In Memory of Sisto Malaspina

Sisto Malaspina was an incredible person, but more than that, he was an example. He was an example to those who arrived in this country and with persistence and hard work, Sisto created an incredible business, a place visited by many of us which became an icon of Melbourne. We are all saddened by his tragic death as a result of an evil act of violent extremism. You will be forever remembered Sisto.

Media Release: Australian Multicultural Foundation's response to Minister Tudge's proposed changes

Click here to see the Australian Multicultural Foundation's media release regarding the proposed initiative to introduce conversational English skills towards citizenship.

The Honourable James (Jim) Short joins the AMF Board of Directors

The Australian Multicultural Foundation is pleased to announce that the Hon. James (Jim) Short has joined its Board of Directors. Jim short has had a distinguished career in both public and private sectors having served many years in Federal Parliament.

Australian Government's Multicultural Statement

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful is the Government’s public statement recommitting to multicultural Australia; setting both priorities and strategic directions for the coming years. The Australian Government's Multicultural Statement document is now available.

Oromo Community - Youth Leadership Program

The Oromo Community Youth Leadership Program was a two-day leadership program for members of the Oromo community in Victoria, hosted by the Australian Multicultural Foundation and supported by the Scanlon Foundation. It took place at the Grange Macedon Ranges conference centre from 22-24 July. The aim of the program was to help participants build leadership skills to address specific issues affecting or arising in the Oromo community. To such ends, a series of workshops were hosted by Dr Hass Dellal, Lynn Cain, Simon Nette, Mishma Kumar, Dr Tania Miletic, as well as youth leaders.

Visiting delegation from The Department of National Unity and Integration, Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia

On Thursday 14th May, AMF Executive Director Dr Hass Dellal met with a delegation of senior government officials from The Department of National Unity and Integration, Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia, led by the Hon. Minister Joseph Kurup.

CALD organisations declare their support for Recognise

Nine national Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisations have joined forces to declare their support for the recognition of Australia’s first peoples in the Constitution. Signing the RECOGNISE CALD Accord the organisations have pledged their support in promoting the RECOGNISE campaign in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Signings of the Accord took place in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Youth Leadership Program

From 9-11 November, ten youth leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds participated in a two day Youth Leadership Program, run by the Australian Multicultural Foundation in partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy and supported by the Scanlon Foundation. The program was held at the Museum at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

Scanlon Foundation's 2015 Mapping Social Cohesion Report has been launched

The Scanlon Foundation’s 2015 Mapping Social Cohesion Report, produced in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Monash University, is the largest study of its kind. It tracks public attitudes on issues including immigration, multiculturalism, discrimination, and belonging, and maps our national mood via the Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion.


The latest news and media involving the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

Tribute to Nicholas Xynias AO BEM

A tribute in memory of Nicholas Xynias AO BEM published in the Autumn 2015 Special Edition of EVOCA, the magazine of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

Expressions of interest for VMC Commissioner positions

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is now seeking expressions of interest for multiple Commissioner positions, including the Chairperson and Youth Commissioner.

A Message of Condolences

AMF message of condolences

AMF Board of Directors Update

The AMF is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chairperson and its newest Board Member.

Regional Interfaith Network Website

The Regional Interfaith Network website brings news and events of interfaith activities in the principal action areas of the Regional Interfaith Dialogue.

AMF has commenced training for its Community Awareness Manual

The young Australian Muslim participants who took part in the two day workshop in Sydney in December 2013

'DonateLife… the greatest gift' Campaign

'DonateLife… the greatest gift' is a community education campaign for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities that aims to increase family discussion about organ and tissue donation wishes. It’s an important conversation to have. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people and, on average, 1,600 Australians are on transplant waiting lists at any one time.

Newsletter August/September 2013

AMF Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards

What’s News?

The AMF team has been busy developing and working on a number of different projects that celebrate Australia’s diversity, promote tolerance and understanding, and advance social cohesion.

Sir James Gobbo honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Australian Mig

Sir James Gobbo honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Australian Migration and Settlement Awards

Sir James Gobbo was honoured for his services to migration and settlement with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Australian Migration and Settlement Awards. The Awards took place on Monday 18th March 2013 and were hosted by the Migration Council Australia. Sir James was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP.

Living Cultures of China

Living Cultures of China

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations, the China National Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble performed for the first time in Australia a fascinating showcase of the living cultures of this vast land. This ensemble is the only national-level performance group representing China's diverse cultures. It has performed in over 70 countries and gives over 100 performances each year.

