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Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Multicultural New South Wales (NSW)

NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

SBS and Multicultural NSW have worked together over several years towards mutual objectives of fostering cohesion among the diverse multicultural communities of NSW.

In 2018-19, SBS continued its support of the annual New South Wales Premier’s Harmony Dinner as event sponsor. Hosted by the Premier of New South Wales, Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, the event was attended by over 1,500 people, including State parliamentarians, business and community leaders, consuls general, members of the media and other dignitaries.

SBS was corporate sponsor of the 2018 New South Wales Premiers’ Multicultural and Communications Awards in November, and also received three awards: Public Interest Award to Natalia Godoy and Soraya Caicedo, SBS Radio Spanish; Best News Report to Iman Riman and Maram Ismail, SBS Radio Arabic24; and CBA Business Campaign of the Year to Havas Melbourne and SBS People and Culture for ‘There’s A Reason’ campaign.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration and features a program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas, presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, with support from the Victorian Government. The week coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day held every year on 21 March.

SBS was a sponsor of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Harmony Dinner hosted by the Victorian Premier Hon Daniel Andrews MP, and the 2019 Victorian Multicultural Commission Film Festival.

Multicultural Development Australia, Queensland

Luminous Lantern Parade

The 12th Luminous Lantern Parade 2019 - Queensland says Welcome was hosted by Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) in June 2019, supported by SBS.

More than 300 Queensland stakeholders including the MDA Board and several Queensland Government Ministers were in attendance, as more than 1,000 volunteer walkers and 400 lanterns carried messages of welcome for new Queenslanders, with 17,000 people joining the parade.

SBS and Department of Foreign Affairs ‘Multicultural Australia’ roundtable

In November 2018, SBS and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade partnered to host a ‘Multicultural Australia’ roundtable as part of the Australian Government’s Soft Power Review. The conversation, hosted at SBS, examined ways in which Australia can impact global policy through communicating Australian culture and ideas.

The roundtable brought together guests from organisations representing settlement services, youth advocacy, mentorship and the arts, and drew on diverse Australian perspectives from a broad cross-section of the community, including multicultural leaders who build Australia’s soft power every day.