Welcome to our section on working with culturally and linguistically diverse people and communities.

One in five Queenslanders are born overseas, more than a third are either overseas born or have at least one parent born overseas, Queenslanders speak more than 220 languages and approximately one in 10 Queenslanders speaks a language other than English at home.

It is estimated that there are approximately 203,000 persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in Queensland and many reside in remote communities retaining their own language.

Amparo Advocacy have recently released factsheets about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, translated into 28 languages.

The Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) have recently developed a policy guideline and policy template on engaging and working with interpreters to model how organisations can manage access to interpreters for clients with difficulty communicating in English.

You can also access mental health resources for multicultural people.

In this section you will find news, resources and more information about working with culturally and linguistically diverse people.

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Queensland Government media release Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards are now open. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the awards recognised businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that had strived for unity and reconciliation. “This...
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A joint QCOSS and PeakCare one-day workshop will explore the many aspects of cultural inclusion in a community service setting. At the end of the day attendees will have a better understanding of the strengths of culturally diverse communities and how to appropriately include people from different...
AMPARO Advocacy partnered with Griffith University, Queenslanders with Disability Network, and Community Resource Unit to hold a one day forum to explore what steps would ensure that people from CALD backgrounds with disability are best supported by the NDIS. This forum quickly booked out but...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is thrilled that more than 150,000 Queensland families will receive a rebate on their electricity bills as part of new state government policy. Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include...
‘Building Belonging’ is a comprehensive toolkit of early education resources which includes an ebook, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans. It is focussed on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings. The resources...
2Spirits (QuAC) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) have partnered up to inquire into the challenges faced by people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Sistergirl, Brotherboy, Transgender, Queer and Intersex who experience domestic and family violence. This is an anonymous survey...
The Federal Department of Social Services recently commissioned a research report to better understand volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. The research provides some insights and case stories, highlighting the valuable contribution...
The National Disability Insurance Agency have translated information about the NDIS into ten languages other than English. The resource is the My NDIS Pathway Brochure . My NDIS pathway is a guide to becoming an NDIS participant. This information helps participants to understand the path they will...
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index , powered by Roy Morgan Research, measures the extent of digital inclusion in Australia. The first report was released on Wednesday 24 August 2016. Access and affordability can present barriers to digital inclusion, however an individual’s digital engagement...

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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. Find out more :...
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
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...
The Language service needs of women in regional and rural Queensland survey gathers information from non-government community social service organisations on the language needs of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, migrant and refugee women and women with a disability in regional and rural...
The Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) is a coalition of non-government organisations concerned with equitable service provision of people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland. The working group has provided significant input to the development...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
The Directory of migrant and refugee women's groups was compiled with input from CAMS and LAMP workers across Queensland. It provides a ready network of contacts for organisations that wish to share information with women and families in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. These are...
A report by Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and Deakin University has found that the Boards of Australian companies are becoming more culturally diverse but they are still not reflecting the diversity of the broader Australian community. Read more
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) recently undertook a project through its Women's Advisory Committee, to explore and share the amazing stories of Australian women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Prepared in inter-generational pairs,...
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.
PiCC offer cross-cultural training and consutancy service in Queensland, maintaining a register of approved and highly experienced cross-cultural trainers. www.picc.org.au

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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:...
Dr Kamil Shah, QCOSS Senior Policy Officer
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Dr Kamil Shah, QCOSS Senior Policy Officer

A joint QCOSS and PeakCare one-day workshop will explore the many aspects of cultural inclusion in a community service setting on 15 February.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the strengths of culturally diverse communities and how to appropriately include people from...

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Tiffany Tento, QCOSS

Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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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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Grazia Catalano, Multicultural Policy Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has just released some excellent policy documents on the Cultural Diversity Policy and the ...

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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

Volunteering ACT's pilot project, the Inclusive Volunteering Program, provides support to facilitate vulnerable people into volunteering placements, to increase social and economic participation in the broader community...

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