Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

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.

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Latest News

2017 Bennelong by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/Bennelong or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

Opportunity, Security, Strength: The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper        

Joint media release

  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister
  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

https://youtu.be/ceKBCKFyIBk

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paperis the first comprehensive review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years.

It delivers a framework to ensure our prosperity and security by guiding our international efforts over the next decade and beyond.

Opportunities for Australia in our region and across the world are immense if we continue to engage proactively with the rising economies of the Indo-Pacific. This will allow Australia to become even more competitive, create and support more and better paying jobs, remain an attractive destination for foreign investment and maintain our reputation as a reliable trading partner offering high quality goods and services.

We are also in an increasingly uncertain and contested time for the region and globally, with rising protectionist sentiment and challenges to the international rules-based order.

The White Paper will help us shape the external environment in a way that advances Australia's interests and values, protects the independence of how we make decisions and preserves the strength and integrity of our institutions.

The White Paper's fundamental objectives are to:

  • Work to keep our Indo-Pacific region secure, open and prosperous;
  • Maximise opportunities for Australian businesses and workers by fighting protectionism, and implementing policies that help Australians take advantage of the benefits of an open, competitive economy;
  • Ensure Australians remain safe, secure and free in the face of threats like terrorism;
  • Promote a world with fair rules and strong cooperation to ensure the rights of all states are respected; and
  • Increase support for a more stable and prosperous Pacific.  

To achieve these objectives, the Government will:

  • Increase our efforts to ensure we remain a leading partner for Southeast Asia, including through an ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in 2018, an increase in our investments in regional maritime security capacity-building, and stronger bilateral ties (for example, our new strategic partnership with Vietnam);
  • Extend our 'step up' in the Pacific on economic and security issues, including by establishing with our Pacific partners a new Australian Pacific Security College to deliver security and law enforcement training at the leadership level;
  • Establish a new civilian deployment programme, Australia Assists, which will deploy over 100 humanitarian specialists each year to countries and communities affected by disasters;
  • Extend our network of FTAs to cover more partners, including to ensure that by 2020 we have FTAs with countries that account for 80 per cent of our trade (currently 64 per cent);
  • Implement a non-tariff measures strategy to better identify these barriers to trade for Australian businesses and respond to them;
  • Develop a stronger "nation brand" to market our commercial, educational and cultural credentials in a competitive global market.

Australia has considerable national strengths. We have a flexible, competitive and growing economy, formidable defence and national security capabilities, including cyber, a cohesive and resilient society built on our values of freedom, equality and the rule of law. We are a regional power with global influence.

With this White Paper, the Government will build on these strengths to pursue our objectives with confidence, ambition and purpose for the benefit of all Australians.

For more information please visit www.fpwhitepaper.gov.au                             

Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2017-18

 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.

 

Media Releases

Below a list of recent media releases issued.

December 2017

October 2017

August 2017

June 2017

 

Opening Hours

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.

Public Holidays - 2017

Day

Date

Holiday

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
Friday 29 September Dussehra
Monday 2 October Gandhi Jayanthi/Labour Day
Wednesday 18 October Diwali
Monday 25 December Christmas
Tuesday 26 December Boxing Day

*Id ul Fitr subject to change as based on Islamic lunar sighting.

 

Emergency Contact for Australians

 

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).

 

Australian Consulate-General in Chennai

Contact Information

 

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) chennaiaustralianconsulate@dfat.gov.au

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.