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 provides information on the various services of the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai. For more regular updates of our activites visit us on Twitter and Facebook.



I am pleased to be Australia’s Consul General to South India, based in Chennai - the city that looks across the waves of the Indian Ocean to my home country, Australia. I had a posting in New Delhi from 2008-2011 and am delighted to come back to South India, a region rich in culture, diversity and history.

The Australia-India partnership has never been stronger. As the world faces a challenging time it is remarkable to see how Australia and India are working together towards a globally coordinated response to COVID-19 and to build a prosperous, open and stable post COVID-19 world.

I am looking forward to advancing cooperation with South India under the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. There is much we can do together, including on technology and cyber cooperation. During my time, I will also focus on maritime security co-operation with Southern India, as both India and Australia share a vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. Trade and investment diversification is also an important aspect of our bilateral agenda.

The expanding linkages between our people are enriching all aspects of bilateral ties. The Indian community in Australia is now the fastest-growing of our diasporas, with significant numbers from South India. I hope I have a chance to meet many of you to build connections and work together over my time here.

As a committed advocate for Women in Leadership, I will look to provide platforms to support girls and women in various fields, including STEM, sport, entrepreneurship and leadership.

We are also available to support Australians needing consular assistance. For emergency assistance at any time you can ring 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia or SMS +61 421 269 080.

I look forward to staying connected through my official twitter handle @AusCGChennai and also encourage you to keep up to date with the activities of the Australian High Commissioner to India @AusHCIndia 


Best wishes

Sarah Kirlew

Australian Consul General to South India



Australia's support package for India

"India is a great friend of Australia and a comprehensive strategic partner. We share so much in common as peoples, as democratic nations, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences and our support to the nation of India and the people of India and the Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister Modi."

— Prime Minister Scott Morrison

On 27 April, 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an initial support package for India worth 210 crore rupees, standing with India - a friend & strategic partner – to respond to the impacts of COVID-19.  Details  ➡️ Press Conference | Prime Minister of Australia (

So far, Australia has delivered over 30 tonnes of essential medical supplies, including 3,000 ventilators and 250 oxygen concentrators to India.

Important updates for those wishing to return to Australia

National Cabinet announced that from 14 July international passenger arrival caps will halve. This reduction will remain in place until 31 August and be reviewed before being lifted.

Key decisions announced at the Australian National Cabinet meeting on 06 August 2021 - National Cabinet | Prime Minister of Australia (

Important information for Australians

For up-to-date information on India, please refer to the Smartraveller website.

We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19. To protect yourself and others you must:

Emergency Contact for Australians

If you need urgent consular assistance (for example you have been attacked, arrested) please call the Australian Consulate-General, Chennai, on +91 44 4592 1300.   If it is outside of business hours or if you are having difficulty getting through to the Consulate-General please call the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas).

Register with us for updates

If you have not yet done so, please register with the Australian High Commission: If you have already registered, please ensure your details are up to date. Please include as much information about your personal circumstances as possible, including when you are intending to return to Australia.

Click Here for information on Loans, Hotels, Visas, Charter Flights, Quarantine and International students               


India Economic Strategy

The strategy, led by former DFAT Secretary and High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, is an ambitious plan to grow the economic partnership between India and Australia out to 2035.

Full report is available at

Media release: India Economic Strategy

Watch the video link on Capturing India’s economic transformation                           

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) [email protected]

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.