About Jatinder Kaur

Ms Kaur is the director of JK Diversity Consultants and an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She specialises in working with migrant and refugee communities in Australia. She has over 15 years of professional experience across various scopes of practice: research, policy, social work, child protection, mental health, refugee settlement, domestic violence and community development (see consultancy resume). She is fluent in Punjabi and Basic Hindi languages.

In 2011 she was appointed by the Australian Government as an ‘Independent Expert’ panel member on the ‘Access and Equity Inquiry Panel’. The focus of the inquiry was on the Australian Government services to ensure they are responsive to the needs of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse population. She was involved in facilitating community consultations in Logan, Qld and Newcastle, NSW and provided expert advice and feedback on ministerial briefings and analysed the 136 submissions. The Panel identified 20 recommendations to the Australian Government which were all adopted. The Multicultural Access and Equity policy framework still exists for the Australian government departments and agencies.

This research was the first of its kind to be conducted in Australia. She has presented her research finding at national and international conferences and has written two research papers which are published in Australian peer reviewed journals:
• Children Australia (32:4, 2007) and
• Developing Practice (Issue 23, 2009).