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Australia India Leadership Dialogue 2019

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8-9 December, Melbourne

The Australia India Institute (Aii), established in 2008, is the premier Australian centre dedicated to the study of India and the bilateral relationship. The Australia India Leadership Dialogue is a Track 1.5 Dialogue and the Aii’s annual flagship event and pre-eminent forum for government and non-government exchanges between influencers and decision-makers in both nations. Launched in 2015, the Dialogue is held in each country in alternate years and covers a range of themes of fundamental importance to India and Australia.


Topics canvassed include governance, geopolitics, water security, trade, economics and business, education and health. This year was the Institute’s fourth Australia India Leadership Dialogue held in Melbourne from 8-9 December 2019.

The Dialogue was co-chaired by Mr Ross Fitzgerald, Director, Visy Industries and ProfessorAmitabh Mattoo, Founding Director, Australia India Institute. Eminent personalities from both Australia and India that participated included Dan Tehan, Minister for Education; Steve Dimopoulos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Government of Victoria(representing Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister of Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne); Anumula Gitesh Sarma, High Commissioner of India to Australia;  Consul General for Melbourne Raj Kumar; Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia; Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Chair of the CII Task Force for the Indian Government’s India Economic Strategy; Vice Chancellors Duncan Maskell (University of Melbourne), Dawn Freshwater (University of Western Australia), John Dewar (LaTrobe University); Barry O’Farrell and Ted Baillieu, Former Premiers of NSW and Victoria respectively; Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health; Jim Chalmers, Shadow Treasurer; and many other friends and champions of the Australia India relationship from both government and private sectors.


The main objectives of the Dialogue were to discuss how the two complementary nations can work together even more closely to maximise mutual economic opportunities, minimise shared geostrategic and security risks and strengthen people-to-people and cultural ties.

The Australia India Leadership Dialogue of 2019 concluded with in-depth discussions on four key areas:
• Bilateral Economic Strategies
• Increasing Australia India Economic Cooperation
• Evolving Security Architecture in the Region
• Domestic Politics and Bilateral Opportunities

We sincerely thank VISY Industries and the Pratt Foundation, CII Confederation of Indian Industry and The University of Melbourne for their support of this Dialogue.

To read more about all our guests and the schedule, please refer to our e-handbook. 

For further information, please contact: Dilpreet Kaur on