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.
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
Australian Consul General to South India
- Link to the latest Qantas announcement on flights to India: Press Conference - Sydney, NSW | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au)
- Updated advise on visas to Australia: Immediate family of Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, concluded a successful visit to India. Minister Tehan met his Indian counterpart Minister Piyush Goyal and agreed to resume negotiations for the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). Both the Ministers committed to conclude the negotiations on a full CECA by the end of 2022, including to reach an interim agreement by December 2021, to liberalise & deepen bilateral trade. Minister Tehan also met the Indian Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and discussed ways to strengthen the strategic partnership, especially in the education and skill development sectors.
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 indiaeconomicstrategy.dfat.gov.au
Media release: India Economic Strategy
Watch the video link on Capturing India’s economic transformation
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