Culturally and linguistically diverse groups

We aim to provide an inclusive working environment that respects and values the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 

Actions in the inclusion and diversity strategy specifically relating to culturally and linguistically diverse groups:

  • exploring opportunities to improve service delivery through enhanced use of bi-lingual staff
  • developing and implementing information sessions and collateral for working with and attracting a diverse workforce
  • creating a cultural capability e-learning package to provide a consistent sector-wide approach.

The Queensland Government is currently developing a new Multicultural Policy and Action Plan, required under the Queensland Multicultural Recognition Act 2016. The plan will outline desired outcomes and actions to support equality of opportunity for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.


Queensland is home to people from more than 220 countries, who speak more than 220 languages and hold more than 100 religious beliefs.

Within the Queensland public sector:

  • 9.23% are from a non-English speaking background
  • 5.19% are migrants and a further 4.01% are children of migrants
  • 68.21% of non-English speaking background employees are women
  • non-English speaking background employees have greater representation at the higher salary levels and professional roles than their English speaking background counterparts.

 Source: Diversity and inclusion in the Queensland public sector 2014 (PDF, 1.44 MB)

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