Hobart City Council has been actively involved in the promotion and celebration of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) in the Hobart community for many years and is continually striving to improve the wider community's awareness and understanding of the economic, educational, social and cultural benefits of CALD and to mitigate the effects of racism and cultural isolation for CALD communities in Hobart.
Definition of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD)
Cultural and linguistic diversity is a very broad concept and encompasses the differences that exist between people, such as language, dress, traditions, food, societal structures, art and religion.
In addition to the Anglo-Celtic majority of the Australian population, the major source of Australian cultural diversity is from three streams - the Indigenous community, immigration and humanitarian entrants. This Strategy deals with the last two streams; the strategies relevant to the Indigenous community are outlined in the Council's Aboriginal Strategy.
As already noted, Council has demonstrated its commitment to CALD for a number of years, however it does not currently have a clearly defined strategy to support coordination of CALD activities across the range of Council operations.
The process of developing this CALD Strategy has provided an opportunity to review Council's response to identified issues and service provider and community expectations.
This strategy provides Council and the community with a clearly defined framework by which Council can continue to meet the needs and build the capacity of CALD communities in Hobart.
It is an accessible document that outlines priority actions for the Council for the life of the strategy - 2009/10 - 2012/13, with specific actions detailed in the relevant Council annual and unit plans.