C22 - ACT Multicultural Strategy 2010-2013

Directorate activites that related to the ACT Multicultural Strategy 2010–13 included the following. For more details on these activities, please see Section A9.

Languages

Accessibility

All major publications contain accessibility information detailing access to large print and audio format, TTY typewriter services and interpreter services.

Place names

The Place Names Unit within the Office of the Surveyor General and Land Information proposes names for public places, including roads, to the Minister in accordance with the Public Place Names Act 1989. The ACT Place Names Committee includes a multicultural representative, currently John Kalokerinos, to help ensure the multicultural contribution to Australia is represented in Canberra’s place naming.

Outreach energy and water efficiency program

The Outreach energy and water efficiency program assists residents receiving low incomes who need to save energy and water and are in financial hardship. In 2012–13 approximately 14% of the contact persons for the 1075 households assisted by the program identified themselves as coming from a culturally or linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

Children and Young People

Canberra Integrated Urban Waterways:

The Canberra Integrated Urban Waterways program continued to engage with school, university groups and other youth groups that include people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The program has continued to support the learning opportunities offered by the Understanding Canberra’s Constructed Wetlands 2010 curriculum. Numerous presentations in the classroom and in the field were conducted to support teachers to deliver the curriculum.

Strategic Cycle Network Plan

Strategic planning of the Canberra cycle network is underway. One of the aims of the plan is to improve the safety of the network and create more direct routes to places. This will enable all children and young people to cycle and participate more confidently in educational, social and recreational activities.

Older People and Aged Care

Community transport

The Community Transport Study commenced in 2012–13 and will be completed by mid-2014. It is investigating measures to enhance the operations of community transport which facilitates individual and group travel, often door-to-door, to people who do not have ready access to a private motor vehicle and who have difficulty using public transport or standard taxi services. 312

Women

International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2013, the Director-General acknowledged International Women’s Day and acknowledged the value and contribution made by the Directorate’s female employees to the workplace, their families and the community.

Transport for Canberra

The actions contained in Transport for Canberra aim to deliver an accessible, integrated transport system where it is as safe and easy to walk, cycle and catch public transport as it is to drive. Work on the Strategic Cycle Network Plan and Capital Metro light rail planning will enable access to employment, education, health care services and recreational facilities, enabling healthy lifestyles, community participation and economic security and opportunities.

Intercultural Harmony and Religious Acceptance

A Taste of Harmony

The Directorate publicised A Taste of Harmony in its fortnightly newsletter to staff. A Taste of Harmony celebrates diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds. A Taste of Harmony is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, which took place during the week of 18-24 March 2013 and coincided with National Harmony Day on 21 March 2013.