Expressions of interest closed Sunday 18 February 2024. Multicultural NSW is currently assessing applications received.

Part-time Advisory Members

NSW is home to 33.6% of Australia’s overseas-born population. We come from over 310 ancestries, practice more than 139 religions and use more than 283 languages, with 29.3% of NSW people born overseas.

Multicultural NSW plays an important role in building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society that enriches the lives of all the people of NSW. Multicultural NSW draws on the cultural diversity, skills and expertise of the Advisory Board to represent the community and provide advice to NSW Government.

Multicultural NSW has several advisory bodies:

  • Advisory Board
  • Regional Community Networks
  • Regional Community Networks – Multicultural Youth Network

Members are required to:

  • attend a minimum number of scheduled meetings.
  • represent Multicultural NSW at community events.
  • advocate for multicultural principles, cultural diversity and social cohesion.

Please find further details about each advisory body below.

Advisory Board

The Multicultural NSW Advisory Board is an independent body that draws on the cultural diversity, skills and experience of its members to provide advice to the Agency and the Minister for Multiculturalism.

The Advisory Board has 15 part-time members appointed by the Governor. One of the 15 part-time members is appointed as Chairperson and two are youth members, between 18-24.

Advisory Board Members must:

  1. Be actively engaged in and committed to cultural diversity.
  2. Be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  3. Possess relevant professional expertise in one or more of the following areas
    • Emerging communities and new arrivals
    • Sport and the arts
    • Health, aged care and disability
    • Education and research
    • Business and Corporate networks
    • Community leadership and languages
    • Women, youth or Aboriginal communities
    • NGOs, finance or public policy

The Multicultural NSW Advisory Board meets bi-monthly during business hours. Advisory Board members are also required to chair Regional Community Network meetings, with some intrastate travel and overnight stays involved. Members also have the opportunity to represent Multicultural NSW at forums and events.

Current annual sitting remuneration is $5,000 per annum.

Please read the Advisory Board Guidelines here

For more information on the Advisory Board recruitment please contact Lisa Saw on 02 8255 6789.

Regional Community Networks

The Multicultural NSW Regional Community Networks (RCNs) draw on the cultural diversity, skills and experience of its members to provide advice to Multicultural NSW and to the whole of NSW government.

There are 10 RCNs across NSW with up to 20 members per Network. Up to three members of each RCN must be youth members, who are not less than 18 years old and not more than 24 years at the date of application. One member of each RCN must be from an Aboriginal background.

RCN Members must:

  1. Be actively engaged in and committed to cultural diversity.
  2. Be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

Each RCN convenes quarterly and, wherever possible, members have an opportunity to attend community engagement forums, activities and events, including events of cultural and religious significance across regional and metropolitan areas of NSW.

For more information contact Sana Msraba on 02 8255 6797.

Regional Community  Networks – Multicultural Youth Network

Each RCN includes up to three youth members who are not less than 18 years old and not more than 24 years at the date of application. In addition to RCN membership, youth members from across all 10 RCNs will be part of the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN).

The MYN will provide advice to NSW Government via Multicultural NSW on issues affecting young people in NSW.

MYN Members must:

  1. Be 18 to 24 years of age at time of application.
  2. Be actively engaged in and committed to cultural diversity.
  3. Be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

In addition to attending quarterly RCN meetings, members also attend quarterly MYN meetings. Wherever possible, MYN members are expected to attend community engagement forums, activities and events, including events of cultural and religious significance across regional and metropolitan areas of NSW.

For more information contact Sana Msraba on 02 8255 6797.

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