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Centre for Australia-India Relations: A new body in offing to foster ties between two key partners

The Australian government is going to establish a new Centre for Australia-India Relations to help foster new ties between two countries.

A source in the Australian ministry said the idea behind the move is to enhance the support system of expanding exchange and cooperation with India.

In this regard, effort is on to engage Australia’s rich Indian diaspora community.

The source said Australia considers India to be among most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

He further said mutual understanding, trust and common interests between both countries underline the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The relationship continues to strengthen, as seen in the Australia-India Annual Leaders’ Summit– the second since our partnership was elevated to a CSP, he added.

With funding of $28.1 million dollars, the Centre will focus on four key areas of work:

These are promoting policy dialogue, building Australian business literacy and links, engaging Australia’s Indian diaspora communities to support the Australia-India bilateral relationship, and deepening cultural connections and understanding.

The Centre is also going to administer the $20.8 million Maitri (friendship) scholars, fellowship programs and cultural partnership, which was announced on 14 February.

There will be renewed emphasis on fostering education and cultural exchange. The new centre, with substantially increased funding and resources, will have an expanded remit in supporting greater business and diaspora engagement.

The source further said Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would consult with government, industry and community organisations throughout the Centre’s establishment.

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