Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai
This office is responsible for Australia’s Interests in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.
This website will provide information on the various activities and services of the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai.
Consular Visit - Hyderabad, 1 November 2017
Our Consular team will be in Hyderabad on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 for support with Australian passports and notarial services.
Appointments will be scheduled in advance on a first-come first-served basis. To book an appointment, please contact the Consular section by email email@example.com or call +91 44 45921300.
Australia elected to the Human Rights Council
17 October 2017
Australia was elected overnight by a majority of United Nations member states to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights Council, the world’s peak body for promoting and protecting human rights.
Australia will take its seat on 1 January 2018 and is ready to work closely with other countries and civil society to protect and advance human rights around the world. It is in our national interest to shape the work of the Council and uphold the international rules-based order. Respecting fundamental human rights and freedoms, and building them into the fabric of a society, makes Australia and the world safer and more secure.
We will bring to the Council the same principled, pragmatic and consultative approach that distinguished our term on the UN Security Council in 2013-14. Australia will provide a unique Indo-Pacific perspective and ensure that the voices of our Pacific neighbours and other small states are heard.
During our term on the Human Rights Council, we will focus on five key areas: gender equality, freedom of expression, good governance and robust democratic institutions, human rights for indigenous peoples and strong national human rights institutions. Through an emphasis on these issues, we can advance human rights in practical, sensible ways that will have far-reaching systematic effects over time.
Australia will also continue to advocate the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, freedom of religion and belief, the rights of persons with a disability and the rights of LGBTI communities.
The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India. This program, funded by the Australian Government provides grants for small-scale, sustainable development projects in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Applications for ROUND 1 of the Direct Aid Program 2017-18 is closed!
To know more about the the Direct Aid Program, click here.
Below a list of recent media releases issued.
The Consulate is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays.
Passport interviews will be held at the Consulate between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday by appointment only. To book an appointment please call +91 44 4592 1300.
|Monday||02 January||New Year’s Day (in lieu)|
|Monday||16 January||Pongal (in lieu)|
|Thursday||26 January||Republic Day/Australia Day|
|Friday||14 April||Good Friday/Tamil New Year|
|Monday||17 April||Easter Monday|
|Monday||1 May||May Day|
|Monday||26 June||Id ul Fitr*|
|Tuesday||15 August||Independence Day|
|Friday||25 August||Ganesh Chathurthi|
|Monday||2 October||Gandhi Jayanthi/Labour Day|
|Tuesday||26 December||Boxing Day|
*Id ul Fitr subject to change as based on Islamic lunar sighting.
For Australians in distress, please call the Australian Consulate-General consular section on +91 44 4592 1300. If it is outside of business hours or if you are having difficulty getting through to the Consulate-General, contact the Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra directly on +61 2 6261 3305 or by SMS on +61 421 269 080. The CEC may also assist concerned family members in Australia and can be contacted on 1300 555 135 (within Australia).
9th Floor, Express Chambers, Express Avenue
49, 50L Whites Road, Royapettah
Chennai 600 014
Tel: +91 44 4592 1300
Fax: +91 44 4592 1320
Email: (General Queries) firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be informed of any upcoming events and initiatives organised by the Australian Consulate-General kindly send us an email to the email address mentioned above with your contact details.
The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai does not provide any assistance with regards to Australian visas or Australian citizenship applications which are processed in New Delhi by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.