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Inquiry into Migration and Multiculturalism in Australia

18 March 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013

ISBN 978-0-642-79886-2 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79887-9 (HTML version)

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Preliminary pages (PDF 485KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 136KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 Multiculturalism—an overview (PDF 479KB)

Our cultural diversity: a brief history
The foundations of Australian multicultural policy
The recent migration context
Restating multiculturalism: the People of Australia
Support for the policy framework

Chapter 3 The anti-racism framework and multiculturalism (PDF 547KB)

The Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy
The rise of intolerance
Measuring attitudinal change
Discourse on racism and diversity
Not race but culture
The politics of multiculturalism
The role of the media
Reviewing race discrimination laws
Race vilification
Regulating systemic and cyber racism
The impact of racism
More visible, more vulnerable
Racism in service provision
Our multicultural identity
Developing a narrative of connection
Recommending against racism
Reviewing the Anti–Racism Strategy
Concluding comments

Chapter 4 Religious diversity: questions about Islam (PDF 572KB)

A multi-faith community
Equality within the law: concerns about Islam
Demands for Islamic law
Understanding Shari’ah
Challenges for modern Islam
A model for respect within the law
Social cohesion post 9/11
Comparisons with Europe
Concerns about ghettoisation
The importance of intercultural dialogue
Addressing extremism
Building cross-cultural awareness
Concluding comments

Chapter 5 Multiculturalism and the Social Inclusion Agenda (PDF 307KB)

The role of multiculturalism in the Federal Government’s Social Inclusion Agenda

Chapter 6 National approach to planning and policy (PDF 397KB)

Australian Multicultural Council (AMC)
Federal multicultural policy
Multicultural policy at the State and Local level
State policies
Local government
Centralised approach

Chapter 7 Research (PDF 192KB)

Bureau of Immigration Research
Current immigration research

Chapter 8 Diaspora communities (PDF 255KB)

Defining diaspora
Contribution of diaspora communities to Australia’s international relationships
Investment and commercial opportunities
Australia’s regional and state relationships
The Australian diaspora
Senate Inquiry into Australian expatriates
Strengthening the contribution of diasporas
Pacific Islands community
Data and research

Chapter 9 Settlement and participation (PDF 426KB)

English language training
Adult Migrant English Program
Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP)
Workplace English Language and Literacy Program (WELL)
Cultural competency
Report into the effectiveness of cross-cultural training in the Australian context
Ongoing issues of cultural competency
Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS)
Accommodation barriers for newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants
CALD women
Domestic violence
Translating services
Government funding and grants
Settlement Grants Program
Diversity and Social Cohesion Program
Social harmony funding
Committee comment

Chapter 10 National productive capacity (PDF 390KB)

Migrant contribution to national productive capacity
Skilled migrants
Student migrants
Refugee and humanitarian settlers
Labour market barriers for skilled migrants and refugees
Recognition of overseas skills and qualifications

Chapter 11 Employment issues (PDF 390KB)

Barriers to employment
Discrimination in the workplace
Committee comment
Language barriers
Australian work experience
Job Services Australia
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
CALD job seekers
Gaps in the provision of services
Government, business and community co-operation
African Australian Inclusion Program
The Social Studio
Tasmanian Government
The Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre

Chapter 12 Incentives to support new business enterprises (PDF 202KB)

The profile of migrant small businesses
Humanitarian refugees
Supporting migrant business enterprise
Small Business Victoria (SBV)
The Enterprising Women Project

Clarifying Statement - Coalition Members and Senators (PDF 122KB)
Appendix A – Submissions (PDF 104KB)
Appendix B – Exhibits (PDF 93KB)
Appendix C – Witnesses (PDF 151KB)

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