Multicultural affairs

All Australians share the benefits and responsibilities arising from the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of our society. Australia’s approach to multicultural affairs is a unique model based on integration and social cohesion.

Fostering Integration Grants

Fostering Integration Grants support community organisations to deliver programs and activities that assist migrants to integrate into Australia.

Visit the Fostering Integration Grants page.

Australian Government's Multicultural Statement

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful is the Government’s public statement recommitting to multicultural Australia; setting both priorities and strategic directions for the coming years.

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Australia's multicultural policy history

A brief history of Australia’s multicultural policies and Parliamentary statement of racial tolerance.

Visit Australia’s multicultural policy history page.

Australian Multicultural Council

The Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) is a ministerially appointed body representing a broad cross-section of Australian interests that provides independent and robust advice to Government on multicultural affairs, social cohesion and integration policy and programs.

Visit the Australian Multicultural Council page.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. It is celebrated around Australia on 21 March and is a day where all Australians celebrate cultural diversity. It is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness and respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values and a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, while also recognising the traditional owners of the land.

Visit the Harmony Day website.

Multicultural access and equity

Australia’s Multicultural Access and Equity Policy seeks to ensure that all Australians are able to access government programs and services equitably, regardless of their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

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Calendar of cultural and religious dates

The Calendar of cultural and religious dates aims to raise awareness of key cultural and religious events and national days.

Community Information Summaries

The Community Information Summaries provide a broad range of statistical data from the 2011 Australian Census of Population and Housing, for people born in more than 100 countries.

Visit the Community Information Summaries page.

Useful contacts

A list of state/territory based multicultural agencies.

Visit the Multicultural affairs useful contacts page.