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About Multicultural NSW

Our purpose, vision and principles

Multicultural NSW promotes community harmony and social cohesion in one of the most culturally diverse states in the world. We come from more than 307 ancestries, speak 215 languages and dialect, and follow 148 different religious beliefs. Find out more about our community diversity here.

Our vision is for a stronger NSW, using our cultural diversity as a vehicle to achieve cultural and economic prosperity.

We are driven by three key principles:

  1. Engage with all sections of society and break down barriers to participation
  2. Enable equitable access to services and programs
  3. Enrich social and economic capacity through cultural diversity as an asset of our state.

We are the lead agency for implementing the policy and legislative framework to support multicultural principles in NSW.

As part of our work, we actively map ways to strengthen community resilience and safeguard social cohesion.

Multicultural NSW can help you and your community by:

  • providing grants for events, community projects and activities that foster community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion
  • supporting initiatives that respond to community issues through the Regional Advisory Council network
  • supporting intercultural and interfaith initiatives that promote and understand cultural and religious diversity and social harmony.

Our opportunity to financially empower our communities is delivered through a Celebrating Diversity Grants Program. This has two categories:

  • Celebrating Diversity – Events (funding up to $10,000)
  • Celebrating Diversity – Projects (funding up to $40,000 per annum)

Multicultural NSW staff are happy to answer your questions. Please contact our Grants Officer on (02) 8255 6779.

Multicultural NSW provides high-quality, professional and efficient interpreting and translation services. Our fully accredited interpreters speak more than 100 languages and our translation services are available across more than 100 Service NSW centres in NSW.

If you need an interpreter, call 1300 651 500 during business hours (8am to 5pm) or email languageservices@multicultural.nsw.gov.au

Multicultural NSW also provides multicultural press monitoring. MediaLink makes non-English content in multicultural newspapers available in English through MediaLink reports. MediaLink uses a custom-built system that enables you to fast track information based on language, publication, date of publication and keywords.

To help you reach the right audience, Multicultural NSW maintains an extensive database of organisations and individuals from culturally diverse communities across Australia. To help businesses, government agencies, community organisations and individuals reach these audiences, Multicultural NSW operates EmailLink. For a small investment emails will be delivered directly for you.

Each year, we celebrate and recognise the important contribution of culturally diverse communities by holding a number of events and awards including:

  • Premier’s Harmony Dinner
  • Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals
  • Premier’s Multicultural Communication Awards
  • Premier’s Multicultural Honour Roll

More information about our services, programs and initiatives is available on our website or contact us on (02) 8255 6767.

Purpose and Vision


Working at Multicultural NSW

All available positions at Multicultural NSW are advertised on iworkfor.nsw.gov.au.

Employment opportunities

Multicultural NSW is committed to equal employment opportunities, work health and safety, best practice multicultural principles and ethical work practices.

Applicants for permanent positions must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants for temporary positions must be: Australian citizens or permanent residents or temporary residents with a current work visa.

Applicants are invited to contact the nominated contact officer, whose details will be in the advertisement, to obtain an information package. After receiving the information package, you may wish to ask questions relating to the position. The nominated contact officer will be only too happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as to provide background information relating to Multicultural NSW. Additional information is also available on this website or through I work for NSW.

Multicultural NSW employs staff covered by three awards:

  • Crown Employees (Public Sector Salaries 2015) Award
  • Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009
  • Crown Employees (Interpreters and Translators, Multicultural NSW) Award.

Application process

All vacant positions are advertised on the I work for NSW website and in various multicultural newspapers. You need to obtain an information package from us and submit your application addressing in full the application requirements as stated in the advertisement by the nominated closing date. We value the time you take in developing your application and will acknowledge receipt of all applications for employment.

A minimum of two people will form the selection panel. The panel will review all applications for a position and identify those that are shortlisted to progress to the selection stage of the recruitment process. The shortlisted applicants will be formally invited in writing to complete no less than three assessment events as part of a comparative assessment against the requirements of the role and any other shortlisted candidates. Your formal invitation will include all the instructions and information you will need to complete the assessment events. In addition, you will be advised of the names and roles of all panel members.

The selection panel will recommend for approval by the Agency Head, the most suitable applicant for the role. All other applicants will be advised if they have been successful or not at the conclusion of the selection process, once the approved candidate for the role has accepted an offer of employment.

Working at MNSW


NSW Procurement 

NSWBuy offers services that help government buyers and small-to-medium enterprises do business with each other. As well as improved supply pathways such as tendering systems, suppliers can register for business opportunities that may arise with the NSW Government.

Please visit the NSW Government Procurepoint to find information regarding the supply of goods and services to Multicultural NSW: https://www.procurepoint.nsw.gov.au/.

NSW Procurement


Our Act

The Multicultural NSW Legislation Amendment Act 2014 amends the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000, and renames it The Multicultural NSW Act 2000 (the Act). The Act establishes Multicultural NSW as the government agency in NSW responsible for promoting and monitoring the multicultural principles set out in the Act (our mandate). Additionally, the legislation establishes the position and responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer and identifies the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism jointly as the responsible Minister. The legislation sets up the Advisory Board and the Regional Advisory Councils and their functions and responsibilities. Reporting on the implementation of the multicultural principles is also established by the Act.

The multicultural principles guide the development and implementation of multicultural policy in NSW.

In essence, these principles commit us and the people of NSW to:

  1. share democratic values, governed by the rule of law and promote a unified commitment to Australia
  2. accept that we have diverse linguistic, religious and ancestral backgrounds
  3. create opportunities for all people to participate in all aspects of public life
  4. respect and provide for different cultures, languages and religions, with English recognised as our common language
  5. provide the greatest possible access to government programs and services
  6. promote and maximise the value of our diverse cultural and linguistic heritage to develop NSW.

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Our Act