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 $736 million (in the 12 months to January 2016).

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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Download India StrategySouth Australia - India Engagement Strategy

The South Australia-India Engagement Strategy was first released in 2012 to provide a tailored pathway to bilateral economic development and trade.

The strategy has been updated to reflect the changing circumstances in India, developments in South Australia and a review by key stakeholders.

The update has been informed by the experiences of the past three years and has grown out of a strong partnership based on close cultural, education and investment ties.

The prioritisation of South Australia’s new sister-State Agreement with Rajasthan is expected to bring greater focus to facilitate opportunities for South Australian businesses, educational institutions and other organisations. 

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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.

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Tourism, arts and culture

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

Success stories 2015

  • MOU signed with the Defence Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry, a body representing more than 7900 private and public sector members – provides opportunities to South Australian companies in the defence, aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors.
  • South Australian renewable energy company Heliostat SA signed two agreements with Mumbai and Jaipur based companies for the implementation of Heliostat technologies. Read more
  • Adelaide-based Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy will establish a coaching centre in India.
  • Sydac, a South Australian based company, secured a major $30 million contract to provide simulation training and associated training centres to Government-owned ‘Indian Railways’.
  • Sister-State Agreement signed between the Government of South Australia and the State of Rajasthan. Read more

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