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Office of Multicultural Interests Strategic Plan 2014–2018

Western Australia is one of the most culturally diverse States in Australia and has prospered and benefited from its diversity. The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) works to assist the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and the State Government to achieve the full potential of our multiculturalism.

OMI’s Strategic Plan 2014–2018 was developed through consultations with CaLD communities, government and non-government organisations, business and industry groups, young people and the Minister’s Multicultural Advisory Council. Further input was gathered through two online surveys—one for the general public and the other for young people—and through written submissions responding to a discussion paper.

Content of the plan was also informed by a review of international and national literature that helped identify three key issues as a focus for the consultations: managing ‘super diversity’, social cohesion, and economic and social benefits.

The Strategic Plan focuses on four main objectives:

  1. To strengthen the capacity of culturally diverse communities.
  2. To support the development of culturally inclusive policies, programs and services.
  3. To facilitate full participation by culturally and linguistically diverse communities in social, economic, cultural and civic activities.
  4. To develop intercultural understanding and promote the benefits of Western Australia’s cultural diversity.

The Western Australian government proudly acknowledges and celebrates our cultural diversity as one of our State’s great strengths and plans actively for a future that captures its potential.

The OMI Strategic Plan 2014–2018 guides our progress towards achieving this potential.

Our Vision

An inclusive and cohesive society which draws on its cultural and linguistic diversity to enhance the social, economic, cultural and civic development of Western Australia and the wellbeing of all community members.

Our values

Diversity
We value cultural diversity, recognise and promote its benefits and are responsive to the needs of Western Australia’s diverse community.

Respect
We are respectful in our interactions and encourage mutual respect between groups and individuals in our community.

Leadership
We demonstrate leadership in multicultural interests and recognise the leadership and capacity in our culturally diverse communities.

Fairness and Integrity
We are ethical, fair, equitable, open and transparent in our work.

Collaboration
We build and nurture relationships, collaboration and partnerships between government, non-government, business and the community sectors to achieve outcomes that strengthen culturally diverse communities, individually and collectively.

Excellence
We strive for excellence and are committed to making a positive difference that benefits all Western Australians.