In May 2016, 23 young Australians from CALD backgrounds came together for the Australian Youth Leadership Program: Champions for Innovation Forum (the Forum), to discuss the impact of Domestic Violence on young people. The Forum was hosted by the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) and supported by the Scanlon Foundation. Representatives of the Department of Social Services were present at the Forum and contributed at the event.
The Communique was developed from 6 months of intensive consultation and research conducted by the participants, who suggested that more could be done to address ways to empower young people from CALD backgrounds in dealing with issues relating to domestic violence in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children. Aiming to address this gap, the Communique identifies four distinct areas to be addressed to tackle domestic violence and assist young people from diverse cultural backgrounds affected by or concerned by issues of domestic violence.
Ten of the twenty-three young people from the Australian Youth Leadership Program: Champions of Innovation were selected to travel to Canberra and present the final Communique at Parliament House. On the 17th of August 2017, the Communique was presented at Parliament House to the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon. Zed Seselja, who congratulated them on their excellent and thorough work in developing the final document.