The Review flows from recommendations made in the White Paper Cultural Harmony: The Next Decade 2002 -2012 and traces the development of the Ethnic Affairs Priorities Statement (EAPS) Program since 1983 as a centrepiece of multicultural governance in New South Wales. The Review compares EAPS to multicultural policies in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions and makes 14 recommendations for the renewal of the operation of EAPS (now re-named the Multicultural Policies and Services Program).
This speech delivered on 24 April 1997 by the then Premier and Minister for Ethnic Affairs and the Arts, Bob Carr, on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the commencement of the genocide of the Armenians makes an important contribution to our knowledge in Australia of the horrors of such acts.
Since 2002, the Community Relations Commission and other NSW Government agencies have been alert to the fact that significant barriers to successful settlement are being encountered by newly arrived humanitarian entrants from Africa.
The Oral Histories Project recorded the recollections of Australians from non-English-speaking backgrounds. It sought to allow the people who have usually been ignored in traditional accounts to give their versions of the past and the present.
The Commission welcomes the publication of the discussion paper by the Australian Commonwealth Government and recognizes its intention to develop a legislative framework for an effective and comprehensive reform to the citizenship policy.
Review of the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000. Part 4, Section 27 of the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000 requires the Minister to review the Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid, and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate to securing those objectives.
In September 2011 the NSW Community Relations Commission (CRC) contracted the social policy research firm – EJD Consulting & Associates – to conduct an independent review of the Commission’s Community Grants Programs.
The review involved consultations with a cross section of ethnic community representatives, including CRC Commissioners. It also involved document analysis and research of other government multicultural grants programs across Australia, along with other mainstream grant programs in NSW.
The CRC offers a number of services designed to better link the 'community of communities' in NSW. These services include Interpreting & Translation, EAPS, Community Development Grants, Services via Internet, Multicultural Marketing Awards, CLAS, Video Conferencing Facilities & Publications.
MediaLink offers reports in English of items that appear in the range
of non-English language newspapers within one working day of
publication of the newspaper (2 days for non-daily papers). You can elect to receive the reports in a variety of ways.
NSW society respects and values cultural diversity. As a result,multicultural principles have been enshrined in Government policyand legislation in the State for over twenty years. These guidelines for addressing cultural issues are for NSW Governement agencies hosting functions.
These guidelines are for the operation of the Regional Advisory Councils are essential support structures and active participants in the promotion of the principles of cultural diversity across the State.
Every five years, the Census takes a snapshot of multicultural Australia. Leading into the 2016 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has conducted a review of certain questions, to ensure that they remain relevant to contemporary Australia. The Commission urged the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to retain the questions which directly inform multicultural policy in the 2016 Census. The Commission also coordinated a separate submission on behalf of the multicultural organisations of the other States and Territories.
In October 2002 the Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (CRC) initiated action to ensure a coordinated rapid response to local community relations issues which may have arisen in the wake of the Bali bombings and the then possible conflict with Iraq.
The CRC chairs the COMPLAN committee. COMPLAN will assist in maintaining and managing community harmony within New South Wales in response to local or international events which impact on relationships within the community and between people.
The Community Relations Report is produced annually by the CRC. It provides a wide spectrum of New South Wales Government initiatives and partnerships with the community that have carried forward the implementation of this State's Priniciples of Multiculturalism.
This White Paper builds on the Evaluation of the Ethnic Affairs Action Plan 2000 and also contains fresh initiatives that have been identified as worthy of consideration. It was the main agenda item at the annual Community Relations Forum held in mid 2002. Forum proceedings play a major role in influencing future government policy.
The White Paper outlines the key ethnic affairs outcomes and result areas on which New South Wales Government agencies will deliver, as well as the monitoring and reporting arrangements which will be put in place to ensure that the Ethnic Affairs Action Plan 2000 is fully implemented.
Ethnic Affairs in the NSW Public Sector: Resource Handbook for Chief Executive Officers & Senior Managers
The Handbook provides agencies with assistance in planning and implementing multicultural policy and service initiatives across all areas of Government activity, as required by the NSW Government. The Handbook is currently being rewritten but sections which remain relevant to your organisation may still be available. For more information contact the CRC on (02) 8255 6767 and ask for Government Relations Services.
