Australia-India Council (AIC)

Australia-India Council Annual Report 1999-2000

Contents

Letter to Minister >> Introduction >> Chairman’s message >> Board members >> Mission statement, aims and objectives

Activities
Funding Application Process >> Australian studies >> Commerce >> Education >> Indian studies >> Institutional and professional links >> Performing and visual arts >> Print and electronic media and film >> Public awareness >> Science and technology >> Sport

Administrative overview >> Appendix: Australia–India Trust Account Financial Statements 1999–2000

Administrative overview

Establishment
The Australia–India Council was established on 21 May 1992 by an Order-in-Council of the Australian Government.

Annual report
The Council reports to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Although not formally required to do so, the Council regularly submits an annual report on its activities to the Minister and to the Australian Parliament.

Auditor’s report
The financial affairs of the Council are examined by the Australian National Audit Office as part of its examination of the financial accounts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Membership
Council membership consists of a Chairman and from 4 to 14 other members, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. A full list of members during 1999–2000 is available here.

Meetings
The Council met on 10 August 1999 (Brisbane), 15 November 1999 (New Delhi), 19 November 1999 (Mumbai), and 10 April 2000 (Sydney).

Remuneration
Members receive sitting fees for attendance at Council meetings and for other agreed Council business, at rates determined under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, as amended, for part-time members of non-statutory bodies. Members are also eligible for travel allowances at rates determined under the Act and for reimbursement of travel costs incurred on Council business.

Secretariat and staffing
The principal functions of the Australia–India Council secretariat are to make recommendations to the Council’s board on program expenditure and other matters, to implement board decisions and to provide administrative support. This support includes project development, implementation and assessment.

During 1999–2000, the secretariat was located in the Mainland South-East Asia and South Asia Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT 0221 and was staffed by two departmental officers, Mr John Powys (Director) and Mr Ian Black (Project Officer).

Contact details:

Australia–India Council
PO Box 5363
Kingston ACT 2604
Home page: http://www.dfat.gov.au/aic/index.html
Telephone: (02) 6261 3833
Facsimile: (02) 6261 1304

Australian High Commission, New Delhi

Asha Das and Kirti Kaul

Ms Asha Das, AIC Project Manager at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi (right) with Ms Kirti Kaul, AIC Project Officer in New Delhi, during the Journey festival of Australian films in January 2000. (Natascha Stellmach © whiteroom productions 2000)

The Council funds a locally engaged project manager, and a project officer on a part-time basis, within the Public Affairs Section of the Australian High Commission in New Delhi to implement and manage its programs in India, as required. The AIC project manager in New Delhi during 1999–2000 was Ms Asha Das. Contact details in New Delhi are:

Public Affairs Section
Australian High Commission
PO Box 5210
New Delhi 110 021 INDIA
Telephone: +91 11 688 8223
Facsimile: +91 11 688 2732

Industrial Democracy and Equal Employment Opportunity

Secretariat staff are covered by the Industrial Democracy and Equal Employment Opportunity provisions formulated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The activities and programs of the Council also fall within the Access and Equity plan of the Department.

Freedom of information

The Council received no applications under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 during the reporting period.

Australia–India Focus newsletter

Free subscriptions to the Australia–India Focus newsletter can be arranged through:

Australia–India Business Council
PO Box E 14
KINGSTON ACT 2604
e-mail: daly@acci.asn.au
Telephone: (02) 6273 2311
Facsimile: (02) 6273 3196

Suggestions or material for the newsletter can be sent to:

Mr Christopher Snedden
Editor, Australia–India Focus
e-mail: c.snedden@alphalink.com.au
Telephone/
Facsimile: (03) 9482 3837

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