Multicultural Access and Equity
The Multicultural Access and Equity Policy is about ensuring that Australian Government programs and services meet the needs of all Australians, regardless of their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The policy contains six commitments essential to the effective delivery of government programs and services in a multicultural society: leadership; engagement; performance; capability; responsiveness; and openness.
Australian Government departments and agencies are responsible for applying these commitments to their work so that Australians of all backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, our society.
The Department of Social Services Multicultural Access and Equity Action Plan 2016-17 seeks to ensure policies, programs and services recognise and respond to the multicultural character of the community.
To help Australian Government departments and agencies understand and meet their obligations under the Multicultural Access and Equity Policy, the department has developed a range of resources.
The department has responsibility for coordinating multicultural access and equity reporting across Australian Government departments and agencies.