Strengthen Hate laws in NSW

The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the effectiveness of section 93Z of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) in addressing serious racial and religious vilification in NSW. The Commission sought views of Hindu Council of Australia about section 93Z. Hindu Council has been in contact with other faiths and has made a separate representation also. The submissions were […]

Immigration of religious workers discussed with the Minister

By: Surinder Jain. A discussion was held between religious leaders and the immigration minister to simplify and streamline visas for priests and monks. The main issues on board are : Salary of monks Degree in theology vs qualifications and experience Proficiency in English and visa for translators Time and duration of Visa Hindus were represented […]

Religious Coercion should be made an offence

Hindu Council of Australia has stood for the protection of Hindus against being forced into performing rituals of other faiths, against their Will. We have been speaking to both sides of politics in NSW and at the federal level to enact laws that make Religious Coercion a form of Religious discrimination under state and federal […]

Action against religious bullying of students

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu council of Australia had raised the issue of monitoring and dealing with religious intolerance in NSW schools.  The matter was raised through the Faith Affairs Council of NSW. A subcommittee was formed by the Faith Affairs Council which is having discussions with the NSW Department of Education.  Hindu Council has a […]

Parramatta city to consider Hindu spiritual needs

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council had approached Parramatta MP Mr Andrew Charlton to discuss Parramatta city infra-structure needs of Hindus to enable them to perform their rituals and celebrate their festivals. Andrew Charlton, Parramatta MP MP Charlton is very supportive of the initiative and arranged a meeting with the mayor of Parramatta Lord Pierre Esber.  […]

Hindus in Parramatta need these religious spaces

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia has prepared a list of city infra-structure that is needed by Hindus to perform their rituals and to celebrate their festivals. This list becomes the basis for Hindu Council to ask various cities to provide these spaces for Hindus to be able to live their culture and to […]

Coalition Support for a first Hindu school in Sydney

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia supports the formation of first Hindu school in Australia. Hinduism is the third largest religion in Australia, consisting of more than 684,002 followers, and representing 2.7% of the population (as at 2021 census). We expect these numbers to be around 800,000 with a significant population living in Sydney. […]

Hindu Council asks Federal Coalition to provide protection from Religious Coercion

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia along with other faith leaders have met federal opposition leader with his legal team and have asked to provide protection to Hindus from Religious Coercion. The meeting was attended by Surinder Jain, National Vice President and by Prakash Mehta, Director of Hindu Council. Prakash Mehta on extreme left […]

Energy project on a collision course with Hindu sentiments

Hindu Council of Australia was approached by Hare Krishna farm in Hunters Valley. EnergyCo is planning to run high volt transmission through the scared land of New Gokula Farm. The farm was chosen as a place for cow refuge and dietys were installed there by Srila Prabhupad, founder of world wide movement called Hare Krishna.  […]

The NSW “Equality” Bill information

A bill has been introduced as a second bill that would undermine religious freedom. It is called the “Equality” Bill, and if it passes it would: Slash religious protections for churches and schools Allow people 16 and over to change their sex on their birth certificate at any time Allow children to bypass their parents […]


The deductible gift recipient (DGR) system in Australia allows certain charitable organisations to offer tax deductible donations to their donors. This tax deductablity of donations has been (rightly) used by various faiths in Australia. Hindus are in the process of establishing their first School and removing this tax deductibility status will stop Hindus from availing […]

Restore palliative care funding to support people throughout New South Wales with a life-limiting illness

The NSW state government has slashed funding for palliative care. Susan Carter MLC has lodged an official parliamentary petition calling for the NSW Government to recommit $150 million in funding that they slashed from palliative care last year. Please sign and circulate this petition in your networks so that the government doesn’t dip into palliative […]

Safety and Security regarding the celebrations of Rama Temple inauguration on 22nd January

Dear Hindu organisations, Many of you may be aware that some temples and members of our community had a concern about safety and security regarding their celebrations of Rama Temple inauguration on 22nd January. The Hindu Council of Australia had raised this issue with concerned Ministries. I have held several meetings yesterday with the Parliamentary […]

