The Department of Social Services works to improve the lifetime wellbeing of migrants and refugees settling in Australia by responding to their specific needs, encouraging their independence and participation in the Australian community. We support a productive, harmonious and diverse society for all Australians.
The Home Affairs Portfolio was established in December 2017. As a result of the supporting Machinery of Government changes, the multicultural affairs policy function has moved to the Department of Home Affairs. Details relating to these functions will be moved from this website to the Department of Home Affairs over coming months.
Learn more about Australia’s multicultural statement. Multicultural Australia; United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia.
The Australian Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs’ Report Revisiting Recognition: Report on the Roundtable with Australian South Sea Islanders was tabled on 22 March 2017 Continue Reading
The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja released the Australian Government’s new multicultural statement ‘Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful’ on 20 March 2017. Continue Reading
The National Settlement Framework is a high level structural blueprint for Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Government, to work in partnership to plan and deliver services that support the settlement of migrants and new arrivals in Australia. Continue Reading