Multicultural education

Schools are required to respond to the cultural diversity of the state. This includes providing programs which promote intercultural understanding and community harmony and those which meet the specific needs of students and families from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Principals are required to:

  • ensure that the Multicultural Education Policy is implemented in the school
  • ensure that school policies and practices are consistent with the policy
  • identify multicultural education strategies (including anti-racism strategies and provisions for English language learners, newly arrived and refugee students) in their school plans
  • report on multicultural education achievements, including expenditure of the English  language proficiency loading and relevant targeted (individual student) funding, in their Annual School Reports
  • facilitate the accurate completion of the EAL/D Annual Survey and biannual New Arrivals Program Surveys
  • promote community harmony through school policies and practices
  • facilitate the provision of programs which enable all students to identify as Australians within a democratic, multicultural society
  • ensure inclusive teaching practices which recognise and value the backgrounds of all students and which promote tolerance and intercultural understanding
  • provide appropriate support for students who are learning English as an additional language or dialect
  • support the specific learning needs of students from culturally diverse backgrounds through the delivery of differentiated curriculum and targeted teaching and learning programs
  • promote effective communication with parents and carers from culturally diverse backgrounds and encourage their active engagement in the life of the school.

This information is from the Multicultural Education Policy.  Principals should read the whole policy and supporting documents.

DoE policy documents

DoE resources


Additional resources