In February 2011, the Australian Government announced Australia’s new multicultural policy – The People of Australia – which reaffirms the importance of a culturally diverse and socially cohesive nation.
In March 2012, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation process to stimulate community debate, discussion and input to guide the development of the national anti-racism strategy.
A key component of the policy was the establishment of a partnership to develop and implement a comprehensive national anti-racism strategy for Australia. This strategy will address racism experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in addition to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The partnership is led by the race Discrimination commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Other members include:
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Australian Multicultural Council
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Federation of ethnic communities’ Councils of Australia.