Hindus push their issues through Faith Council in NSW

The Hindu Council of Australia asks all members of Dharmic religions residing in Australia to let us know if other issues should be raised on behalf of our communities.  Please email your issues to The Hindu Council of Australia attended the first meeting of the NSW Faith Affairs Council. The council consisting of 19 […]

NSW Faith Affairs Council commits to interfaith collaboration

The new Labour government in NSW has formed a Faith Affairs Council of 19 faith leaders.  Hindus are represented by Hindu Council of Australia’s representative Surinder Jain.  The Council held its first full meeting 0n 29 November 2023 at NSW Parliament House. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper. The […]

Deepavali message is timeless says Governor General David Hurley

“Deepavali message is timeless” says Governor General David Hurley   His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley host a morning tea for Deepavali.(Governor-General of Australia Facebook) Governor-General David Hurley recently hosted Diwali celebrations at Government House in Canberra. UPDATED 2 hours ago […]

PMs message to faith leaders on Referendum

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addressed a gathering of faith leaders asking them to vote Yes for the upcoming Voice referendum. Here is his full statement.   ANTHONY ALBANESE, PRIME MINISTER:  5th October 2023 Thank you so much everyone. Thank you firstly, Pastor, for welcoming us into your church. Thank you to Rachel Perkins for the […]


Interviewed by Dwayne Jeffries of Hope Media on behalf of Better Balanced Futures, representing the faith communities in Australia which HCA is a part of.  DWAYNE: Noel Pearson, thank you for taking the time to speak with me, and the various faith communities around Australia. NOEL PEARSON: Thank you for the opportunity. DWAYNE: Faith communities […]

“A NO case for referendum” – Interview with Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Jacinta Price leader of the NO campaign has given an interview to the organisation ‘Better Balanced Futures’ that represents the faith communities in Australia which HCA is also a part of. Below is the full transcript of the interview done by Dwayne Jeffries from Hope Media on behalf of Bright Balance Future. Interviewed by Dwayne […]

All Hindu temples – Please apply for federal funding to secure your temple

Applications are now open for the Albanese Government’s Securing Faith-Based Places grant program. You may recall that during the event to host Indian PM Modi, our PM Anthony Albanese had announced a grant of $40 million for safety and security of places of faith. The funding round is now open. Please enter your application asap […]

Community Language Schools Grant Program

  Dear Community Leaders, While in Perth on Monday 28 August 2023 Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Andrew Giles MP announced that the Australian Government is investing $15 million over two years to support education of languages other than English as part of the new Community Language Schools Grant. Community language […]

The Australian Refugee Advisory Panel – Call for Applications

Dear Community Representatives, ​The Australian Government has announced the creation of an Australian Refugee Advisory Panel (The Panel). The Panel will be a formal mechanism to enhance meaningful refugee participation in Australia’s engagement with the international refugee protection system and humanitarian assistance. Applications for the Panel are open from 8 – ​30 September 2023 to candidates […]

How to participate in the referendum – AEC information session

  Australian Electoral Commission would invite everyone to participate in a referendum briefing from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). It’s been over 20 years since Australia’s last referendum, and voters are expected to vote on 14 October 2023. The AEC would like to provide your organisation with information about what a referendum is and how […]

MP Julian Leeser condemns attack on BAPS Hindu temple in Sydney

MP Julian Leeser condemns attack on BAPS Hindu temple in Sydney. Related Images:

Local MP Andrew Charlton condemns Hindu temple vandalization in Sydney and helps clean up

MP Andrew Charlton has condemned vandalization of BAPS Hindu temple in Sydney. He is helping clean up with BAPS volunteers. Thanks for your support and your Kar-Sewa (selfless service to the temple). Related Images:

Steve Kamper NSW Minister for Multicultural condemns vandalization of Hindu BAPS temple in Sydney

Everyone has the right to practice their faith free from fear and intimidation. That’s why the vandalism of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Sydney in Rosehill must be condemned. And I know nothing will deter the Sydney BAPS community from continuing their selfless service to others.     Related Images:


An elected NSW Labor Government will provide $200,000 to the Shree Ram Krishna Temple in Austral. The funding will be used by the temple community to undertake important upgrades and repairs around the site, including improvements to the drainage, footpaths and car park. The commitment is part of NSW Labor’s Fresh Start Plan to support […]

