ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on changes to the citizenship test and application process. This submission focuses on the following new requirements: increasing the general residency requirement, introducing an English language test, strengthening the test for Australian citizenship and introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community. Read the submission here.
ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration regarding the inquiry into strengthening multiculturalism. Continue reading →
People who have arrived in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers have survived adversity and, often, great suffering. These individuals have proven to be incredibly resilient and adaptable and demonstrate a willingness to “give back”. Despite high levels of motivation, settlement is complex and cannot be achieved with a blueprint process that can be applied to all individuals or all communities. Every individual will experience settlement differently and may have different understandings of the settlement process. Continue reading →
Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the inquiry into the freedom of speech
ECCQ is calling on the Australian Government to maintain the current protections in the Racial Discrimination Act under 18C. Section 18C provides important protection against racially motivated attacks, including hate speech, against members of Australia’s migrant, refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Read the complete submission here.
As ECCQ celebrates its 40th year of service to multicultural communities, we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge this significant achievement with our members, communities and stakeholders. This booklet includes messages, a timelime and pictures from the over the years. Click here to read it as a pdf and click here to read it online.
We thank our members for their contributions, dedication and support to ECCQ and multicultural Queensland. It goes without saying, that collaboration, cooperation and inclusion builds stronger communities.