Multicultural affairs

Canberra is a diverse and inclusive city, shaped by people moving here from more than 180 different countries around the world. This year’s Budget makes new investments to increase the visibility and inclusion of Canberrans from diverse backgrounds, as well as boosting local events that celebrate our multicultural community.

The ACT Government has invested $247,000 to highlight and promote community participation, cultural diversity and inclusion in the ACT.

We have provided $89,800 for the Work Experience Support Program to enable culturally and linguistically diverse Canberrans to enter the workforce.

We have also delivered additional funding for a job brokerage service to help refugees find jobs, and expanded access to English language programs to help new Canberrans improve their language skills.

$18.7 million over 4 years supporting multicultural organisations & activities

The ACT Multicultural Advisory Council was established in 2017 to provide a forum for culturally diverse Canberrans to make their voices heard and help to shape the direction of ACT Government policies and services.

In its first 12 months, the Council will focus on delivering the ACT Multicultural Framework and leading the 2018 ACT Multicultural Summit in November 2018.

Bringing life & culture to our vibrant city

In this budget: $550,000 to strengthen the National Multicultural Festival, deliveriung the 2018 Multicultural Summit


Multicultural affairs factsheet (pdf 440.5 KB)