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Multicultural Australia becomes a member of the Regional Activators Alliance

Multicultural Australia has joined the Regional Activators Alliance - a new body launched today to drive a national awareness campaign for regional Australia.

The Regional Activators Alliance (RAA) was officially launched today by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Michael McCormack MP, and Multicultural Australia congratulates the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) for bringing this initiative to life.  

Multicultural Australia’s CEO Christine Castley said that Multicultural Australia will be a proud member of the RAA and will champion opportunities for new Queenslanders to live, work and invest in regional Australia.

“Multicultural Australia has a successful track record over 22 years of welcoming new Queenslanders into regional areas across our state," she said.  We are passionate about actively supporting our community members to achieve their goals, become contributing members of their communities, and play their part in the growth of regional Australia.”

“As a member of the RAA, we bring valuable experience and knowledge to collaborate with our fellow Alliance members and promote the benefits of living and working in regional Australia. Queensland is home to many vibrant regional communities, and the benefits of living in these communities are mutually shared by our refugee and migrant clients and the regional communities themselves,” Ms Castley said.

“As CEO of Multicultural Australia I look forward to working with other members of the RAA to develop continuous, supportive pathways for new Queenslanders to experience the benefits of a life in regional Queensland. It’s good for all of us,” Ms Castley said.

Multicultural Australia has been running successful settlement and employment programs in regional Queensland for many years. Since 2015, we have supported more than 3,000 new Queenslanders to settle in the Toowoomba region alone, with thousands more supported in regions including Rockhampton, Cairns and Townsville. Multicultural Australia recently won the Rockhampton region’s Community Training Initiative of the Year category of the Queensland Training Awards 2020, for the Tuckertime Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. We are committed to supporting our clients to find sustainable, meaningful employment outcomes.

With the current shortage of people to meet the demand for regional agricultural workers due to COVID-19, Multicultural Australia is working with the Queensland Government to support the agricultural industry through innovative employment initiatives.

RAI CEO Liz Ritchie says the National Awareness Campaign is a once in a lifetime impact project and RAI members will be at the forefront of this powerful national movement.

“Regions need people to fill jobs, grow businesses, and invest in their communities. We know the COVID experience has changed the notion of how we work and this presents an incredible opportunity for us,” Ms Ritchie said.

Ms Ritchie said the project has been backed by the Federal Government, with funding allocated in the 2020 Budget.

 

Event Details:

What: Regional Activators Alliance Launch

When: Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Where: via Zoom

Time: 12pm

 

Media contact:

Marcus Coleman

M: 0406 582 212

E: marcusc@multiculturalaustralia.org.au

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