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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Western Australian society is rich in cultural and linguistic diversity. At the time of the last Census WA had the largest proportion of overseas born residents compared to the other Australian states. 531,747 people or 27 per cent of WA’s population were born overseas. People from over 200 countries live, work and study in WA. 26,629 people living in Perth and Mandurah spoke a language other than English at home and did not have good English language skills.

Being able to participate in the social, economic and cultural life of the community helps people overcome feelings of isolation that many recently arrived immigrants and refugees experience. Access to English language courses, translation and interpreter services as well as education and training are fundamental to helping people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds fully participate in the West Australian community. A fair society is built on mutual respect, social inclusion and an environment free of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of race, language, religion, ethnicity or culture.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Publications

  1. Submission to Public Sector Commission Review of organisations under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (March 2014)
    file (536.25 KB)
  2. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities - WACOSS Issues Paper 2011-12
    file (395.25 KB)
  3. WACOSS Building Networks, Aug 2006
    file (143.25 KB)
  4. State Budget 2006/07 Information Sheet – Multicultural Issues, May 2006
    file (30.93 KB)
  5. State Budget 2005/06 Information Sheet Groups Facing Particular Disadvantage – Indigenous & Multicultural Issues, May 2005
    file (31.55 KB)


Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia