National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Mr B. (Hass) Dellal OAM
Australian Multicultural Foundation

Best Practice/Promoting the Australian Experience Internationally

The Australian Multicultural Foundation has spent the last five years sharing the Australian multicultural experience in Europe, Asia and the USA. The Foundation has concentrated on establishing partnerships with various institutions and organisations in various countries, and work with those that recognise difference as a way of enhancing ideas, lives and creativity.

After the inaugural 1995 Global Cultural Diversity Conference, like many others the Australian Multicultural Foundation realised the importance and interest in the Australian way. With this in mind the Australian Multicultural Foundation has embarked on promoting and sharing our experience with others. This has meant understanding those issues confronting other countries so to promote the benefits of cultural diversity and a positive attitude to multiculturalism through all sectors and segments of society. Some of the issues and discussion have been to find and promote practical ways of fostering mutual adaptation in culturally diverse communities, explore ways in which policy makers, communities and nations can nurture social cohesion and reap the economic, social and cultural benefits of diversity. This has meant exchanging of information, advice, sharing best practice and establishing international networks as a medium for future exchange. There is much we can share and learn, it is not a question of who does it better, it is a question of how does one share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other.

Mr B. Hass Dellal OAM was appointed Executive
Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation in 1989, an organisation established to promote a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures.

Mr Dellal has had extensive experience throughout Australia and internationally on multicultural affairs and has spearheaded a number of initiatives for the benefit and development of the general community. He serves on a number of committees and boards that deal in police relations, access and equity, skill recognition, second language development, philanthropy and the arts.

He has also prepared a number of reports and programs on community relations, on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector.

Mr Dellal is also currently a Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission; a Committee Member of the National Police Ethnic Advisory Bureau; Action Group Committee Member, the European Multicultural Foundation; Board Member of the Arthritis Foundation of Victoria; Co-Chair of the Ethnic Communities Police Advisory Committee; and a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program 1993.

Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for services to Multicultural Organisations, the Arts, and the Community on the Queen's Birthday Honours List 1997.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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