Diverse Queensland Workforce Program

The Diverse Queensland Workforce program is a brand-new project funded by the Queensland
Government to assist migrants, refugees, and international students into employment. The program
aims to help over 1000 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities around Queensland. The
Multicultural Community Centre aims to assist participants in gaining employment through our One
Stop Shop. Do you need help in connecting with the right people, or a point in the right direction, if
so, we are the place for you! The goal for each participant is to assist them in finding their
confidence to enter the Australian workforce and to gain employment. The program will be hosted
by the Multicultural Community Centre in Newmarket.

Awards – Queensland Training Awards 2018

The Queensland Training Awards are the state’s highest recognition of people and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training. The outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers, trainers, training p​roviders, employers and community-based organisations are recognised across a range of categories.

The Regional Finals of the 2018 Queensland Training Awards was held on 27 July 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

MCC was announced as the Winner for the Community Training Initiative of the Year (Metropolitan Region) category. It was a win over almost 50 organisations that had submitted their nominations for this category.

In addition, Ms Hui Wu who completed her VET studies with MCC was a Finalist for the Equity VET Student of the Year Award.

It was indeed a tremendous honour for MCC to be bestowed this award that applauds MCC’s success in enabling migrants and refugees to settle down in Queensland, obtain accredited training in spite of their struggle with the English language and get gainfully employment. Through MCC’s initiatives, lives have been transformed, destinies changed.

MCC will go on to compete in the State Finals of the Queensland Training Awards which will be held on 8 September at the Royal International Convention Centre Brisbane.


English Conversation Club

Come and join the thriving club that meets at MCC every Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00pm (during school term). Our club members are mostly new migrants who cherish the opportunity to learn and practice conversing in English. These fun filled classes are lead by our dedicated team of volunteers.

For further information, please contact MCC at 07 3257 1868.



Job Offer – Event Work Skills Traineeship

Applications Open!

Multicultural Community Centre is seeking participants who are interested in undertaking a fixed term full-time Work Skills Traineeship for 18 weeks to organise its Celebration Markets. The Celebration Markets, which are held in Newmarket; brings together people from many communities all over Brisbane, to enjoy entertainment for the entire family. The event will be following strict guidelines provided by the Office of the Chief Health Officer on ensuring a COVID safe event.

Participants will :

  • earn a BSB10120 Certificate I in Workplace Skills (Training provided by Asian Pacific Institute (RTO: 6153)) free of charge
  • gain practical experience in organising 2 Celebration Markets to be held on 12 February and 10 April 2022
  • receive fortnightly wages for a range of work skills that can be included in resumes
  • receive a mix of career advice, job preparation skills and foundation skills

What we are looking for?

  • People who are genuinely seeking work experience to enter the Australian workforce.
  • People with a beginner’s mindset and a willingness to take on new challenges and learn
  • People who are adaptable, hardworking and willing to work in a team
  • People who are responsible and give of their best to their assigned tasks.
  • People who are available for full-time work from 4 January to 13 May 2022 (18 weeks).
  • People with experience in areas of graphic design, working in markets, events planning and management, social media, or work health & safety (preferred).
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Pre-requisites :

  • Unemployed culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) job-seekers.
  • Does not hold a Diploma, Bachelor Degree or a Business qualification higher than a Certificate I In Business
  • Not currently studying or enrolled at any other institutes, tertiary or colleges
  • Queensland residents, aged 15 years or older
  • an Australian/New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant) or temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on a pathway to permanent residency.

(In your Resume, please specify your country of citizenship, and current visa type and subclass (if any)),

  • not receiving income support and/or assistance from Job Services Australia providers including JobKeeper or JobSeeker
  • have not participated in any Skilling Queenslanders for Work program

This is a ‘not to be missed opportunity’ where you will acquire valuable work experience, earn while you learn, and obtain a nationally recognised qualification.

Email your Resume and Cover Letter to william.cheah@mccbrisbane.org before 31 December 2021

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government

Awards – Queensland Multicultural Awards 2016

On Saturday 20th August, the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Awards organized by Multicultural Affairs Queensland, was held at the Logan Entertainment Centre. At this gala event attended by key CALD community leaders, Ministers, politicians and government officers, there were 27 finalists from the private and public sectors, government and non-government organisations, nominated for awards. Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) and Diverciti Enterprises were finalists in the following categories: Employment, Education and Training Innovation: Non-government and Private Enterprise, and Business Excellence: Organisation.

It was indeed a huge honour for MCC when it won the overall Minister’s award, beating 26 other finalists, including Townsville Hospital and the Queensland Police Academy. MCC’s key business is to get migrants and refugees into the workforce, and integrated into mainstream society, through its “Migrant One Stop Shop’. Essential to its training and employment programme is the running of government – funded courses including Certificate III in Aged Care / Child Care, Certificate II Kitchen Operations, Certificate I in Business. Annually over 90 % complete their courses; while over 80% find jobs, with many going on to do Diploma or tertiary courses.
It was also wonderful that the newly established Diverciti Cleaning (a social enterprise) was also a finalist. The company was set up as a means of providing guaranteed employment and a steady above award income to unemployed CALD people, in cleaning, an occupation which is, possibly, the most unregulated in our society today. Diverciti seeks out cleaning contracts and guaranteed work paying above award wages, which is then ‘sub-contracted’ to a CALD cleaner. Thus Diverciti supports MCC by creating job opportunities for its clients as MCC has a pool of job seekers that has relevant skills set, some having been trained in Certificate II Assets Maintenance (Cleaning Operations). In addition, the cleaning industry has always been one of the ideal industries for starting up a small business and as a result MCC job seekers are supported in setting up small businesses to give them a sustainable and independent future.

