Our selected 30 delegates from Australia and India will converge for the eighth AIYD dialogue in Sydney and Melbourne from the 20th to 23rd February 2019.

The theme this year will be Activating the Youth Multiplier,  where we explore, discuss and collaborate on the following sub themes :

1) Building cultural intelligence through education: This sub-theme seeks to understand how the education ecosystem that sits at the centre of bilateral relations between the two countries can and should be used to foster greater intercultural understanding.

2) Scaling our economic impact: This sub-theme will focus on trade & investments, business and economic opportunities within key sectors of growth for both countries – where young people should play and how they can contribute to building stronger economic ties between the two countries.

3) Leading policy development: This sub-theme will cover topics and sectors from bilateral policies, to understand how we can integrate youth leadership into diplomacy and policy. What existing programs and policies at state and federal level between the two countries exist and how can we can allow young leaders to become strong contributors within these programs.

The program has an impressive line up of eminent speakers, interactive sessions and exercises for delegate to explore opportunities together and shape the dialogue as contributors of Australia – India relationship.

Applications open on the 16th of August and close on 30th September 2018


Australian Delegates

Indian Delegates

  • DAY 1 - Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 20th February 2019
  • Time Activity Location
    11:00 Delegates meet at hotel lobby Sofitel on Collins
    11:30 – 12:00 Take tram to Deakin University CBD Campus
    12:00 – 13:15 AIYD Welcome by Steering Committee Deakin University
    Tower 2, 727 Collins St,
    Docklands VIC 3008
    13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30 Cultural Intelligence Workshop Facilitation led by Duncan Smith
    15:30 – 16:25 Introduction “Australia India Relations”


    • Peter Varghese, Chancellor University of Queensland
    • Rakesh Malhotra, Consul General of India to Melbourne
    • Barry O’Farrell, Deputy Chair of the Australia India Council and Former Premier of NSW


    Supported by Deakin University

    Moderator: John Molony, Pro Vice Chancellor
    (International), Deakin University

    16:25 – 16:30 Vote of thanks by John Molony,

    Pro Vice Chancellor (international), Deakin University

    16:30 – 17:00 Afternoon tea
    17:00 – 17:30 Travel back to Hotel
    18:30 Opening Gala Cocktail Night
    Hosted by Hayley Bolding OAM, AIYD Steering
    Committee and 2012 AlumnusSpeakers

    • Mary-Anne Thomas MLA, Cabinet Secretary,
      Victorian Government
    • Stephanie Rice OAM, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist
      and AIYD 2017 Alumnus
    • Artistic Performance – Churning Waters
    Investment Centre Victoria,
    Level 46, 55 Collins St,
  • DAY 2 - Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 21st February 2019
  • Time Activity Location
    08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast Sofitel on Collins
    09:15 – 09:30 MC introduction to day 2: Trade & Economics
    09:30 – 10:30 Panel discussion: Trade & Economics

    • Jessie Mitchell – Head, Victorian Government India Strategy Implementation
    • Megan Mulia – Director of Asia Practice at PWC


    Supported by Victorian Government
    Moderator: James Edwards, AIYD 2016 Alumnus and Steering Committee Member

    Investment Centre Victoria,
    Level 46, 55 Collins St,
    10:30 – 11:15 Delegate discussions Investment Centre Victoria,
    Level 46, 55 Collins St,
    11:15 – 13:00 Group challenge introduction and working session 1

    Supported by Tata Consultancy Services

    13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
    13:45 – 14:00 Travel to Melbourne Cricket Ground Bus pickup Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins St.
    14:00 – 16:15 Melbourne Cricket Ground tour with delegates

    • Q&A session with Sachin Kumar, Head of International relations & Scheduling, Cricket Australia and AIYD 2018 Alumnus
    Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Jolimont St, Jolimont
    16:00 Depart for Airport
    18:30 – 20:00 Flight to Sydney
    20:00 – 21:00 Transfer to hotel
    21:00 – 22:00 Free evening
  • DAY 3 - Sydney, Australia, Friday, 22nd February 2019
  • Time Activity Location
    07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast At Hotel, Depart for UTS
    09:00 MC introduction to day 3: Education & Cultural Intelligence
    09:05 Opening Remarks by Belinda Howell, Chief Market Development Officer at UTS Insearch UTS – level 4, 645 Harris Street, Ultimo
    09:15 Bala Rangaraju –Education researcher and social
    Entrepreneur – Policy interventions in education
    Bus drop off/pick up:
    Mary Ann Street Park near
    Harris Street intersection
    09:40 – 10:40 Panel – Education & building cultural intelligence