The Ethnic Affairs Policy Statement (EAPS) Program was introduced by the NSW Government in the early 1980s. At that time, the state public sector was coming to grips with the enormous demographic changes brought about by the immigration program. There was a need to ensure that all members of the NSW community, regardless of their language, ethnic, racial or cultural background, had equal access to Government services, and that such services were culturally appropriate and non-discriminatory. The EAPS Program was chosen as the key mechanism for achieving the necessary changes.
The report provides a snapshot of government activity in the area of ethnic affairs in the year 2000. It is informed by the annual reports of public sector agencies and statutorybodies, and by the more detailed Ethnic Affairs Priorities Statement reports presented to the Commission by those agencies identified as playing a significant role in program development and service delivery to the community.
Ethnos was published from the early 1980s by the then Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW (now the Community Relations Commission). For ten years it was the main source of information about developments in multiculturalism in the state. It played an important role in fostering discussion of significant community issues and the Governments responses to the evolving multicultural society in NSW. It was last published in December 1993 but remains a treasured archive of the Commissions activities and viewpoints during that crucial decade.
The Evaluation of Skilled Migration to the Riverina examined a number of measures that have been taken subsequent to the recommendations of the Working Party report, especially as they pertain to initiatives undertaken in the NSW Riverina.
This project ran for a period of fifteen months at Fairfield Local Court, which is located in a Sydney Local Government Area (LGA) where over half of the residents were born overseas, representing over 130 countries of origin, and speaking over 60 different community languages.
This Report outlines the work and the achievements of the Female Genital Mutilation Community Education Program of the Community Relations Commission which began in April, 1995 and concluded in November, 1996.
Hoops and Hurdles: towards a fairer recognition process for overseas trained doctors
The recommendations in this report are intended to assist the Community Relations Commission to approach key organisations to seek ways of improving the fairness and transparency of the process of assessment and recognition of the qualifications of overseas trained doctors in New South Wales.Part1Part2
Speech by the Premier The Hon Kristina Keneally at Parliament House on 23 August 2010 for the annual Iftar Dinner, a celebration by members of the Muslim community and also by leaders from a range of beliefs and communities from across New South Wales.
The Ethic Affairs Commission has long argued that the states, especially New South Wales, which settles the largest number of new migrants, must be involved in planning the migration intake and implementing the settlement processes.
This report aims to stimulate debate on the future role for state authorities in helping determine the immigration programme and the successful settlement of people who want to make a contribution to our culturally diverse society.
In late 2003 the NSW Government requested the Department of Local Government and the Community Relations Commission For a Multicultural NSW to work together to assist and assess the effectiveness of NSW local councils in observing the principles of multiculturalism in the conduct of their affairs. This Kit is a result of that collaboration.
Inaugural Annual NSW Ethnic Affairs Oration delivered by the Hon Neville Wran QC, first NSW Minister for Ethnic Affairs at the EAC’s 20th anniversary luncheon
The Annual Ethnic Affairs Commission Oration was created to contribute to intellectual debate on social issues in NSW and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on significant issues relating to ethnic affairs. The Commission also hopes the Oration will help to widen knowledge and support for issues relating to ethnic affairs to the mainstream of society.
The purpose of the visit was to promote multicultural coexistence and mutual understanding among different cultures, exchange information and ideas, establish networks with community leaders, youth, academics, non-government organizations and government officials.
Keynote Address by Dott Paolo Totaro AM at a luncheon on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the EAC
Dott Paolo Totaro has played a significant role in ethnic affairs for a quarter of a century as commissioner, public servant, writer, journalist, television interviewer and consultant. It was therefore fitting that he should be invited to present the keynote speech at a luncheon to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Ethnic Affairs Commission under the Ethnic Affairs Commission Act, 1979.
The Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW was honoured that Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AO, Governor of New South Wales, delivered the Keynote Address at the Community Relations Forum Dinner at Parliament House on Tuesday 13 March 2001.
