Multicultural Affairs is reviewing the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980, which is our state’s key piece of multicultural legislation.

Since the time of that legislation, South Australia’s population and multicultural landscape has changed significantly.

The review of the Act provides an opportunity to set a foundation for the development of new multicultural policy that reflects the state’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, recognises the valuable contribution of our diverse communities, and supports the development of culturally responsive government services.

The government is seeking stakeholder and community feedback.

Feedback received will inform Multicultural Affairs’ recommendations to government about what changes to the legislation should be considered.

The legislative review will:

  • explore options for expanding the scope and purpose of the legislation to enshrine multicultural policy directions
  • review the functions and powers of the Commission and ensure its title reflects this
  • review the appointment process of Commission members
  • contemporise the language used in the Act.

How to have your say

The consultation is open from Monday 15 April 2019 and will close on Monday 3 June 2019.

A discussion paper, Multicultural Legislative Review 2019 PDF, 1261.98 KB, has been developed to support consultations with stakeholders and the community. The discussion paper suggests ways to improve and modernise the legislation and presents a series of questions for South Australians to consider and provide feedback on.

This discussion paper should be read in conjunction with the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019 Research Paper PDF, 1039.12 KB and the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980.

Face to face

A series of community forums will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia. These forums are a chance for all members of the community to attend a face-to-face engagement session to hear about the review, ask questions, and provide input through facilitated conversations. SAMEAC members will also attend to support community participation.

Community forums are open to everyone and will be held at:

  • Port Pirie – Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Adelaide – Thursday 2 May 2019
  • Berri – Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Mount Gambier – Monday 20 May 2019
  • Adelaide – Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Murray Bridge – Thursday 30 May 2019

Register now for the community forums.

Multicultural Affairs will also be inviting key stakeholders to attend consultation workshops.


You can join the online discussion or complete the online survey at

Alternatively, submit your feedback or written submission by email to

For any enquiries contact Multicultural Affairs on telephone (08) 8429 5961 or email