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2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards Finalists Announced (Released 17 November 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced finalists of the 2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs).  Now in their 27th year, the AMMAs honour the best and brightest in multicultural marketing and communications.

Multicultural NSW, SBS and IES Launch Cultural Training App (Released 1 November 2016)

Multicultural NSW, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and International Education Services Limited (IES), have collaborated to launch the Cultural Competence Program, a mobile app and online training tool created to help Australian organisations navigate and maximise the benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace.

Metropolis Coming to Sydney in 2018 (Released 27 October 2016)

A major international conference, focused on migration settlement and cultural diversity, will be coming to Sydney in 2018 in a major coup for the NSW economy, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced.

Opera House Turns Gold for Diwali (Released 21 October 2016)

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House have turned gold to mark the most widelycelebrated Hindu festival Diwali.
 
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka tonight hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the occasion.

Nominations for 2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards Now Open (Released 20 September 2016)

Nominations have today opened for the 2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs), recognising excellence in multicultural marketing and communication.  
Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka launched the opening of nominations for the prestigious Awards, now in their 27th year.

Multicultural Health Week Recognises The Role Of Carers (Released 5 September 2016)

The important role of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds is at the heart of this year’s Multicultural Health Week, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced.

The theme of Multicultural Health Week 2016 is: Caring for Carers: Supporting people who look after someone. In 2015 there were over 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia. Among them, 674,300 carers (25.7%) were born overseas.

More Funding to Unite and Celebrate Our Community (Released 5 August 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced funding is available for projects which celebrate cultural diversity and help bring the community together.

The 2016-17 Unity and Celebration Grants, which form part of the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, provide funding for projects which help unite local communities, promote social cohesion and showcase the benefits of cultural diversity.

Multicultural Media Champions Announced (Released 21 July 2016)

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka tonight announced the winners of the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.

Finalists announced for 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards (Released 14 July 2016)

The finalists for the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards have been announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka.

Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise the valuable contribution made by the multicultural media across 14 award categories including Best Story on Cultural Diversity, Best Investigative Story and Best Print Publication.

More Support for Multicultural Communities (Released 21 June 2016)

The 2016-17 NSW Budget provides increased support to multicultural communities, with more grants to help bring the community together as well as improved and increased language services, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced.

Parramasala secured until 2020 (released 9 June 2016)

One of the state's biggest multicultural festivals, Parramasala, will remain a feature on the Western Sydney cultural calendar for at least the next four years.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced the NSW Government had committed $1.6 million over four years in the upcoming 2016/17 State Budget to secure Parramasala.

2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards (released 24 May 2016)

Nominations have today opened for the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards recognising the contributions of the community media to New South Wales.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today launched the nomination process and encouraged all multicultural media professionals to enter.

Helping Culturally Diverse Workers Get Jobs (released 19 May 2016)

More than 10 people from culturally diverse backgrounds have graduated from a targeted employment project which helps newly arrived migrants and refugees get a job, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced today.

More Funding to Celebrate our Multicultural Community (released 10 May 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced that funding is available for events that help bring communities together and celebrate our cultural diversity.
The Multicultural NSW Celebration Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for festivals and events that bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion.

Strong Voice for Western Sydneys Multicultural Community (released 26 April 2016)

Member for Parramatta and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism Dr Geoff Lee and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today joined the first meeting of Multicultural NSW West Sydney Regional Advisory Council.

Young Voices On Multicultural NSW Advisory Board (released 14 April 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka is seeking applications for a Youth Member for the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board.

Funding Doubled to Safeguard Our Community (released 31 March 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced the successful recipients of the NSW Government’s highly successful Community in Partnership, Taking Action, or COMPACT, Grants Program designed to   better engage young people and safeguard our community.

Unifying Our Community (published 21 March 2016)

To celebrate Harmony Day, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced more than $300,000 in funding for 22 innovative projects to combat racism, help refugees settle into the community and bring culturally diverse communities together.

Multicultural champion receives top honours at Premier’s Harmony Dinner (published Thursday 10 March 2016)

A member of Sydney’s Jewish community who has served the community for more than 40 years promoting multicultural and interfaith dialogue has received top honours at the 2016 Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

MULTICULTURAL MARCH: A Celebration of Cultural Harmony (published 1 March 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today launched Multicultural March, a month-long celebration of our diverse, harmonious and multicultural community.

Health Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages (released 16 February 2016)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today joined staff and patients at Auburn Hospital to launch a series of multilingual consumer medicine resources, translated into eight languages for different cultural communities.

Tickets on sale for Premier’s Harmony Dinner (released 1 February 2016)

Tickets are now on sale for the not-to-be-missed 2016 Premier’s Harmony Dinner, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced today.

Multiculturalism Agency to move to Parramatta (released 27 January 2016)

The NSW Government’s multiculturalism agency, Multicultural NSW, and its more than 60 public servants will move to Parramatta as part of the Government’s ‘Decade of Decentralisation’ policy, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism Dr Geoff Lee announced today.