Indians becoming more influential in Australia as a leading source of migrants and students

Indian-Australian MP Daniel Mookhey takes oath on the Bhagavad Gita

As the UN releases data that India has become the most populous nation on the planet, our Indian diaspora in Australia also continues to grow in size and influence.

The recent NSW state election saw Indian-Australian MP Daniel Mookhey elevated to Treasurer, the first MP in Australia to take the oath on the Bhagavad Gita.

Pru Car, also of Indian origin, became Deputy Premier of NSW and Charishma Kaliyanda became the first Indian born Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Assembly.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that India has become the leading source country for permanent migrants, overtaking China and the United Kingdom. The latest ABS figures reveal one in five skilled migrants were born in India (20%), highlighting the strong presence of Indian skilled workers in Australia’s workforce.

And India is now second in the top five countries of origin for international students in Australia in 2022 –  China (155,348 students), followed by India (99,739), Nepal (56,847) Vietnam (22,396), and Colombia (21,836). These students accounted for 58 percent of all international students in the country, reports.

The India-story in Australia continues to write new and better chapters.

(Special thanks to The Hon Lisa Singh, CEO, Australia India Institute, for most of the above data)

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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