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Australian High Commission welcomes return of Shiva Nataraja to Tamil Nadu

The Australian High Commission has welcomed the return of two 11th century idols to the state of Tamil Nadu.

The Prime Minister of Australia the Hon. Tony Abbott MP handed the idols of Nataraja (the “Dancing Shiva”) and Ardhanariswara to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his official visit to New Delhi last week.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu have now taken custody of the idols. Read more. 

Australia and India: Bound together by times of war

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling, says there has been growing interest in Australia and India’s shared military history following the visit to New Delhi last week by Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
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Joint Statement with Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on the State Visit of Prime Minister of Australia to India

The Prime Minister of Australia Mr Tony Abbott paid a State Visit to India from 4-5 September, 2014 at the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

2. Prime Minister Abbott was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 5 September, 2014. He laid a wreath at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and also laid a wreath at India Gate.

3. Prime Minister Modi held talks with Prime Minister Abbott on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. Prime Minister Abbott called on President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Shri Hamid Ansari and received External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj. Prime Minister Abbott also visited Mumbai where he called on Governor Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao. He met with Indian business leaders in Mumbai and Delhi. Four Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding were concluded and significant initiatives launched during the visit.

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Media Release from the Office of Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Tony Abbott MP: VISIT TO INDIA AND MALAYSIA  

I will travel to India and Malaysia from 4 to 6 September.

On my first visit to India as Prime Minister, I will visit New Delhi and India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries.

Australia and India have strong and growing economic and trade ties. India is Australia's fifth largest export market, with total exports of $11.4 billion, and there is potential for further cooperation in resources, science, technology and education.

My visit will be an opportunity to engage with Prime Minister Modi early in the term of his government to increase bilateral cooperation to advance our mutual interests.

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Fourth Australia-India Youth Dialogue in Sydney and Melbourne,
January 27-29, 2015; Applications open on 18 August

Australia will host the fourth Australia-India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) conference on 27-29 January 2015. Fifteen young leaders (18-40 years of age) from India will visit Melbourne and Sydney to meet and engage with 15 of the best and brightest young leaders of Australia. Over the three-day conference, AIYD 2015 delegates will discuss critical issues in the Australia-India relationship and key challenges and opportunities facing the two countries. Discussions will be structured around panels led by experts in the areas of governance and public policy, public diplomacy and soft power, innovation, business and education. Applications for the 2015 AIYD opened on 18 August 2015 via

“I am happy that the AIYD will meet in Australia at a time when the bilateral relationship is growing from strength to strength and there is convergence of interests between our two countries in several areas, including in education and resources cooperation,” said Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling. “Greater engagement with India’s youth such as through forums provided by the AIYD will offer opportunities to shape the attitudes of India’s emerging leaders and allow them to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Australia’s political, economic, strategic and social concerns. Likewise, it will prove to be beneficial for Australian young people, who are already enthusiastic about India’s growing political and economic power,” Mr Suckling said. Read more

Indian student who topped global competition commences University Program in Australia 

Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed outstanding Indian student Uttam Kumar back to Australia to commence his career-changing postgraduate studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Uttam was the winner of Australian Government’s global ‘Win your future unlimited’ competition in 2013. On 28 July this year he will commence a one year Master of Science & Technology (Engineering Materials) program at UNSW, recognised as one of the top-100 engineering and technology schools in the world. “International education contributes so much to Australia, to our economy and our community. Students come here because they know that a world class Australian education will set them up for a great future in work and life,” Mr Robb said. Read more:  

Request for return of the Shiva Nataraja idol

On Friday 21 March, the Attorney-General’s Department received a request from the Government of India under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (PMCH Act) for the return of the Shiva Nataraja idol. 

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Australia - part of Asia, and a global success story

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, has welcomed a new report which vividly illustrates why Australia is a great place to do business. Read more 

New Smartraveller Business Travel Advice

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched a Smartraveller business travel web page to advise Australian businesses operating overseas: Australian businesses are now global in scope and even small businesses are operating in remote locations. Consequently, the ability to work safely in a variety of situations and locations is more critical than ever. Read more.

Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, today said anti-people smuggling measures the Australian Government had introduced, including a ban on permanent protection visas for people who arrived before July 19 this year, demonstrated the strength of the Government’s resolve. Read more

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Australia will support India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will support India's full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

"I was pleased to inform the Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, of the decision of the Australian government to support India's full membership of the NSG, just as we will support India's participation in all of the major export control regimes", said Ms Bishop during her visit to Delhi on 18 November. To read more, click here. 

Operation Sovereign Borders

The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).

OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.

The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.

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Working with the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka and India

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka from 13-15 November.

Australia, as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, has worked hard to strengthen and reform the Commonwealth to ensure it remains an effective and modern organisation.

The Minister will meet Sri Lankan Government Ministers to discuss trade and investment, human rights and cooperation on combatting people smuggling. Ms Bishop will also meet leading members of Sri Lankan opposition parties. Click here to read more:

Australia and India Advance Strategic Partnership

Media Release from the Office of the Australian Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop MP:

Applying for a passport for a child born through surrogacy – New Policy

New requirements for passport applications involving children born as a result of surrogacy arrangements will take effect from 24 April 2013. Click here for more information. 

Important changes to Australia's visitor and business visa programs

From 23 March 2013 the Australian government intends to introduce significant changes to Visitor, Business Visitor (short-stay) and Medical Treatment visas.

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Are you an Australian visiting or living in India?

If so, are you registered with the Consular Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade? It is in the interests of all Australian citizens in India to register.

In the current circumstances, Australians in India should maintain a high level of personal security awareness including by monitoring developments that might affect their safety. Read the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's current India travel advice

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Important information for travellers

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