Melbourne is home to many Indians

India is now the biggest source of migrants to Australia, and most come to my city, Melbourne.

Australia is really a “nation of migrants” because all citizens apart from the original indigenous inhabitants came here as migrants.

There are around 170,000 Indian born people here – with many more “Indian-Australians” who were born here. This makes up 3% of our population.


Diwali is a huge celebration in Melbourne – pictured is Federation Square

50% are families with children and 46% have Australian citizenship.

25% are professionals.

Melbourne is a popular choice for Indian students and tourists.

The Indian community is a big part of making Melbourne a diverse and multicultural city.


Many business and community functions are held in Melbourne for Diwali – seen here from left are Stephen Manallack. Preeti Daga, Molina Asthana and Anoushka Gungadin. At back are Ian Nathaniel and Michael Moignard

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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