All people, regardless of ethnicity, culture, religion, language or place of birth, have equal rights economically, socially and culturally.


The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Australia's cultural plurality is a part of the nation's identity and should be recognised as such.
  2. People have the right to celebrate and express their cultural heritage within universally accepted human rights.
  3. All people — regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion, language, place of birth or citizenship status — should have equal rights and the right to participate equally in social, economic and cultural life.
  4. Australia is a culturally diverse society and this should be fully reflected in Australia's social and political institutions.
  5. The Australian Greens should represent the cultural diversity of Australian society in its own organisation, and in all of its policies, processes and activities, in Parliament and in the community.


The Australian Greens want:

  1. Australia to be a cohesive community that respects, and is accepting of, diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  2. All citizens and residents to have equal access to education, work and services provided by all levels of government regardless of culture, religion, language and place of birth.
  3. All Australians to have equal opportunity for representation and inclusion at local, state and national levels of government regardless of culture, religion, language and place of birth.
  4. To implement proven, successful models of racism prevention programs throughout the community, which develop belonging and connection between people and that eliminate racism.
  5. Policy development and program implementation that is based on wide and inclusive consultation that gives voice to Australians' diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and interests.
  6. Adequately resourced non-government refugee and migrant organisations to carry out advocacy and support work on behalf of their members and communities in Australia.
  7. Government and government-funded services to be delivered in languages other than English, by bilingual staff where appropriate, and interpreting and translation services to be well resourced and widely available.
  8. Cross-cultural training available for government staff and widely available to other organisations.
  9. Adequate data on cultural and linguistic diversity to be collected, published and used to improve services and programs.
  10. To promote and adequately resource community language studies for all Australians, especially in all schools and tertiary institutions.
  11. To extend the provision of adequate, publicly provided and readily accessible ESL (English as a Second Language) courses and improve the quality of contracted English language teaching provision.