- To act as the voice, and to represent Indian Australian community in NSW effectively and productively.
- To work for advancement of interests of Indian Australian community in NSW.
- To enhance the image and profile of the Indian Australian community in NSW.
- To mentor and help new migrants of the community in their settlement process and other relevant matters.
- To act as the “support person [s]” for members of the Indian Australian community in NSW, when practicable or necessary.
- To act as a port of call for support/guidance on any issue by the members of the Indian Australian community in NSW or of the community.
- To reach out to all segments of the Indian Australian community to create an effective & productive network of Indian Australian community in NSW
- To reach out to organisations of Indian Australian community all over Australia to help create an effective & productive network of Indian Australian community in Australia.
- To work co-operatively and proactively with all genuine stake-holders from the Indian Australian, other diverse communities and Governmental agencies in religiously & politically neutral way.
- To network actively and productively with agencies of Govt of Australia and Govt of India for the benefits of Indian Australian community.
- To promote benevolent activities in the community.
- To promote Indian culture and festivals in all manners possible.
- To work for the advancement of Australia-India relations.
- To do everything and anything to achieve these goals or any other goal [s] which may be outlined in the future.
Indian Australian Community scene : Past, Present & Future!
There are about 400,000 Indian Australians in Australia, approx 45% of them in NSW. 200,000 from this total have come in the last 10 years. For obvious reasons, they are younger people, with different issues and perspectives compared to older or more established group. Many from this latter group have been involved in community leadership thus far but a paradigm shift is needed in the community and community associations. It is beyond doubt that there is a need for a quantum change in style and composition of community leadership, reflecting current needs of a changing community.
It is no surprise that there are numerous associations in the community, and more will come up in future. This, in itself, is not an issue. “More people with more associations” is a well-accepted phenomenon, as long as they deliver for the community. Some association cater to people who speak a specific language at home and some are based on religions. There are only very few associations which cater to all Indians, irrespective of the language, religion or regional background of people. Many make tall claims of serving our community but, in reality, only very few have real credibility for community service. Most end up doing a few cultural events, nothing else. This must change.
No doubt, there is a need for a good association, comprising of people with proven output in community service, ability to communicate and network, integrity and credibility as leaders. Such leaders should have the capacity to put community’s interests before their own and must have a clear understanding of “conflict of interest” concept.
Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc. [INDAUS] is an organisation, which has been formed recently, comprising of people who fulfil the essential requirements of a great association. Its core committee is dominated by younger people [<40 yrs] and its members have a collective record of community service which is unmatched. They have worked for Indian students’ issues selflessly, helped students get refund of > AUD 300,000 from a Flying school, lobbied for Australian Uranium sale to India, raised voice against attacks on Sri Mandir in Auburn, raised effective objections against incorrect map of India in DIAC website and forced 2DayFM and Kyle Sandilands to apologise for insulting commentary against India and River Ganges, in addition to other many activities. IndAus Inc members & leaders have high credibility, capacity and high media profile, appearing regularly in all sorts of media outlets. Reflecting their age bracket, they are very good in networking, including using social media. They are indeed the people of “current” era!
Apart from this, INDAUS leaders have very high integrity and a sense of “Right & Wrong”.
They have had an excellent start so far and they intend to keep growing, enlisting a large number of people as life members.
INDAUS has a very ambitious agenda, which it wants to work on, without any delay. INDAUS Inc. will work with all genuine community organisations and leaders.
INDAUS will be an Organisation with difference and will prove it with its work output!
To prove their claim to be an “Association with a difference”, they will remain transparent on all matters, and will welcome genuine queries from any member of the community or media. They will work in a decent manner, following their motto “Service with Integrity”!
To start with, INDAUS is celebrating Indian Independence Day on 15th August itself. As an evidence of their effective networking and the claim of an Organisation with difference, INDAUS Inc. celebration of Indian Independence Day will be an invitation only event, where no one will need to buy a ticket and where the top Cultural group, Shiamak Davar Group, from Melbourne will be travelling to Sydney to enthral the audience with their mesmerising performances. Apart from enjoying the event, they intend to create a strong network among the decent and influential members of community, hopefully getting them interested in community work in some form and shape.
As it is their desire to network with right people to deliver what they have outlined as their goals and objectives, they urge community members to work, network and collaborate with them, and support and guide them in delivering what the community needs and deserves!
They don’t believe people need to worry about one more association in our community because they will prove, with their work, that INDAUS is the “One” which is needed!
They assure the community, with their hands on their Hearts, that, with community support and guidance, they will deliver what needs to be delivered for the community and take the community to its deserved heights!
INDAUS understands the pluses and minuses of the leadership of the past, knows what is happening in the present and has a clear vision where this community needs to go in years to come.
They want to work with and for the community in all manners which is possible and practicable.
What they hope is that the community will support, encourage and guide them in their work for the community.