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).

National partners include the University of New South Wales and La Trobe University, both founding partners, with an affiliate centre at the University of Western Australia. The Institute is funded by grants from the Australian Government, the State Government of Victoria and the University of Melbourne, and is hosted at The University of Melbourne.

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. The Institute 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.

The Institute plays a crucial role in activating bilateral relationships between government, industry and the community. It 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