The Multicultural Access Point is a fantastic compilation of many different services and resources provided by both public and private organisations.
Other useful links for people looking to access multicultural resources and information in Tasmania:
Equal Opportunity Tasmania: contact for discrimination issues
Fair Work Ombudsman: contact for workplace issues
The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia: advocacy body, contact us first if you live in Tasmania.
The Australian Red Cross Tasmania: support services to migrants, people in need and emergency response.
Beyond Blue: contact if you or someone you know has symptoms of depression
Hobart Women’s Shelter: contact if you are experiencing domestic violence or you are a woman in need of emergency housing.
Migrant Resource Centre Southern Tasmania: contact if you are a new migrant to Australia living in the south of Tasmania.
Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania: contact if you are a new migrant to Australia living in the north of Tasmania.
MyGov (Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support): access to register for Centrelink, Medicare or child support.
Service Tasmania: access to pay car registration, register for a licence test, or pay licence renewal.
Racism. It Stops With Me: access for information about what to do if you experience racism or would like resources about discrimination.
Second Bite : contact if you are in need of food.
Sexual Health Tasmania: visit for a free sexual health check up.
Volunteering Tasmania: contact if you would like to volunteer.
Bi-Cultural Community Health Program: a state-wide support and training program for new arrivals to Tasmania. Also assists in the elimination of potentially harmful traditional health practices such as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.
Hobart Human Library: contact to organise for a Human Book to visit your workplace.
Hobart Women’s Health Centre: contact for women’s health options.
Students Against Racism: contact to organise a Students Against Racism performance at your workplace.
Tasmanian Council of Social Service: peak body for community services sector.
Tenants Union Tasmania: contact to find out about your rights as a tenant.
Youth Network of Tasmania: contact to connect with other youth.
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health: agency that provides specialist information, training and support on cultural diversity and wellbeing.
Domestic violence resources in languages other than English: read about domestic violence in languages other than English.
How to Start a Community Group: a useful resource for people interested in creating their own association.
Community Languages Australia | Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations Inc: unites the ethnic schools of Australia with their state-based bodies.
Bridging Cultures Guide for Aged Care Service Providers: a great resource for information on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) aged care services.
UN International Organisation for Migration: the leading inter-governmental organization in migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: provides a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) Department: the main link between multicultural communities and the Tasmanian Government.
Refugee Council of Australia: provides information on and advocacy for refugees and humanitarian entrants in Australia.
Policies & Compacts
The Global Compact on Refugees (Zero Draft): Released by UNHCR on 31 January, 2018, this Compact represents a long-awaited re-assessment of the ways in which States can fairly share their responsibilities to refugees. The Compact addresses:
- the importance of cooperation between States in ensuring that refugees are protected and long-term solutions achieved
- the increasingly urgent issue of how refugees should be treated prior to a decision being made on their status, and
- how to facilitate greater investment and involvement of different stakeholders in responding to mass movements of people in the future.
For more information, please see news from the Refugee Council of Australia, the UNHCR statement on the release of the draft, and background information provided by UNHCR on the development of the draft.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Zero Draft): This global compact is a significant opportunity to improve the governance on migration, to address the challenges associated with today’s migration, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development. Click here for more information.