Nine national Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisations have joined forces to declare their support for the recognition of Australia’s first peoples in the Constitution. 

Signing the RECOGNISE CALD Accord the organisations have pledged their support in promoting the RECOGNISE campaign in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

Signings of the Accord took place in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne in mid December 2015. Vivi Koutsounadis signed the Accord on behalf of the National Association of Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Services.  

Tim Gartrell, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director was delighted to have strong backing from nine national CALD organisations. 

 “The RECOGNISE CALD Accord ensures that RECOGNISE engages with CALD communities in a respectful manner and in a way that will resonate with the communities,” Mr Gartrell said. 

RECOGNISE is the movement to raise awareness of the need to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and build support for change ahead of any referendum.  

Its role has a very specific focus: to raise awareness of the need to end the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Australian Constitution and deal with racial discrimination in it. 

Momentum and support for the RECOGNISE campaign continues to rise, with over 284,700 Australians affirming their support. Since 26 May 2013, the Journey to Recognition relay has engaged with more than 235 communities and 24,280 Australians. 

The alliance includes the Migration Council of Australia, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, Settlement Council of Australia, Refugee Council of Australia, National Welfare Rights Network, National Association of Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Services, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network and Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia.   For more information about the campaign head to