Australian Consulate General in Chennai

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Consulate General of Australia in Chennai
Australian Consulate General in Chennai
ஆஸ்திரேலியத் துணைதூதரகம், சென்னை
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Sean Kelly

since January 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Style Consul General
Appointer Julie Bishop
Inaugural holder Aminur Rahman
as consul general and trade commissioner
Formation 1995

The Australian Consulate General in Chennai represents the interests of the Australian government in the southern region of India. The other missions in India are the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and the Australian Consulate General in Mumbai. The current Consul General of the Chennai consulate is Sean Kelly, incumbent since January 2014. He was preceded by David Holly.


The Australian Government has had a presence in Chennai since 1995. The decision of opening a Consulate General in South India was announced in March 2006, when the then Australian prime minister, John Howard, visited the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.[1] On 26 February 2007, the mission was upgraded to Consulate General when the Australian Minister for Trade, Warren Truss, opened a new office for the Australian Consulate General in the city.[2] Austrade's Trade Commissioner to Chennai, Aminur Rahman, became the first Consul General of the expanded mission.[3] A new chancery was planned to be established for an expected opening in 2011.[4]

The Consulate General is located at Express Avenue Estate, Whites Road, Royapettah.

List of consul generals[edit]

Upon expansion as a Consulate General in January 2007, the mission has been headed by consul generals. Below is the list of consul generals of the Australian Consulate General in Chennai:

Consul generals
  1. Aminur Rahman (January 2007–September 2010)
  2. David Holly (October 2010–January 2014)[5]
  3. Sean Kelly (January 2014–Present)[6]


The Australian Consulate General in Chennai administrates the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu,[7]and the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. The Consulate General was established to enhance the delivery of services to South India from Australian Government agencies including Austrade.[3] The consulate also has under its control trade offices at Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Kochi.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian consulate in Chennai soon". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 9 March 2006. Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  2. ^ "India important for Australia's prosperity". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 27 February 2007. Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Australian Minister for Trade opens Australian Consulate-General in Chennai". Utsav Australia (Chennai: Australian Government, Australian Trade Commission). 26 February 2007. Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  4. ^ Suryanarayana, P. S. (7 July 2010). "More powers for Australian consuls in Chennai, Mumbai". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 20 Jul 2012. 
  5. ^ "New Australian Consul Generals for Chennai and Mumbai". Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  6. ^ Politics Desk (13 January 2014). "Sean Kelly Appointed Australia’s Consul-General in Chennai". The Global Herald. Retrieved 15 Jan 2015. 
  7. ^ "Diplomatic Appointment—Consul-General in Chennai". Canberra: Australian Government, Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  8. ^ Ramakrishnan, T. (10 March 2011). "Australia hopes to begin talks on FTA with India". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 20 Jul 2012. 

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