Hindu Council welcomes Labor’s commitment to a Hindu centre

NSW’s Labor party has promised to provide $3.75 million towards the establishment of a Hindu Cultural and Education Centre – a home for Hindus in Sydney if they form the government after the 25 March election. Hindu Council of Australia welcomed the news. Surinder Jain, National Vice President said that there is a dire need for […]


NSW LABOR COMMITS $3.75 MILLION TOWARDS A HOME FOR HINDUS IN SYDNEY   A NSW Labor Government will provide $3.75 million towards the establishment of a Hindu Cultural and Education Centre – a home for Hindus in Sydney. The funding will be provided to the Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) to help plan and establish […]

NSW Labor commits $3.75 million to establish Hindu Cultural and Education Centre in Sydney

NSW’s Labor party has promised to provide $3.75 million towards the establishment of a Hindu Cultural and Education Centre – a home for Hindus in Sydney if they form the government after the 25 March election. NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns said, “The Hindu community needs a home – and that home should be in […]

Hindu defenders – Daniel Mookhey Labor candidate for Upper House

(Nitin) Daniel Mookhey, the only Hindu in NSW Upper House had taken his oath on Bhagwat Gita and his father was one of the founders of the first Hindu temple (Sri Mandir, Auburn) in Australia. Daniel Mookhy is a sitting Member and now a candidate for of the Legislative Council of NSW.   Daniel defended Hindus and […]

Hindu defenders – Hugh McDermott Labor candidate from Prospect

Hugh McDermott is a Labor candidate from the seat of Prospect in NSW. Hugh had defended Hindus in the NSW state Parliament when Mr David Shoebridge of the Greens Party had attacked Hindu communitiy’s ability to provide SRE (Special Religious Education) to Hindu children in state schools. Hugh defended VHP and asked Mr Shoebridge to […]

NSW Parliamentarians who stood up for Hindus in 2021 attack by the Greens

In 2021, a Greens party member of the NSW Parliament accused VHP, a Hindu not-for-profit organization of being an extremist organization. Mr. Shoebridge’s allegations were denied by the Police and VHP’s work in teaching Hinduism at schools has been appreciated by the Department of Education, the NSW Minister of Multiculturalism and by MP Mark Latham […]

Joint Statement from the Premier of NSW, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP and Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Mark Coure MP

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Carer Gateway, a free Australia wide service

It is important that carers have access to a range of supports and services that can help them manage tough times. Your organisation has been identified as possibly providing support and services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) in Australia who may be unpaid carers. You can further help carers in your […]

Hindus Thanks Australian Parliaments and the Governer General

Hindu Council of Australia would like to thank Australian Federal Parliament and the Governer General for celebrating Hindu Festival of Deepavali. Hindus feel very proud that Hindu festivals have been accepted as important festivals in Australia and Hindus are being treated as important citizens. Deepavali in Australia has been celebrated by the following in 2022 […]

Needed Aged Care Support worker for Hindu clients

Sri Om Care is a Home and Disability Care service provider. Sri Om is in need of Male and Female Care workers*** About Sri Om Care Sri Om Care is one of Australia’s leading and most trusted providers of in-home care. We proudly support South Asian & Multicultural background seniors to live their best possible […]

Press Release by Jewish Board of Deputies

The NSW Government yesterday banned the public display of Nazi symbols without a reasonable excuse, with unanimous support from the Upper House. This was a historic day for New South Wales and a significant blow to those who promote hate and vilification in our community. The maximum penalty for the new offence will be 12 […]


PRESS RELEASE By: NSW Government “The atrocities committed during that period are almost unimaginable, and the intergenerational trauma they have caused continues to be felt by many people today. “This new offence sends a clear message that the display of Nazi symbols, and the hatred and bigotry they represent will not, and should not, be […]

NSW/ACT Business Industry and Regional Outreach-free online Skilled visa information sessions-August

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Chaplain Service ADF- VHP AUSTRALIA

Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia is currently accepting applications from Australian citizens who we can nominate as a Hindu Chaplain in the Australian Defence Force (Army, Air Force and Navy). You will be appointed as a Captain (or equivalent) in a Reserve role (part-time) and will not have go move outside your state of residence. […]