Dr Bashir’s oration coincided with the establishment of the new Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW which the Premier, The Hon Bob Carr, inaugurated on the same day.
The Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW was privileged to have one of Australia’s most distinguished authors and social commentators, Thomas Keneally, to deliver the Keynote Address at the Community Relations Forum Dinner held on16 April 2002 in Sydney.
The Commission's regular publication designed to keep you informed of key achievements in the field of multiculturalism and events that are shaping the multicultural landscape of our community. Click on more to read the latest issue of Kommunicate.
This Legal Glossary for Interpreters has been a joint effort from CRC’s inhouse interpreters/translators in developing a useful tool to enhance the delivery of legal interpreting. It contains terms and phrases that are commonly used in everyday courtroom situations. It is intended to be an expandable glossary with a format that allows interpreters to add their own new terms/phrases, language equivalents and/or notes.
Each week, tens of thousands of Australians read the news in languages other than English. The newspapers that service these readers number in the hundreds and cover the full range of language groups.
The Community Relations Commission’s MediaLink service opens up many of these newspapers to the English-speaking public.
The Commonwealth / NSW Working Party on Migration to Sydney and Regional NSW was established to put forward options to divert the level of skilled and business migration from Sydney to regional NSW, and reduce the level of temporary and permanent migration to Sydney.
Many World Youth Day pilgrims prayed for global peace and social justice at a gathering at Sydney University which was organized by the Community Relations Commission. This event was aimed at engaging young people from all faiths to pray together with religious leaders for peace and justice for all people around the world. It was also an opportunity to demonstrate the religious diversity of the Australian people and to promote mutual understanding between different religions.
The Multicultural Advantage Action Plan 2012 – 2015 outlines the NSW Government’s approach to multiculturalism. It sets out the Government’s aims and objectives, policy focus areas and community engagement activities. The Plan was launched at the inaugural Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 28 March 2012.
The Multicultural Planning: A resource for practitioners has been developed to complement the Multicultural Planning Framework. This manual offers practical suggestions about how to address all of the criteria of the Planning Framework to achieve the outcomes for each of the three ranges of performance.
This document outlines the achievements of the NSW Government over the period 1988-1994 in the Ethnic Affairs area. This period marked an important cycle in the development of ethnic affairs in this State.
This first ever Ethnic Strategies Statement is a valuable new resource for all individuals and groups with an interest in ethnic affairs issues. It caps an enormous amount of policy groundwork undertaken by the Community Relations Commission and key Government agencies.
NSW Government Agencies – Statements of Intent 1995 – Charter of Principles for a Culturally Diverse Society
The Statements of Intent are a public commitment by NSW government agencies to the Charter of Principles for a Culturally Diverse Society and a guide to the practical steps that give life to those principles.
This report is concerned with people who have been educated in nursing and midwifery, whether they are: Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens living overseas, people intending to be permanent residents, or temporary visa holders. This report is intended to provide information regarding the registration and employment of overseas educated nurses in New South Wales. This information is provided in an international and national context of the nursing workforce.
Overseas Qualifications and Skills in the New South Wales Public Sector - Issues and a Plan for Action
This report of the Taskforce on Overseas Qualifications contains a NSW Public Employment Action Plan on Overseas Qualifications, Skills and Experience. The Action Plan is a coordinated NSW Government approach to improving the recognition and utilisation of overseas acquired qualifications and skills.
Pacific Islander Migration and Settlement Conference - A Position Paper - National Population Council
The Community Relations Commission has maintained ongoing contacts with many South Pacific Islander organisations, particularly through its community development grants program, meetings and visits, and community consultations to provide representatives of the various Islanders communities an opportunity to voice their concerns and to have some of these concerns addressed by relevant government departments.
The Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship, Mr John Hatzistergos, announced (10/2/2005) the availability of a new brochure for refugees produced by the Commission in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia.
Religious Developments and Local Government - Proceedings of the Consultation with the Buddhist Communities
The Interdepartmental Committee on Religious Developments (IDC) has been instrumental both in raising awareness and in generating activity to address the problems associated with the pursuit of religious developments such as places of religious worship and instruction by ethnic communities.
