Helpful Links

New South Wales

Multicultural NSW Settlement Portal

Multicultural NSW

Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

The Hunter Multicultural Communities and Hunter Region

Australian Hate Crime Network – Resources for awareness, support, and action in handling hate crimes

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

NSW Community Languages Schools Program


Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Other Ethnic and Multicultural Councils

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) resources for CALD communities and latest report


Australasian College of Dermatologists

Fair Trading: New tenant checklist’ fact sheet in languages and other publications, click HERE

Fair Work Ombudsman: Facing exploitation at work. Resources for migrants and visa holders click HERE


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Coronavirus Crisis

Get information in languages HERE

Cost of living rebate

The NSW Government is helping ease the cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings.
You can browse NSW Government rebates and savings in languages HERE
Watch videos HERE

The Census Explorer

The Census Explorer is an interactive tool with data taken from Australia’s 2021 Census and released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2022.

Click HERE

Stakeholder Sydney Water engagement advice on the interest of CALD communities.

ECCNSW is a member of the Sydney Water Customer Council as part of the Sydney Water customer’s engagement strategy. Sydney Water is very keen in gaining advice and feedback on how to engage with customers in regards to water conservation, pricing, access to information and financial assistance for CALD communities.
To know more about this initiative, click HERE

The Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) provides a free, fair and independent dispute resolution service for all electricity and gas customers in New South Wales, and some water customers.
EWON has just released a new brochure titled ‘Having problems with your electricity, gas or water provider?’ specifically for CALD communities in 33 different languages.
Download the brochure HERE

ID Support NSW is a division of the NSW Department of Customer Service, providing NSW citizens with help and support should their proof of identity credentials be stolen or fraudulently misused. Learn more here.

A fact sheet for seniors here.

IDS NSW Poster here.


What anti-discrimination legislation exists in Australia?

There are numerous legislative acts which seek to protect those in Australia from discrimination. On a Federal level the Racial Discrimination Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Disability Discrimination Act exist, among others.

On a State level there also exists the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.

What bodies enforce anti-discrimination law in Australia?

There are numerous crimes involving discrimination that are considered criminal offences and in which the Police are routinely involved in both investigating and prosecuting.

Organisations that exist to promote harmony and further these laws also include the Australian Human Rights Commission, which is Federal, and the Anti-Discrimination Board NSW, which is a State-based body.

What is Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act?

Section 18C, which has been the subject of much media attention and in the past debate, makes it an offence to act so as to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate a person or group of people because of race, colour, national or ethnic origin.

18C is a civil provision, meaning that breaching the section does not amount to a criminal conviction. Prior to proceeding to Court, which has happened, parties are required to undertake mediation.

Who handles immigration and citizenship in Australia?

The Department of Home Affairs, which is a Federal Department, is responsible for the management of immigration in Australia, including border control and decisions regarding visas and permanent residency.

The Department’s decisions can be appealed to the Courts. Those who need advice are able to seek the advice of a registered Migration Agent. It is important to ensure that when you are receiving advice on migration matters that it is from a registered Migration Agent. Not all lawyers are registered Migration Agents, and you do not have to be a lawyer to be a Migration Agent.

Is the ECCNSW a Government body, or can ECCNSW handle complaints of discrimination?

The ECCNSW is not a Government body. We are a state wide peak body and act as independent advocates for New South Wales’ diverse communities .

It is our role to advocate the concerns of and matters affecting cultural communities in NSW to Government and relevant bodies and individuals. While we encourage persons to come forward if they believe they have been discriminated against, we advise that they seek recourse from the above anti-discrimination bodies and source legal advice if necessary.

I need legal support, where can I go?

There are numerous organisations including Legal Aid NSW, the Redfern Legal Centre and the Kensington Legal Centre who provide means-tested, free legal advice. These organisations and others regularly provide support to members of diverse communities through interpreters and translators.

What are the four principles of Australian Multicultural policy?

Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country. We are home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures, as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries. Since 1945, almost 7 million people have migrated to Australia. The rich cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths.

