The Department of Justice Multicultural Plan 2015-2018 was launched on Monday 15 June at NSW Parliament House by the Secretary of the Department of Justice, Andrew Cappie-Wood. It is the first Department-wide Plan, incorporating ongoing strategies from Corrective Services NSW and Juvenile Justice.
Included in the document are strategies to maintain and improve service delivery outwardly to multicultural communities, as well as internally to support the Department's culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse workforce.
As part of the development of the Plan, a community consultation was held in September 2014 attended by around 70 individuals representing a range of community views. The Plan now provides for the same consultation process to be conducted annually. As well, the Department will set up a Justice Multicultural Advisory Council comprised of ten community members. The Council will be responsible for providing the Department with feedback and advice on development and delivery of programs and services to multicultural communities.
Acting Manager of Diversity Services, Yasmin Hunter, said, "by the end of the Plan in 2018 we want to see our ongoing and positive relationship with multicultural communities and the multicultural sector maintained and improved. Our success will be measured by feedback on ease of access to our information and uptake of our services which are well targeted and received."
Actions against the Plan focus on more information delivered in community languages and a bigger emphasis on community engagement.
Images: Brendan Thomas, Deputy Secretary Justice Strategy and Policy and Yasmin Hunter, Acting Manager Diversity Services at centre with members of the Council for Pacific Communities and the Cook Island Council.