CALD Consultative Group’s first meeting of 2023
The Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Consultative Group met for the first time this year, with the aim of strengthening organizational cultural capability and better assisting the diverse needs of Queensland’s multicultural community.
Originally established in 2021, the current membership of the CALD Consultative Group consists of 16 members from all parts of Queensland, and from diverse roles and diverse cultural backgrounds and faiths.
The CALD Consultative group currently represents 7 different faiths, more than 20 cultural backgrounds and collectively the group speaks more than 26 different languages.
Acting Inspector Honeywood of the First Nations and Multicultural Affairs Unit (FNMAU) said the CALD Consultative Group contributes to positive and culturally inclusive workplaces, and generally increases cultural awareness within the QPS.
“Members of the CALD group share valuable insight on important policies to ensure a culturally responsive police service,” she said.
“This year we have had such an overwhelming interest in people nominating to participate in the CALD consultative group. We call for nominations for CALD Consultative Group membership on an annual basis which allows a greater number of QPS members to contribute to positive change for the Service.
“I look forward to seeing what this group will achieve during their tenure.”
CALD consultative group meetings involve members consulting on multicultural matters and considering ways to establish opportunities for organizational improvement to further drive cultural inclusion within the QPS.
From these discussions advice is provided to the QPS regarding strengths as well as improvements for the organisation.
In the first meeting of 2023, the group’s key focus area was strengthening the QPS Multicultural Network and improving culturally responsive support services for QPS members.
Previous initiatives of the CALD consultative group include the establishment of the QPS Multicultural Network, the QPS calendar of culturally significant events and the initiation of separation interviews for First Nations and CALD employees who have voluntarily separated from the QPS.
These initiatives aim to improve the support, advocacy and retention of diverse employees within the QPS.
The group will meet bi-monthly with a focus on contributing to healthy, safe, inclusive and positive workplaces.
First CALD Consultative Group Meeting of 2023