Culture Shapers

Young person smiling. Photo: Igor Alecsander / iStock.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, 39% of the Australian population — more than one in three Australians — have a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

The Australia Council for the Arts has also found that CALD Australians have higher than average live attendance and creative participation rates in the arts than the rest of the Australian population. However a 2018 study by Diversity Arts Australia found that:

  • Approximately half (51%) of the major cultural organisations had no CALD representation at the leadership level.
  • Only 9% of the 1,980 leaders of our major cultural institutions are CALD Australians.
  • Non-CALD Australians are nine times more likely to occupy cultural leadership roles than CALD Australian.

To increase participation and leadership in the Screen and Creative Sector, Citizen Tasmania has partnered with the Australian Film Television and Radio School to equip young Tasmanians from migrant, refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds with the tools to be confident and skilled screened storytellers so they can control their own narratives in the Australian media landscape. We provide technical camera skills and workshops to support young people to create short form videos to support advocacy efforts.

If you are young person aged 18–30, please email us at to participate.

Supported by

  • Australian Film Television and Radio School logo

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