The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, is visiting India at the request of the Premier to continue to strengthen Victoria’s relationship with India. The Governor will visit Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai from 27 September to 6 October 2017.
The visit will celebrate Victoria’s growing connections with India and deepen engagement across all areas of the relationship. The visit will help build closer connections at the highest level and promote stronger ties between Victoria and India.
Victoria is proudly home to Australia’s largest Indian population, with 209,257 Victorians with Indian ancestry recorded at the 2016 Census.
Victoria is establishing the first Indian community precinct in Little India in Dandenong, Melbourne, to support and celebrate Victoria’s Indian communities.
Victoria is the number one destination for Indian students in Australia. There were 34,000 Indian student enrolments in Victorian universities in 2016, accounting for 44 per cent of all Indian students in Australia. In 2016, Victoria welcomed 111,700 Indian visitors.
The Victorian Government is developing an India Strategy to maximise the unique connections Victoria shares with India. The Strategy will focus on areas that will have a positive and lasting impact on Victoria’s relationship with India and provide the foundation for ongoing engagement between Victoria and India.
There are opportunities for Victoria and India to increase their collaboration in education, health, and liveable cities and places. In education, Victoria and India can build on their strong education partnerships to increase two-way student mobility, research collaboration and skills training provision in India. In health, increasing cooperation will help Victoria and India to achieve greater health outcomes and drive innovation in medical research and technologies. Victoria and India can also leverage Melbourne’s position as the most liveable city in the world and India’s ambitious urban development agenda to increase collaboration in water management, infrastructure, and clean tech and environmental protection.
India is the world's fastest growing major economy, with forecast growth of 7 per cent in 2017, and 7.5 per cent per annum to 2020. Victoria is home to a large number of world-leading Indian firms including Infosys, Ramco, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and Zomato, which have chosen to invest in Victoria because of Victoria’s strong economic growth and attractive business environment.
Victoria has a long history of engagement with India including through the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office in Bengaluru that was established in 2005.