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ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the landings by Australian and New Zealand soldiers in southern Turkey in 1915. On this day our two countries commemorate and honour their countrymen who died in the First and Second World Wars and in other conflicts.

To commemorate ANZAC Day, the Australian High Commission in conjunction with the New Zealand High Commission will be hosting the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Friday 25 April 2014 at the Delhi War Cemetery, located at Delhi Cantt. For more information, click here: files/ndli/ANZAC 2014 - AHC staff and families invite.pdf 

Australian school leaders build links with Indian counterparts

Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling today hosted a reception for 10 principals and senior teachers from Australian schools who are visiting India to learn about the local education system and build personal and professional relationships. Click here

Direct Aid Program Applications 2014-15 are now open

Applications are currently open and will close on 16 May 2014.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India and Bhutan. It also builds linkages between Australia and communities in India and Bhutan. For more information:    

Launch of Program for Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014

The 2014 program for the popular Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was launched today by the Minister for Innovation, Tourism and Major Events, and Employment and Trade Louise Asher, and acclaimed and respected Indian actress and Festival Ambassador, Ms Vidya Balan.

Ms Asher said that the festival will be held from 1 to 11 May and feature over 40 films, with more than half being Australian premieres. 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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Indian market access keeps Australian producers on the pulse: Minister for Agriculture, The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

More than one billion Indian consumers will soon have the opportunity to buy edible Australian lupins following agreement on new market access conditions for Australian exporters.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, described the agreement on import conditions for Australian lupins for human consumption with India as a very significant milestone for Australian producers. Read more.

2014 Western Australian Senate Election  

An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014.
You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.

Important: In person voting will not be available at the Australian Diplomatic Missions in India (Australian High Commission, New Delhi, Australian Consulate-General Mumbai and Australian Consulate General Chennai) for this election.

You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at For more information, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606). 

Australia marks International Women's Day

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling will commemorate International Women’s Day tomorrow in Varanasi with the Satyagyan Foundation, an NGO which works to help women access economic opportunities. Read more


Indian designer on top of the world

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling has congratulated Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra, who has won the prestigious International Woolmark Prize at the final awards event, held in Milan. Read more

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 

Bio robots make a splash in the Indian Ocean

Robotic floats armed with revolutionary new sensors will be launched in the Indian Ocean, as part of a new India-Australia research partnership to find out what makes the world's third largest ocean tick – and how both nations can benefit from it. 

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.

Indian Student is on top of the world - Down Under  

Indian student Uttam Kumar has beaten more than 37,000 competitors from around the world to win the Australian Government’s prestigious Win your Future Unlimited competition.

His prize includes 12 months study at Australia’s world class University of New South Wales, return air-flights, 12 months free accommodation, a generous stipend and the opportunity for an exclusive internship following his studies. 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

For Tamil version of the release, click here.

We'll harness power of the G20: Prime Minister of Australia

AS the 12th largest economy in the world, Australia supports global efforts to promote economic growth, create jobs and strengthen the global economy against future economic setbacks.

Our economy is currently in its 22nd consecutive year of growth. All Australians have shared the benefits of that growth. This growth hasn't been an accident. The Hawke, Keating and Howard governments all played a part in making Australia more competitive. The new Coalition government is doing its part too: we are scrapping bad taxes, cutting red and green tape, building infrastructure and cutting waste. Read more. 

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:

Sri Lankans sent to Papua New Guinea

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today confirmed 22 Sri Lankan nationals who arrived by boat were transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The charter flight, escorted by the Australian Federal Police, DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff, departed Christmas Island yesterday evening.

The group arrived in PNG today and was transferred to the regional processing centre where they will be accommodated while the PNG Government processes their refugee claims.
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Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Nauru 

First transfer to Manus Island under the Regional Settlement Arrangement, 1 August 2013

The first group of 40 people have departed Christmas Island on July 31 for Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement agreed on July 19. Refugee claims from the single adult men will be assessed under PNG law and, if found to be refugees, the men will be settled in PNG. This demonstrates that if you come to Australia by boat without a visa, you will not be settled here. Transfers to the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will continue regularly. 

Second group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement, 2 August 2013

Third group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement, 6 August 2013

Fourth group sent to PNG, 8 August 2013

Australia and Papua New Guinea Regional Settlement Arrangement

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

DFAT's travel advice website

Important information for travellers

Visit this page for information on what items must be declared for inspection, what happens if you fail to declare or dispose off any quarantine items or make a false declaration, what happens to seized items and what can't be mailed to Australia. Please click here for information

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