CultureMate, An online learning solution

CultureMate is an innovative, information rich, online portal providing a mixture of generic and industry specific information and development opportunities to increase users' cross cultural competence.

The Religious Leaders and Civics Media Training has been a success

The Religious Leaders and Civics Media Training has been delivered by the Australian Multicultural Foundation for Imams across Australia to further build their skills, confidence and networks in relation to working with media and understanding Australian governance.

National Dementia Campaigns

Memory loss: Disrupting daily life. A national dementia campaign & A National Radio Dementia Awareness Program – in Community Languages

6th Diversity Matters Singapore 2010 Forum Proceedings

The 6th Diversity Matters forum was held on 23-25 September 2010 at the campus of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. The forum explored the role that the arts can play in helping to bridge gaps, build social capital and strengthen social cohesion, and featured a range of distinguished international presenters from the Commonwealth who shared their experience and expertise in the area of social cohesion and the arts.

Building Trust Report

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, conducted an independent review of the Community Policing Partnership Program which provides us with the learnings, challenges, limitations and successes. It clearly outlines the benefits of community policing programs such as the Community Policing Partnership Project.

Freedom of Religion and Belief Report

The Freedom of Religion and Belief Report was launched on Monday 21 March 2011 by Graeme Innes AM, Disability and Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Muslim Women's Leadership Program

The Muslim Women's Leadership Program was a seven-week course for participants living, studying, or working in the City of Brimbank. It ran for one night per week from March to April 2011 at Brimbank Council Offices.

The Many Voices of Young Australians

During the past three years, much was learnt by the service providers who delivered the projects and by the Scanlon Foundation. The projects have produced useful resources based on these learnings, which we are now sharing in the belief that the information might help.

Mapping Social Cohesion 2010

This report presents the findings of the third Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Survey conducted in June 2010. It builds on the knowledge gained in the two earlier Scanlon Foundation surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009 to provide a broad insight into Australian attitudes at a time of widespread discussion of population issues. It includes new modules to explore attitudes to future population growth and asylum issues.

AMF UPDATE Spring 2010

The team has had a busy year commencing new projects and events as well as continuing our ongoing work

6th Diversity Matters, Singapore, 23-25 September 2010

The Australian Multicultural Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Foundation, Monash University, LASALLE College of the Arts, and The Statesman (India) organised the 6th Diversity Matters forum on 23-25 September, 2010.

Vietnamese Leadership Training Program

The Vietnamese Leadership Training Program was an intensive, practical based leadership training course for those living, working or studying in the City of Brimbank.

Something to Declare: The Memoirs of Sir James Gobbo launched June 2010

Shining through his account is Sir James's profound gratitude to the people who made his journey so rewarding and gave him the chance to succeed. His unswerving belief in Australia's capacity to go on providing newcomers with opportunities is a consistent theme of this timely and inspiring book.

Metropolis Asia - New forum focusing on migration in Asia

This important conference was organised by Metropolis International, Monash University, the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and hosted by the Monash University Sunway Campus in Kuala Lumpur.

Mapping Social Cohesion 2009

Conducted in 2009 by the Scanlon Foundation in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation

Bridging the Gap Online Photo Exhibition

This photographic exhibition stemmed from the Bridging the Gap project, an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and is proudly supported by the Australian Government's National Action Plan funding program.

Our Community: Journeys to Australia

The Oxford Literacy Journeys titles feature the stories of children, their families and their belongings as they journey from all parts of the world to make their new home in Australia. They also include traditional tales from the families’ respective homelands.

The Huddle

The Huddle is a joint initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club, the Scanlon Foundation, and the Australian Multicultural Foundation. It is an innovative educational and community facility embedded within the North Melbourne Football Club.

Providing Culturally Appropriate and Inclusive Aged Care

The Australian Multicultural Foundation in partnership with UnitingCare Ageing NSW has developed a manual titled Providing Culturally Appropriate and Inclusive Aged Care. The manual provides increased understanding through information, practical activities and case study analysis.

Mapping Social Cohesion - The Scanlon Foundation Survey Summary Report

Mapping Social Cohesion - The Scanlon Foundation Survey Summary Report

The Full summary report can be viewed or downloaded. The report is available to download as an 5.6mB Acrobat (pdf) file.