Annual report 2003 - 2004
Department of the Chief Minister
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50 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S MULTICULTURAL ADVANCEMENT OVERVIEW The offices mission is to assist migrants and people of ethnic origin to maximise their participation in the social, cultural and economic development of the Northern Territory. HIGHLIGHTS Represented the Territory at national meetings and forums on multicultural and immigration issues, such as the Standing Committee Council for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the Skilled Migration Working Party and the National Round Table to examine diversity issues in the Family Court of Australia. Launched the inaugural Multicultural Awards which are designed to recognise and celebrate people, organisations and projects/ initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution towards advancing multiculturalism and counteracting racism in the Territory. The winners of the awards were announced by the Minister at Parliament House on 21 June 2004. Commenced development of a language services policy for Government agencies. Developed the Ethnic Communities Facilities Development Program and obtained Government approval for a three year program funded at $500 000 per annum. The Minister announced the new program on 16 May 2004. Provided comprehensive briefings for Government and the Minister on multicultural and immigration issues, including the annual Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the operation of the Northern Territory Interpreter and Translator Service (NTITS) and the Ethnic Affairs Sponsorship Program. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Preserving and building a socially cohesive Territory Facilitating the directions and priorities of Government Leadership of cross-agency coordination NATURE OF CONTRIBUTION Review, research, develop and implement policies, programs and Government initiatives such as the Multicultural Policy, Language Services Policy, Multicultural Awards, Ethnic Communities Facility Development Program and the operation of the Northern Territory Interpreter and Translator Service and the Ethnic Affairs Sponsorship Program. Prepared the Territorys submission on the formulation of the 2004-2005 Migration and Humanitarian Programs. Assisted in the development of the Territorys Business and Skilled Migration Strategy. Participated in Commonwealth/State/Territory Working Parties on Skilled Migration, Community Harmony, Recognition of Overseas Qualifications and the National Round Table to examine diversity issues in the Family Court of Australia. Chinese Lion Group performing in the Great Hall of Parliament House.