Queensland Government

The Multicultural Queensland Charter (Charter) is an important statement enshrined in legislation as part of the Multicultural Recognition Act 2016. The Charter outlines eight principles that promote Queensland as a unified, harmonious and inclusive community.

It’s about embracing our past and building an even better future.

For some, many of the Charter principles are already a welcome part of everyday life. For others, they may represent an aspiration for the future.

What is undeniable is the positive effect that adopting the Charter will have on businesses and organisations, and the people within them.

That's why the Queensland Government established the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador Program – to empower Queensland’s leading corporations, institutions and organisations to embed the Multicultural Queensland Charter within their workforce and business practices.

Diversity

The Diversity Council of Australia defines cultural diversity as ‘the variation between people in terms of how they identify on a range of dimensions including ancestry, ethnicity, ethno-religiosity, language, national origin, race and/or religion.’

Inherent in any approach towards diversity is the need to recognise that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are not homogenous. There are many different cultural and ethnic groups, with considerable diversity within each of these groups. Many factors have an effect on a person’s identity such as age, gender and sexual orientation.

Inclusion

Beyond ensuring a level playing field for everyone, inclusion ‘occurs when a diversity of people (e.g. of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders) feel valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to improve their organisation.’ (Diversity Council of Australia, 2019).

‘Diversity is being asked to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.’ – Verna Myers VP of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix and Founder, The Vernā Myers Company

Useful links and further reading

Data

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics for data by region
  • Search Diversity Queensland is an engaging, educational and interactive online tool

Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

The content in this section is intended as a guide only and was prepared with the assistance of Cultural Perspectives Pty Ltd.