India-Australia Current Affairs

Cabinet approves signing of India-Australia MoU for Secondment Programme

The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for Secondment Programme between India and Australia.

The MoU will be signed between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)-Indian Economic Service Cadre and The Treasury, Government of Australia for period of three months.

Key Facts

Under the Secondment Programme, one officer from Australian Treasury will be seconded to DEA, Ministry of Finance and one officer from IES (at Deputy Secretary/Director level) nominated by IES Cadre, DEA will be seconded to Australian Treasury, Government of Australia, for period of three months.

The validity of both MoUs will terminate at end of the three months’ period of assignment and will not be extendable. The programme may be repeated in subsequent years with mutual consultation and after agreement on both sides.


Australia is one of the important bilateral partners of India. The proposed Secondment Programme will help to deepen understanding of current economic policy issues in both countries. It will also help to explore further opportunities for future collaboration and engagement. It will also provide the seconded officers with valuable and unique development opportunities and also provide exposure on global best practices.


First 2+2 dialogue between India, Australia calls for open Asia-Pacific

India and Australia held their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ in New Delhi and highlighted need to maintain Asia-Pacific region as a “free” and “open” zone. The 2+2 dialogue model between both countries included foreign and defence secretaries.

India and Australia share warm bilateral relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism. There is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries.

Key Facts

It was first meeting of this level since the two sides participated in quadrilateral discussion between India, United States, Australia and Japan in Manila in November 2017 for new strategic partnership targeting the Asia-Pacific region. In the 2+2 dialogue, all aspects of bilateral relations with focus on strategic and defence relations between two countries were reviewed.

Both countries agreed that free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large. The dialogue indicated that focus remains on freedom of navigation in South China Sea, where China has been reclaiming land for infrastructure, boosting its maritime influence.