Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) 2015 Targets Policy, Diplomacy, Innovation And Education

23 January 2015

On 26 January, as India commemorates Republic Day and Australians celebrate Australia Day, 15 of Australia’s best and brightest young leaders will come together with 15 of India’s most promising young leaders for the fourth Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD).

AIYD 2015, of which Macquarie University is a founding academic partner, will take place on 26-­28 January in Sydney and 29 January in Melbourne.

Hosted by Cricket Australia, AIYD 2015 will commence with delegates warming up with a game of one-­day cricket between the two nations on 26 January at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Over the following three days, delegates will discuss critical issues in the Australia‐India relationship and key challenges and opportunities facing the two  countries. Discussions will be structured around panels led by experts in the areas of governance and public policy, public diplomacy, business and innovation. On 29 January, the final day of AIYD 2015, delegates will visit the Richmond Tigers AFL Club in Melbourne where they will meet and greet players and staff, and be given a tour of the training ground. For the full AIYD programme, click here.

The AIYD is aimed at developing new avenues for collaboration and partnership between India and Australia through the power and vision of the youth in both countries. With almost two‐thirds of India’s population under the age of 30, India is one of Australia’s largest sources of permanent migrants and the second‐largest source of international  students.

The bilateral relationship between India and Australia has also been growing strongly, with support demonstrated most recently by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who visited India in September 2014, and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attendance at the G20 in Brisbane late last year.

“For ties between Australia and India to continue to prosper and grow in the long-­‐term, meaningful dialogue between the youth of these two vibrant democracies is critical,” said Shaun Star, Chair, AIYD.

As a co-founder and current Chair of the AIYD, Macquarie Law School alumnus Star has been involved in planning the conference and lining up a range of high-profile representatives.

Delegates attending this year’s conference have been selected from diverse backgrounds. Representatives from India include an investigative journalist, a public policy specialist, a university Pro Vice Chancellor, lawyers and politicians, an Assistant Professor in urban planning, a community pioneer improving sanitation conditions and a specialist in mining and resources projects. Among Australia’s delegates will be an equality advisor specialising in women’s rights, a senior economic adviser, politicians, a media entrepreneur, a government trade expert, a local government and workforce specialist and a former international cricket player. Dr John Selby, a lecturer in Macquarie’s Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance will also attend as a delegate.

Speakers at AIYD 2015 include The Hon. Alan Tudge MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (State Government of NSW); The Hon Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade (State Government of Victoria); Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell; Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General of India; Prof Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission and Professor of Law in the Macquarie Law School; Sunjay Sudhir, Indian Consul General in Sydney and Ric Wells, Deputy Secretary DFAT, amongst other high‐profile speakers.

The AIYD’s Distinguished Partners include the Australia India Institute, UTS:INSEARCH and the State Government of Victoria, while Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are Founding Academic Partner and Dialogue Partner respectively. Support has also been provided by the AIYD’s Associate Partners, Australian National University (ANU), Deakin University, Griffith University, the University of Melbourne, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the Indian School of Business, the Daily Milap, Langoor and the NSW Government.

For more information or interviews with speakers, delegates and AIYD representatives, contact Monika Barthwal-Datta  (

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Law alumnus Shaun Star is the Chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD). He sees meaningful dialogue between the youth of these two vibrant democracies as critical.

Law alumnus Shaun Star is the Chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD). He sees meaningful dialogue between the youth of these two vibrant democracies as critical.

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