The Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations of Queensland (FSOQ) Inc. was formed in 2013 in association with six main Sri Lankan community associations in Queensland as its founder members.
The founder associations realised the need to bring together the Sri Lankan migrant community in Queensland, irrespective of their ethnicity, to represent and exchange the high values of our community and our culture with the mainstream communities living in Australia and serve both nations under one umbrella organisation – FSOQ.
The FSOQ’s goal is to serve as a unified body in order to strengthen our community values and provide improved services to people of Sri Lankan origin in Queensland, respecting the multicultural values of Australia.
- FSOQ will represent the Sri Lankan community within the local, state and federal governments and will effectively reach out and communicate with the wider Australian Sri Lankan communities in their welfare and representations.
- FSOQ will function as an apex body representing the Sri Lankan Community organisations in Queensland to further cultural, educational, social, welfare and economic interests of member organisations.
- FSOQ will be the representative to liaise with the Sri Lankan Government where necessary, either directly or through Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia, representing the local community in Queensland.
- FSOQ will engage in major welfare projects for Sri Lanka and Australia, when situation demands, with the help of our communities in contributing our best to help, while engaging with the coordinators of both countries.
Objects, Scope, Vision, and Statement of Purposes
The objects, purpose and scope of FSOQ shall be to undertake activities beneficial to the Sri Lankan community living in Queensland encompassing the following:
- (a) To act in partnership with member organisations, but refraining from interfering with the running of the individual member organisations in their own right;
- (b) To be the apex body representing the Sri Lankan Community organisations in Queensland to further cultural, educational, social, welfare and economic interests of member organisations.
- (c) To represent the Queensland Sri Lankan community at local, state, federal and international levels where appropriate including the representation in media.
- (d) To keep the Queensland Sri Lankan communities informed of the current affairs affecting them.
- (e) To liaise with the Sri Lankan Government where necessary, either directly or through the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia, representing the Sri Lankan community in Queensland.
- (f) To provide common services to member organisations, where required.
- (g) To provide new services to the Sri Lankan community in Queensland and undertaking activities, which are outside the scope of member organisations.
- (h) To acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of property and assets for the benefit of the Sri Lankan community in Queensland.
- (i) To refrain from alignment with any political, ethnic/racial identification and any
religious groups and maintain a non-partisan neutral position with regard to affairs in both Australia and Sri Lanka.
- (j) To promote the fair name of Sri Lanka in Australia.
- (k) To foster the concept of multiculturalism in the wider community of Australia.