Supporting and inspiring awareness for cultural diversity
in Australian courts and tribunals.

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Australia is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse countries in the world

In addition to our rich indigenous cultures, Australia is a nation built on migration. Our migration program sources people from more than 200 countries and over one quarter of Australia’s population was born overseas. Over 300 languages, including indigenous languages, are spoken in Australian households.

This diversity has benefited Australia enormously, both in economic and social terms. However, it has also created challenges. One area in which this is evident is the justice system – individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can experience significant barriers to accessing justice. In order for accessible, equitable and fair justice to be delivered to all, the justice system must recognise, understand and respond to the needs of culturally diverse communities.

The Diversity & Inclusion Justice Network (DIJN)

is a network consisting of representatives from each level of court and tribunal in every state and territory in Australia, who are advocates for diversity and inclusion and access to justice in their respective jurisdictions.

The Judicial Council on Diversity and Inclusion (JCDI)

is an advisory body formed to assist Australian courts, judicial officers and administrators to positively respond to the diverse needs of people and communities who experience social exclusion and disadvantage, including but not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from migrant or refugee backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people, women, and older Australians.

The Social Policy Group

provides secretariat support for both the Diversity and Inclusion Justice Network and the Judicial Council on Diversity and Inclusion. The SPG is a national, non-government, not-for-profit body with specialist expertise in social policy and program design with a focus on population diversity, social and community cohesion, gender equality, community participation and inclusion, systems’ responsiveness, and community outreach and engagement.

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