Swastika: All you need to know about the new Bill passed by the Victorian Government

Nazi Symbol Public Display Prohibition Bill Victoria – All You Need to Know Background The Victorian Government has just passed Summary Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol Prohibition) Bill 2022. This amendment is based on a Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into anti-vilification protections. The report was tabled in the Parliament in September 2021 and accepted. There were 36 […]

Progress on teaching Religious Education in Victoria

A meeting was held today between representatives of VCAA of the education department and GRE Education Multi-faith collaboration team. The meeting was attended by Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jews and some educationists. The department explained their framework for developing or changing curriculum for students from F-10. Faith communities will be involved to develop GRE classroom & […]

Police to investigate offensive ASGC letter

Hindu Council has lodged a formal complaint about a four page PDF document, floating in the social media and cyber space, purported to have been issued by an Australia Sikh Gurudwara Council based on the same address as a respectable and revered Gurudwara in Sydney. The Gurudwara has denied ownership of the offensive letter and […]

HCA media statement on Swastika in QLD

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Hindus meet Shadow Education Minister for SRE and GRE

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia and other faith SRE providers met with Prue Car, Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Member for Londonderry, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education, and Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning (Australian Labor Party) on 24th May 2022. We held a positive meeting with her […]

Congratulations The Honorable Prime Minister Mr Anthony Albanese

The Honorable Prime Minister Mr Anthony Albanese On Behalf of 700,000 Australian Hindus, the Hindu Council of Australia congratulates you on becoming the 31st Prime Minister of Australia. We support your leadership in creating an inclusive and resilient Australia that stands for mutual respect – not just tolerance. Hindu Dharma is based on an ancient, […]

Revesby Gurudwara denies authorship of letter vilifying Hindus

By: AHA. Revesby Gurudwara denies authorship of letter vilifying Hindus; police complaint to be made. Revesby Gurudwara denies authorship of letter vilifying Hindus; police complaint to be made. Letter was written by 'a semi-literate buffoon' @amenksingh @puneet_sahani @SikhsSeva @SBSNews @SBSHindi @abcsydney @OpIndia_com @hindupost @nriherald @TheAusToday @Sachin_Sydney — Australian Hindu Media (@austhindu) May 20, 2022 […]

Hindu Council lodges a formal complaint against Khalistani hate speech

By: Prakash Mehta, National President, Hindu Council of Australia. Dear Hon Minister Mr. Paul Toole Dy Premier and minister of Police Members of the Hindu community have brought to the notice of the Hindu Council of Australia that a letter purportedly issued by the Australian Sikh Gurdwaras Council (a Gurudwara – Sikh temple) is being […]

Statement following Meet and Greet with Political Parties

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PM announces $250,000 for Karma Kitchen

PM announces $250,000 for Karma Kitchen. HCAKKGrantPresso-v1 Related Images:

Albanese government to provide $6.1 mil to Sri Om foundation for Aged Care

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Regarding Euthanasia

Leaders of faith communities in NSW have been asked to express their position to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021. While major faiths of Australia unequivocally reject euthanasia and assisted suicide, same is not the case with the Hindu faith. It allows unassisted and assisted ending of life in some special circumstances. Hindu Council therefore […]

Welcome to the Victorian Government Bill prohibiting public display of Nazi symbols

Hindu Council of Australia welcomes the Victorian Government Bill prohibiting public display of Nazi symbols in Victoria. Related Images:

Watch Q and A session with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

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Morrison Government will provide the HCA with $250,000 for The Karma Kitchen

Morrison Government will provide the Hindu Council of Australia with $250,000 for The Karma Kitchen. Related Images:

Growing anti-Hindu smears by Greens

Today, Hindus have become the new bashing toy. Across the political spectrum, Indian Australian Hindus face slander with the accusation that they harbour extremist links rooted in dual loyalty. Anti-Hindu Greens Party supported Projects, who accuses India’s great leader Mahatma Gandhi of everything from incest to ” white supremacy ” to promoting Adolf Hitler , has accused the likes of Hindu Swamsevak Sangh […]

