Who we are

The Australia India Institute, established in 2008, is the premier Australian centre dedicated to the study of India and the bilateral relationship. 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, the State Government of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Its National Partners are La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia with an affiliate centre.

14 Our People

Staff members, academics and research fellows of the Australia India Institute

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.

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His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind, the President of the Republic of India, at an event co-hosted by the Australia India Institute and The University of Melbourne