Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .
I commend the report to the Assembly.
Multicultural framework 2015-2020—implementation and outcomes
Paper and statement by minister
MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Multicultural and Youth Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
ACT Multicultural Framework 2015-2020—Implementation and Outcomes (First Action Plan 2015-18).
I seek leave to make a brief statement.
MS BERRY: I am pleased to table the ACT multicultural framework 2015-2020 implementation and outcomes first action plan 2015-2018. Over the past 12 months since the government launched its most recent multicultural framework and action plan, there has been a lot of progress in supporting the growth of our city's cultural diversity.
In partnership with local service providers and community groups, the government has strived hard to bridge gaps, build new relationships and further develop services so that they are easier to access by all Canberrans. Supporting our multicultural sector and capitalising on the benefits of our magnificent, culturally diverse way of life has been an important part of an across-government program to strengthen social inclusion in the ACT.
There are several examples of the support that we have delivered and the initiatives that have been implemented over the past year that have directly helped to change the lives of many Canberrans from culturally diverse backgrounds. These include a Muslim youth summit focusing on empowerment, tackling social isolation, and other issues faced by our young people; job-ready sessions for members of the Sudanese community facing challenges to find work; and enhancement of transitional housing programs for refugees.
While we have come such a long way in the past year, there is still more to do in the coming months. I commend the ACT multicultural framework 2015-2020 implementation and outcomes first action plan 2015-2018 to the Assembly.
2016 National Multicultural Festival—spectator survey
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