ALP present at Meet and Greet with Hindu Council

Hindu Council thanks Australian Labor Party for being the first party to respond to Hindu concerns.  We acknowledge and thank each of the following ALP MPs/leaders/contests who were present to meet the Hindu community and answer our concerns. A full set of photos of the event can be found at : Photos of the event […]

Q and A session with Labor leaders at meet and greet by Hindu Council Australia

Q and A session with Mr Anthony Albanese. Leader of the Opposition and Ms Kristina Keneally at meet and greet by Hindu Council Australia   Related Images:

Faith communities meet ALP and ask for a Religious Affairs Council as a part of a Ministerial Portfolio

Faith representatives from major faiths including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism met NSW state ALP leadership to discuss common matters that are important to all faiths. The issues taken up during the meeting included: – A representative group (eg Religious Affairs Council) that is part of a Ministerial Portfolio at a Cabinet level, in […]

MP Julian Leeser and AG respond to Hindu concerns on Religious Bill

Hindu Council of Australia had raised its concerns regarding Religious Discrimination Bill with MP Julian Leeser. Mr Leeser arranged a meeting with the Attorney General (AG) office and it was followed by a second meeting with AG. Hindu Council was represented by about ten of its top officials in these two meetings. Following our meetings, […]

Minister Alex Hawke and PM office provide an easy to understand primer on Religious Bill

Hindu Council of Australia had made a representation to PM’s office and to Minister for Multiculturalism Mr. Alex Hawke’s office and had raised concerns of Hindu community with the new Religious Discrimination Bill. The Minister’s office has sent a detailed reply and explained the law in simple terms for Hindu Community. Both PMs office and […]

Hindus thank Government for Safer Communities Grants

Hindu Council of Australia thanks the government for recognizing the need for safety for the Indian and Hindu places of religious worship. Many of these places of worship have been subjected to vandalism’s, threats even fire bombs over the years.    Therefore a vital need was there to ensure the safety and protection of patrons […]

Leader of opposition Mr Anthony Albanese addresses Hindu concerns on Religious Bill

PRESS RELEASE Religious Discrimination Bill Date : 12th February, 2022 Hindu Council supports a Religious Bill that helps preserve Hinduness of our temples, schools, religious institutions and saves them from unnecessary interference from activists. We support the right to express our faith and the outlawing of religious discrimination. The bill passed by the Parliament gives […]

Are you stranded in Australia and want to return home

If you are stranded in Australia and do not have the means to return home, Assisted Returns Program can help you get back to your country and then ensure that you reach your safe. Homeward Assisted Returns. The program that we deliver, Homeward ( provides assistance for non-Australian citizens to voluntarily return home. The three main […]

Press Release – Religious Discrimination Bill – 9th February, 2022

Press Release Religious Discrimination Bill Hindu Council of Australia understands the main purpose of the Religious Discrimination Bill and is in agreement with Government in principal and supports the bill. While we have some concerns on certain parts of the bill, we have discussed them with Minister Alex Hawke, the Prime Minister’s office, and Assistant […]

The Australian Council of Hindu Clergy stands in solidarity with the Hindu Council of Australia on Religious Bill

 The Australian Council of Hindu Clergy would like to register our opposition to the Religious Freedom Bill.  We stand in solidarity  with the Hindu Council of Australia.   Pandit : Rami Sivan,  Australian Council of Hindu Clergy Related Images:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Religious Bill

Federal Parliament is debating a Religious Bill that will profoundly affect Australian Hindus in some good ways and some not so good ways. Here is a run down. GOOD aspects of the Religious Bill The bill makes discriminating against a person on the basis of their religion illegal. Yes, in some states, someone can discriminate […]

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the religious discrimination bills

Hindu Council has given a witness to the Senate estimates committee about the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. The main issues that were raised by Hindu Council were about the expression of religious belief, inclusive society and reduction of employment opportunities. Both Hindus and Buddhists agreed that the bill requires changes. It is expected that script […]

Hindu Council stands with Australian Jews against discriminatory and hate filled campaign of BDS

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The world is full of conflict. Whether it is in Afghanistan where every woman seems to be in trouble or it is Bangladesh where religious minorities seem to be in trouble. The Middle East has multiple, long-standing conflicts which have been simmering and sometimes boiling over, […]