For individuals to become fully contributing members of the Australian members of the Australian community there are four basic principles of the Multicultural policy.  These are based on having a Constitution, freedom of speech and religion, English as a National language, the rule of law , acceptance and equality.

Who is Multicultural NSW?

Multicultural NSW is a state government agency arm of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

It aims to build and maintain a cohesive and harmonious society that enriches the lives of people in NSW by collaborating with peak bodies (such as ECCNSW), NGO’s, and CALD community organisations. 

How do I become an Australian citizen?

Becoming an Australian citizen is a process. In order to be eligible to apply you must meet a number of requirements. To find out further information you need to visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

How can I access an interpreter service?

Interpreter services are valuable in continuing a conversation where there is no communication due to a language barrier. These can take place in person, over the phone, or via video phone.

Some Interpreting government services may be free while other may have a fee. Examples of interpreting services include Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS),  Multicultural NSW Language Services, and the Department of Home Affairs Language services. 

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Want to learn how to use myGov to access government services online? 

Video introductions are now available on YouTube in two Indigenous languages, Djambarrpuyngu and Pitjantjatjara, as well as Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Chaldean, Dari, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Mandarin, Persian (Farsi) and Vietnamese.

A reminder that anyone can subscribe to YouTube channels, and they will then be informed when new videos become available.

International Student Resources

CQU Videos for International Students

These videos are reproduced with permission from Central Queensland University, which has produced an excellent series of informative clips to help International Students understand Australia.

Migrant Resource Centres

Auburn Diversity Services                                            

SydWest Multicultural Services

Community Migrant Resource Centre

Metro MRC

Sydney Multicultural Community Services

CORE Community Services

Illawarra Multicultural Services

Liverpool MRC

Macarthur Diversity Services   

St George MRC

Northern Settlement Services



The 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 10th December at 2pm (a light lunch to be served at 1pm) at the Ethnic Communities’ Council NSW office, 221 Cope St Waterloo. Membership renewal packs and AGM Notices are mailed out to our members. If you do not...

Have your say on the Western Sydney International Airport | Information in Languages

The preliminary flight paths' Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Western Sydney International (WSI) Airport has been released on October 24th, and individuals have until January 31, 2024, to submit their feedback. The statement contains information about the...

VALE Ian Lacey AM

By Peter Doukas OAM, ECCNSW Chair The ECCNSW mourns the loss of one of our stalwarts and giants of the multicultural space, Mr Ian Lacey AM, who passed away in the company of his family on evening of 30 November. Ian was one of the most significant and instrumental...

2023 Mapping Social Cohesion Report – A tear in the fabric?

The Mapping Social Cohesion 2023 Report has landed! As the 17th study conducted in this nation leading long-running research series, this report aims to expand our understanding of Australian society. This year, the Scalon Fundation surveyed more than 7,500...

Help map women’s safety in NSW

YourGround NSW is a proactive tool to help make positive change in our shared public spaces - spaces that should be accessible to everyone. The map crowdsources data, allowing users to anonymously pin a spot, tell a story or share an experience while out for leisure,...

Help raise awareness about asbestos dangers

National Asbestos Awareness Week is from 20-26 November 2023. It is important we understand and talk about the dangers of asbestos in our communities. Asbestos is a natural mineral that was used in many building products before it was banned in Australia. It is common...

Vale Dr Gorur ‘Harry’ Harinath OAM

Source: Multicultural NSW The multicultural community is saddened by the passing of Dr GK Harinath OAM, who has been the Chair of Multicultural NSW's Advisory board. The also former Cricket NSW chairman and life member died on Saturday November 18. Dr GK Harinath OAM...

Transport NSW Community Road Safety Project

By Transport NSW The NSW Road toll isn't simply a number. It is people. It's people like you. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, children. And it's a number that's unacceptable, no matter how small it gets, until it gets to zero. That should be the aim for all of us -...

How to protect yourself from cybercrime

The Australian Signals Directorate, a branch of the Australian Government, has developed accessible cyber security resources to assist individuals, families, businesses, organisations, and government departments in strengthening their cyber security measures. Within...

New Menopause Awareness Campaign

The NSW Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of perimenopause and menopause in culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as women who live with intellectual disability, with the launch of...

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