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The Governance Institute of Australia hosts: Building organisational capacity and capability for cultural diversity

The discussion on diversity is multi-faceted. One of the lynchpins is cultural diversity. In a multicultural Australia, the need for organisations to have the intent and strategy to empower and enable a multicultural workforce is clear. Cultural diversity is an invaluable and often untapped asset, that brings with it the advantages of creativity, innovation, group effectiveness, new ideas and great learnings.

What capacity and capability does your organisation need to effectively address multicultural awareness and competence? How do you incorporate this into your governance policies and procedures?

In this interactive workshop, led by Christine Castley, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Australia Ltd, you will examine the fabric of a multicultural Australia - gaining insights into Australia’s existing multiculturalism and the benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity.

You will discover how governance frameworks can support you to move beyond tokenistic diversity to creating a true sense of inclusion and belonging for all through authentic leadership of organisational capability, workforce strategy, community engagement, welcoming and safe spaces, and diversity and inclusion in service delivery.

You will explore and apply adaptable strategies and tools to relevant workplace case study scenarios that challenge you to leverage the strengths of a multicultural workforce and create a culturally capable and engaged workplace.


In this workshop, CEO Christine Castley will be joined by Azin Khodadadi. Azin Khodadadi has been working within the fields of advocacy and development at Multicultural Australia for over 10 years. Azin’s current role as Practice and Advocacy Manager, allows her to utilise her strong collaborative skills in leading the development of client services and processes for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. With extensive experience from client facing roles, Azin’s approach is based on cultivating stakeholders to support common goals and challenges. As a highly respected team member of Multicultural Australia, Azin has been recognised for her passion in diversity and was selected for the Emerging Leaders program, attending the Executive Challenge Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) with Honours and Bachelor of Social Work from Queensland University of Technology. In her spare time, Azin is an avid reader of classical literature, loves a hit of tennis and plays the classical guitar.

October 11, 2022 at 9:30am - 1pm
Governance Institute of Australia
Level 10
5 Hunter Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
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Acknowledgement of country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.