Voluntary Assisted Dying and Hindu Council of Australia

By: Surinder Jain. Voluntary assisted dying schemes have been in effect in the following states; Victoria since 19 June 2019, Western Australia since 1 July 2021, Tasmania since 23 October 2022, Queensland since 1 January 2023, South Australia since 31 January 2023 and New South Wales since 28 November 2023. [1] An eligible person can […]

Hindu Council Opposes abolition of Tax exemption for donations to build Hindu schools

Hindu Council of Australia has made a passionate in person submission to the Productivity Commission that tax exemptions for donations made to build faith schools should not be removed. Hindu Council is a member of Better Balanced Futures which fully supported Hindu Council’s submission. A Productivity Commission was set up by federal government to advise […]

Webinar – Protest against bias coverage of Australian media on Ram Janmabhumi Sunday 4th February 8-9pm

Hindus were enraged by the biased media coverage  by Australian Television including ABC.  After the sacred Pran Pratishta, there has been a barrage of derogatory articles across media houses that have been factually incorrect. It is important to address this. There is ongoing collaboration across Australia by all Hindu and Indian organisations spearheaded by the Hindu […]


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 […]

New National Team of Hindu Council of Australia

The Hindu Council of Australia has elected a new national team after the end of the 3 year term of the current team.  Below are the names of the new team that has been elected in the Annual General Meeting of the Hindu Council of Australia held on 20th December 2023. National President – Sai […]

Deepavali 2023

Deepavali, the festival of lights is the largest festival in India and worldwide. Hindus primarily celebrate Deepavali but other religions like Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs also celebrate it. Other religions have different names and reasons/stories to celebrate this day. For Hindus, it is the day of Shri Ram’s return to Ayodhya along with Sita Devi […]

Say NO to Anti-Semitism – Sign your support

Hindu Council of Australia says no to Anti-semitism. We pledge our support for an Australia where all citizens are treated with respect, inclusivity and dignity.  Vaisudev Kutambkam (World is one family) Hindu Council encourages all Australian Hindus to reaffirm their commitment to fighting racism in all its forms and supporting the Jewish community. This collective stance […]

Call upon Hindus to Join – Set Them Free Solidarity Vigil

Fourteen hundred innocent human beings including at least ten Hindus (https://hinducouncil.com.au/new/hammas-killed-10-hindu-students-from-nepal-on-7th-october-2023/) have been brutally tortured, raped, killed or abducted by Hamas terrorists in Israel on 7th October 2023.  Ten Nepali Hindus and three Indians are among them. We call upon all Australian Hindus and Indians to show their support against terrorism by registering for and […]

Landscape of Hindu Education in Australia – 2023

Hindu studies by Hindu community Hindus have arrived in large numbers very recently in Australia. There are about one million Hindus in Australia mainly coming from Indian, Fiji, Nepal and Malaysia, majority of whom are first generation migrants. Hindus are growing at a rapid rate due to migration and are stretched to provide basic temple […]

Streets of Colour: A Powerful Film about banning Nazi symbols Gains Recognition and Nominations

The story of racism and its impact has been told by a film “Streets of Colour”. It led to the enactment of the Crimes Amendment (Nazi Symbols and Salutes) Bill 2023.  The bill banned Nazi hate symbols and freed sacred Hindu Swastika from its self imposed prison. Hindu Council had worked with other organisations to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paada Yatra, 30th Septmber 2023

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Hindu Council thanks federal government for Temple safety grant

Date : 17th May 2023 MEDIA RELEASE   The Albanese Government and the Attorney  General The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP have announced a $40 million grant to help protect faith-based places to improve security and safety. Hindu Council of Australia thanks The Hon Anthony Albanese PM, for this grant. Hindu temples have been a […]

Prime Minister’s stand on attacks on Religious Buildings

Prime Minster Anthony Albanese’s stand on attacks on Religious Buildings. “Australia wont tolerate any extreme actions and attacks that took place on religious buildings, and there is no place for such action against Hindu temples.” Related Images:

FESTIVALS: AKSHAYA TRITIYA: Akshaya Tritiya (22 April this year)

