Community Driven Multicultural Group

in ROCKHAMPTON

Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS)

The CAMS program supports the Queensland Government’s commitment to promote an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland. CQMA plans and delivers a range of projects and initiatives under the program, addressing local barriers to economic and social inclusion and building sustainable opportunities for inclusion in local employment, services, networks and industries.

CQMA has been running this program for 6 years and currently offers:

  • Conversational English classes
  • Learn to drive courses
  • Subsidised driving lessons
  • Harmony Week celebrations
  • Information sessions about topics such as renting a property, accessing legal aid, and disaster preparedness

Please email Theresa or Neeta on cams@cqma.org.au if you would like more information.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW)

CQMA has been running this program for 6 years and currently offers a Certificate III in Individual Support with intakes of 15 participants each January and July. We offer a full wrap-around support for our students which can include help with travel arrangements, support with classes and assessments, and conversational English. This level of additional support results in extremely high course completion and qualification rates.

The SQW program funds training and support for unemployed or underemployed people, with a focus on young people, ATSI people, people with disability, mature-age jobseekers, women re-entering the workforce, veterans and ex-service personnel, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Disaster Preparedness

In the Rockhampton Region, we are at potential risk from natural hazards such as floods, storms and bushfires. We help you gain an understanding of our risks, learn how to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster.

CQMA are part of the Rockhampton Regional Council’s Volunteer Organisations Active in Disasters (VOAD), and we are developing a Community Connector network of volunteers from each of the CALD communities in the region.

These volunteers are trained in ways to help their communities prepare for natural disasters, what to do during a natural disaster event, and how to help their communities recover from the impacts of natural disasters.

Please contact Joicy at connectors@cqma.org.au if you would like more information.

Playgroup: Play Your Way Around the World

The CQMA Playgroup operates on Thursday mornings, helping kids under five and their carers explore cultures, traditions and food through activities. Each week a different culture is celebrated, food prepared from that culture, interesting facts explored, and a make-believe passport is stamped.

Please contact Melinda or Stella at playgroup@cqma.org.au if you would like more information.

Taste of the World Cultural Festival

CQMA partner with the Rockhampton Regional Council to hold the annual Taste of the World Cultural Festival during multicultural month each year. The event was revamped in 2023, and is now held at the Rockhampton Riverside Precinct, just off Quay St. It celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Rockhampton region by bringing together CALD groups to share their culinary talents, cultural backgrounds, entertainment and information with everyone in the Rockhampton region.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger than last year, and will be held on Saturday 24th of August 2024.

Together we thrive. Get in touch with the Central Queensland Multicultural Association today on 0401 645 571.