Racism. It stops with me.
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) proudly supports the Australian Human Rights Commission's campaign, Racism. It stops with me, which invites all Australians – at the individual and organisational level – to reflect on what they can do to counter racism, whenever it happens.
Racism can occur among individuals and at institutional levels. It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice. Racism can take many forms, such as jokes that cause offence or hurt; or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups. Regardless, its impact is always profoundly damaging. It makes people feel excluded, impacts negatively on mental and physical health and it can entrench vulnerabilities in our communities.
Queensland is home to people from more than 220 countries and territories, who speak more than 180 languages and embrace more than 110 religious beliefs. This diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
The Queensland Government plays an instrumental role in fostering positive community relations and social cohesion for Queensland's increasingly diverse and growing population. The Queensland Multicultural Policy, Our story, our future (PDF) outlines the Queensland Government's commitment to taking action against racism and clearly states 'Racism has no place in Queensland'.
We can all make a difference by encouraging understanding, acceptance and respect in our communities, including where we work, study and volunteer. Celebrating our diversity, supporting connected and welcoming communities and building a narrative of inclusion and respect can help change attitudes and reduce the negative impacts of racism.
DES's key initiatives which promote Queensland as a united, harmonious and inclusive state:
- Multicultural Recognition Act 2016
- Multicultural Queensland Charter
- Queensland Multicultural Policy: Our story, our future
- Queensland Multicultural Action Plan 2016–17 to 2018–19
- Multicultural Queensland Month
- Multicultural Queensland Awards