Australian Multicultural Council 6th Meeting Outcomes

19 June 2017

The Australian Multicultural Council met in Canberra, for its first meeting of 2017 and its sixth since its inception.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja attended the meeting in the morning to thank members for the advice they had provided to him in connection with the development of the Government's new multicultural statement – Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful.

He reported to the members that the statement had been very well received and said that he was very grateful to the Council for its work associated with the statement, both in terms of the advice that it had provided and the consultation activities it had undertaken on his behalf.

In particular, the Assistant Minister added that he was pleased the new statement had received (i) bi-partisan support and (ii) made it plain that multicultural Australia was about everyone.

The Assistant Minister also noted the work being undertaken by the Department of Social Services to finalise the tender for the new Humanitarian Settlement program, the collaborative work being undertaken by the Employment Working Group with the Departments of Employment, Education and Training, Human Services, and Immigration and Border Protection, and nascent work with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Attorney‑General's Department to develop a strategy for improving social cohesion.

The Assistant Minister also noted that Council was moving into the final six months of its term and asked members for their thoughts on how the next iteration of the council might be shaped. Council offered to provide some suggestions.

During the meeting, Council was briefed by; (i) the Director of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA); (ii) the National Manager of the Welcoming Cities initiative; (iii) the Executive Officer to the Migrant and Refugee Women's Health Partnership; (iv) the Senior Strategic Communications Advisor from the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet; and (v) officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

No date has been set for the next meeting.

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