SARU runs a regular seminar series throughout the academic year involving its Associates and visiting South Asianists.
SARU has organised a number of international and national conferences in recent years:
- an international conference on Governance in India: The Role of the BJP, 7 - 9 February 2002;
- an international symposium on Regional Responses to Global Economic Change: West Bengal and Bangladesh, 9 - 10 August 1999;
- an Australia-India Council-funded international workshop on The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian political system;
- an international conference on Precious metals', the world economy and the modern history of South Asia;
- the South Asia sessions of the biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia held at Murdoch University, July 1994.