Australian Multicultural Council 4th Meeting Outcomes
4th Meeting, 21-22 March 2016
On 21 March, as part of the annual national Harmony Day celebrations, Council members joined the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, and over a thousand guests for the Long Lunch in recognition of Harmony Day at Government House.
Following the luncheon celebrations, the Council met at the Australian Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House for their first meeting of 2016. Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the
Hon Craig Laundy MP opened the meeting, enthusiastically supporting the work of the Council in empowering CALD women, particularly in the areas of economic and social participation, safety and leadership.
This focus for the Council’s work was initially requested by the Minister for Social Services the
Hon Christian Porter MP when he met with the Council in December 2015. Since that time, the Council has been working with the Department of Social Services to revise their work plan to meet the Minister’s request. The Council is very pleased to be contributing to the national discussion on violence against women which, unfortunately, impacts so many Australians and their families.
During the two-day meeting, the Council was briefed by Family Safety Branch, Department of Social Services; Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister Cabinet; the Department of Immigration and Border Protection; and Mr Joe Caputo OAM, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia.
These briefings contributed significantly to finalising the Council’s work plan which prioritises the Council’s work in five related focus areas:
- strengthening the family structure;
- increasing opportunities for employment participation;
- supporting community cohesion and social harmony;
- enhancing women’s safety through engaging with community and religious leaders; and
- increasing opportunities for CALD women’s leadership.
The Council agreed to meet again later in 2016.
Members of the Australian Multicultural Council together with members of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia during the March 2016 meeting of the Australian Multicultural Council. From Left to right: Mr Vasan Srinivasan, Ms Gulnara Abbasova (FECCA), Miss Faiza Rehman, Ms Helena Kyriazopoulos, Mr Joseph Caputo OAM JP (FECCA Chair), Dr Sev Ozdowski AM FAICD, Mrs Charlotte Vidor and Ms Hina Durrani (FECCA). Missing: Dr B Hass Dellal AO.