15 Apr 2019

The South Australian Government is reviewing and modernising its key piece of multicultural legislation and would like to hear from you.

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Our state’s population and multicultural landscape have changed significantly since the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980 came into effect.

The review of the Act provides an opportunity to set a foundation for new multicultural policy that reflects the state’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, recognises the valuable contribution of our diverse communities and supports the development of culturally responsive government services.

The legislative review will:

  • explore options for expanding the scope and purpose of the legislation to enshrine multicultural policy directions
  • review the functions and powers of the Commission and ensure its title reflects this
  • review the appointment of Commission members
  • contemporise the language used in the Act.

A discussion paper, Multicultural Legislative Review 2019, has been developed to support consultations with stakeholders and the community. The discussion paper suggests ways to improve and modernise the legislation and presents a series of questions for South Australians to consider and provide feedback on.

A series of community forums will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia. These forums are a chance for all members of the community to attend a face to face engagement session.

Multicultural Affairs will also be inviting key stakeholders to attend consultation workshops.

On the YourSAy website, you can find out more about how you can get involved, register to attend a community forum, complete the online survey or join the online discussion.

The consultation is open from Monday 15 April 2019 and will close on Monday 3 June 2019.

Learn more about the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019.