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Part 1—Preliminary

Part 1 Preliminary


1   Short title

                   This Act is the Australian Multicultural Act 2018 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.


Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3




1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.


2.  Sections 3 to 37

The later of:

(a) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) the day after the Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated to fund the establishment of the Australian Multicultural Commission.


Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act:

accountable authority has the same meaning as in the PGPA Act.

Australia’s multicultural policy : see section 10.

Commission means the body corporate established under section 15 under the name Australian Multicultural Commission.

Commonwealth company has the same meaning as in the PGPA Act.

Commonwealth conduct means:

                     (a)  conduct engaged in by or on behalf of any of the following:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth;

                             (ii)  a Commonwealth entity;

                            (iii)  the Government of a Territory;

                            (iv)  a Territory authority; or

                     (b)  conduct engaged in in accordance with a Commonwealth law or a Territory law; or

                     (c)  conduct engaged in within a Territory.

Commonwealth entity has the same meaning as in the PGPA Act.

corporate Commonwealth entity has the same meaning as in the PGPA Act.

inquiry means an inquiry under Division 3 of Part 5.

intelligence agency has the same meaning as in the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

law means any of the following (or a provision of any of the following):

                     (a)  an Act;

                     (b)  regulations, or any other instrument, made under an Act;

                     (c)  any other legislation that applies as a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory because of an Act, or because of regulations or an instrument referred to in paragraph (b).

multicultural policy application order : see subsection 12(1).

PGPA Act means the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 .

4   Objects of this Act

                   The objects of this Act are as follows:

                     (a)  to promote full participation by Australia’s diverse communities in the social, cultural, economic and political life of Australia;

                     (b)  to promote access by Australia’s diverse communities to services made available by governments and other bodies;

                     (c)  to encourage all of Australia’s diverse communities to retain and express their social identity and cultural inheritance and to promote mutual respect;

                     (d)  to promote cooperation between bodies concerned with multicultural affairs and diversity;

                     (e)  to promote unity, understanding and harmony among Australia’s diverse communities;

                      (f)  to promote a better understanding of Australia’s diverse communities;

                     (g)  to promote the social, cultural and economic benefits of diversity;

                     (h)  to promote community service as a principle that builds a stronger society.

5   Simplified outline of this Act

This Act enshrines the principles of multiculturalism and diversity, establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and outlines annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities.

Part 2 of the Act provides for how the Act will apply in Australia and for the constitutional basis of the Act.

Australia’s multicultural policy is set out in Part 3 of the Act. This Act provides a legislative basis for that policy.

Part 4 of the Act requires Commonwealth entities to give effect to Australia’s multicultural policy and makes provision for the Minister to direct corporate Commonwealth entities and Commonwealth companies to apply aspects of Australia’s multicultural policy. This Part also contains reporting requirements to ensure transparency.

Part 5 of the Act provides for the establishment and operation of the Australian Multicultural Commission. The Commission may conduct inquires on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister and report the outcomes of those inquiries to the Minister. The Minister must table the reports in both Houses of Parliament, and publish the reports.

Part 6 of the Act provides for miscellaneous matters.