The tri-series, which was last seen in Australia in 2007-08, has been redeployed as a way of providing the requisite number of matches for subcontinental television rights, and pits the world's top three limited overs sides - Australia, the World Cup champion India and the finalist Sri Lanka - against one another.
"ICC Cricket World Cup winner India is also the number one-ranked Test team in the world at the moment," said James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive. "Sri Lanka has also been in great form as we saw in the World Cup, while we know New Zealand is always a formidable opponent that thrives when playing Australia.
"With the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship we know that every Test win is vital and the Australian team will be keen to start the home season positively against New Zealand."
Australia's November series in South Africa and the late arrival of the Indian touring party means the international summer will stretch well into March, again leaving CA to battle with the onset of the football season and its various codes, for crowds and television ratings.
As has become customary, India will have only one tour warm-up match before the first Test, while New Zealand have not been granted any.
1st Match: Australia Vs India at Melbourne - Feb 5, 2012
2nd Match: India Vs Sri Lanka at Perth - Feb 8, 2012
3rd Match: Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Perth - Feb 10, 2012
4th Match: Australia Vs India at Adelaide - Feb 12, 2012
5th Match: India Vs Sri Lanka at Adelaide - Feb 14, 2012
6th Match: Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Sydney - Feb 17, 2012
7th Match: Australia Vs India at Brisbane - Feb 19, 2012
8th Match: India Vs Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Feb 21, 2012
9th Match: Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 24, 2012
10th Match: Australia Vs India at Sydney - Feb 26, 2012
11th Match: India Vs Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 28, 2012
12th Match: Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Mar 2, 2012
1st Final: TBA Vs TBA at Brisbane - Mar 4, 2012
2nd Final: TBA Vs TBA at Adelaide - Mar 6, 2012
3rd Final: TBA Vs TBA at Adelaide - Mar 8, 2012