The Indian Summer Festival in Melbourne

Cricket is an integral part of both India and Australia’s cultural fabric. Being the most popular sport in each country, it unifies both nations in a way that no other sport does. Keeping the test format series as the background, Victorian Government partnered with Cricket Australia to deliver a free, three-day community and cultural festival coinciding with the Australia vs India Boxing Day Test in Melbourne at the iconic MCG on 23, 26 and 27 December.

NZ Tertiary College holds graduation ceremony

New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) India held its annual graduation ceremony with the largest ever contingent of early childhood education graduates in Mumbai on 21 October. Fifty graduates were awarded with qualifications ranging from certificate to postgraduate levels. NZTC Chief Executive Selena Fox (in photo) travelled from New Zealand to attend it. Forum Mehta and Ashwini Vadiraj Murad from India and Nadeesha Yurangi Liyana Arachchige from Sri Lanka received the Most Outstanding Student awards for their respective early childhood education qualifications, while Rachael Hate from India won the Treasured Values award.

NZ High Commission to India's January Newsletter is Out!

The January 2019 issue of the bi-monthly newsletter, the ‘Kia ora!,’ from the New Zealand High Commission to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka has been released.

Download the PDF version of the newsletter directly from the NZ High Commission here. Alternatively you can visit the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website here.


Our corporate member QANTAS would like to announce the following deals to ANZBAI members. Please contact QANTAS for further details.

Qantas embarks this 2019 with a sale fare for return travel from India to Sydney via Hong Kong. Lowest fare starting from INR 38,122**/-

Qantas introduces year round fares via Hong Kong with Cathay Airways/Dragon Air. 

Qantas is offering additional 5Kg baggage allowance (total of 45Kg) on all one way economy tickets from India to Australia and New Zealand.

The Indian Ocean: an Ocean that Matters

In recent months, the Australian Government has outlined a bold vision for stepping up our engagement with the Pacific and South East Asia. This is further deepening our relationship with the peoples of the Indo-Pacific and is helping build a stronger and more resilient neighbourhood. Our engagement with ASEAN is going from strength to strength, as witnessed by the historic ASEAN-Australia Leaders’ Summit in Sydney in March and the Prime Minister’s November summit with ASEAN leaders in Singapore.

WT partnership makes rapid inroads into india

Australian cost management advisory services firm WT Partnership’s success in India is built around its market entry strategy and careful targeting of customers. In just three years, the company has almost 100 staff and associations with India’s leading businesses.

WT Partnership (WTP) is a 70-year-old organisation providing advisory and risk management services, infrastructure and construction cost management, quantity surveying, and building and engineering cost management for real estate, construction and infrastructure projects. The company employs 1,800 people in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Health Supplements to India: Trends and Opportunities

India is experiencing a spate of lifestyle changes and a corresponding rise in lifestyle diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cardiovascular problems. This has increased the demand for nutritional supplements among upper and middle-class consumers. Nutraceutical intake is growing in popularity as consumers look for products to boost energy and health. The demand for dietary supplements such as tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, soft caps and soft gels is increasing.

“Film, Fly, Experience Australia” - Win a fully sponsored student experience in Australia

Australia Future Unlimited Video competition for Indian school students

A fully sponsored student experience for a week in a leading Australian University awaits the winner of the exciting annual “Film Fly Experience Australia” schools video competition for Indian school students.

Organised by The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Government, the competition is open to students between grades 9 to 12 from schools across India. The Film Fly Experience Australia schools video competition will run from 21 December 2018 to 29 March 2019.

Indian diaspora in New Zealand and Australia

More than half a million people of Indian descent live in Australia and New Zealand. The history of the Indian diaspora in these countries is older than many might imagine, going back 250 years.

Indians are today widely acknowledged as a successful ethnic community that makes significant contributions to their host societies and economies. Yet, although Indian migration to North America and the United Kingdom has been studied extensively, the Australian and New Zealand stories have rarely been told.

Read this article in the Conversation here.

Ease of doing business: India jumps 23 notches, now at rank 77

Read original article on the Economic Times website here.

In a big boost for NDA government, India climbed another 23 points in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index to 77th place, becoming the top ranked country in South Asia for the first time and third among the BRICS. 

In the last two years the country has climbed 53 notches, a performance matched in the past only by Bhutan. The biggest gain was in construction permit where India climbed 129 ranks to 52nd place on the back of targeted government effort to remove hurdles. 

Sydney Opera House lights up for Diwali

Read the original article on the SBS (Hindi) website here.

The iconic Sydney Opera House was lit up in a golden orange to mark Diwali, the festival of lights.

For the fifth year in a row, the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday evening to celebrate the occasion which was attended by Consul General of India in Sydney Mr B. Vanlalvawna, Dr GK Harinath, the chair of Multicultural NSW and many other dignitaries from the Indian community.

The Economist magazine's special report on Australia

This weeks edition (27th October 2018) of The Economist magazine features a ‘leader’ and ‘special report’ on Australia in which it calls Australia ‘perhaps the most successful rich economy.’ We’ve collated links to the articles below for your reference.

Read the special report on the Economist website here.

Hotel Mumbai premieres at Adelaide Film Festival, telling the story of the 2008 terror attacks

One of the biggest film productions to come out of South Australia hit the red carpet at the Adelaide Film Festival earlier this month and will be released in cinemas in 2019. The film “Hotel Mumbai” tells the story of the 2008 terror attacks and stars Dev Patel who plays a Sikh waiter.

The film was directed and co-written by South Australian Anthony Maras, who did copious amounts of research to produce the film.

The original article appears on ABC News Online, click here to read it in full.

Western Australia to attract Indian tourists with Mumbai marketing representative

The Western Australia State Government plans to make its first major investment in attracting Indian tourists to WA, including appointing a full-time marketing representative in Mumbai.

According to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia Western Australia “has much to offer Indian travellers, whether they’re visiting for business, education or leisure.” The new Mumbai marketing post will be similar to positions in other key markets, including Japan, China, Germany, Britain and the US.

From the West Australian Newspaper. Click here for original story.