Australian government opens submissions for multicultural framework review

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Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, announced on Tuesday the submissions for the Multicultural Framework Review are now open.

The Multicultural Framework Review will deliver on an election commitment to examine the function and framework of Australia’s multicultural policies. 

The Review coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government’s 1973 report ‘A Multi-cultural Society for the Future’, which marked the birth of contemporary multicultural Australia.  

“Multiculturalism has been instrumental to Australia’s success over the last 50 years and will continue to be one of the key forces shaping our nation,” Minister Giles said in a statement.

He emphasised the importance of having the “right policies and institutions to meet the needs” of an increasingly diverse Australian society. 

The public have been encouraged to submit and share their “lived experiences” and “views on what is working well” with suggestions on what could be “improved to advance our multicultural nation”, Minister Giles explained.

For the first time, the Department of Home Affairs will be able to receive submissions in all languages, including in writing, via audio or video recording on the Review website.  

“The Government has prioritised accessibility to a variety of languages and cultural groups so that everyone, no matter what language they speak, can have their say.”  

Community organisations and members of the public can make their submissions via the Review website until 29 September 2023.

Further information on the Review, including translated materials in 35 languages other than English, can be found here.

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