By: Anand Lalchandani.  FESTIVALS: AKSHAYA TRITIYA: Akshaya Tritiya (22 April this year) also known as Akha Teej is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Vaishakh month. Akshaya means never diminishing, and it is believed that doing any Japa, Yajna, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan-Punya, any buying of gold by people on this day never diminish and bring everlasting […]

Participation in ANU Religious Conference

By: Surinder Jain. Australian National University had organized a three day conference on “Religion in Modern Education : Conflict, Policy and Practice” on 13th to 15th April 2023 in its campus in Canberra, Australia. The conference invited scholars to consider the immediate and enduring impacts that the value, consideration, accessibility, and format of religious education […]

Gargi Award Ceremony 2023

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1st Paada Yatra for 2023 is on 7th April

Join Paada Yatra on 7th April 2023.  Celebrate our age-old traditions and take them forward to the younger generation to practice Sanatana Dharma. HCA started this walk in 2012 t not just to continue the tradition of pilgrimage on foot but also to get the Hindu youth to join in and participate in the traditions.  […]

Gargi Awards nominations 2023

The nominations close date extended to 8th March. Click here to nominate an Australian woman who excelling in her field and inspiring the community Related Images:

HCA Volunteer Recognition Day

Hindu Council of Australia cordially invites you all to join us in recognising the achievements of our volunteers and learn who we are and what we do. This is your opportunity to join the Hindu Council of Australia as a volunteer and serve the community in various ways. Day: 26 February 2023 Time: 2 pm […]

Indian short film Namaste Yoga has been selected to screen at Maoriland Film Festival

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The Indo-Israel Center of Excellence

The Indo-Israel Center of Excellence will provide leadership, best practices, research and training for growing semi-arid agricultural crops. Related Images:

Ongoing religious vilification against Hindu Community

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High Commission of India strongly condemns the vandalisation of three Hindu temples in Melbourne

Press Release The High Commission of India strongly condemns the deeply disturbing incidents of vandalisation, including of three Hindu temples in Melbourne in recent weeks. The frequency and impunity with which the vandals appear to be operating are alarming, as are the graffiti which include glorification of anti-Indian terrorists. These incidents are clear attempts to […]

Hindus in Australia now have a Voice in the NSW State Government

By Kamakshi Shenoy We are so pleased to announce that we Hindus in Australia now have a Voice in the NSW State Government.  What does it mean or how does it work for Hindus?? Here is the answer to all your questions. A Hindu Council of Australia representative is now nominated to be on board […]

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 […]

His Excellency Governer General celebrates Deepavali with Australian Hindus

His Excellency Governer General of Australia celebrated Deepavali at his home on 24th October 2022. The event on 24th was historic and a proud moment for all Hindus. To top the celebrations the gesture from Mrs Hurley in writing and composing a song for our community.  Members of ACT and NSW Hindu community, Sikh community […]

Celebrate Deepavali at North Sydney – 29th October 6:30PM

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Deepavali 2022 – Prince Alfred Square Parramatta – 15th &16th Oct

For the 24th consecutive year, Deepavali The Festival of Lights will be celebrated in Sydney by the Hindu Council of Australia. You are welcome to attend this event for free. World-renowned Ramayan and overseas dance troupes will entertain guests at this cultural extravaganza. This is a full family-friendly event. Parramatta Deepavali details Venue: Prince Alfred […]

Deepavali 2022 – North Sydney, Bradfield Park – 29th October

HCA has added a new venue this year to celebrate Deepavali at an iconic Sydney location, Bradfield Park, Milsons Point, right under the Harbour Bridge.  This is the result of HCA volunteers’  years of hard work and persistence that made it possible to do an event at such a great location. North Sydney Deepavali details […]

Siddhilakṣmī and Nepalese Sarvāmnāya Tantra

In what follows, we read an excerpt from an article by Śaivācārya Sthaneshwar Timalsina in which he describes features of the Tantric worship of Siddhilakṣmī, which ties together the traditions of Kashmir and Nepal. Although a goddess of prosperity, Siddhilakṣmī is neither the smiling goddess sitting atop a lotus nor is she a mahāvidyā deity, […]

