Asia Institute Tasmania

Forum | Multicultural Policy in Tasmania


Multicultural Policy in Tasmania | A forum to discuss future opportunities

Start Date

6th Jul 2017


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus


The forum discussed multiculturalism in Tasmania and the future opportunities available at the state government level. 

The forum brought together leaders of migrant community organisations, service providers, policy experts, decision-makers and students. The Multicultural Affairs spokespeople from the Tasmanian Liberals, Labor and the Greens have also been invited to share their policy ideas.

A keynote speech was given by Mr Hakan Akyol who is the Director with the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victorian Government)

The Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division drives Victorian Government multicultural policy and program implementation, to promote active citizenship and unity within Victoria’s multicultural communities. 

Hakan has extensive experience in multicultural affairs across community, local and State Government organisations. This includes serving as both Deputy Chairperson and Interim Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), a statutory authority created to provide independent advice to the Victorian Government on multicultural affairs and citizenship matters and to serve as the voice of Victoria’s multicultural communities.

We also had a panel discussion from the Multicultural Affairs spokespeople from the 3 major state government parties:

Sarah Courtney MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Madeleine Ogilvie MP, Opposition Spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs
Cassy O’Connor MP, Greens Spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs

The three spokespeople will discussed the issues and ideas raised in the keynote speech and provide their vision of the future opportunities for multicultural policy in Tasmania.

Forum collage

Livestream recording

Powerpoint presentation by Hakan Akyol