    Supported by UTS Insearch

    • Dr Nina Burridge, Associate Professor Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney
    • Bala Rangaraju, Education researcher and social entrepreneur


    Moderator: Manuraj Shunmugasundaram, AIYD 2014 Alumnus and Steering Committee Member

    10:40 – 11:00 Morning tea
    11:00 – 11:30 Discussion with The Hon. Jason Clare, Shadow Trade Minister on the Australia India Trade relationship
    11:30 – 12:30 Group Challenge Working session & Lunch
    12:30 – 13:15 Address by the Hon. Senator Marise Payne, Foreign Minister of Australia
    13:15 – 13:45 Transfer to Macquarie University by Bus Macquarie University Incubator, North Ryde
    14:00 – 14:05 Opening Address by Prof Martina Möllering, Dean of Faculty of Arts,
    Macquarie University
    14:05 – 14:45 Interactive Panel Discussion “Building Cultural Intelligence Through Education”
    Supported by Macquarie University
    Panel members:

    • Prof Martina Möllering, Dean of Faculty of Arts,
      Macquarie University
    • Prof Julian Knowles, Associate Dean International, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University
    • Dr Julian Droogan, Sr. Lecturer, Dept. of Security
      Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
    14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea & Presentation of Macquarie Incubator
    15:00 – 16:30 Readings for Equitable Dialogue: Facilitated by Achyutha Sharma, AIYD 2014 Alumnus and Steering Committee
    16:30 – 17:00 Tour of the Arts Facilities, Macquarie University
    17:00 – 17:45 Head back to hotel by Bus
    19:00 Activity – Cruise on Sydney Harbour Pyrmont Wharf

  • DAY 4 - Sydney, Australia, Saturday, 23rd February 2019
  • Time Activity Location
    07:00 – 08:30 Travel to UNSW Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington
    09:05 – 09:10 MC introduction to day 4: Policy Development
    09:10 – 09:15 UNSW Welcome Remarks: Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice Chancellor International, UNSW
    09:30 – 10:30 Panel discussion – Policy development

    Supported by UNSW

    Mihir Sharma – ORF Fellow, Columnist, Author
    The Hon Scott Farlow MLC, Parliamentary Secretary
    to the Premier (Leader of the House) in the Legislative

    Moderated by Monika Barthwal Datta, AIYD Steering
    Committee Alumnus and Lecturer at UNSW

    Tyree Room, Scientia
    Building, UNSW Kensington
    10:30 – 11:15 Delegate discussions
    11:15 – 11:30 Morning tea
    11:30 – 12:00 Travel to USyd
    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch/Group challenge last working session RD Watt Building, University
    of Sydney
    14:00 – 14:30 Group challenge pitches
    14:30 – 16:00 Policy in Action: University of Sydney Policy Lab session

    Supported by the University of Sydney

    Facilitated by Professor Marc Stears

    16:00 – 16:30 Afternoon tea & Alumni presentation
    Danielle Rajendram, AIYD 2014 Alumnus and Steering Committee Alumnus

    Talish Ray, AIYD 2015 Alumnus and Steering Committee Member

    16:30 – 17:00 Travel back to hotel
    19:00 – 22:00 Closing Gala Dinner Hosted by Ben Heenan, Steering Committee member

    • The Hon Ray Williams, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, representing the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW
    • Senator the Hon Lisa Singh
    • The Hon Julian Leeser MP, Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of India
    • Talish Ray – Founder, Girls Gotta Know and AIYD 2015 Alumnus
    Terrace Room Maritime Museum Darling Harbour



Some glimpses from the AIYD 2020 launch, held at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. Applications are now open for the 2020 dialogue.

To read more about the dialogue, Please download below the AIYD report for the year 2019.