Trade with India: key issues

The India-Australia FTA (known as the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement or AICECA) negotiations began in 2012, were accelerated from 2014, and in August 2016 the Australian Government announced that they were on hold, as India focussed on the RCEP.

In November 2019, following both civil society and local business protests, India left the RCEP negotiations

In June 2020 Indian and Australian  leaders announced a Comprehensive strategic Partnership of cooperation on defence, security, maritime,  economic, education, tourism and other issues. This is less legally binding and does not provide the same market access as an FTA.  Further trade talks were held with the aim of agreement on some issues in 2021

Major issues:

ISDS and tariffs: Australia wants TPP model of ISDS, but India wants a more limited version, with less rights for corporations and more protections for government regulation. 

India is also reluctant to move to zero tariffs.

Temporary migrant workers: India is seeking expansion of temporary workers with less labour market testing and other changes to student visas and computer-related service providers.


See our submissions below:

AFTINET Second Submission to DFAT September 2015

AFTINET Submission August 2011 to DFAT on the proposed agreement.

AFTINET Submission to the feasibility study March 2008.

Last updated September 2021