ECCQ Policy

As a state-wide peak body, ECCQ works on state level policy issues.  This includes policy research and advocacy to the Queensland State Government, and other community and business stakeholders. Our focus is on promoting the benefits of cultural diversity.

We work directly with people from established and new migrant and refugee communities, and the organisations that support them. It is important that we understand the unique needs of these groups, and can identify issues as soon as they emerge.

Our policy program aims to improve the legislation, policies, practices, resource allocation and attitudes that affect the well-being of culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the whole of Queensland.

We also contribute to policy and debate on a national level through our affiliation with the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia.


What we do

ECCQ policy documents


ECCQ develops submissions as required throughout the year and the scope of our policy work is constantly developing.

Policy development

An overview of ECCQ’s policy focus, which guides ongoing dialogue with government, business and the wider community.


A list of policy documents, including policy fact sheets summarising all policy submissions and positions held by ECCQ.

Recent Resources

Lifelong Learning and Culturally Diverse Communities

ECCQ held a policy forum on 26 March 2014 that explored the barriers and opportunities to accessing education and employment pathways. Forum participants heard from people who work proactively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background communities to improve their … Continue reading

Ending racism: a submission to the anti-racism strategy and partnership

ECCQ addresses four thematic areas as examples where racism is an issue, highlighting impacts and possible solutions. This is not exhaustive and only intended to illustrate in some key areas of concern the issues and opportunities to address racism: employment, … Continue reading

FECCA Rural and Regional Settlement Issues Paper

Submitted to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in April 2012, this Issues Paper discusses the current barriers to sustainable rural and regional settlement faced by immigrants, refugees, and the wider community, while also presenting key recommendations premised on fostering … Continue reading

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Recent Publications

Submission to the Honourable Senator George Brandis, Attorney- General on the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

ECCQ urges the Federal Government to consider the likely impact of the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act on the perception of the whole community, but especially those who are most vulnerable, concerning their own safety and the future … Continue reading

Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities

The June 2013 ProjectReport, Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities, funded and support by Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local (MNBML), is the out come of the work and consultation undertaken by ECCQ and MDA. This document aims to provide information … Continue reading

ECCQ Response to the Queensland State Budget 2013-2014

This is a careful budget with opportunities to deliver more accountability for Government’s total investment. There are planned increases in frontline workers in areas such as health and education which is welcomed. A commitment to front line services inevitably contributes … Continue reading

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