The New South Wales state government celebrated Diwali at Parliament House on 2 November 2015. The event was hosted by Multicultural NSW, the state agency responsible for community relations and affairs. Over 300 guests attended the function.
Among the guests present were the NSW Premier Hon. Mike Baird MP, The Leader of the Opposition Mr. Luke Foley MP, Minister for Multiculturalism the Hon. John George Ajaka, the Indian Consul General Shri Sunjay Sudhir and Chair of Multicultural NSW Dr. Hari Harinath.
Among the highlights of the celebration was an Annakut display by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Rosehill. BAPS volunteers explained the significance of the Annakut to the audience and the fact that it is celebrated at BAPS Mandirs globally every year. NSW Premier Mr Baird was impressed at the Annakut display.
On 11 November, 2015, Member of Parramatta Dr. Geoff Lee mentioned the contribution of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha [BAPS] to the NSW members legislative assembly, "The BAPS community is very strong and provides strong leadership that is characterised by the right teaching of family values, the importance of education, the importance of working hard and the importance of personal achievement” and wished the BAPS community a happy Diwali and commended BAPS for its fantastic work and its contribution to society."