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2018 PREMIER’S HARMONY DINNER NOMINATIONS OPEN (Released 19 December 2017)

Members of the community who strive to maintain harmony and peace in NSW are being encouraged to nominate for the 2018 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals.  
 
Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today announced the opening of the nomination process for the Medals and Multicultural Honour Roll.

2017 MULTICULTURAL MARKETING AWARD WINNERS (Released 28 November 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams tonight announced the winners of the 2017 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs).  
 
Mr Williams said this year’s winners helped break down barriers to promote diversity on our screens and across society.

MULTICULTURAL MARKETING AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED (Released 15 November 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today announced the finalists for the 2017 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs).    Now in their 28th year, the AMMAs recognise excellence in multicultural marketing and communication.

Opera House turns gold for Diwali (Released 17 October 2017)

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House tonight turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali.  
 
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the occasion.

Launch of New Resource to Counter Hate (Released 20 September 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today launched the website, Remove Hate from the Debate, which hosts positive tools and techniques to help young people identify hate speech and understand how to best respond.  
 
Recent data shows 53 per cent of people aged 12 to 17 in Australia have seen or heard hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online.

Nominations Now Open for the 2017 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (Released 14 September 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams has announced nominations for the 2017 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs) are now open.
 
Now in their 28th year, the prestigious Awards recognise excellence in multicultural marketing and communication.

Multicultural Media Winners Announced (Released 30 August 2017)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams tonight announced the winners of the 2017 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.
 
Ground-breaking stories reporting on the devastating impact of domestic violence, a digital journey of an endangered Indigenous language, and personal stories of Italian migrants working on Australian farms were among the winning entries.

Premier's Multicultural Media Award Finalists (Released 1 August 2017)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams have announced the finalists of the 2017 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.  
 
Now in their fifth year, the awards recognise the valuable contribution made by multicultural media in NSW across 14 categories including Best Investigative Story, the Public Interest Award and Young Journalist of the Year.

New Arrivals to Benefit from More than $300,000 (Released 28 June 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today announced more than $300,000 in funding for 50 innovative projects that support service gaps for refugees, migrants, youth and people with disability from diverse backgrounds in NSW.

Multicultural Communities to Benefit from $23 Million (Released 20 June 2017)

The 2017-18 NSW Budget provides increased support for Community Language Schools and continues the important work in our diverse communities, Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams announced.

Refugee Week (Released 18 June 2017)

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today welcomed the beginning of Refugee Week and encouraged all members of our community to participate in local events to mark the occasion.

Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards (Released 11 May 2017)

Nominations have opened for the 2017 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards (PMMAs), which recognise excellence in multicultural media in NSW. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams launched nominations, encouraging all multicultural media professionals to enter. 

Young People Create Inclusion Campaign (Released 7 April 2017)

Today, 140 young people from across the state came together to set the themes of the first youth-led campaign addressing inclusion in NSW. In his role as the Minister responsible for youth, Ray Williams opened the IDEATION 2017 – Create Your Campaign event as part of Youth Week.

Delivering Aged Care Jobs for Migrants (Released 31 March 2017)

More than ten people from culturally diverse backgrounds have graduated with qualifications to help them get jobs in the disability and aged care sectors, Minister Williams announced. 

Friends for Harmony (Released 21 March 2017)

To mark Harmony Day, Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today launched a digital documentary series featuring unique friendships across cultures.

2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner Awards (Released 16 March 2017)

A volunteer organisation that established a solidarity walk confronting racism and discrimination has received top honours at the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

NSW Government Celebrates Parramasala (Released 10 March 2017)

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams have officially opened one of NSW’s biggest multicultural festivals, Parramasala, which celebrates the cultures of Asia and beyond through food, music, film and dance

Premier’s Harmony Dinner Tickets Now on Sale (Released 6 March 2017)

Tickets are available for the not to be missed 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner being held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on 16 March.  

NSW Secures Key AFL Multicultural Event (Released 13 February 2017)

The NSW Government has secured the AFL’s Multicultural Round marquee match and festival in Western Sydney until 2021, announced Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today.

Multiculturalism Agency To Move to Parramatta (Released 27 January 2017)

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.

Nominations Open for 2017 Multicultural Community Medals (Released 25 November 2016)

Members of the community who strive to maintain harmony and peace in NSW are being encouraged to nominate for the 2017 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals.

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.

Calls for Community to Get Involved in Multiculturalism (released 17 December 2015)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has encouraged people across NSW to become a champion of social cohesion and harmony by applying to join a Regional Advisory Council (RAC).

NRMA takes top award for multicultural marketing campaign (released 12 October 2015)

NRMA Motoring & Services was announced as winner of the Big Business category for its Motor Value Bundle campaign at tonight’s Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards, held at the Sydney Opera House.

NSW Human Rights Award Winner Announced (released 22 September 2015)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced the Reverend Bill Crews, the Founder and Chairman of the Exodus Foundation as the recipient of the 2015 NSW Human Rights Award at a function in Parliament House.

Young people smash stereotypes at forum for cultural diversity (released 10 September 2015)

The dangers of labelling and stereotypes were debated by more than 200 students from NSW schools and youth organisations at Multicultural NSW’s annual Youth Leaders’ Day, IDEATION 2015, on Wednesday 9 September. An energetic day of workshops and performances at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney was guided by the theme I Choose to Be...

Public Consultations Closing Soon (released 11 August 2015)

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today reminded community members to have their say as part of the NSW Government’s consultation on early intervention programs to counter violent extremism.