Vasan Srinivasan, director of Shimak Davar International and Chair of the Confederation of Australian Indian Association Inc., is one of the newly appointed members of the Australian Multicultural Council.
Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells recently announced the new members of the Australian Multicultural Council. The Council advises the Government on multicultural affairs.
Mr Andrews said the Government’s support for the Council confirmed its commitment to a multicultural Australia and to building a stronger Australian community.
“The Council will advise the Government on ways to sustain and support socially cohesive communities, to ensure all Australians have the opportunity to participate, engage and contribute to Australian life,” he said.
“It will examine ways to further harness the economic and social benefits of our nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity and advise on how we can promote social cohesion by fostering the successful integration of migrants into the broad Australian community.
“I look forward to receiving the Council’s expert advice to guide policy and programme innovation, enhance civic engagement and help drive an agenda of migrant participation and broader community cohesion.”
Vasan a well-known member of the Indian community and he has been involved in projects on mental health and other multicultural projects throughout Victoria. He was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Excellence in multicultural affairs by the Victorian Government in 2013. Vasan served as president of the Federation of Indian Association of Victoria and was a founding member of the Federation of Indian Multifaith Organizations Victoria Inc.
Speaking on the occasion Senator Fierravanti-Wells said Australia has been a great multicultural success story and advisory bodies such as the Australian Multicultural Council play a valuable role.
“Leaders from Australian business and civil society, all with an interest in multicultural policy, comprise the new Council,” she said.
The other Council members are:
Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Chair
Dr Bulent Hass Dellal OAM
Ms Helena Kyriazopoulos
Ms Faiza Rehman
Ms Charlotte Vidor
Members will serve three-year terms on the Council.
Published in The Indian Sun, Australia