Multicultural Access and Equity

The National Archives of Australia is committed to understanding Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population in order to build a more productive and socially cohesive Australia for all of us. As an Australian Government agency, the National Archives is responsible for developing and delivering policies, programs and services that are accessible by all Australians, responsive to their needs, and deliver equitable outcomes regardless of their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

The National Archives 2016-17 Multicultural Access and Equity report included specific agency initiatives of outreach immigration touring exhibitions, a joint National Archives and Australian Historical Association scholarship being awarded for Chinese merchants thesis work, visiting international delegations and cultural tours for diplomatic corps.

Initiatives for 2017-19 focus on exhibitions, projects featuring shared documentary history with partner countries and providing greater web-based access for linguistically diverse clients.

The Department of Home Affairs has lead responsibility for coordinating the Australian Government's Multicultural Access and Equity policy and details on this can be found here.