ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Over the past 20 years, a number of Indian organisations have come into existence in New South Wales, Australia. Many of these organisations have been either regional Associations (based on languages of India) or religion-based Associations. Some business associations have also been formed. There have been some which have claimed to be “Umbrella Institutions” (social as well as religious) but have not delivered.


​While these Associations have served some purpose of fulfilling individual aspirations of people running these Associations, and some have genuinely assisted in promoting the Indian culture in various forms, most of these bodies have not been sufficiently effective in addressing the key issues faced by the Indian Australian community in Australia. As a result, many of the organisations and their leaders are not accepted as the ones focussed on genuine community work or capable of leading our community.

The Indian Australian community itself has undergone tremendous changes over the past decade. With the vast influx of students, and substantial increase in the number of new Indian migrants, the issues faced by the community have increased manifold. Some of the glaring examples of these issues faced by or relevant to the Indian community include:

  • Integration of Indian migrants in the Australian society

  • Students and Visa Issues

  • Domestic violence

  • Employment issues

  • Lack of influence in the Australian Political system

  • Lack of representation on Indian Australians in Australian media

  • Australia-India relations and relevant issues

With the growth of Indian community in Australia, the aspirations of people of Indian Australian community have substantially increased, but these aspirations have not been realised. Only few Indian Australians are working as a councillor in the local government presently. There are hardly anyone representing in either a State or Federal Parliament. With the current state of our community leadership, it is not likely that it will change in the foreseeable future. Many believe that this situation is hindering the growth of Indian Australian community and is largely due to our ineffective community leadership.

The Council of Indian Australians is a new not for profit organisation which was inaugurated on January 28th, 2011 at the Australia Day/Indian Republic Day function in Blacktown, NSW. It aims to work as a genuine representative body with clean governance, transparency, accountability, and high moral and ethical standards in day-to-day functioning.  In short, primary objective is promoting Indian cultural heritage, friendship, and integration within multicultural Australia.

The Council of Indian Australians Inc intends to achieve its objectives by working closely with the local community in NSW.

The Council of Indian Australians (CIA) is a secular organisation and is also not aligned with any political party. Its members and leaders are entitled to have their political views. They can take part in the political processes on individual basis.

Members and leaders belonging to Council of Indian Australians have been actively involved in community work for years and have achieved some significant results for the community in short span of time. They strongly believe in outcome-focused approach. Their focussed work has given them significant credibility in the community as well as in Australian national media, which routinely seeks their views on issues related to Indian Australian community and Australia India relations.

Council of Indian Australians believes in integration and participation of Indian Australians in the general Australian community. They are strong believers and supporters of multiculturalism and multicultural Australia.

OBJECTIVES

  • To promote social and cultural welfare of the people of Indian origin living in New South Wales, Australia.

  • To co-ordinate support and/or assistance for Indian Australian community.

  • To conduct celebrations and functions relevant to the Indian Australian community.

  • To support students and new Indian migrants to Australia.

  • To promote, conserve and advance Indian culture and improve the awareness of Indian culture within the Australian community

  • To subscribe to and to become a member of and co-operate with any other organisation or association whether incorporated or not, whose objectives are similar to those of the Association

  • To enter into any suitable arrangement with government or authority to achieve the objectives of the Association

  • To raise funds for charitable purposes for the Indian or Australian community living in Australia and Indian community living in India

THE PLEDGE

  • We will work with high level of integrity and accountability following proper governance.

  • We will put community’s interests above our own interests.

  • We will follow and pass the test of “conflict of interest” principle in whatever we do.

  • We will never secure pecuniary benefits during our term and in particular will never take “commission” for our work.

  • We will be non-political and will not allow any political party to control us.

  • We will remain religion, region, and language neutral in the context of Indian Australian community.

  • We will keep the media and the community informed about our plans, activities and achievements and will be 100% transparent.

  • We will not allow people who have conflict of interests to be a part of our team.

  • We will represent the community appropriately and will enhance the reputation and image of the community.

  • We will work on changing the image of community leaders and perceptions about them.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

2022

President

Mr Shail Wadhwa

Vice President   

Mr Ashish Desai

Secretary

Mr Keyur Desai

 

Treasurer

Mr Praful Desai 

Joint Secretary

Mr Roop Sharma

Joint Treasurer

Mr Stanley D’Cruz

Media and Relations Director

Mr Mohit Kumar

EC Member 1

Mrs Snehlata Gour

EC Member 2

Mr Tapan Shah

EC Member 3

Mr  Ashish Bhatt

Mr  Ashish Bhatt

Public Officer

Mr Nitin Shukla

Honorary Auditor

Mr Khushroo Dastoor

Honorary Legal Adviser

Mr Babu Chokkappa

2019-2022

President

Mr Nitin Shukla

Vice President   

Mr Shail Wadhwa

Secretary

Mr Ashish Desai

 

Treasurer

Mr Keyur Desai

Joint Secretary

Mr Praful Desai

Joint Treasurer

Mr Satyadeep Ranyal

EC Member 1

Mr Stanley D’Cruz

EC Member 2

Mrs Sharda Shukla

EC Member 3

Mr Kedar Oza

Public Officer

Mr Mohit Kumar

Honorary Auditor

Mr Rakesh Joshi

Honorary Legal Adviser

Mr Babu Chokkappa

2017-2019

President

Mr Mohit Kumar

Vice President   

Mr Nitin Shukla

Secretary

Mr Sanjay Deshwal

 

Treasurer

Mr Keyur Desai

Joint Secretary

Mr Shail Wadhwa

Joint Treasurer

Mr Ashish Desai

EC Member 1

Mrs Simmi Wadhwa

EC Member 2

Mr Balu Vijay

EC Member 3

Mr Amit Tripathi

Public Officer

Mr Praful Desai

Honorary Auditor

Mr Rakesh Joshi

Honorary Legal Adviser

Mr Babu Chokkappa

2015-2017

President

Mr Praful Desai

Vice President   

Mr Mohit Kumar

Secretary

Mr Nitin Shukla

Treasurer

Mr Balu Vijay

Joint Secretary

Mr Keyur Desai

Joint Treasurer

Mr Amit Tripathi

EC Member 1

Mr Sanjay Deshwal

EC Member 2
Mr Ashish Desai

EC Member 3

Mrs Jaspreet Chopra

Public Officer

Mr Subba Rao Varigonda

Honorary Auditor

Mr Arvind Potnis

Honorary Legal Adviser

Mr Babu Chokkappa