Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS)
Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS), is a network of multicultural community workers undertaking systemic and group advocacy, and community capacity-building activities to strengthen multiculturalism across the state and to support people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Workers include local regional officers, a grants access officer, statewide ethnic specific workers for three communities (Australian South Sea Islanders, Pacific Islander communities, refugee-African focus), and several statewide systemic advocacy workers.
CAMS workers are based in community organisations, peaks and one council. Regional areas where CAMS workers are located include Logan, Bundaberg, Mackay, Gold Coast, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville. You can view the full list of organisations here.
What we do
CAMS is a key network of multicultural community workers, funded by Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ), who support and advocate for migrant and refugee communities, raise social awareness of multiculturalism, and promote the development of vibrant and inclusive communities across Queensland.
CAMS officers work collaboratively as a network at a local and state-wide level, and are strategically located at community organisations (and one Council) both in cities and regions including Brisbane, Logan, Bundaberg, Mackay, Gold Coast, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville.
Multicultural development workers
The work of individual CAMS officers reflect the needs of individual communities. The network includes state-wide advocacy workers, a grants access officer, local regional officers and workers dedicated to the needs of Australian South Sea Islanders, Pacific Islander communities, and African and other refugee communities in Queensland.
A fair and equal society
CAMS aims for fairness, equity and access for Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Through community development and advocacy, CAMS is improving these communities’ access to services and programs, and participation in society.
CAMS workers are working on a range of strategies to increase cultural responsiveness including organising cultural awareness sessions, promoting cultural competency training, convening community expos, and running local multicultural networks. On a statewide level, CAMS workers are undertaking surveys, research, compiling reports and submissions and running advocacy networks.
CAMS workers are directly supporting CALD communities in their local areas in many ways including convening multicultural playgroups, coordinating information sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics and supporting local multicultural festivals and cultural events.
We are also working to address a wide range of issues, both individually, locally or as part of statewide working groups, including ESL and inclusive school education, housing, employment, transport, and policing and justice. CAMS is also supporting and advocating for particular communities including African and refugee communities, Pacific Islander communities and Australian South Sea Islanders.
We now have several brochures that provide information around the work of the CAMS network.