Australian Multicultural Council 1st Meeting

The Australian Multicultural Council (the Council) held its inaugural meeting in Canberra during March 2015.

The Council, which is an advisory body to Government on multicultural policy and programs, commenced its current three year term in December 2014.

Both the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells attended the inaugural meeting to welcome the new Council, reaffirming that Australia’s migrant heritage and approach to cultural diversity nourished opportunity, innovation and a sense of belonging for all Australians.  Council members agreed that their work was an opportunity to enhance the benefits of cultural diversity and to encourage continued migrant participation in contemporary Australian society.

The Council discussed work from the last term of the Council, aspirations for this Council and the key areas of focus. 

Members expressed interest in a range of multicultural issues including:

  • multicultural policy;
  • enhancing participation in employment, English and education;
  • barriers to the participation of culturally and linguistically diverse women;
  • the extent of civics education in the school education curriculum; and
  • building on the work of the previous Council including continuing the Council’s involvement in the National Anti-Racism Partnership.

The Council agreed to consider which areas of interest should be prioritised, and to focus on building relationships and liaising with key stakeholders including partners of the National Anti-Racism Strategy, state and territory multicultural advisory bodies, research agencies such as the Scanlon Foundation, and representative organisations such as the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA).

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