VMC | UPDATING | Free family violence webinar, a Diploma of Governance scholarship and More | Wednesday 15 June 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

This weekend is set to be filled with many exciting events held across Victoria to celebrate the 2022 Refugee Week. 

Message from the Chairperson

I look forward to meeting many of you at these events and beyond.

At the VMC, we are especially looking forward to celebrating our 2022 Refugee Awards Monday 20 June. We are excited to recognise many outstanding people who arrived in Victoria seeking asylum or as refugees - all are leaders in our communities and incredible contributors to our State. 

Our newsletter this week has a lot of additional items to note outside of Refugee Week. I'd like to especially draw your attention to the recently announced Emerging Stronger Community Grants Program and a part-scholarship to complete a Diploma of Governance. Both are wonderful opportunities for multicultural leaders in Victoria.

Finally, I'd like to extend my congratulations to the 29 Inductees in the 2022 Multicultural Honour Roll, and the 24 finalists and winners of the Capturing Culture Photography Competition - all of whom have been honoured in the last two weeks.

Their work is inspiring and I am proud to be part of these efforts to elevate the contribution and participation of Victorians with culturally diverse backgrounds and faiths.

Until we next meet, take care and stay safe. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll - photos now available!

On 31 May 2022, our Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, The Hon. Ros Spence inducted 29 local champions to the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll.

Photos from the awards night at the Arts Centre Melbourne are now available online and on social media! Please feel free to tag yourself and your guests, and relive a wonderful night of celebration. 

North Richmond Community Health | Refugee Week celebration  | Saturday 18 June 2022

North Richmond Community Health is celebrating Refugee Week with a community event to honour the Vietnamese community in Richmond.

Enjoy live entertainment, traditional performances, a karaoke competition, and delicious food! All are welcome to attend, and no RSVP is required.
  • For more information contact Thien Giang at 0413 865 756.

Free family violence webinar | 21 June 2022 | arrive 2.55pm for 3pm

Join the Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP on Tuesday 21 June for a webinar to launch the Faith Leader's Practice Guide and Toolkit for family violence.

This toolkit looks at the role of faith leaders and communities in responding to and preventing family violence, sharing the best of Australian and international research on the topic. 

New community volunteering grants | applications close 9am Monday 18 July 2022

Applications are now open for the $1 million Emerging Stronger Community Grants Program which will support volunteers to build stronger, more resilient and inclusive communities.

Applications for grants of up to $80,000 are open for projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base, and strengthen volunteering in local communities.

The program is a key component of the Victorian Volunteering Strategy launched in May, which encourages people to give volunteering a go, or get back into it, after a significant decline in volunteering when the global pandemic hit in 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in August.

Nominations open for Senior of the Year Awards | nominations close Friday 29 July 2022

Nominations are now open until the end of July for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

For more than 20 years, the awards have highlighted the role of seniors who inspire others as mentors, educators, role models, leaders – as well as their impact in supporting diverse causes and communities across the state.

This year, Victorians are encouraged to nominate those aged 60 and above and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians aged 50 years and above.

Categories include the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award for promoting the benefits of cultural diversity.

Scholarship for the Diploma of Governance 

Founded in 2019, CALD2LEAD works with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to award emerging and existing leaders with high calibre leadership development program scholarships.

Currently, CALD2LEAD along with the Institute of Community Directors are offering a part-scholarship to complete the Institute's Diploma of Governance. 

The Diploma of Governance is a nationally recognised course offered entirely online. Students receive first-class governance training specifically tailored for the not-for-profit sector. 

Multicultural Film Festival 2022 | submissions close 20 June 2022

Are you an aspiring filmmaker with a multicultural background? Do you produce short films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion?

If any of the above applies to you, then consider entering your film for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne in August. 

We'd like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for this event, Commonwealth BankSegmentoJobs Victoria and the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Coronavirus hotline 


Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901