four children in a school vegetable gardenTasmania has a rich history of migration to our Island State.
Our Island is home to people born in 177 different countries and there are 159 identified languages spoken in Tasmanian homes. According to the 2016 Census, more than 61,200 Tasmanians were born overseas.

In recognition of this rich diversity, the Tasmanian Government has released Our Multicultural Island:Tasmania’s Multicultural Policy and Action Plan 2019-2022, which builds on the achievements of the 2014 Tasmanian Multicultural Policy and Multicultural Action Plan.

Since 2014 there has been an increased focus and interest in migration and multiculturalism at both a national and state level. The new Multicultural Policy therefore establishes a set of principles and values that we want to bring to life in the Tasmanian community.

The Policy is accompanied by an Action Plan that sets out the specific actions that the Tasmanian Government will undertake to achieve the priorities of the Policy.


Between October and December 2018, the Government invited the Tasmanian community to have a say on how well multiculturalism was working in Tasmania, and how we might strengthen multiculturalism to build a more inclusive Tasmania.

The consultation asked respondents:

  • What is your vision for a multicultural Tasmania?
  • What principles should underpin the way in which we operate?
  • How can we create an inclusive, harmonious and united Tasmania where people of all cultures, languages and faiths feel a strong sense of belonging and can achieve their goals?
  • What are key factors that contribute to positive outcomes for new migrants in Tasmania?
  • What are key issues for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Tasmania?
  • What are barriers to positive outcomes for migrants in Tasmania?
  • What actions could the Tasmanian Government take to respond to these barriers?

As part of the consultation process, community input was received through regional forums (held in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport), group forums, submissions and an on-line survey.

Tasmanian Government agencies have incorporated the public consultation feedback in their respective actions under the Action Plan.

The Government will continue to consult through the Multicultural Consultative Reference Group, on the delivery of the new Policy and Action Plan.

Tasmania's Multicultural Policy and Action Plan

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Queries and Information

If you have any questions about the new Multicultural Policy and Action Plan, please contact:

Communities, Sport and Recreation phone (03) 6165 8388 or 1800 204 224.


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