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.

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

Auslan Connections recently announced that deaf and hard of hearing people around Queensland will have greater access to interpreters via iPads and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). VRI uses videoconferencing technology to provide a deaf community member with an accredited Auslan interpreter via the...
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. QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016...
AMPARO Advocacy has been working to increase the participation of people with disability and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, in activities that aim to prepare them for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. As part of this work AMPARO Advocacy has produced...
The HESTA Community Sector Awards are now open, closing on 19 August 2016. The awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector. It is an opportunity to publicly recognise the inspirational...
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The Queensland Multicultural Awards 2016 will recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community. This year there are seven categories and all nominees will be considered for the Minister's Multicultural Award...
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As Queensland gears up for the arrival of more refugees, a practical guide for healthcare professionals has been launched to improve the health and wellbeing of refugees in Queensland. Many people arriving as refugees have multiple and complex physical and pshycological health problems. The Refugee...
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A new initiative to combat domestic violence in Logan’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community has been launched by Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Hon. Shannon Fentiman MP and South Eastern Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Terrance Borland. Logan is...
The Embracing Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Conference was held at the Brisbane International Hotel, Boondall on the 17th and 18th November, 2015. The conference brought together program decision makers and practitioners from the community and early childhood education and care (ECEC)...
The 2016 National Council of Women Queensland Bursary Applications are now open, with 26 bursaries on offer. Applications open Monday 15th February, and will close on Monday 4th April. Bursaries are available for those enrolled in secondary or tertiary study, with $1,000 to $1,100 awarded to each...
The Logan Project charts the journey of the city's aspiring singers and musicians as they work together to create a new, positive narrative for their city. Logan, Queensland has had a reputation for doing it tough, with high unemployment and sensationalised reports of racial tensions between...

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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 :...
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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:...
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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...

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