Crimes Amendment (Display of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2021 (NSW)

Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) has made a submission in order to support the ban of the display of Nazi symbols while ensuring that the display of symbols of religion is protected. We have s have agreed to ask for the banning of the Hakenkreuz and distinguish the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Swastika, a symbol of […]

No place for message of Intolerance

The Hindu faith and community has a rich artistic history. Hindu spirituality is expressed in many ways, including dance, drama, painting, architecture, sculpture and music. As a community, we embrace the artistic expression of all cultures, religions and backgrounds. We welcome Sydney festival that embraces and exhibits the talents, cultural influences and artistic expression of […]

Religious freedom Bill

Hindu Council of Australia has made representations to both major political parties about the concerns of Hindus. We have expressed following concerns : 1. The bill will reduce freedom of religion for Hindus working in non-Hindu faith based organizations.  2. The bill will encourage conversions of members of non-proselytizing religions like Hindus, 3. The bill will […]

Hindus excellence in SRE being recognized on 9th Nov – Join the Premier and others to celebrate

By: Surinder Jain, Hindu Council of Australia. Hindus in NSW have been very active in providing Hindu spiritual education to Hindu children in NSW schools. Five Hindu organizations provide volunteers who go to schools and teach. Other religions are also providing spiritual education to school children of their respective faiths. Selfless volunteer service being provided […]

Parents to be classified as ‘immediate family’ for travel to Australia

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia. Thankyou Minister Alex Hawke for making it easy for Hindus and others to get their parents to Australia. Hindu Council has been making many representations to the Australian immigration office and to Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to make it easy to bring parents to Australia. We have counted […]

Hindu Council supports the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW).

Modern slavery act was passed by NSW Parliament and is awaiting proclamation. The act is meant to stop slavery used in Australian supply chains.   ‘The  NSW Act requires all businesses with an annual turnover of more than $50 million to report on the risk of modern slavery occurring in their supply chains. In addition, […]

Hindu Genocide in Bangladesh by Jihadi’s continues

You may have been aware that there have been vicious attacks on the minority Hindu Community. As we understand it, there were attacks and vandalism across the country, during the Durga Puja festival, in the last week or so. Severely impacted districts include Comilla, Chandpur, Noakhali, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Feni. Temple and deities vandalized; property looted; some […]

2021 NAVARATRI MESSAGE – Chris Minns

By: Harish Velji. On behalf of NSW Labor, I extend my best wishes to all members of the Hindu community in New South Wales during this festival of Navaratri. Navaratri is the auspicious festival of nine nights, where nine forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped. The festival honours and celebrates the Goddess Durga for […]

HAF asks Office of Civil Rights to investigate Univ. of Pennsylvania’s role in Hinduphobic conference

Sponsoring Dismantling Global Hindutva event may have violated Hindu students’ rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 In a historic first for the Hindu American community, the Hindu American Foundation filed a Title VI complaint with the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights against the University of Pennsylvania for […]

Funding available to charities for Job Saver and Business grant programs

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia. Hindu Council of Australia along with other faith communities has been speaking to the Treasurer regarding making Covid funding available to faith communities for Job Saver and Business grant programmes. The treasurer has announced today that the COVID-19 JobSaver Payment expansion and extension would support eligible registered charities working in the […]

HCA Victoria Media Statement on Swastika

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Victoria Govt response on Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protection and its impact on Hindu Swastika

Report on Anti-Vilification Inquiry in Victoria and its consequences on Hindu Swastika On 2nd September 2021, Premier of Victoria Hon Daniel Andrews made an announcement related to Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections in Victoria. The Legal and Social Issues Committee investigated how Victoria’s anti-vilification laws are working. This committee is part of the Legislative Assembly in […]

How to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination

People can get proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status through their immunisation history statement or COVID-19 digital certificate. Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is free. People who are eligible for Medicare People who are eligible for Medicare and are over 14 years of age can get their proof using: Medicare online account through myGov Express Plus Medicare […]

