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 33 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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The Scanlon Foundation's annual community grants round 2017 is open to selected local government areas which includes Logan, Ipswich and Inala. Funding will be considered for projects that support the transition of migrants into employment and the local community. The Scanlon Foundation is seeking...
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Queensland Multicultural Month, the state’s largest multicultural celebration, is being held during August 2017. Queensland is a multicultural success story and the month presents an opportunity to showcase and celebrate our unique diversity and its benefits. People from across the state will join...
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The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse...
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The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community. The awards are a highlight of Queensland Multicultural Month. This year’s theme is Creating Welcome, Building Opportunity and...
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AMPARO Advocacy is raising awareness about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities so people with disability and their families are able to understand and get ready for the NDIS. AMPARO Advocacy Inc is a non-profit community based...
The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity program of Carers Queensland delivers training and awareness on CALD specific issues to service providers to become more culturally aware employees. Working with people with disability and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (...
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Join ECCQ for breakfast at Parliament House to hear Honourable Minister Grace Grace MP discuss the government's committment to multiculturalism. The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs wants to find out what the Queensland...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
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The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community. It is time to nominate an individual or organisation that does outstanding work or volunteering in Queensland. In 2017 the...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...

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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.
Centre for Multicultural Youth (Victorian Service) Information sheets can be downloaded from their website: www.cmy.net.au Does age really matter? (2007) info sheet includes background information about why young people arrive in Australia with different dates of birth on their official...
Physical and recreational activity Keeping Sport Fun and Safe Department of Victorian Communities & Australian Sports Commission - (2005) Codes of behaviour for user-friendly junior sports clubs. Including tips for players, parents and spectators, coaches and teachers, officials,...
Caring for your community: A Career in Aged Care for Bilingual Staff (2007). A booklet to address the growing need for bilingual workers in aged care.
Queensland Health has information on many multicultural health related topics including: Impact of cultural and language on health care Key issues when communicating with people from multicultural backgrounds Where to get translated health information Includes information on...
There are a number of online resources that can assist you with cultural competency training. Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Home and Community Care Services Best Practice Stories Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Partners in Cultural Competence (PiCC) provides cross cultural training and...
The 2011 Queensland Government Language Services Policy was launched in July 2011. This policy aims to enhance access to interpreters and translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to enable equitable access to the full range of services. These...
Frequently Asked Questions General Questions How can my client access an interpreter... How do I access interpreters if my service is funded by... Resources for working effectively with Interpreters

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