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Australian High Commissioner inaugurates photographic exhibition in Ahmedabad

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu, inaugurated a Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) travelling exhibition - John Gollings: the History of the Built World - in Ahmedabad. The History of the Built World is the first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most celebrated architectural photographers, John Gollings’ photographic practice spanning over 50 years. 

Slingsby’s Award-winning Australian play 'Emil and the Detectives' premieres in India

Based on the 1929 detective novel written by Erich Kästner, Slingsby’s Award-winning Australian play 'Emil and the Detectives' delighted audiences with their performances in Delhi and Mumbai. The play is adapted for the stage by Adelaide-based playwright Nicki Bloom. Slingsby also conducted workshops in Delhi and Jaipur, in collaboration with ThinkArts. The Mumbai workshops was presented in collaboration with Pomegranate Workshops.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne concludes her first visit to India

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, concluded her two day visit to India. Minister Payne addressed the Raisina Dialogue on how Australia and India could work together and with regional partners to deliver a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific. The Minister  met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman discussing the deepening regional engagement and the practical steps Australia is taking in response to the India Economic Strategy. Read More..

Australia invests in South Asian connectivity

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced Australia's new South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity initiative (SARIC). SARIC's first phase, worth $25 million over four years from July 2019, will focus on raising the quality of investment in regional energy and transport infrastructure. Under the program Australia will fund the preparation of regional investment plans for these sectors. The announcement was made during Minister Payne's speech to the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, which outlined Australia's commitment to the Indian Ocean region. Read More..

Consul-General in Kolkata

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Ford as Australia's new Consul-General in Kolkata. This will be Australia's fourth diplomatic post in India. The Consulate-General in Kolkata will play a key role in furthering Australia's trade, commercial and investment interests in the eastern and north east Indian states of West Bengal, Arunachal, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland Odisha, Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura. Read More...

The Indian Ocean: an Ocean that Matters (OpEd by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne)

Australia is pursuing new and innovative minilateral initiatives to build the web of regional cooperation and have been working with India and Indonesia to explore avenues for increased trilateral cooperation in the Indian Ocean, just as we have been doing with India and Japan. We are also working quadrilaterally with India, Japan and the United States, in support of a resilient, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific. Read More..

Australian artists to create murals in Goa and Delhi

Renowned Australian artists - Fintan Magee and Georgia Hill - will create murals in Goa and Delhi as part of the St+art Festival. Building on Australia’s partnership with the St+Art India Foundation, two well-known Indian artists - Sajid Wajid Shaikh and Munir Bukhari - will take Indian street art to Melbourne as part of the Indian Summer Festival. They will collaborate with local Melbourne street artists to transform a shipping container park into a modern Indian art installation.

Australia Fest brings internationally acclaimed Australian artists to Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Two of Australia’s most acclaimed Aboriginal artists - Julie Gough and Brook Andrew—will take part in the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale featuring 95 artists from 36 countries. Renowned contemporary Indian artist Anita Dube has curated this year’s edition around the theme ‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’. Australia’s participation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. The biennale runs from 12 December 2018 to 29 March 2019.

Australian Government's response to the India Economic Strategy

The Australian Government has endorsed the India Economic Strategy, including 10 short-term and 10 long-term priority recommendations and has agreed to an initial implementation plan across government. Here are some important links for more information:

India Economic Strategy Released

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull released Australia’s India Economic Strategy in Brisbane. The strategy, led by former DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese, is an ambitious plan to grow the economic partnership between India and Australia out to 2035.

Media release: India Economic Strategy | Full report is available at

Capturing India’s economic transformation (video link or watch below)

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