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Multicultural affairs

Learn how we continue to sustain our national unity in cultural diversity

Bringing Australians together


The Australian Government is funding AUD71 million package of social cohesion initiatives to create a stronger, more cohesive Australia that will:

  • encourage and support new arrivals to actively become part of and contribute to Australia’s economic and social development
  • build interfaith and intercultural understanding through sport, in classrooms, cultural institutions and through community-driven programs and outreach
  • encourage a diversity of perspectives in the public debate and promote resilience against harmful and divisive messages, particularly those that promote violence

This package invests in programs that embrace Australia’s multicultural diversity and help all communities become actively part of, and benefit from, Australia’s economic and social development.

The components of the package are:

  • AUD7.3 million for the Fostering Integration Grants Program to help local community organisations assist migrants to integrate into life in Australia.
  • AUD10 million for the Community Languages Schools Multicultural Grants Program to help more young Australians to learn another language and connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community.
  • AUD20.2 million for the National Community Hubs Program and AUD2.2 million for a National Youth Hubs Trial, providing place-based support to help migrants with school-aged children and young people (aged 13-21) to connect with their community.
  • AUD19.6 million for Implementing Sport 2030 for a range of initiatives to support Australian sport and the role it plays in promoting social inclusion.
  • AUD9.5 million under the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity to community organisations with a record of delivering successful grassroots programs to enhance integration, mutual understanding and respect for diversity.
  • AUD1.8 million for digital initiatives through the Enhanced Community Engagement program to help people to understand and counter online hate.
  • AUD0.6 million to evaluate Australia’s existing social cohesion measures, to guide our successful policies and programs into the future

Details on the components of the package are below.

Fostering Integration Grants Scheme

The Australian Government acknowledges the important role that grassroots and community organisations play in building social cohesion in Australia.

The Fostering Integration Grants Scheme will help local community organisations to deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding – assisting them to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life, while promoting Australian values.

The Government is committed to a multicultural Australia. Integration is critical to our success as a culturally diverse nation, building cohesive and more resilient communities. 

An integrated and cohesive multicultural Australia includes migrants who:

  • have the capacity to communicate in English, the national language of Australia
  • actively participate in Australian society through work, school, sport or other community activities
  • embrace Australian values and abide by Australian laws
  • are gainfully employed
  • are resilient in times of crisis
  • have social networks that cross ethnic and religious groups
  • are welcomed and supported by the broader Australian community

The primary groups targeted by the program include newly-arrived migrants and emerging ethnic communities, with a particular focus on women and young people. However, the activities can include all Australian citizens and residents who contribute to maintaining social cohesion and defining our national identity.

Subscribe to the Community Grants Hub mailing list to make sure you are notified when new grant opportunities become available.

Fostering Integration Grants 2019

The Australian Government announced $2.3 million for the 2019 Fostering Integration Grants program. Grants of between $5,000 and $60,000 are available across Australia.

The round is now open for applications and will close on 5 November 2019, 11 pm AEDT.  

Successful projects are expected to commence in April 2020 and be completed before 30 June 2021.

Who can apply

Organisations must be not-for-profit, legally registered in Australia and one of the following:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust

Priority will be given to:

  • small not-for-profit organisations directly representing a multicultural community, or
  • organisations who are able to demonstrate they are connected to and have a physical presence in a multicultural community
What can you apply for

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • festivals or cultural events,
  • social activities between established and emerging communities
  • workshops increasing the capacity of youth leaders to engage and support their peers
  • creative arts projects to unite diverse communities
  • work experience to migrants to help overcome employment barriers
  • using sport to increase social interaction between different cultural groups
  • linking socially isolated migrants through innovative digital platforms
How to apply

Complete the online application form available at GrantConnect or the Community Grants Hub website.

Printable version of the above information is available: Fostering Integration Grants 2019

Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program

The Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program will provide funding to eligible community language schools to help students learn and use another other languages and connect young Australians to languages and cultures of their ancestors. Community language schools play an increasingly important role in helping to build strong communities and strengthen social cohesion through language tuition and cultural understanding.

The Community Language Multicultural Grants Program aims to:

  • support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English
  • connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community
  • enhance cross-cultural awareness and respect for cultural diversity

Subscribe to the Community Grants Hub mailing list to make sure you are notified when new grant opportunities become available.

Community Languages Multicultural Grants 2019

The Australian Government announced $10 million over two years for the Community Languages Multicultural Grants.

