The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) produces a range of publications to advise, educate and inform on subjects related to cultural diversity.
Publications include reports, planning guides for local governments, policy documents and snapshots of WA's cultural diversity.
These publications are all available for download.
Diversifying Boards—Your cultural advantage can help you assess your board readiness and learn about how to pursue a board role. It includes information about boards, what being a board member involves and resources that you can access to help you on your journey to board membership.
OMI has prepared three maps that you can use to help you discover some of Perth’s abundant and diverse heritage.
This guide to event management planning is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide that has been created to assist culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community groups with preparing their event
Western Australia (WA) is becoming increasingly culturally diverse and some of its multicultural communities are ageing rapidly. Australian Bureau of Statistics(ABS) data from the 2011 Census reveals that Western Australian seniors (aged 65 years and over) from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds made up almost one-fifth (18.3 per cent) of the State’s total population
Funding forum presentations
As communities become increasingly diverse, local governments must be able to respond to a broad range of needs and issues. In November 2014, OMI collaborated with local governments in Rockingham, Mandurah, Cockburn and Kwinana to facilitate a series of roundtables.
The consultations gathered feedback from multicultural communities on the issues that are of concern to them. The Commonwealth Department of Social Services was also a key partner.
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.
The policy seeks to ensure that in a linguistically diverse community, limited competence in the English language is not a barrier to accessing services. Western Australians who may require assistance to communicate effectively include people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds.
As part of the background for developing its 2014–2018 Strategic Plan, the Office of Multicultural Interests held four consultation forums. This report details the results of the consultations and other information-gathering strategies.
Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
- Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: a guide for the Western Australian Public Sector
The People of Western Australia—Statistics from the 2011 Census
- The People of Western Australia
- The People of Western Australia Vol 1
- The People of Western Australia Vol 2
Produced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), The People of Australia series provides detailed statistics on a range of demographic features for every local government area in Australia.
WA Community Profiles
The 2011 community profiles are provided below in PDF format.
Go to the WA Community Profiles web page at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_diversity_statistics.cfm to download the community profiles.
Other helpful publications
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) have updated the very useful ‘Face the Facts’ publication. The booklet addresses some prevailing myths concerning immigration, refugees and Indigenous peoples by presenting the basic facts.
Madina Village Community Services has published the Western Australian Health Care Provider's Handbook on Muslim Patients. The handbook aims to support health care providers by building their knowledge of the needs of Muslim patients and to answer some of the common questions about Muslim patients and the religious practices of Islam which affect health care.