Multicultural Policy and Action Plan

'Our story, our future' is the Queensland Government's Multicultural Policy (PDF, 3 MB) promoting an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.


The Multicultural Policy focuses the Queensland Government's commitment for people from culturally diverse backgrounds and for Queensland as a whole across 3 priorities:

  1. achieving culturally responsive government
  2. supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities
  3. improving economic opportunities.

By focusing on these priorities, the Queensland Government will support equality of opportunity for all Queenslanders and harness the remarkable benefits cultural diversity offers.

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs Queensland is required to release a Multicultural Action Plan as required by Sections 20 and 21 of the Multicultural Recognition Act 2016.

The current Queensland Multicultural Action Plan (PDF, 3.4 MB) which spans 2022–23 to 2023–24 builds on outcomes achieved under the first and second Multicultural Action Plans. This plan focuses on six actions to build the economy and community, provide better access to interpreters, and improve cultural diversity data to enhance service delivery. It will continue to drive Queensland Government action to support an environment of opportunity and achieve improved social and economic outcomes for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Public reporting on action plan

The Multicultural Recognition Act 2016 requires all government agencies to report publicly on their actions in the plan and provide a summary of their progress every year. This allows the community to track how the government is achieving positive change, and provides a picture of where we need to make changes to investment or services.

Links to government agencies' 2022–23 reports on the second Multicultural Action Plan are listed below.

2022–23 agency reports

Progress under previous Action Plans

Resources to improve cultural and linguistic diversity

Find out how you can help build an inclusive workplace culture that respects and values the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Join a Board

In both the second (PDF, 501 KB) and third (PDF, 3.4 MB) Multicultural Queensland Action Plans, the Queensland Government committed to increasing diversity of all forms on Queensland Government boards.

The Diversity and Inclusion on Boards toolkit (PDF, 1.9 MB) and Diversity on Boards Action Plan Template (PDF, 152 KB) have been designed to provide useful information, practical strategies and tools to assist in increasing participation and representation of all forms of diversity. A diversity of representation on Queensland Government boards means that Queensland benefits from the wealth of experience, knowledge and innovative ideas of all Queenslanders.

Potential candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to join the Queensland Register of Nominees to be considered for future Queensland Government board and committee positions.

Making the most of the skills and experiences of migrants and refugees

The landmark Deloitte Access Economics report, Seizing the opportunity: Making the most of the skills and experience of migrants and refugees, explores the economic and social opportunity from the better utilisation of skills and experience of migrants and refugees in Queensland.