First India-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Secretaries' Dialogue
The first India-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 12 December 2017, hosted by Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra of India with Secretary Frances Adamson of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Secretary Greg Moriarty of the Department of Defence of Australia. This was an important opportunity to deepen coordination and discuss strategic opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region, and to build a still closer partnership following the strong gains of recent years.
"Australia and India, going from strength to strength".
The Australian Academy of Science has announced the recipients of 2018–19 Australia-India Early-and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships. Australian scientists researching emerging mosquito-borne diseases, drug resistant tuberculosis and childhood type 1 diabetes are among the recipients. The EMCR Fellowships are part of the Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), a platform for bilateral science collaboration jointly managed and funded by the governments of Australia and India.
Australia joins the International Solar Alliance (ISA), providing opportunities for Australia to work with member countries to share expertise in solar research & technologies globally.
Three Indian participants - Vikram Iyenger, Ruchira Das and Menaka Rodriguez - have been selected by the Australia Council for the Arts for its prestigious International Leadership Program. As a part of the program, these renowned art professionals will complete a six-month long program in Australia, including two intensive residencies.
The Australian Government awarded New Colombo Plan scholarships to four Australian undergraduates to live, study and undertake internships in India in 2018. New Colombo Plan 2018 India scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including trade and corporate law, international relations, and mathematics and data analysis at O.P Jindal University, University of Calcutta, India University, and University of Delhi.
The Prime Minister of Australia launched the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. It is the first comprehensive review of Australia’s international engagement in over 14yrs. At a time of uncertainty and change around the world, the Foreign Policy White Paper is Australia's plan to seize opportunity, enhance security and build strength.
- Opportunity, Security, Strength: The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
- Transcript of the PM’s address at the launch
- Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s op-ed in The Australian
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Latest speeches by the High Commissioner
- High Commissioner's remarks at IFC Climate Business Forum (30/11/17)
- High Commissioner's Keynote Address on the Australia-Bhutan Education Partnership (21/11/17)
- High Commissioner's Address at the Deakin Lecture, Australia-India Institute, Delhi (13/11/17)
Latest Press Coverage
- Indo-Pacific is where future lies- High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu's interview in the Tribune
- Erik Schmidt, Deputy Director, International Centre for Engineering in Agriculture at University of Southern Queensland, draws parallels in the water equation in Australia and India - Interview with the Water Digest magazine
- Australia is not just an economic partner to India, but also a strategic partner- Trade Minister Steven Ciobo's op-ed in The Economic Times