Regional Engagement Program

Engaging communities across New South Wales

New South Wales is one of the most culturally diverse states in the world. While Sydney is our biggest global city, our regions are also culturally and linguistically diverse. Many new arrivals to New South Wales have found a place to thrive in regional areas of our state.
The Multicultural NSW Regional Engagement Program (REP) aims to connect with and understand communities across New South Wales. REP engages migrants and refugees, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and cultural community leaders across the state.

We work with regional communities to:

  • promote a shared sense of the value of culturally diversity
  • identify local issues and find local solutions
  • share insights and experiences to inform government policy and drive social change
  • help each other in times of need.

Be REPresented

There are several ways to get involved in the Multicultural NSW Regional Engagement Program (REP):

  1. regional listening tour
  2. regional community networks (RCNs)
  3. joint regional forums
  4. topical roundtable discussions
  5. capacity building sessions
  6. digital engagement
  7. regional summit.

You are invited to register your interest to join the program. If you are an active community member, young person, community or religious leader, or service provider connected with your regional community, we want you to participate.

As a participant of the REP, you will be:

  • Informing the NSW Government on issues relating to cultural diversity
  • Empowered to share your insights on issues impacting you and your local community
  • Asked to join impactful discussions on issues of concern that can inform government policy and drive social change
  • Invited to participate in bi-annual Joint Regional Forums and our Annual Regional Summit
  • Joining an active online network sharing information and resources and discussing issues relevant to cultural diversity
  • Invited to training sessions about grant writing, governance, and other topics of interest
  • Collaborating with a network of stakeholders and champions for community harmony
  • Sharing projects and resources with other network participants

Register to become a participant of REP

Regional Community Networks

Regional Community Networks (RCNs) provide advice and guidance to Multicultural NSW and help make connections with communities in their regions.
They include formally appointed members selected for their knowledge, expertise and influence on issues relating to cultural diversity in their regions.

RCNs operate in nine regions:

  • Greater Sydney (East and North)
  • Greater Sydney (West and South)
  • New England and North-West
  • Murray Lower Darling
  • Hunter and Central Coast
  • Illawarra and South East NSW
  • Northern NSW
  • Western NSW
  • Riverina

Who is eligible?

    • Are active within their community and have extensive networks within their regional community
    • Have close connections with, and understanding of, new and emerging communities in their region
    • Have demonstrated interest and expertise in matters relating to cultural diversity in NSW
    • Have lived experience of issues relating to cultural diversity
    • Have access to communications channels to share information and resources with communities in their region, and to gather insights on community sentiment and experiences in their region
    • Demonstrate leadership, integrity, respect, compassion and influence in their regional community
    • Are willing to champion the REP and commit to participating in REP engagement opportunities and activities throughout the year.
    • Be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia
    • Work, study or volunteer in NSW
    • Demonstrate a significant connection and/or commitment to your regional community
    • Show interest and expertise in matters relating to cultural diversity in NSW.
    • Be prepared to share information across their networks
    • Be 18 years of age or older
    • Complete a WWCC and Criminal History Check
    • Complete an RCN Nomination Forum and include their CV
  • a. multicultural and multilingual community media organisations

    b. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations

    c. a disability services organisation

    d. social enterprises

    e. universities

    f. not-for-profit organisations

    g. regional or state-wide peak multicultural/interfaith organisations

    h. faith-based or community-led organisations.

    i. multicultural youth groups

Nominations will close Sunday 22nd January 2023

RCN Nomination form

Page last updated: 20 January 2023 | 6:18 pm