Dangerous Hybridisation of Hate Against Hindus Globally, Says US-based Research Organisation

There is now a dangerous hybridisation of hate against the Hindu community, a US-based scientific research organisation has said, citing the increasing attacks on them in this country and various parts of the world. We’ve seen that there’s been a growth of over 1,000 per cent and anti-Hindu slurs are stoking fears of replacement mixing […]

Spiritual Similarities Between First Nations People and Hindus

There are a number of  similarities between the Spiritual thinking of the Indigenous Australians  and the people of Hindu Faith. Related Images:

Are some Secularists bullying Australian Religions and imagining conflict where none exists

Secularists in some countries have no love for Religions, religious institutes and religious people. As a philosophy, secularism seeks to interpret life based on principles derived solely from the material world, without recourse to religion. It shifts the focus from religion towards “temporal” and material concerns. [ref1] Modern democracies like Australia are generally recognized as […]

Application form – Graduate Certificate Course in Counsellor of Hindu Tradition (CHT): 2022-2023

Your name : Address Line 1 Address Line 2 State : —Please choose an option—NSWACTVICSAWANTQLDTAS Post Code: Country : Your phone Your email Highest college degree held Languages spoken (list as many) English proficiency level —Please choose an option—12345 Employment status : —Please choose an option—studentworkingself-employedhomemakerRetired Age —Please choose an option—18-2526-4546-6565+ Years of community service […]

Graduation Ceremony of Counselor of Hindu Traditions – Batch 1

Congratulations to the first batch for completing the Graduate Certificate Course in Counselor of Hindu Traditions (CHT) successfully Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) in collaboration and partnership with Hindu Community Institute (HCI) has commenced a pilot to bring in this unique spiritual care program called Counsellor of Hindu Traditions. We called this first batch of […]

Book Review & developing an agenda

India that is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution.     A physical & online event resented by Friends of India Austra & Hindu Council of Australia Book review by Shri Bala Varadarajan                                                  […]

Janmashtami Celebrations in Darwin

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating Janmashtami for the first time in Darwin, along with Darwin Yoga & Meditation Australian School of Meditation and Yoga (ASMY) Let your family & friends Darwin know about the event and encourage them to participate and enjoy the celebrations along Keertain and Bhajan. Related Images:

Science of Happiness According to Yoga Vedanta – Discussion

Join the discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana. Drawing on the book: Science of Happiness – According to Yoga Vedanta by Pravrajika Divyanandaprana: a compilation of her talks given to students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi in 2018. Pravrajika Divyananandaprana is a nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. Thousands […]

𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐆𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐓𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚 – Display the Flag, win cash prices

#𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐆𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐓𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚 A celebration of India, its people, culture and achievements are incomplete without the Indian Flag. So, as India is fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, let’s all 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗗𝗟𝗬 𝗛𝗢𝗜𝗦𝗧 𝗢𝗥 𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗔𝗟 𝗙𝗟𝗔𝗚, 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗿 , 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝟭𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 to […]

Liberating Sacred Swastika in NSW

The NSW Government has introduced a bill into NSW Parliament to ban the public displays of Nazi symbols while allowing peaceful use of Scared Swastika for religious purposes. Hindu Council of Australia thank the Attorney-General Mark Speakman, the Multicultural Minister Mark Coure, the NSW Government. The bill has bipartisan support. It protects religious rights of […]

India to grant e-visas to 100 Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan on priority

India to grant e-visas to 100 Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan on priority. Related Images:

Religious leaders welcome formation of Multifaith advisory council in NSW

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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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Intimidation and threats to Hindus

We have been told that some of the Hindus living in Australia are being intimidated and threatened by Khalistani elements. Hindu Council has made contacts with the Multicultural department and with the justice department. If anyone you know has been threatened, they should lodge a police complaint with their local Police station. A representative of […]

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 pic.twitter.com/5w21QK3d9o — Australian Hindu Media (@austhindu) May 20, 2022 […]

