Multicultural health in the ACT

The ACT Health Multicultural Health Policy Unit is responsible for supporting the organisation in continuing to develop and deliver services and information that recognise and are inclusive of cultural and linguistic diversity. For more information about multicultural health in the ACT, follow the links below:

ACT Health multicultural health policy

Towards Culturally Appropriate and Inclusive Services: A Co-ordinating Framework for ACT Health 2014-2018 was endorsed in May 2014. This document articulates the ACT Health operational response to ACT Government multicultural policy and is consistent with the Multicultural Strategy (2010-13) and the languages policy Many Voices (2012‑16).

It is anticipated that, in its broad direction and principles, it will be consistent with the next version of the Multicultural Framework, to be developed in 2015.

The Multicultural Health Policy Unit (MCHPU) has developed this document through an extensive internal and external consultation process.

The purpose of this document is to provide a co-ordinating framework to guide ACT Health in delivering culturally appropriate and inclusive services and information, based on national and international best practice.

The overarching aim of the Framework is to further develop ACT Health as a culturally competent organisation.

News and events


The Multicultural Health Policy Unit quarterly e-newsletter is now available:

Multicultural Health Matters - Autumn 2015

Multicultural Health e-newsletter – Spring 2014

Multicultural Health e-newsletter - Summer 2014

To subscribe to the e-newsletter, please email or contact us by phone on (02) 6205 1011.

National Multicultural Festival 2015

The annual National Multicultural Festival  is an iconic event which unites the community in a celebration and sharing of culturally diverse traditions, dance, food, performances, exhibitions, concerts and information. The 2015 National Multicultural Festival was held from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February 2015.

National Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates

The Commonwealth Department of Social Services maintains a calendar of key cultural and religious events, festivals and national days.

Office for Multicultural Affairs

The ACT Government Office of Multicultural Affairs distributes a regular Multicultural Community eNews Bulletin with news and events. To subscribe to the eNews Bulletin, email the Office of Multicultural Affairs at

Contact us

For further information and feedback, contact the Multicultural Health Policy Unit:

Telephone: (02) 6205 1011 (during business hours)


Mail: GPO Box 825, Canberra ACT 2601