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The BAC and TAC arts and cultural development programs are delivered by engaging practising artists and arts workers to lead and develop activities with their respective communities.

(3) As described in answers (1) and (2).

(4) TAC has 10 permanent staff, two of who identify as from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. BAC has 14 permanent staff, of whom none identify as from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

(5) There are no employment targets for culturally and linguistically diverse staff for either BAC or TAC.

Multicultural affairs—awards
(Question No 2881)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) In relation to the Multicultural Awards, who decides how many award categories there will be each year, and how are these decisions made as the Awards vary markedly from year to year (this year, there were four award categories/winners, in 2018, there were five, and in 2017, there were nine).

(2) Who chooses the award winners.

(3) Who selects those who choose the award winners, and how are they selected.

(4) When and how are ACT residents notified that nominations for the awards have opened and who receives this notification.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. The ACT Multicultural Awards is in its ninth year. Each year, following the awards nomination and assessment process, the Office for Multicultural Affairs reviews the award categories taking into account the number of nominations received for each category, awards available through other award programs including those for youth, women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and ACT Government priorities. Reviewing the award categories provides the opportunity to reduce duplication and remove categories that have received limited or no nominations. The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides advice of proposed changes for the Minister’s consideration.

2. For each award program, the Community Services Directorate convenes an assessment panel to consider nominations across all categories. The assessment panels consist of an ACT Government staff member and community representatives. The 2019 panel comprised one senior ACT Government staff member from the Office for Multicultural Affairs, one member from the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council and one community member. The assessment panel makes recommendations to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, who approves the final list of award recipients.

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