Australian Multicultural Council 3rd Meeting Outcomes

The Australian Multicultural Council (the Council) held its last meeting of 2015 in Canberra in early December. Both the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP and the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells attended the meeting and confirmed that the Council’s proposed work plan aligned with the priorities of the Government.

The Council agreed with the Minister’s suggested approach of focusing the Council’s efforts on one priority area - empowering culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women. The Council noted that empowering CALD women aligned with the Council’s work plan of advancing social harmony and community cohesion and strengthening productive diversity.

The Council also noted that empowering CALD women provides an opportunity to link with work currently underway to stem domestic violence, and agreed to engage with community and interfaith leaders to assist with this endeavour.

The Council agreed to draft its strategy for empowering CALD women early in 2016, and to provide the Government with advice on empowering CALD women by the end of its term in December 2017.

Mr Paris Aristotle, Chair of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (RRAC) provided the Council with an update on the work of RRAC. The Council agreed to continue collaboration with RRAC and noted the complementary work of the two councils. The Council also welcomed an update by Professor Andrew Markus on the Scanlon Foundation’s mapping of social cohesion.

The Council noted from an update presented by the Department of Social Services that preparations for Harmony Day 2016 are well underway, and welcomed the opportunity for the Council to promote Harmony Day activities. The Council further noted that the proposed reforms to implementing the Multicultural Access and Equity Policy are intended to deliver a more targeted and effective system across Australian Government departments and agencies.

The Council agreed to meet next in March 2016.

Left to Right: Drs Sev Ozdowski OAM FAICD and Hass Dellal AO in discussion at the third meeting of the Australian Multicultural Council held at Parliament House in Canberra during December 2015.

Left to Right: Drs Sev Ozdowski OAM FAICD and Hass Dellal AO in discussion at the third meeting of the Australian Multicultural Council held at Parliament House in Canberra during December 2015.

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