Indian Diaspora in Western Australia and Northern Territory

The Indian community in Western Australia numbers between 70,000 and 80,000. There are more than 50 associations and bodies. The Indian population in Western Australia represents more than 10% of the total Indian community in Australia and is growing very rapidly. The Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) which was established in 1972 as a not-for-profit body is the biggest association of Indian community. There are six temples and two Gurudwara’s in Perth.

Indian community celebrates all major Indian festivals, including Diwali, Navaratri/Durga puja, Ganesh Chaturti, Ugadhi, Onam, Holi. Hindi Samaj of Western Australia runs Hindi language courses for children. There are a number of Indian dance and music centers in Perth, which also organize annual cultural events promoting Indian art and culture.

Since 2008, Swan Festival of Lights is being celebrated every year in Perth during the month of Diwali. The event is organised by Annalakshmi on the Swan, Perth and Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya. The event includes cultural dance performances, art, music, family friendly activities and Indian food stalls. More than 35000 people participate in the event.

Indian community in Northern Territory is around 7000 - 8000. The Indian Cultural Society, NT is the major association in Darwin. The Indian Cultural Society organizes an Indian festival "India@Mindil’ every year in the month of June, presenting the diverse culture of India to the people of Northern Territory. This cultural event has become so popular that it has been listed in the Darwin’s annual calendar. More than 15000 people attend the event every year.

Western Australia is emerging as a preferred destination for international students, including students from India. According to enrolment figures for 2016, India was Western Australia’s largest market for international students, accounting for 30.3% of total international students enrolled in WA. Students from India are pursuing undergraduate/post-graduate studies, research and special courses at all leading universities, including University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University. There are approx. 350 Indian students enrolled with Charles Darwin University in NT. Indian students are also undertaking courses at different vocational training institutes and colleges in a range of areas, including accountancy, finance, community service, aged care, etc.

Around 19,100 tourists from India visit Western Australia every year. There are no direct flights between India and Western Australia.

Guidelines for Indian StudentsExternal website that opens in a new window.

Useful Links for Indian Diaspora

  • http://india.gov.in, The National Portal of India : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://www.mea.gov.in, Ministry of External Affairs : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://india.gov.in/india-glance, India At a Glance : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://www.incredibleindia.org, Incredible India : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://idfoi.nic.in/ : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://iccr.gov.in/, Indian Council for Cultural Relations : External website that opens in a new window

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