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Join the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Regional Advisory Councils

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is seeking passionate people from culturally diverse backgrounds to join its Regional Advisory Councils to help address issues facing Victoria’s multicultural communities.

As the eyes and ears of the Commission, council members play a vital role in sharing on the ground insights into issues such as migrant and refugee settlement services, employment, education, housing, citizenship and connection to culture.

With Regional Advisory Councils in Barwon South West, Hume, Loddon Mallee, Gippsland and Grampians, and Melbourne’s East, South and North West, the members form an important network of voices around state.

Council members not only champion diversity within their community, they also help identify solutions and strategies for change which informs the Commission’s advice to government.

The Commission’s new Chair, Vivienne Nguyen, is looking forward to welcoming new members to the councils.

“We rely on our Regional Advisory Councils to help us identify the issues that need our attention and to work with us on strategies that support multicultural communities to participate, contribute and belong. The insights and ideas we receive also help us to influence and shape policy, legislation and to improve government and community services,” she said.

Applicants for each council need to be local residents of their nominated area and feel passionately about representing their community.

Each council requires a diverse mix of people with applications encouraged from Victorians of any cultural background, including refugees and asylum seekers, as well as young people over the age of 16.

Representatives of local service providers, non-government organisations and local government are also encouraged to apply.

Each Council is chaired by a Commissioner, with meetings held three times a year. Council members are recognised on the Commission’s website, communications and annual report.

The councils also provide a forum for sharing information and forging new connections between organisations and government bodies.

Applications close on 30 September.

 

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