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.


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.

See: Multicultural Access and Equity Resources


The department has responsibility for coordinating multicultural access and equity reporting across Australian Government departments and agencies.

See: Multicultural Access and Equity Reporting

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