The Bhutan-Australia Friendship began in 1962 when a Bhutanese delegation led by Ashi Tashi Dorji attended the Colombo Plan Meeting in Melbourne. Australia provided its full support for Bhutan to become a member of the Colombo Plan, as a result of which, many Bhutanese students received scholarships to study in Australia. Australia was also one of the first countries to welcome Bhutan to the United Nations in 1971. And in the past sixty years, Australia has been a good and close friend of Bhutan. It is due to the good relations between Bhutan and Australia that it has been possible for thousands of Bhutanese to come to this country to study and work.