Tom Calma, the outgoing Aboriginal social justice commissioner, said, "I think some of them may be."
"There is an indirect racism, if not direct racism, and it affects those people who are the indigenous people or the ethnic minorities," Calma was quoted by news agency as saying.
There have been a spate of attacks on Indians in Australia. Two of the vicious attacks proved fatal.
Ranjodh Singh's body was found Dec 29, another Indian, Nitin Garg, was fatally stabbed in Melbourne in Jan 2010.