Thursday, 23 February 2023
Media release

50 years on - Australia's Multicultural Framework

On the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government’s ‘A multi-cultural society for the future’ report, the Albanese Government is starting consultation on the draft terms of reference for a review of Australia’s Multicultural Framework.

The Review will examine policy settings to ensure they advance a multicultural Australia, support our cohesive and inclusive multicultural society, and harness the talents of all Australians.

"Australia is proudly one of the world’s most vibrant and successful multicultural societies. Widespread community support for multiculturalism is one of our major strengths as a nation,” said Minister Giles.

"50 years on from our first multicultural policy it is time to look at Australia’s multiculturalism and make sure we have the settings right. We need to make sure every Australian from a culturally and linguistically diverse background can reach their full potential.”

“Drawing on the knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the Review will assess what the Commonwealth needs to do at institutional and policy levels to ensure no one is left behind, and everyone feels as though they truly belong.”

The draft Terms of Reference for the Multicultural Framework Review are now open for public comment and close on 19 March 2023.

The draft Terms of Reference and information on how to make a submission are available.