Multicultural Conversations
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Oct 2016

The Sunshine Coast has a diverse and growing multicultural population with one in every five people born overseas representing 156 countries, 45 faiths and 96 languages.

Our people and their diversity contribute to the colourful social fabric of the Coast.


The Multicultural Conversations project provided a community engagement platform for the Sunshine Coast Council and partners to understand and address barriers to participation and social inclusion within the multicultural community.

Process is supported by community development principals that aim to appreciate community capacity and leadership, raise ideas, support equitable access, foster community cohesion, increase awareness and appreciation of multiculturalism.

The project will be implemented over four phases:

•  initially connecting with the multicultural sector and community members to plan the engagement process
•  undertaking the sector mapping and a series of community conversations
•  a multicultural forum and community showcase will be held on 26 August 2016
•  the development of a regional action plan.

Sunshine Coast Multicultural Conversations 

The multicultural community was invited to join a conversation with council and partners to connect, share and discover cultural diversity and exchange information.

The online survey closed on Wednesday 27 July 2016. 

Where to from here

Findings from the Multicultural forum and showcase held on 26 August 2016 will lead into the development of a Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan.

A report on the engagement findings will be available on council’s website. For further information please email the Community Development Officer 


The 2015 Sunshine Coast Social Strategy provides a long term social direction for the region which includes a commitment to recognising the value and mix of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Social Strategy highlights the value of celebrating and building the region’s cultural communities and ensuring cultural development contributes to social well-being, place, and identity and sector resilience.

The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 vision – “Our community will continue to thrive and enjoy a lifestyle that sets us apart. In all of our communities, people are included, treated with respect and opportunities are available to all.” To achieve this vision council has identified “aims” with four outcomes of: safe and healthy communities; resilient and engaged communities; culture, heritage and diversity are valued and embraced; and people and places are connected.

An identified action of the Social Strategy is for council to develop actions and partnerships which recognise, value and support our multicultural communities. 


For more information, email

The Multicultural Conversations program is funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program.