The India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) are a welcome sign of how far relations between Australia and India have advanced. This national initiative now in its third year continues to engage, connect and recognise the role played by Australian Indians in shaping this nation through an awards ceremony. The Awards Gala night will be taking place on Friday 28 October 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Awards night are on sale now. Please visit our website www.iabca.com.au
We are pleased to announce national engagement from across Australia for IABCA 2016.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
My warmest congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for the India Australia Business and Community Awards this year. In every sphere of endeavour, in every corner of our country, and in every walk of life, there are passionate Indian Australians helping to make our nation a stronger and better place. These awards are a great opportunity to recognise these inspiring individuals, businesses, and organisation—the hardworking, caring and innovative people who are making a real difference. It is also a chance to celebrate the best of Indian culture, and the growing links between our nations. Australia and India enjoy a long-standing friendship, based on our shared history, a commitment to democracy and the rule of law. Two-way trade between our countries is around $15 billion a year, and the conclusion of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement will further encourage trade and investment. Today, over 390,000 people in Australia claim Indian ancestry, and India is our second largest source of international students. With the New Colombo Plan offering Australians new opportunities to study on the sub- continent, many more of us will have the chance to deepen our understanding of Indian culture and society.
In the years ahead, it is my hope and expectation that we will see the benefits of even closer bonds between our nations. I once again congratulate nominees and wish you every success for the future.
His Excellency, Navdeep Suri, High Commissioner of India in Australia
It gives me immense pleasure to learn that India Australia Business and Community Awards have been instituted to recognize outstanding leaders among Indian Australians in the field of business and community service. In recent years, the Indian community has not only emerged as one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in Australia but also one that is increasingly recognised for its contribution to a diverse range and much more. Indians are particularly known for their entrepreneurial ability and have been able to translate this in to successful business ventures that are now visible in almost walk of life. The drive to succeed in business often accompanied by a commitment towards community service and I am delighted that both attributes are being recognised in the India-Australia Business and Community Awards. I convey my best wishes to the organisers for their excellent initiative and for the success of the India-Australia Business and Community Awards 2016.
Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Mike Baird MP
I am delighted to send my best wishes to the India Australia Business & Community Awards in 2016.
This great event celebrates and recognises the important role played by Indian-Australians throughout a vast number of areas and disciplines. With the NSW-India relationship stronger than ever, now is a wonderful opportunity for Indian-Australians to become more involved in business and community. As one of NSW’s fastest growing groups, Indian-Australians will contribute significantly to our state over the coming years.
I would like to commend the India Australia Business & Community Awards, and congratulate all the exceptional nominees on their outstanding achievements. On behalf of the NSW Government, I wish everyone attending the India Australia Business & Community Awards a successful and memorable occasion.
Chief Minister of Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr MLA
Canberra’s already strong business relationships with India continue to grow and I was delighted to hear news of Mr Deepak-Raj Gupta’s success at the India Australia Business & Community Awards in 2015. I am pleased to send my congratulations to this year’s nominees and winners.
In September 2015 ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch travelled to India to sign an agreement between the Canberra Institute of Technology and NeST Information Technologies to jointly develop and deliver spatial information and surveying programs. Minister Burch also met with the Gujarat Education Minister, Shri Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasm, to sign an MoU with the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University.
For me these agreements represent the significant potential of Canberra’s growing commercial and cultural linkages with India.
Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP
On behalf of the Victorian Government and people of Victoria, I offer my best wishes to the India Australia Business and Community Awards. There is a large Indian community diaspora, living in Melbourne, who are part of Multicultural Victoria. Awards such as these are a great initiative that recognize achievements of migrants in various fields of business, innovation and community services. The small and medium enterprise sector is one of the fastest growing in our economy and it’s a trend we’re seeing right across the world. I wish all nominees for this year’s awards good luck.
Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Minister for Arts
As Queensland’s new Premier, I am delighted to lend my support to this national award program, which showcases the innovation and dedication of Australia’s Indian community. Having previously served as a state minister for multicultural affairs, I have seen firsthand the ingenuity and passion with which Indian Australians go about business and community endeavours. You contribute enormously to the economic and social success of our nation. I commend all nominees of this year’s India Australia Business and Community Awards for our professional achievements and I invite Queensland’s contingent to get involved in our State’s new$180 million Advance Queensland program, which is aimed at taking great ideas, turning them into investment-ready proposals, attracting that investment, and creating jobs. By making innovation and knowledge-based industries a key focus and by capitalising on the exceptional skills and accomplishments of our people, we can deliver a new era of opportunity.
Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett MLA
Minister for State Development
On behalf of the people of Western Australia, I extend my best wishes to the India Australia Business and Community Awards. Western Australia and India share a close and growing relationship based on strong people-to-people ties and increasing trade and investment links. There are tremendous opportunities to further extend and deepen our relationship, and events such as these are an excellent way to recognise the mutually reinforcing value of local-level social and economic ties that serve ultimately to strengthen the broader Australia-India relationship. I wish the India Australia Business and Community Awards every success and send my congratulations to the nominees and award winners.
Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill
I welcome the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) as a national initiative that rewards excellence and highlights the breadth of the contribution made by Indians in Australia. India is emerging as an economic powerhouse in the Asian Century and plays a key role in Australia’s future. The skills, dedication, and passion that result in business success are just as important in delivering effective community initiatives. This sentiment resonates with entrepreneurs, community leaders and investors seeking to build strong economic and cultural ties between the two nations. The large number of Australians of Indian heritage will help create this mutually beneficial bi-lateral relationship. This connection in a fluid financial environment is proving vital in furthering prosperity in Australia. IABCA is a welcome sign of how far relations between Australia and India have advanced. The South Australian Government released the South Australia – India Engagement Strategyin 2012 and our engagement with India continues to grow. An increasing number of Indians are choosing South Australia as their preferred destination in which to live, work and study. We are an open people and welcome students, tourists, migrants, traders and investors from India. On behalf of the South Australian Government, I convey my congratulations and best wishes to the organisers and the winners of the India Australia Business & Community Awards.
Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman MP
The Tasmanian Government is eager to build on our links with India. India is fast becoming one of the world’s economic superpowers and with the rising affluence in India, Tasmania is well placed to become a niche provider of specialised services to the top end of the marl Tasmania is a unique State of diverse natural beauty, offering high quality products, services and facilities on an accessible scale. Historically we have exported many products to India, including mineral ores and concentrates, processed metals and metal products and printing and writing paper. In the future, we believe there are many opportunities for trade between Tasmania and India in the services sector. Combining Tasmania’s expertise with India’s considerable manufacturing capacity and marl We already welcome many Indian nationals into our State as visitors, students and migrants, and we look forward to increasing these numbers as our relationship with India grows.
I note that Australia and India are continuing negotiations to establish a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. A free trade agreement between our two countries would offer many more prospects for investment as well as trade in both goods and services. We look forward to the successful outcome of these negotiations.
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Hon Adam Graham Giles MLA
I am pleased to support the India Australia Business and Community Awards as a key program in maintaining existing and building new relationships between Australia and India: two countries with a shared passion for excellence in economic, social and cultural development. The Northern Territory is proud of its reputation as a strong and vibrant multicultural society which is enriched and enhanced by members of our Indian-Australian community. Cameleers and traders from the Indian sub-continent established trade routes throughout outback Australia, including the Northern Territory, in the early 1860s.
Since then Indian-Australians’ natural business acumen and love of community have proven beneficial to the growth of many sectors in the Territory, particularly professional; hospitality; health and transport services. The Northern Territory Government values the contribution of Indian-Australians who have chosen to make the Territory their home and supports the IABC as recognition of their achievements.
Awards such as IABCA demonstrate that commitment to private enterprise and community spirit are driving forces in the economic development of Northern Australia. The awards reward the business and community leaders who are paving the way for future generations to prosper through trade which is based on mutual respect for culture and diversity and will inspire others to follow in their footsteps. As the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, I am pleased to support the
IABCA 2016 program.
Tracey Spicer, Television, Radio, News and Online Journalist – IABCA 2016 keynote speaker
I am delighted to represent the National Breast Cancer Foundation and thrilled that the Foundation has been selected as the charity partner for the 2016 India Australia Business and Community Awards. During my involvement with NBCF, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some incredible initiatives, including the Shades of Pink documentary, which told the stories of five very different individuals and their experiences with breast cancer – and, importantly, the impact research conducted right here in Australia is having on people’s lives. Many people assume that because breast cancer gets quite a bit of attention, it’s a disease that doesn’t require more effort. And it’s true that there are more people living after a diagnosis of breast cancer than ever before – since NBCF was established in 1994, five-year survival rates have improved from 76% to 90%. However, once breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed drops to around 22%.
One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Eight women are expected to die every day in 2016 from breast cancer – more than 15,000 in a year. It’s only through robust, world-class, highly targeted research that we can reduce the number of deaths and give more of us – mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives, friends and colleagues – the best chance at life free from the fear of being diagnosed with, or dying from, breast cancer. NBCF’s role in this process is crucial. Since 1994, more than $127 million has been awarded to around 430 Australian research projects aimed at changing the lives, and outcomes, for women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer. ALL of this money has been raised entirely by the Australian public – individuals, community groups and corporate partners; NBCF receives no government funding. I thank everyone involved with the India Australia Business and Community Awards for your support of NBCF, and the life-changing research the organisation funds. I look forward to seeing you at the Awards.