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Australians in India

Australians in India
Total population
3,000 - 4,000
Regions with significant populations
New Delhi · Mumbai · Chennai
English · Indian languages
Christianity · Hinduism · Islam
Related ethnic groups
Australian diaspora

There is a community of Australians in India, consisting mostly of expatriates and migrants from Australia. Australia has a High Commission in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai and Chennai.[1]


  • Overview 1
  • In popular culture 2
  • Notable people 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


According to the Australian High Commission, there are about 3,000 to 4,000 Australians living and working in India.[2] Industries such as hospitality, financial services and mining and materials have relatively higher concentration of Australian expatriates. About 1,000 Australian companies evince interest in doing projects in India every year despite the challenges of "bureaucracy" and "delays" as opportunities outnumber these impediments. At present, there are about 60 Australian companies working in the infrastructure sector in India. Large Australian firms such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Snowy Mountain Engineering, Macquarie Group and Leighton Holdings have operations in India.[3]

Following the 2009 attacks on Indian students in Australia, relations between the Australian expatriates and the local Indians have been tense and there is a fear of backlash against Australians in India.[2]

In popular culture

  • Shantaram - a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts based on Roberts' own experiences in Mumbai

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "About us". Australian High Commission in India. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Australians in India edgy over backlash
  3. ^ More Australian companies eyeing work in India's infra sector
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