Call for a debate on Bhindranwale

Recently a video from Australia went viral on social media creating a stir within the Indian-Australian community. The long overdue debate of anti-India & anti-Hindu Khalistan movement (backed by Pakistani Islamist deep state) was suddenly reignited with just a single question asked to the Prime Minister of Australia. Related Images:

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 […]

Labor and Liberals defend Hindus against Hinduphobia by Greens party

Hindu Council of Australia team met state Labor leader Mr Chris Minns and state Minister for Multicultural Mr Mark Coure and discussed recent attacks on Hindus by Greens party stemming out of their hate for Hindus. From left to right : Mr Steve Kamper, Bhagwat Chauhan, Akila Ramiratnam, Chris Minns, Murray Norman, Surinder Jain and […]

Statement following Meet and Greet with Political Parties

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HCA calls for community harmony

In a recent event held by Hindu Council with Liberal party where PM was present, two unauthorized men stood up and disturbed the meeting by shouting questions at the Prime Minister. We regret the disturbance caused. The two men do not belong to Hindu Council of Australia, their manner of asking questions/comments were unwarranted and […]

PM announces $250,000 for Karma Kitchen

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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 […]

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 […]

Watch Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party webinar Video

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Watch Meet and Greet One Nation Party webinar video

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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:

Important Dates to remember

12th May 2022, 7:15pm – Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0RlZ4A2_ThW0IJs1kmfOrQ     13th May 2022, 7:15pm – Meet and Greet One Nation Party https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89301511641?pwd=dVEvTjR2QldXLzFJSVMxdEtkaTRiQT09     14th May 2022, 3pm – Meet and Greet Liberal Party https://hinducouncil.com.au/en/events/e22liberal   21st May 2022, Election voting Day Go to your local voting booth and vote. Related […]

Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party – 12th May 7:15pm

By: Prakash Mehta, President. Namaste    You might have attended the first meeting with the Labour party Candidates, now the second meeting is with the Animal Justice Party.    It will be on Zoom -Webinar.    Date: 12 May, Time join at 7:15pm for a 7.30 pm EST start   For registration please click the […]

Meet and Greet with One Nation Party May 13, 7:30pm

 On behalf of Hindu community of Australia and Indian diaspora, We are organising an Exclusive meet and greet for Australians of Indian origin and Australian Hindus We will hear from the One Nation Party their policies and our community concerns and hear their views about our concerns and acquaint them with our issues. You are […]

Greens to preference Labor at election 2022

By: 7News. Greens how-to-vote cards will encourage people to preference Labor ahead of the coalition at the federal election, party leader Adam Bandt says. 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 […]

SWASTIKA and how it is associated with 7 RISHIS

“The mark of swastika is the position of Sapta-Rishis in the orbit round the Pole Star (Dhruv Tara) : In addition to all these” “arguments, if seen realistically, the swastika mark is related to     Related Images:

Foreigners in Bali find themselves in hot water with Hindus over offensive social media posts

It’s known as the Island of the Gods, but that’s lost on some Western influencers who like its picturesque temples and landscapes for risque social media content. Related Images:

Meet and Greet with One Nation Party

We are working on arranging a Meet and Greet (via zoom) with One Nation Party for Friday 13th May in the evening. We will inform you as soon as we get a confirmation. Related Images:

Meet and Greet with Liberal Party

We are working to arrange a Meet and Greet with the Liberal Party this Saturday 15th May sometime during the afternoon. We will inform you with a registration link as soon as we have confirmed the time and venue.   Related Images:

Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party – 12May 7:30pm

By: Prakash Mehta, President. Namaste    You might have attended the first meeting with the Labour party Candidates, now the second meeting is with the Animal Justice Party.    It will be on Zoom -Webinar.    Date: 12 May, Time 7.30 pm EST   For registration please click the below link   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0RlZ4A2_ThW0IJs1kmfOrQ   Please […]

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 […]

The Australian coverage of Meet and Greet ALP

The Australian, weekend edition, one of the leading national news paper published from Sydney coverage of Meet and Greet ALP organized by Hindu Council of Australia. The event was held on 6th May 2022 and was covered on the front page on 7th May 2022.         Related Images:

Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party for Elections 2022 Wed 12th May

Invitation to Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party 12th May 7:15PM for 7:30PM start (Free) Please register via https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0RlZ4A2_ThW0IJs1kmfOrQ email reception@hinducouncil.com.au Related Images:

Invitation to Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party

Invitation to Meet and Greet Animal Justice Party 12th May 7:15PM for 7:30PM start (Free) Please register via https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0RlZ4A2_ThW0IJs1kmfOrQ email reception@hinducouncil.com.au Related Images:

Meet and Greet for Labor/Liberal Party – Elections 22

Hindu Council believe in consultation and democratic process of this country. We are organising two events one for Labor and one for Liberal party without any discrimination. We are non political organisations so the management committee needs to be unbiased without any personal affiliation of any party.   We are engaging the member organisations other […]

Jewish Board supports Freedom of Swastika

By: Darren Bark Chief Executive Officer | NFP Director | Responsible Technology Advisor | Policy & Strategy Specialist In The Sydney Morning Herald today, Surinder Jain and I call for the normalisation of the display of the Hindu community’s sacred swastika, ahead of a ban on Nazi symbols in NSW. Nobody should ever feel they cannot express their religion […]

Sydney Morning Herald article in support of Swastika Freedom

Push to liberate religious swastika in NSW from its ‘indoor prison’ – Sydney Morning Herald   Sydney Morning Herald Australian Hindus – backed by the Jewish community – want to normalise the display of their sacred swastika ahead of a ban on Nazi symbols in NSW. If you cant read the article using the link above then read below : […]

The Jews of India: A Tale of Three Cities

April 24, 2022 | by Rabbi Mordechai Becher Jews have been in India for over 2,000 years. Travel often challenges our pre-conceived notions and visiting India does that in a major way. Where else would a favorite Sabbath dish be a chicken-coconut curry?1 And where would you find a Jewtown Road with swastikas decorating some of the […]

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 […]

Gargi Awards 2022 celebrations

Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Gargi Awards 2022 as a part of International Women’s day on Saturday 26th March 2022. Each year, an award named after Rishi Gargi. The award is named after an ancient Indian philosopher considered to be the first woman philosopher Gargi Vachaknavi (c. 7th century BCE). She is honored as a […]

War Memorials for the Australians of Indian Heritage

The unveiling of the War Memorial for the Australians of Indian Heritage was performed at Sunnybank RSL, Brisbane on 18 November 2017. It was a historic event and first of its kind in Australia. Subsequently, a similar War Memorial was unveiled at Hornsby RSL Sub-branch, Cherrybrook Community   and Cultural Centre, Sydney on 10 November 2018. […]

Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar

Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar was the Queen of the Malwa kingdom. She was born on 31 May 1725 in the village of Chaundi, in the present-day Ahmednagar district in Maharasthtra.  Her father, Mankoji Shinde was the Patil (Head) of the Village. As was the custom in those days, the girls did not go to school, but her father […]

NSW – Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020

On behalf of the Hon. Mark Latham MLC I write to update you that the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 was defeated in the NSW Legislative Council yesterday, 23 February 2022. The Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council partly as a response to the Commonwealth’s 2018 Religious Freedoms Review of the Expert Panel, […]

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 (www.assistedreturns.com.au) 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 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 […]

The Story of Sanskrit

The Story of Sanskrit Sanskrit is the mother of many Indian and Indo-European languages. It is the language of Hindu Vedic scriptures and treasure house of most scientific knowledge. The “Untold Story of Sanskrit” is a finely crafted documentary, produced by the Project Shivoham YouTube channel, created for contributing to the preservation of glorious yet […]

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, […]

Daan – Makara Sankranti (Donate)

The festival of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the sun god. It is observed by Hindus on 14th January each year. The auspicious day marks the transit of the sun into the Capricorn, also known as Makara. The day also marks the beginning of Uttarayana, a six-month auspicious period. One of the most special aspects […]

Happy Lohri , Makar Sankranti and Pongal

The Hindu Council of Australia wishes you all happy Lohri, MakarSankranti, and Pongal. Related Images:

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 […]