The Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS)

The Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) is the first and only Centre with a focus on the India-Australia bilateral relationship that is embedded in an Indian Higher Education Institution. This emphasises the scope for an increase in momentum, from an Indian perspective, for this important bilateral relationship.

With this strategic bilateral relationship becoming of an increasing importance, there is scope for numerous stakeholders, not just in Government, to strive for a deeper and more meaningful engagement. CIAS is focused on building stronger links between Indian and Australian:

(i) Institutions
(ii) Researchers and Academics
(iii) Students and Youth
(iv) Businesses
(v) Government and Policy-makers.


The India-Australia relationship is growing from strength to strength, encouraged by the convergence of common interests in various areas such as education, regional security, energy and resources and international trade. Both nations have taken extraordinary steps to strengthen bilateral ties.

Since November 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a state visit to Australia, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in almost three decades, the governments of both countries have been working together to finalise a free trade agreement to facilitate even closer economic relations.

The CIAS has been established to harness this momentum and drive collaboration in key areas of the relationship.

Prof. Shaun Star