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If you’re raising bilingual children, there are many resources that can help. This page provides links to bilingual, multilingual and multicultural resources across Australia.

Australia wide

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Information in your language
Visit this page for links to the Department’s translated publications about its payments and services.

Harmony Day
Harmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC)
The NEMBC advocates for and supports ethnic and multicultural community broadcasting and media diversity in Australia. It tries to help people connect with their ancestry, language and culture. It promotes multiculturalism and aims to counter racism in Australia.

SBS Radio
SBS is Australia’s multicultural broadcaster. SBS Radio broadcasts in 74 different languages. Its channels and programs offer news, sport, music and more.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Bilingual Education Alliance (ACTBEA)
ACTBEA is a non-for-profit community group that supports bilingualism in the Canberra region. ACTBEA promotes family-based bilingualism as well as formal bilingual education programs.

New South Wales

City of Sydney – Multicultural communities
The City of Sydney offers various multicultural programs and initiatives, including festivals, events and specific services. For example, the City’s library network has several community language collections.

Ethnic Communities’ Council (ECC) of NSW
The ECC is the peak body for all culturally and linguistically diverse communities in New South Wales. It undertakes a range of activities to improve services for members of the state’s ethnic communities.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Government – Multicultural communities
Visit this page for links to multicultural affairs, community profiles, grants, services, scholarships and events in the Northern Territory.

Queensland

Queensland Government Department of Communities – Multicultural resource directory
The Directory offers a comprehensive listing of more than 900 key organisations with an ethnic community focus in Queensland. These include media outlets, schools, community, non-government and government organisations and agencies, and migrant service organisations.

Queensland Government – Other languages 
Visit this page for links to the Government’s translated publications about its payments and services.

South Australia

Multicultural Communities Council of SA
The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak body for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia.

Tasmania

Tasmanian Government – Multicultural Access Point
The Multicultural Access Point (MAP) site is a directory of information and services for migrants and former humanitarian entrants in Tasmania, including information on interpreting services, housing and accommodation, health, community, education, money, transport and settlement support.

Victoria

Ethnic Communities’ Council (ECC) of Victoria
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria. It links ethnic communities, government and the wider community in Victoria and promotes a just, fair and inclusive community in which all Victorians can participate.

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
The VMC is the voice of Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and is the main link between them and the Victorian Government. The VMC’s advice helps the Government develop policy and deliver services to Victoria’s culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse society.

Western Australia

Bilingual Families Perth 
Bilingual Families Perth is a not-for-profit network of linguistically diverse people in Western Australia. The network connects and supports over 500 families and individuals from more than 40 language backgrounds. It also works with professionals who share information on bilingualism.

Government of Western Australia Department of Local Government and Communities – Office of Multicultural Interests 
The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) advises the WA Government and provides information, advice, funding, training and support that helps communities maintain and share their diverse cultures and participate actively in all aspects of life in Western Australia.

You can find more links in our multicultural services article.

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Last updated or reviewed
04-11-2016

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