No to Vaccination passport for entry to a temple

By: Hindu Council of Australia. Temples should not be required to police their congregation for vaccination certificates. That is a job for the Police. Religious services should not be selective on whom they can serve. Police should not stand outside places of worship to check vaccination certificates as much as it does not do that […]

Renewable Energy in India and Australia

India is world’s 3rd largest consumer of electricity and world’s 3rd largest renewable energy producer with 38% (136 GW out of 373 GW) of total installed energy capacity in 2020 from renewable sources. On a per capita basis, India’s energy use and emissions are less than half the world average. International Solar Alliance (ISA), an alliance […]

Ambulance fee exemption for COVID

COVID-19 Exemptions Any patient who receives an invoice from NSW Ambulance and their reason for treatment and/or transport is related to COVID-19, will be exempt from paying the invoice. The same applies for patients who have had an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. Patients who receive an invoice can contact NSW Ambulance on 1300 […]


THE HON ALEX HAWKE MP MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, MIGRANT SERVICES AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS MESSAGE FOR INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY 2021   I send my warmest wishes to members of the Indian-Australian community celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence. As democratic nations, our close friendship and partnership is bound by our shared liberal democratic values of respect […]

INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2021 – Australian Prime Minister

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2021 I send my warmest greetings to the people of India, and their friends and family in Australia, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Indian independence. In 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru described India’s independence as the continuation of an ‘unending quest’ — for the peace and […]

COVID-19 check-in card by Service NSW

By:Rachna Soni, Multicultural Community Liaison Officer, Parramatta Police Area Command For members of the public who  do not have a smart phone to scan in at businesses QR code. Currently people without a phone to scan the QR code at businesses are to manually write the details in a register at the business.  The business […]

Hindu priests can go perform tervi (13th day memorial) at clients home in NSW during lockdown

I was approached by a number of Hindu priests enquiring if they can go to a clients home to perform puja and other rituals after a death in the family. I have sought clarifications from the health department and they have said that a priest can go to provide funeral and memorial service.  Performances of […]

Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 to help temples buy solar panels, storage batteries, LED lighting and new air conditioners

A message from federal MP David Smith. Please use this grant to improve energy efficiency of your temple. The grant closes this Sunday. Surinder Jain. By: David Smith MP.  I am writing to remind you that the expressions of interest closing date for the 2021 Powering Communities Program is this Sunday 18 July at 11:59pm […]

Dr Fiona Martin’s Office – Funding for Hindu Based Schools

By: Surinder Jain. MP Dr Fiona Martin, on behalf of Hindu Council’s representation,  has approached The Education Minister for funding Hindu Schools in NSW. Her letter to the MInister and the Minister’s response are enclosed below. Letter to Surrinder Jain Related Images:

Australian Hindus saved from Greens parties attack

Hindu SRE under attack from Greens political party Hindu Council of Australia defends its member VHP Australia Inc. from an unprovoked and unnecessary attack from the Greens party in NSW upper house. What is SRE The state of NSW in Australia permits religious organisations to register with the department of education and teach their religion […]

Stop insulting Hindu icons

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NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay MP’s Private Members Statement regarding the current India travel ban

By: Jodi McKay, MP, NSW LABOR LEADER There are 173 Australian children stranded in India without their parents. Australian citizens have been told they face fines of up to $66,000 and five years in prison if they attempt to return home. No such bans were ever introduced when Australians returned from the USA and UK […]




Dr GEOFF LEE (Parramatta—Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, and Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans) (15:29): I recognise the great work of the VHP Sanskrit School in New South Wales. Today New South Wales has a robust Hindu community. According to the 2016 census 189,400 people in New South Wales identified as Hindu. […]

Minister Alex Hawke’s message to the Indian community

A message from the Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs.   I want to personally thank you on behalf of the Government for your frank feedback and support for India at this difficult time. I have provided this feedback directly to the Prime Minister and the National Security […]

Labor’s Daniel Mookhey opposes Greens vilification of Hindus in NSW Upper House

You may be aware that a Greens party member of NSW Parliament had recently accused VHP, a Hindu not-for-profit organization of being an extremist organization. Mr Shoebridge’s allegation has been denied by the Police and VHPs work in teaching Hinduism at schools has been appreciated by the Department of Education, by the NSW Minister of […]