History & Background of FIAV
The Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV)
FIAV was formed in 1989 by a group of resident Indian migrants of long standing and repute that were keen to bring all the various regional, cultural and lingual Indian groups together under the one umbrella organization.
The FIAV's goal was to serve as an umbrella organisation for all the Indian community organisations in Victoria bringing together all the individual organisations as a unified body in order to strengthen the community and provide improved services to the Indian origin population in Victoria.
By establishing such an organisation with the objective of unifying the Indian origin community in Victoria, the Local, State, Federal and the Indian governments were able to effectively reach out and communicate with the wider Australian Indian population as a whole. The current FIAV President, Mr Vasan Srinivasan was assisted by Dr T J Rao when the FIAV was initially being set up back in the late 1988. FIAV has now grown to consist of 28 Indian associations which also includes 2 regional Victorian associations and the Federation of Indian Music & Dance Victoria, that consist of 22 groups / schools imparting Indian origin form of arts, dance and music.