The Hindu Council of Australia was set up as an umbrella organisation for the purpose of bringing together various Hindu associations for having a unified voice for all Australian Hindus, living in the multicultural community of Australia, irrespective of their caste or country of origin.

The Hindu Council acts to assist and promote the activities of its member organisations, but it does not exercise control over the internal matters of any of its member organisations.

The Hindu Council is recognised as the representative body of the Australian Hindu community in dealings with the federal, state and local governments, as well as other organisations and institutions. It is actively involved in working with various multi-faith organisations to promote peace, harmony and mutual understanding amongst Australians of different faith groups. It has organised a number of multi-faith forums and discussion groups over the years.