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.

Domestic violence
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...
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House...
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The New Roots smartphone app provides information, tips and tools to help with starting a new life in Australia. The app was developed to promote health and wellbeing, to assist with participating in community life and to access community and government services. It is available in English, Arabic...
Angela Blanchard speaks in Houston, Texas
Thursday 10 December 2015 is International Human Rights Day . Recently, in Houston, Texas, they held their first Annual Human Rights Day Festival. Angela Blanchard, President and CEO of Neighborhood Centers spoke at the festival about human rights, fears, our beliefs about people, safety and making...
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The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) is a 12-year strategy that aims to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. Under the Second Action Plan 2013–2016: Moving Ahead (the Second Action...
Hon Curtis Pitt MP
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...

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