Who we are
The Australia India Institute (AII), established in 2008, is Australia’s leading centre dedicated to promoting support for and understanding of the Australia-India relationship. Its mission is to increase the policy and public importance of India as a crucial partner in Australia’s future, and of Australia as a crucial partner in India’s future; and to provide leadership on the nature of a closer and mutually beneficial partnership across a wide range of interests.
The Institute produces quality, high impact research on contemporary India specialising in the areas of equity, education, health, infrastructure, and governance. The Institute builds Australia’s capacity for India-related research that addresses key social, political and environmental challenges guided by the principles of bharosa (trust), maryada (respect), and kalyan (welfare).
AII is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the University of Melbourne. Its National Partners are La Trobe University, and the University of Western Australia with an affiliate centre.
What we do
The Australia India Institute wields significant influence in reshaping and developing relations, perceptions and scholarship opportunities between the two democracies of India and Australia. It has developed a strong reputation in foreign policy, research, education and the arts. Its publications, international conferences, public seminar series, events and programs, are changing Indian perceptions of Australia and have created opportunities for partnerships across key areas of the relationship.
It plays a crucial role in activating bilateral relationships between government, industry and the community and provides strategic advice to federal and state governments on India engagement. It hosts the annual Australia India Leadership Dialogue, the preeminent bilateral forum for informal diplomacy, funded by Visy Industries.
The Australia India Institute was founded in 2008 with funding received from the Australian Government. Founding partners were the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and the University of New South Wales. Since its inception, and with subsequent funding received from the Australian and Victorian Governments, the University of Melbourne and other sources, the Institute has been dedicated to the study of India, the understanding of contemporary India in Australia, and to the development of the bilateral relationship. The Institute is led by a Director and core staff in both Melbourne and Delhi and continues to build on its legacy of quality research with real-world impact.