The program will comprise two discrete streams:

Stream 1: Per-capita funding

Per capita grant to help cover school operating costs. All eligible community language schools will receive funding based on eligible student numbers. 

Stream 2: Project funding

Eligible community language schools can apply for up to $25,000 for a project grant to develop resources or training to benefit the community language sector more broadly. This is an open competitive process.

Who can apply

Organisations must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Under Stream 2, applications from organisations applying as a consortium will be prioritised. Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsement for their proposed project from either the national peak body or a state and territory peak body relating to community languages.

What can you apply for?

Stream 1 eligible expenditures include:

  • wages or allowances to individuals teaching language classes
  • purchase of teaching materials and resources
  • stationery, photocopying
  • educational equipment or technology
  • school administration costs
  • professional development courses

Stream 2 eligible expenditures include development of:

  • curriculum or units of work
  • teaching materials and resources
  • professional development programs
  • innovative projects using digital platforms to improve technology resources for the classroom
How to apply

For information on the grants, visit GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub .

You can also subscribe to be notified of upcoming grant opportunities on the community grants website.

Printable version of the above information is available: Community Languages Multicultural Grants 2019

Watch the video presentation below.

Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program 2019 - video presentation

The Australian Government has committed $10 million to a new grants program that will support community language schools build multilingual and cultural competency in young Australians.

The Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program comprises two discrete categories of funding – Stream One and Stream Two.

Stream One will open before the end of the calendar year. Through Stream One, the Government is providing per capita grants to help cover school operating costs.

Under Stream One, all community language schools that apply for a grant and meet all eligibility criteria will receive funding based on student numbers, capped at a maximum of $30,000 per community language school, per year.

In the Stream Two grant round, which is expected to open in early 2020, up to $25,000 will be provided per grant for the development of resources or training that benefit the community language sector more broadly.

As this is a competitive funding process, we encourage community language schools to form partnerships with the broader community to develop innovative projects.

Project endorsement from relevant peak bodies is also recommended.

For more information about the Program and how to apply, visit www.grants.gov.au or www.communitygrants.gov.au

Information is also being provided at face to face presentations across the country during December and January.

National Community Hubs

The Australian Government’s investment in National Community Hubs is administered by the Department of Social Services.

National Community Hubs are based in primary schools and community centres across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, with many located in areas with high cultural diversity or low socio-economic status.

The Hubs create familiar, local spaces for migrant and refugee women and their families to learn English, develop new skills, find employment, and access programs and services provided by Commonwealth, State/Territory and local governments.

This new investment will see 32 new Hubs created and fund the continuation of 68 existing Hubs, bringing the total number of Government funded Hubs to 100.

The funding allocated for a National Youth Hubs Program trial will target hard to reach migrant and refugee women (mothers) and young people aged 13-21, in areas of either high social disadvantage, high migrant population or both. Up to 25 Youth Hubs will be established on a rolling basis over 2019-2021 as the model is developed and locations are determined.

Implementing Sport 2030 – driving social inclusion through sport and physical activity

The Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity investment will be managed by the Department of Health and administered by the Department of Social Services Community Grants Hub. This Australian Government investment will see an expansion in the role that Australian sport plays in promoting social inclusion and improving health outcomes.

Grants will be allocated to National Sporting Organisations, local community organisations and community groups for diversity and inclusion programs delivered through sport and physical activities.

Subscribe to the Community Grants Hub mailing list to make sure you are notified when new grant opportunities become available.

Strong and Resilient Communities Activity

The Strong and Resilient Communities Activity aims to build strong, resilient, cohesive and harmonious communities to ensure that individuals, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive, be free from intolerance and discrimination, and have the capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.

Further information is available at Department of Social Services website.

Enhanced Community Engagement program

The Government is funding two initiatives under the Enhanced Community Engagement program

  • DIGI Engage – an energising and empowering technology-based event for young people to explore identity, diversity and leadership to combat extremism and hate speech online.
  • Voice Accelerator 2.0 – a project designed to:
    • enhance the capacity of individuals to address extremism online by engaging individuals from a variety of ethnic and religious communities across Australia to broaden the reach of voices that support a socially cohesive Australia
    •  supporting those individuals to increase their social media skills to extend that network of positive voices
    • providing training and support for those individuals to counter divisive discourse, particularly those messages that encourage hate and violence, as well as encourage and promote critical thinking