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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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future . Our History, Our Story, Our Future is derived from the...
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Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) has a range of projects to help migrants and refugees to settle in Australian society. MCC's Set for Life youth leadership program is aimed at motivating culturally and linguistically diverse youth. The program is a tailor-made, cross cultural leadership...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
The establishment of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (TTTA) in 1973 has enabled New Zealanders to travel to, live in and work in Australia without restriction and for Australians to do the same in New Zealand. This is a unique arrangement, which reflects the long-held cultural, trade and...
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...
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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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