These initiatives from both MCC and Diverciti Enterprises, enable migrants and refugees to settle down in Queensland, by promoting a sense of belonging, as all work together to build a prosperous, fair and harmonious nation. More importantly, all job seekers are able to participate fully in the economic, political and social life of the state. We live in a global village, with multi-national companies operating in our global economy. CALD migrants bring a diverse range of skills, talents, languages to the workplace; in addition to an extended network of contacts spanning the globe. Australia can benefit not only from this vast range of diverse communities economically, but the cultural and social contributions bring so much colour and variety to all of us to enjoy.


Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Program

Funded by DSS (Department of Social Services), MCC helps and supports eligible migrants*, refugees*, and temporary residents* under the SSP (Settlement Services Program). For them to be eligible they must: live permanently in Brisbane, Queensland and have been in Australia for less than 5 years. MCC helps SSP clients to settle and integrate into Australian society. MCC also provides a range of services to benefit SSP clients.

  • Migrants – visa subclass family stream (low English proficiency) 100, 101, 102, 103, 114, 115, 116, 117, 143, 801,
    802, 804, 835, 836, 837, 838, 864.
  • Refugees – visa subclass 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 800, 866. Other stream – visa subclass 151, 852.
  • Temporary residents – visa subclass family stream 173, 300, 309, 310, 445, 820, 884.
  • Skilled stream (dependants only) 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 188, 400, 403, 408, 476, 482, 485, 489, 491, 494.

Casework and ReferralsHelps migrants understand more about the mainstream services, their rights and responsibilities. Refugees and migrants are connected with the appropriate agencies and organisations.

Info Sessions and Life SkillsInformation sessions on many useful topics such as banking, nutrition, parenting, fire and safety, renting rights and responsibilities, managing money, police services, employment and much more.

Youth Leadership ProgramWe have been running “Set for Life”: a project aimed at motivating students from years 10, 11 and/or 12 to pursue a career pathway that will lead them to success. Click here to download the brochure with more information

Please CONTACT US for more information.

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability and Ageing)

Next Intake Start Date: February 2024

No Cost to Eligible Participants!!*

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) (CHC33015)
The Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) in conjunction with Asian Pacific Institute (RTO No.6153) is offering this course for those wishing to gain entry into the aged care and disability support industry. The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) runs for 16 weeks full-time including both 10 weeks of in-class lectures and 6 weeks of mandatory practical placement with an aged care facility and a disability services agency (minimum 120 hours). Essential knowledge and skills will be assessed through written work, practical tasks and industry placement.

This course is nationally recognised, and upon completion, students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN), a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) in an Aged Care Facility, a Community support Worker, a Home Care Assistant or a Community Care Worker.

Students aspiring to continue with further study can upgrade to the Certificate IV in Ageing Support or Certificate IV in Disability Support, or diversify into other fields within Community Services. Students can also advance into Diploma level studies or other health care professions such as Nursing at a tertiary level.

Under this training, students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds will be able to receive language support (if required) to enable students to work through their notes and to prepare for assessment.

For more information about this course, please visit Asian Pacific Institute: https://www.apinstitute.qld.edu.au/courses/chc33015-certificate-iii-in-individual-support-ageing/

*This Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government. Eligibility Criteria applies.


CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Next Intake Start Date: February 2024
(date to be advised)

No Cost to Eligible Participants!!*

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121)
The Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) in partnership with Asian Pacific Institute (RTO No.6153) offers this course for those seeking a career in the childcare industry.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care runs for 23 weeks including practical placement in a childcare centre. Essential knowledge and skills will be assessed through written work, practical tasks and industry placement. This course is nationally recognised, and upon completion, students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a Nanny, Assistant in a Childcare Centre, Playgroup Supervisor, Family Day Care Worker, or Mobile Assistant. Under this training, students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds will receive language support (if required) to enable students to work through their notes and prepare for assessment. For more information about this course, please visit the API website: https://www.apinstitute.qld.edu.au/courses/chc30121-certificate-iii-in-early-childhood-education-care-2/ *This Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government. Eligibility criteria apply.    

About MCC

The Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) was established in 1989 in Chinatown, to meet the needs of Brisbane’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community in Brisbane Chinatown (Fortitude Valley) and the wider Brisbane community. MCC was formally incorporated in 1996 and operates as a charitable organisation (a public benevolent institution), primarily assisting migrants, refugees, the disadvantaged, the poor and the elderly. MCC is actively involved in combating any forms of racism and acts as an advocate and liaison body where government and non-government bodies are concerned. It also actively promotes multiculturalism and cultural maintenance of traditions, language, and customs. MCC is now located in Newmarket and continue to serve Brisbane’s community. MCC is the winner of the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Minister’s Award.

Our Aims

  • To assist those disadvantaged by poverty, sickness, unemployment, racial discrimination, and those who are recognisable in need of relief with practical services catering for the community’s language and cultural diversity
  • To feed and clothe the poor and needy
  • To care for and provide assistance to the elderly and disabled

Our Aims

To provide members of the CALD community with:
  • Accredited and non-accredited training
  • Australian qualifications that result in jobs with career pathways
  • Australian work experience