Multicultural Access and Equity Resources

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.

The following resources are designed for use by Australian Government departments and agencies. They aim to build understanding about the barriers to access and equity in government services that Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds may experience, and provide staff with practical ways to overcome them.

Multicultural Access and Equity Policy Guide

The Multicultural Access and Equity Policy Guide provides essential background to the policy and its implementation, as well as strategies that Australian Government departments and agencies can implement to improve their multicultural access and equity performance.

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Multicultural Access and Equity Assessment Tool

The Multicultural Access and Equity Assessment Tool allows Australian Government departments and agencies to measure their multicultural access and equity actions against best practice to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.

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Multicultural Access and Equity Planning Template

The Multicultural Access and Equity Planning Template assists Australian Government departments and agencies to develop a distinct action plan to realise their multicultural access and equity goals.

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Multicultural Language Services Guidelines

The Multicultural Language Services Guidelines are a practical framework for Australian Government departments and agencies to develop their own tailored guidelines on all forms of communication in languages other than English (including translating and interpreting services).

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Multicultural Access and Equity Reporting Timeline

The Multicultural Access and Equity Reporting Timeline identifies upcoming reporting cycles and provides indicative dates for when Australian Government departments and agencies are required to submit their end-of-cycle reporting.

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