Final report

Ways of protecting and strengthening Australia's multiculturalism and social inclusion

17 August 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-615-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 694KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 22KB)
List of abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 16KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 102KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Multiculturalism in Australia
Settlement and social inclusion services
Australian Multicultural Advisory Council
Anti-Discrimination Laws
International models of multiculturalism

Chapter 2 - Adequacy of settlement and social inclusion services (PDF 164KB)

Government approach
English language learning
Citizenship requirements
Employment services
Engagement with local organisations
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Racial discrimination and representation of multicultural groups (PDF 184KB)

Social and mental health impacts
Economic impacts
Media representation
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Political leadership and education (PDF 119KB)

Political intent
Impact of political language
Proactive leadership
Committee view
Languages education
Cultural literacy
Interfaith dialogue
Anti-racism strategies
Committee view

Chapter 5 - Legislation and data collection (PDF 127KB)

A Federal Multiculturalism Act
Committee view
Establishment of a Multicultural Commission
Committee view
Adequacy of data collection and social research
Committee view

Additional comments by Labor Senators (PDF 16KB)
Dissenting Report by Coalition Senators (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 18KB)

Submissions received
Form letters received
Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice
Additional Information

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 17KB)

Melbourne VIC, 27 June 2017
Sydney NSW, 29 June 2017
Bendigo VIC, 3 August 2017

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3555
Fax: 02 6277 3899