Diversity and Social Cohesion Program (DSCP)
The Diversity and Social Cohesion Program is an Australian Government initiative that evolved from the 'Living in Harmony' program which was established in 1998. The primary objective of DSCP is to help not for profit community organisations turn plans into reality. If your idea promotes respect, fairness and sense of belonging for everyone, then we might be able to help you. Commencing in 2011–12, the DSCP also includes a new small grants program for multicultural arts and festivals.
The program is a major component of the Government's approach to cultural diversity. The key objectives are:
- the importance of all Australians respecting one another regardless of cultural, racial or religious differences
- the fair treatment of all Australians, encouraging people to recognise that our interactions should be accepting of, and responsive to, each other’s backgrounds, circumstances, needs and preferences
- opportunities for people to participate equitably in Australian society and to understand the rights and responsibilities that we share as part of that society
- a sense of belonging for everyone by helping communities work towards a spirit of inclusiveness and a shared identity as Australians
- the benefits of living in a culturally diverse society
- to build the capacity of specific communities who are under significant pressure because of their culture or religion.