Community engagement is at the core of everything we do
In order to build and maintain social cohesion and community harmony in NSW, we need to understand what drives our diverse communities and how to harness the strengths and opportunities that go hand-in-hand with such cultural diversity.
We also seek to increase access to NSW Government services and programs by marginalised people, who may find it difficult to access such services because of difficulty with language or other cultural considerations such as newly arrived migrants and refugees.
Our goal, as outlined in our Community Engagement Strategy, is to inform, consult, involve, collaborate with and empower communities. Through these processes, we seek to learn from communities, to use this information to shape the future directions of Multicultural NSW and to increase our knowledge and expertise. Our aim is ultimately to assist all individuals in NSW to contribute to and participate in community life and in public decision-making processes.
Multicultural NSW has set up a number of structures that we use to connect meaningfully with communities in different ways. These include regular and issues-based structures and forums that seek community views and provide forums for discussion and resolving issues of concern to communities. In addition, we seek to link communities to service providers and promote the benefits of cultural diversity.
Our Multicultural NSW Advisory Board, which is made up of experienced members of the community with a passion for cultural diversity, guides and advises Multicultural NSW and the Minister for Multiculturalism.
Our Regional Advisory Councils are geographically based regional and metropolitan forums that advise Multicultural NSW about local issues and help to address them. Membership of these forums includes community and government representatives. We will be increasing the coverage of these forums across the state. We will also encourage broader membership within the forums at a local level, including local government and multicultural councils.
We have a number of government forums in which we work with local, state and Commonwealth government agencies to address issues facing communities.
We are also working to set up a range of topic-based multicultural councils and forums to provide advice to Multicultural NSW. These forums will focus on a range of target groups, including the religious leaders, the Arts sector, women and youth. Membership will vary according to the forum focus, but where relevant, will include community, non-government organisations, business (peak and local chambers of commerce), academic and government representatives who have relevant expertise in these topics, and experience in promoting and managing cultural diversity.
We work directly with communities on specific issues, cultural and community events, Multicultural NSW events and calls for information and community responses and other means by which Multicultural NSW can be available to the community.
To find out more please contact us, the Community Engagement team.
If you have any questions about Multicultural NSW we would love to hear from you.
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