The Report of the IDC, Planning for Religious Developments in New South Wales, launched by the Premier, the Hon. N.F. Greiner, in September 1990, has formed the basis for the implementation of a range of strategies designed to address the problems identified.
In September 1995, the Attorney General’s Department and the Ethic Affairs Commission of New South Wales jointly funded the Fairfield Community Access Project to research and implement strategies to improve access to justice for people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This project ran for a period of fifteen months at Fairfield Local Court, which is located in a Sydney Local Government Area (LGA) where over half of the residents were born overseas, representing over 130 countries of origin, and speaking over 60 different community languages.
The Community Relations Commission welcomed the National Population Council Inquiry as one which should lead to more informed public debate on population issues, and to a sounder base for policy development in the Discussion Paper.
A series of speeches covering the recent years during which there has been a fundamental reappraisal of our society and the world community, examining the threats to both, from the interplay of Western life and Islam, but especially the interplay with radical Islam. These speeches catalogue some of the approaches taken by the Community Relations Commission in these recent years of critical re-examination and reappraisal. For that reason they are both important and historic.
Response by the EAC of NSW to the National Multicultural Advisory Council discussion paper ‘Multicultural Australia: the way forward’
In December 1997, the Federal Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs launched a National Multicultural Advisory Council (NMAC) discussion paper on multiculturalism.
The paper called for interested parties to make submissions to NMAC on a variety of issues related to federal policy on cultural diversity, including the term ‘multiculturalism’ itself. In March 1998, the Ethnic Affairs Commission published its response.
Police and Ethnic Communities
This is a report which seeks to build bridges between Police and our ethnic communities and to build trust and co-operation where in the past there has been a measure of suspicion and unfamiliarity. The Community Relations Commission has worked with the community and the Police Service to fashion a set of recommendations which should form the basis of a long term agenda for positive change.
This report details the proceedings of the Serial Sponsorship Seminar organised by the Community Relations Commission in co-operation with the Filipino Women’s Working Party and Thai Welfare and other immigrant women’s organisations.
This document is the Community Relations Commission’s response to the Review of the Racial Vilification Amendments to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. The Commission has long been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at combating racism and fostering an understanding of the issues involved, descriptions of which are presented within the submission.
The Ethnic Affairs Commission was delighted that so soon after his appointment to the highest judicial post in this state, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honour Justice Spigelman agreed to deliver the second annual Ethnic Affairs Commission Oration. He is the first person of non-English speaking background to be appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales.
Citizenship? Why have one? Does anyone need it? Is it a right? Is it a privilege? Or is it a tool for oppression and subjugation?
Whatever it is these days, citizenship is still about human beings, about people who have a commitment to a place and to the people who live there.
The NSW Parliament gave unanimous support to a motion on 17 April 1997 to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and to honour the memory of the 1.5 million men, women and children who were victims of the first genocide in the 20th century.
This publication records the Parliamentary Debate on the motion of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration for distribution to the Armenian community and to promote awareness of this important issue.
The People of NSW is a major compilation of statistics on people's origins, the languages they speak, their English proficiency and the religions they practice.
This report outlines the work undertaken by the Ethnic Affairs Commission with the Romanian community in NSW to develop and implement community development strategies to address specific needs of the Romanian community.
On 8th April 1999, the Premier, the Honourable Bob Carr MP, announced he would assume the title of Minister for Citizenship and that the Ethnic Affairs Commission would be restructured as a Community Relations Commission.
The Premier announced that there would be public input into the transition from the Ethnic Affairs Commission to a Community Relations Commission. This document was prepared to help individuals and organisations provide comment.
The difficulties and trauma associated with domestic violence and sexual assault are exacerbated by language difficulties. Language difficulties pose particular barriers in accessing legal, social and support services. This publication aims to assist service providers in booking and using interpreters for domestic violence and sexual assault matters.
One of the important functions of the Community Relations Commission is to be a player in the public debate on issues affecting our culturally diverse society. This publication is a selection of speeches delivered by the Chairperson Stepan Kerkyasharian which should be of continuing value to anyone with an interest in the future development of our culturally diverse society.