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Minister's Advisory Council for Multicultural Affairs first meeting

10 Oct 2014

The Minister’s Advisory Council for Multicultural Affairs (MACMA) met for the very first time in Darwin last night at Parliament House.

The MACMA was formed earlier this year to provide a voice for the multicultural community and a direct link to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The 15 members represented the broader community, including the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Inc and the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory.

The primary role of the MACMA is to;

  • Advise the Minister on matters that are of interest including emerging issues facing the multicultural community.
  • Explore and discuss how the needs of the community can be effectively met by service providers and;
  • Direct specific tasks to the relevant working groups as determined, to address issues of interest for the migrant and multicultural community.

MAC-MA will provide advice on the participation of migrants and the promotion of cultural diversity in the Northern Territory’s social, economic and civic life.

The Council will bring together ideas and strategies on matters of importance to the multicultural community. The notions and opinions put forward will assist in improving policy outcomes which impact our multicultural community.