harness the leadership of Australia’s Indian diaspora, alumni groups, and Australian expatriates in India to strengthen people-to-people and business links.


We measure performance through the key performance indicators included in all successful AIC grant applications. The outcomes of our programs and events will be published regularly on the AIC's website, through social media engagement and in DFAT's Annual Reports.

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