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Multicultural Queensland

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​​​The Department of Education acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands across Queensland. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the state.

Multicultural Queensland Month 2022: Inclusion in action

​​​​​​​​​Our visio​n is an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland where people of all cultures, languages and faiths feel a strong sense of belonging and can achieve their goals.

Queensland Multicultural Policy: Our story, our future 2018, p. 2

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Multicultural Queensland Month​ is the state’s largest multicultural celebration and is held in August each year.

This year, we celebrate the many ways in which language is fundamental to building a truly inclusive Queensland through the theme 'Inclusion in action'. We acknowledge the incredible skills of multilingual Queenslanders, explore practical ways to break down language barriers and consider the role we all play by choosing to use language that connects rather than divides us.

Our communities thrive when we all work together to ensure everyone can connect, contribute and belong.

Multicultural Queensland Month is an opportunity for all of us to join together to celebrate our diversity and consider how we can put inclusion into action.

Schools and educators can access additional information and resources through the Multicultural Queensland EdStudio.

 

We All Belong – Many cultures workforce strategy

The Department of Education recognises cultural diversity as a strength. We understand that celebrating difference and leveraging the diverse knowledge, skills and experience of our multicultural workforce is critical to being an employer of choice and maximising our organisation's potential. The Many Cultures strategy (PDF, 633KB) is a key deliverable of the department’s Inclusion and Diversity Framework – We all belong. Through education, visibility and leadership, the strategy is creating workplaces where all staff feel safe, valued and thrive.

Multicultural recognition in Queensland

​The Multicultural Recognition Act 2016 complements Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 and Language Services Policy. The Act:

  • promotes Queensland as an inclusive community with opportunities for all people to participate in all aspects of life
  • acknowledges that a diverse and cohesive society delivers important benefits for all Queenslanders
  • recognises our diverse cultural heritage and aims to ensure that government services are responsive to the needs of our multicultural communities.

The Act establishes the Multicultural Queensland Charter, a Queensland Government Multicultural Policy and Action Plan and establishes reporting obligations for government entities.

For more information, email CALDpartnerships@qed.qld.gov.au​.

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Last updated 01 August 2022