Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Benjamin Chow
Council for Multicultural Australia

Community Organisations - From Beaches to Jamborees

Inclusiveness is at the heart of Australian multiculturalism today and the Council for Multicultural Australia is involved in a number of initiatives to help build inclusive communities.

The CMA has been involved in initiatives to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in areas where, traditionally, albeit unintentionally, little effort has been made to attract them.

One of Australia's sporting icons, Surf Life Saving Australia, for example, has joined with the CMA to promote cultural diversity in surf life saving. The association, which admits its membership has not been truly representative of Australia's diversity, plans to strengthen its presence in the community by diversifying its membership and promoting inclusiveness.

Similar projects are underway with the Girl Guides Association of NSW and Scouting Australia.

Such partnerships are helping to implement the Federal Government's multicultural policy, A New Agenda for a multicultural Australia, which acknowledges the uniqueness of Australian multiculturalism and reinforces its relevance to all Australians.

Mr Chow is a member of the Council for Multicultural Australia. He is a Life Member and immediate Past President of the Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW.

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001