Capacity building for communities

The Office of Multicultural Interests, team delivers the Community Capacity Building Project each year based on the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Western Australia. 

Previous OMI Capacity Building projects have included  

  • Project management and media training for CaLD young people.  
  • Media training for CaLD community leaders.   
  • Digital Marketing workshops for CaLD small businesses. 
  • Treasurer and social media strategy training for CaLD community groups. 
  • Organisational Governance and Volunteer Management workshops 

2024 OMI Capacity Building Project: Acknowledge This! Training workshops  

In 2024, the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) is offering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) associations and community groups the opportunity to participate in an Acknowledge This! training workshop facilitated by Rhys Paddick and Emma Gibbens.  

An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. 

This is an informative and hands-on 2-hour workshop where you will develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of an Acknowledgement of Country, and an opportunity to develop a personalised Acknowledgement of Country.  

We currently have one online and one in-person workshop available. We encourage representatives who would provide an Acknowledgement of Country to attend, this is usually the President and/or Chair of an association.   

For more information about the training, please email  


Previous workshops and forums have been offered in the following:

Funding forums — Learn about funding opportunities and get application advice

Funding agencies come together to present one-stop-shop forums that enable communities to learn about funding bodies and their grants programs, then hold informal discussions with staff from the agencies on their project ideas.

Media training — Information and skills on working with media

Interactive media workshops enable community members to learn and practise media skills including writing media statements and giving television interviews. Participants share experiences and obtain advice on strategy from media professionals. See OMI's Community Media Kit for media communication resources for CaLD communities.

Public sector forums — Employment opportunities in public sector

The public sector is the largest employer in WA, offers a range of careers and promotes a culturally diverse workforce. Participants find out how to look for a job, make an application, prepare for an interview and gain professional development opportunities.

Have you thought about a board role?

Diversifying Boards—Your cultural advantage​ can help you assess your board readiness and learn about how to pursue a board role. It includes information about boards, what being a board member involves and resources that you can access to help you on your journey to board membership.

This guide is accompanied by a governance training program developed by OMI and the WA Council of Social Services, to prepare people from CaLD backgrounds to take on board roles.

For more information about governance training email OMI. 
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Diversifying Boards — Your Cultural Advantage

A guide to pursuing a board role
Page reviewed 18 March 2024