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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 29 November 2018) . . Page.. 5343 ..


Canberra’s culturally diverse communities opportunities to take a leading role in participation and consultation on issues that affect their lives, and to raise awareness and facilitate interactions between Canberra’s culturally diverse communities, the ACT Government and the wider community:

https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/multicultural/act-multicultural-advisory-council

(2) The MAC was established in 2018 and convened the 2018 ACT Multicultural Summit on 23 November 2018. One of the themes of the Summit was ‘Canberra, a healthy and accessible city’. Under this theme, members of the MAC, the broader multicultural community, government and non-government employees were consulted and provided input on multicultural health issues.

The Summit Report will be prepared to inform the development of the ACT Multicultural Framework Second Action Plan 2018-2020. Short and medium term outcomes will be identified to be implemented collectively by government and community service organisations in 2019-2020. An evaluation framework to measure impact of outcomes will also be developed.

(3) The MAC provides a platform for Canberra’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities to have their issues heard and to work more closely with the ACT Government on issues that matter to them.

The ACT Government recognises and values our diverse community and places a priority on ensuring that diversity is reflected in committees and reference groups to ensure the voices of people with diverse experiences and backgrounds are heard. This is articulated in Governance Principles - Appointments, Boards and Committees which can be found at: www.cmd.act.gov.au/policystrategic/cabinet/governance.

CSD also recently implemented the ACT Diversity Register. The Register connects everyone, including women and people with diverse experiences with ACT Government and non-government board vacancies. Further information on the Diversity Register can be found at www.communityservices.act.gov.au/home/diversityregister.

(4) The Community Services Directorate uses a range of mechanisms to ensure that the engagement of CALD communities in targeted or general community consultation processes, including:

Face to face consultations, such as the recent roundtables preceding the Multicultural Summit;

Larger forums such as the 2018 ACT Multicultural Summit;

Reference Groups;

Consultative Councils or Committees such as the Multicultural Advisory Council and the Refugee Asylum Seekers and Humanitarian Coordination Committee;

Have Your Say website; and

Targeted surveys.

(5) A communications strategy has not been developed. However, there is a range of materials available to assist and inform CALD communities about public health services in the ACT.


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