18 April 2016

What if people refused to touch you because of your ancestry? India’s outlawed caste system is alive and well in Australia, say those once considered ‘untouchable’. Denied entry to homes, refused service by priests, they’re calling for Australia to take action.


3 Aug 2015

It's a prejudice that's been outlawed in India. But now it seems caste discrimination could be creeping into daily life in Australia.


21 July 2015

After a protracted effort to rationalise the genesis and impacts of caste discrimination within our community, we finally release this paper.




Cohesion Matters is a nationally registered not-for-profit organization based in Australia since September 2013, working to resolve the issue of caste discrimination plaguing resettled communities in Australia. We add to the global effort to remove caste discrimination that is occurring in the United States, the United Kingdom, European countries, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and other Southeast Asian countries. Cumulatively, the problem continues to affect the lives of more than 260 million people.

To research or facilitate research on caste discrimination

To educate the community through campaigns and events

To campaign for anti-caste discrimination and untouchability specific legislation

To provide preliminary support to report cases

To liaise with individuals, groups and government agencies to implement empowerment strategies