The work of the Community Participation Group (the Group) is shaped by whole of government priorities that promote the participation and wellbeing of the Canberra community. The focus and responsibility of the Group is broad and includes a range of support and policy development activities, including those related to multicultural affairs, positive ageing, the status of women and youth engagement.
The Group comprises the following units:
Through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Group provides strategic advice to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs on issues affecting members of multicultural communities living in the ACT. The Group undertakes this function in a number of ways including: coordinating a whole-of-government approach to issues affecting culturally and linguistically diverse residents; providing secretariat and administrative support to the Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Humanitarian Entrant Coordination Committee; managing support programs such as the Work Experience Support Program; and administering multicultural grants and community language grants programs.
The Youth Engagement Team joined the Community Participation Group during 2013–14 to better align youth engagement and participation with the whole of Directorate participation agenda.