MDA exists to shape a better future for all
MDA is committed to delivering a welcoming Queensland where all new arrivals have the opportunity to fully contribute to and participate in a multicultural society. Queensland’s diversity is our strength.
We are an independent organisation committed to achieving the best settlement outcomes for our clients. As one of Queensland’s largest multicultural agencies, we work with refugees, international students, people seeking asylum and migrants, as well as their local communities.
In metropolitan and regional Queensland, MDA works in partnership with our clients, other service providers, government agencies and the private sector, to achieve quality service delivery through advocacy, client service delivery, community development and multicultural sector development.
We know the pathways to full participation we provide for new arrivals are vital to a successful multicultural society.
Making this happen is a two-way street for both the new arrivals, in the effort they make to settle into the community, and for the rest of us in the positive and supportive welcome we give them in their new home .
Download a copy of MDA’s Strategic Plan here.
Dreaming under the Hills Hoist
“We did it in a backyard, with a clothes line in the background. And we did it without any possessions. We didn’t have any money, we didn’t have a place and we didn’t have any workers. And isn’t that reflective of a lot of our clientele! Many come here without anything except a dream to begin again.”
Gail Hyslop – MDA founding member
It seems fitting that an old icon of Aussie innovation was the backdrop, gazing over those early gatherings that would lead to the formation of MDA. Indeed that’s how it was – a group of concerned Queenslanders huddled in an unassuming Brisbane backyard, themselves innovating a way forward through the difficult and divisive days of the late 90s Brisbane.
The defunding of the Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre in 1997 had led to a lot of soul searching, with some of those closely connected to the centre recognising that a strong multicultural sector in Queensland remained as important as ever.
Together they rallied other sector friends and colleagues, bringing on board new strategic thinking, connections and professional skills, and dreaming up a vision focused on advocacy, sector and community development and service delivery to promote a strong multicultural future for all Queenslanders.
Many things have changed over the last 20 years, but MDA’s commitment to the same core vision has remained steadfast, allowing MDA to further its work as a strong agent for multiculturalism and social change in Queensland.
Executive Management Team
Tim oversees MDA’s social and economic inclusion programs. He joined MDA in 2013 with senior management experience across the community, education, youth justice and mental health sectors, including as Chief Operations Officer at Healthy Options Australia. During his tenure with MDA, Tim has been the Senior Manager overseeing our Brisbane-based service delivery to refugees and people seeking asylum. Tim is passionate about making a difference through leading and mentoring high performing teams.
Rod is MDA’s CFO and Executive Manager for People and Systems. He has extensive experience as a senior executive working across both State and Commonwealth government and across a range of sectors including Education, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Tourism, Employment and Training. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants. Rod is passionate about working collaboratively to achieve quality community outcomes.