Indian Diaspora

Indian Diaspora

Indian Diaspora in Western Australia and Northern Territory

The Indian community in Western Australia numbers between 70,000 and 80,000.There are more than 50 associations and bodies. The Indian population in WesternAustralia represents more than 10% of the total Indian community in Australia andis growing very rapidly. The Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) which wasestablished in 1972 as a not-for-profit body is the biggest association of Indiancommunity. There are six temples and two Gurudwara’s in Perth.

Indian community celebrates all major Indian festivals, including Diwali,Navaratri/Durga puja, Ganesh Chaturti, Ugadhi, Onam, Holi. Hindi Samaj of WesternAustralia runs Hindi language courses for children. There are a number of Indiandance and music centers in Perth, which also organize annual cultural eventspromoting Indian art and culture.

Since 2008, Swan Festival of Lights is being celebrated every year in Perth during themonth of Diwali. The event is organised by Annalakshmi on the Swan, Perth andSaraswati Mahavidhyalaya. The event includes cultural dance performances, art,music, family friendly activities and Indian food stalls. More than 35000 peopleparticipate in the event.

Indian community in Northern Territory is around 7000 - 8000. The Indian CulturalSociety, NT is the major association in Darwin. The Indian Cultural Society organizesan Indian festival "India@Mindil’ every year in the month of June, presenting thediverse culture of India to the people of Northern Territory. This cultural event hasbecome so popular that it has been listed in the Darwin’s annual calendar. Morethan 15000 people attend the event every year.

Western Australia is emerging as a preferred destination for international students,including students from India. According to enrolment figures for 2017, India wasWestern Australia’s second market for international students, accounting for 15% of total international students enrolled in WA. Students from India are pursuingundergraduate/post-graduate studies, research and special courses at all leadinguniversities, including University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, CurtinUniversity, Edith Cowan University. There are approx. 253 Indian students enrolledwith Charles Darwin University in NT. Indian students are also undertaking coursesat different vocational training institutes and colleges in a range of areas, includingaccountancy, finance, community service, aged care, etc.

Around 27,600 tourists from India visited Western Australia in 2017. There are nodirect flights between India and Western Australia.

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