India is a growing and important market for trade and investment in Australia’s resources. India is Australia’s largest export destination for metallurgical coal, third largest for nickel and fifth largest for copper and gold. Recently, Australia started shipments of uranium to India.

India’s large population, geographic proximity and growth trajectory present significant opportunities for Australia. Australia is well placed to meet growing demand for resources from India and the Government will continue to ensure the right settings to enable Australian companies to make the most of these opportunities.

Enhancing two-way trade and investment

The Australian Government recognises the need to develop strong relationships and enhance trade and investment with major emerging economies. The government progresses this with India through:

How is the department involved?

The department and our New Delhi-based resources counsellor play an active role in:

  • Communicating with our Indian counterparts on relevant resources policies and initiatives
  • Engaging and building relationships with India to promote resources trade and investment
  • Progressing the interests of the Australian resources sector through the India Economic Strategy, Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiation and the Australia-India Energy Dialogue.

The department also engages with India on resources and energy matters by participating in the Australia-India Joint Working Group on Energy and Minerals (JWG) to explore areas of mutual understanding and promote cooperation in the energy and resources sectors.

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Australia-India bilateral forums

Relevant government agencies and research institutes



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