Department of State Development

South Australia and India relationship

The Government of South Australia is engaging with India through a long-term partnership approach that will create new commercial opportunities with India, providing future economic growth for both regions.

The Government’s vision is to enhance and deepen economic engagement with India and build a long-term mutual partnership encompassing investment, trade and business, education, sport, culture, the arts and sciences including an exchange of people, skills and ideas.

India is South Australia’s sixth largest export partner and its export value is $819 million (in the 12 months to March 2017).

Indian market

By 2030 India is predicted to be the world’s third largest economy with the largest middle-class and a relatively youthful consumer market.

India is one of the most dynamic markets in the world. The International Monetary Fund forecasts Indian GDP growth of 7.5% in 2015-16, exceeding that of China for the first time since 1999.

Negotiations are underway between the Australian and Indian Governments for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) that will reduce barriers to trade in goods and services, facilitating foreign direct investment.

As at October 2015, there have been nine rounds of negotiations which are expected to be finalised in the coming months.

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Sector opportunities


Aerospace and defence

The South Australian defence industry has the professional engineering services and specialist technical training capabilities needed to acquire and sustain modern defence equipment and technologies.

Resources and minerals

India is big on mining and Rajasthan is one of the significant mining states which has shown an interest in learning from South Australia’s expertise in this sector, both for technology transfer and training.


South Australia’s high quality and reputable schools, universities and vocational training providers are well-placed to support India to meet the growing demand for educational services.


Clean technology

(Including renewable energy, water and waste water)
South Australia is considered a world-leader in water management. Improving water quality and the pollution load of the Ganges provides opportunities for South Australia.

Agribusiness, food and wine

South Australia can collaborate on research and technology in agribusiness and share its expertise in areas such as soil testing and fertility, plant breeding, and animal husbandry.

Tourism, arts and culture

The relationship with Rajasthan State provides a framework to promote South Australia’s arts and cultural expertise.

India success stories 2016

The 2016 business mission to India provided the following success stories for participating companies:

  • MoU signed between Flinders University and Amity University in Delhi to promote academic cooperation, mutual understanding and identify areas where staff and students can work together to promote international excellence in research and teaching in higher education.
  • The Water Industry Alliance and CII Triveni Water Institute signed an MoU to establish a basis for cooperation, collaboration and consultation. Read more 
  • In Rajasthan, the sister-state relationship was further advanced with the signing of an MoU to establish the Rajasthan Centre of Excellence in Water and Resources Management. Read more
  • The Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy will establish the Darren Lehmann Sports Centre of Excellence in Rajasthan to support the Rajasthan Government to produce more athletes and sportspeople, as well as helping to reduce diabetes in community.
  • The Mumbai Chapter of the South Australia Club was launched to foster business and investment opportunities for South Australia.
  • The Australia Dance Theatre Company performed ‘The Beginning of Nature’ in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. Read more
  • A fashion show was performed in India by South Australian designers Casper and Pearl, jewellery by Silver Queen Jewellery and bags by Sabaii.

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A dedicated team is on hand to support businesses looking to export to India.