A joint QCOSS and PeakCare one-day workshop was held in February 2017 to explore the many aspects of cultural inclusion in a community service.

Attendees gained a better understanding of the strengths of culturally diverse communities and how to appropriately include people from different cultures into their workplace and service delivery.

They discussed how we can become more culturally inclusive across the community services sector. What needs to be done? What are the barriers and enablers to access, faced by culturally and linguistically diverse populations in our communities?

The forum included a series of thoughtful speakers and audience engagement. To get a flavour of the issues discussed at the forum see the attached documents from some of the workshop's speakers.

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Applications for the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program funding round will close on 6 December 2019. This funding round is for multicultural projects that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants...
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The 2019–20 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program’s project funding round is closing soon, with funding applications to be submitted by midnight 6 December 2019. This funding round is for multicultural projects that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse...
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Queensland Government media release African Festival Townsville, Brisbane’s Luminous Lantern Parade, the Burdekin Cultural Fair, the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival and the Mareeba Multicultural Festival are some of the 165 multicultural celebrations in 2020 that will share in more than $...
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The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20. Culturally diverse community-specific organisations are invited to apply, as they are...
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The National Accreditation Authority for Translaters and Interpreters (NAATI) are urgently seeking bilingual individuals to conduct much needed Certified Provisional Interpreter tests in Brisbane. NAATI role-players are language speakers who play the role of clients in certified interpreter tests...
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Every day, thousands of non-English speaking Australians face communication gaps. Learn how to engage interpreters to better support people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds at this free workshop. If you work with people from non-English speaking backgrounds this...
Do you engage with language interpreters at work? What are the issues regarding interpreter access in your region? We'd love to hear from you. The Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) is currently seeking information from services in Queensland. The short survey will help inform...
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Queensland Government media release Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe is calling on Queenslanders to show their support for refugees on World Refugee Day (Wednesday 20 June). “World Refugee Day reminds us that right now, there are millions of refugees throughout the world...
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Queensland Government media release Projects to preserve migrant and refugee histories, document their music and promote multicultural cohesion through student sport and the arts are among 20 projects to receive a share of more than $308,000 in State Government funding. In announcing the successful...
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Time is running out to nominate for the Queensland Multicultural Awards as nominations close on 7 May 2018. The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community. The 2018 theme is, ‘...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
IWSS works with women and children of non-English speaking background who are or have been in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Website: www.iwss.org.au Sexual Assault Program: 07 3846 5400 Domestic Violence Program: 07 3846 3490
Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) provides flexible and culturally sensitive services to promote the health and wellbeing of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee related trauma prior to migrating to Australia. Multicultural...
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland Australian Multicultural Foundation Settlement Council of Australia Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
Australia's justice system provides a unique and challenging environment dealing frequently with cross-cultural issues. The responsiveness of courts and tribunals to culturally and linguistically diverse communities is a measure of society's commitment to equal access to the law for all. This...
This discussion paper from the QAIWG explores whether an organisation requires an interpreter or bi-cultural support worker and the difference between the two; the standards and considerations to be made when booking an interpreter; and what to do when a credentialed interpreter is not available...
Lisa Toh shares some tips for making your organisation accessible for multi-cultural clients and for working with interpreters. Click the image below to listen to access the podcast.
Centre for Multicultural Youth (Victorian Service) The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a not-for-profit organisation based in Victoria, providing specialist knowledge and support to young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Queensland Health has information on many multicultural health related topics including: Impact of cultural and language on health care Key issues when communicating with people from multicultural backgrounds Where to get translated health information Includes information on the following topics...
There are a number of online resources that can assist you with cultural competency training. Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Home and Community Care Services Best Practice Stories Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Partners in Cultural Competence (PiCC) provides cross cultural training and...
The 2011 Queensland Government Language Services Policy was launched in July 2011 and reviewed in 2016. This policy aims to enhance access to interpreters and translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to enable equitable access to the full range of...
Frequently Asked Questions General Questions How can my client access an interpreter... How do I access interpreters if my service is funded by... Resources for working effectively with Interpreters
All service providers operating in Queensland are required to comply with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 . The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has jurisdiction to hear and decide complaints about contraventions of this Act. Frequently Asked Questions There are also...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Author: 
Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

Did you know that every minute 20 people leave everything they have behind in order to escape war, persecution or terror?

The United Nations has marked 20 June as World Refugee Day and it is on this day that, 'we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees...

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Author: 
Dr Sonja Hood CEO of Community Hubs Australia

School readiness is a term used by educators to refer to a child’s preparedness for their first day in the classroom. If you are like me, you may be thinking it’s all about literacy and numeracy, but when I started as the CEO of Community Hubs Australia I found out it was about something much...

Embrace training for kindergarten educators
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Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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