Roles and functions

The functions of Multicultural Affairs are consistent with those outlined in the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980, which are to:

  • increase awareness and understanding of the ethnic diversity of the South Australian community and the implications of that diversity
  • advise the Government and public authorities on, and assist them in, all matters relating to multiculturalism and ethnic affairs.

The functions of Multicultural Affairs also include:

  • improving the accessibility and responsiveness of government services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • fostering a coordinated approach to multicultural affairs across government, including with respect to the settlement of new arrivals
  • supporting and promoting the social, cultural, economic and political participation of culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • promoting the benefits of cultural diversity and fostering community harmony
  • informing, supporting and consulting with multicultural community organisations and promoting cooperation among groups involved in multicultural affairs
  • supporting multicultural community festivals and events; supporting and recommending special initiatives for groups such as multicultural youth, women, older people, LGBTIQ people, volunteers and people with disability
  • providing information to the wider community on cultural and linguistic diversity in South Australia and all matters related to multiculturalism.