Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Australia announces reforms to temporary skilled visas

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu, emphasised that the entry of skilled workers is vital to Australia’s economic growth and prosperity, and ongoing success requires constant calibration to ensure the best outcomes for Australians and temporary skilled workers alike. Read More

Australian High Commissioner's interview with NDTV Prime

High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu talks about the growing Australia-India education relationship in an interview with NDTV Prime. To watch the full interview, click here

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP visit to India from 9-12 April

  • India-Australia Joint Statement

The Prime Ministers underscored the vital role of people-to-people links and especially of the vibrant Indian-origin community in Australia, which makes a strong contribution to Australian society and to the growing bilateral relations. Read More

  • Transcript of the Press Statement

Now, Australia has, Prime Minister, the resources and the expertise as we’ve just seen to make a very substantial contribution to India’s growth and development. Read More

  • Indian Giant to Expand in Australia

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced today it will open a new TCS Innovation Lab in Australia, after a one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Turnbull and the CEO and Managing Director of TCS, Rajesh Gopinathan. Read More

  • Remarks at the launch of the Australia-India Sports partnership

An Australia-India sports partnership takes a long term view. It establishes India as a partner of choice with Australia in developing sports capability. Read More

  • Remarks at the Ceremonial Welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The achievements of India are the admiration of the world. We in Australia look forward to working even more closely than we have done in the past. Read More

Minister for Education and Training of Australia, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham visit to India from 10-11 April

  • Media Release 1: Australia and India take action for stronger education partnership.

India has pledged to work with the Australian Government, universities and vocational education trainers to establish themselves in India following a successful two-day mission that has also delivered key advancements on ‘train the trainer’ course offerings and research collaboration. Read More

  • Media Release 2: India visit to underscore crucial education relationship.

Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Birmingham are leading a delegation of 120 representatives from Australian universities, industry and training institutions who will be working with their Indian counterparts to strengthen collaboration and create new opportunities. Read More

Australian High Commissioner appoints eighteen Alumni Ambassadors for 2017

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Ms Harinder Sidhu, today appointed eighteen high profile Alumni Ambassadors to champion prestigious Australian Government Scholarships across the South Asia region. Read More.

Australia witnesses a record 10 per cent surge in overseas students

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Ms Harinder Sidhu, has welcomed the results of the latest International Student Survey that shows a record 10 per cent surge in the number of international students coming to Australia to 554,179. Read More.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announces winners of the “Technology Against Poverty” prize

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced winners of the “Technology Against Poverty” prize - a partnership between the Australian Government’s innovationXchange and

The $2,000,000 prize is a component of the Google Impact Challenge run by Australia is the first government to partner with to deliver a prize as part of the Impact Challenge, which is conducted worldwide to support local non-profit innovators to use technology to solve key social and development problems. Read More.

US–Australia Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, delivered a keynote address outlining six themes about the Australia-US relationship and common interests in the Indo-Pacific. Read here

Passport Fees from 1 January 2017

​Passport fees will increase on 1 January 2017 in line with annual CPI indexation and fee increases announced in the Government's 2016-17 Budget.  From 1 January 2017 the following fees will apply:

  • 10-year passport for persons aged 16 and over $277
  • 5-year passport for children under 16 years $139
  • 5-year passport option for persons aged 75 and over $139
  • emergency passport overseas $175
  • overseas surcharge - adult applicant $103
  • overseas surcharge - child applicant $52

Notarial service fee to increase from 1 January 2017

Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Functional and Efficiency Review.

Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years.

The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.  The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers. The fee for notarial services accepted overseas will be in the local currency (Indian rupees) equivalent.

From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.

Notarial service fees from 1 January 2017 ($AUD)

New Colmbo Plan 2017 Scholars announced

The Australian Government will provide prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to three talented Australian youth to live, study and intern in India in 2017.

New Colombo Plan 2017 Indian scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including economics, arts, and construction and design at universities in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Read more.

High Commissioner's latest speeches

  • High Commissioner's Address at the Delhi Policy Group (21/04/17) - Read More
  • High Commissioner's Address at ILO New Delhi (01/03/17) - Read More
  • High Commissioner's address at IPCS 20th Anniversary Plenum Seires (15/11/16) - Read more
  • High Commissioner's Address at the O P Jindal Global University (13/10/16) - Read more

  • High Commissioner's Speech at the  International River Symposium (12/09/16) - Read more

  • High Commissioner's Speech: Policy Research Workshop on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) - Read more 

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More Australian students to study in India

The Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program will support 890 Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake work placements in India in 2017. In its third year, India remains once again one of the most popular destinations for Australian students. Read more.