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.

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

Michael Hogan, Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has provided the following overview of his department's budget services for peak and partner organisations. The department's total operating expenditure for 2016-17 is $2.818 billion, representing...
Now in its fifth year, The Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) surveyed more than 1,600 clients across Australia. The report revealed “disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in Australia”, showing that some disadvantaged Australians are living on just $17 a day. “...
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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...
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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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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