The Multicultural Council of Tasmania was originally known as the Ethnic Communities Council of Tasmania. It was established in 1978 as a voluntary, non-government, community based organisation. The Council is a broadly based, state-wide, peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural communities in Tasmania. The Council has a volunteer executive and chairperson. The Office is staffed on a part-time basis.
For over 25 years the Multicultural Council of Tasmania has remained the principal liaison point between ethnic communities, government and the wider community in Tasmania. The Council has been a key voice for people from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, and a player in building Tasmania as a successful, harmonious and multicultural community.
A more detailed history of the Multicultural Council was prepared by Kumar Edirweera for the 25th Anniversary of the organisation in 2004. To read more please click here.
The Council would like to thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet for an annual grant which supports the work of the Council and enables us to have a part-time officer employed. From time to time, the Council also receives grants for particular projects of benefit to Tasmanian migrants.
Mission, Vision Statements
To be central in a culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse, tolerant, inclusive and multicultural society.
Our mission, as a non-politically aligned peak body, is to represent culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities and advocate their individual and collective needs to Federal, State and Local Governments and the community and give strength to diversity and tolerance in a multicultural society.
The key principles that guide our organisation and professional actions are, as follows:
We respect the individual and value difference and diversity
We are committed to openness, communication, participation and building relationships to gain unity and find common ground on issues
We value tolerance, compassion and equity