MEDIA RELEASE: Putting Multiculturalism on the policy map

MEDIA RELEASE: Putting Multiculturalism on the policy map

Poliversity congratulates the Australian Labor Party (ALP) on its policy announcement to provide $28.3M in new funding to advance multiculturalism and cultural diversity in Australia.

With a strong focus on social cohesion, economic inclusion and community empowerment, Labor’s policy will reaffirm the Australian Government’s commitment to multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Highlights of Labor’s national multicultural policy include:

  • $9.4M over the forward estimates to establish an Office for Multicultural Affairs in the Department of Social Services to improve coordination, research, policy development, program management, research and evaluation
  • $11.3M over the forward estimates to fund capital works for settlement and community sector organisations
  • $7.5M over the forward estimates to support the development of critical skills of staff working and volunteering in multicultural community organisations across Australia

“Poliversity congratulates the ALP, Bill Shorten and his team for putting multiculturalism on the policy map, said Wesa Chau, Co-founder of Poliversity.

“To ensure multicultural communities, migrants, refugees and humanitarian arrivals reach their potential, we need a dedicated federal office to provide strategic and policy direction across all Commonwealth Government portfolios.

“Australians from multicultural backgrounds contribute to the social and economic diversity of our nation. Labor’s national policy on multiculturalism and its commitment to recognise their economic and social contribution will provide a strong foundation to supporting more cultural diversity leadership across Australia’s public and corporate sectors.

In addition to supporting and empowering multicultural Australians and community organisations, Labor has committed to supporting the settlement of more than 20,000 new humanitarian migrants from Iraq and Syria in the coming financial year.

“By tackling key issues such as language services, employment, workforce diversity, access and equity, Labor’s policies and programs will ensure new migrants and arrivals succeed in their new home.

“Labor’s affiliation and working partnership with Poliversity demonstrates their commitment to enhancing multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Poliversity is looking forward to working with a Shorten Labor Government to advance multicultural Australia”, concluded Ms Chau.

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