VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 21 February 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

In reflecting on recent activities here at the Commission, I had the privilege of attending the Southern Metro Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meeting last week. 

I was truly inspired by the dedication and diversity of its members—PhDs, engineers, interpreters, scientists, directors, nurses, educators, diplomats, and more—all united in their commitment to supporting the VMC and ensuring the voices of multicultural communities are heard loud and clear. Their unwavering dedication serves as a beacon of hope and reminds us of the African saying, "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." That's the spirit of the RAC—a testament to the power of collective action and solidarity.  

As advocates in our respective spheres, we understand that the path to progress can be challenging and demanding. Yet, with the shared determination and collaborative spirit exemplified by the RAC members, I am confident that we will continue to move forward, overcoming obstacles and making meaningful strides towards a more inclusive and equitable future.  

On the horizon, we also have International Women's Day—a day to honour the achievements of women around the world and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality. Let us recognise the invaluable contributions of women from all walks of life and strive for a future where every woman can thrive and reach her full potential.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming IWD events and thank you for putting your shoulders to the wheels of gender equality.

We are also a few weeks away from Cultural Diversity Week, a time when we are reminded of the beauty and strength that comes from embracing our differences. This provides us with an opportunity to come together, share our stories, and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that make our community vibrant and resilient. 

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson


 News and Events 

UPDATING | Cultural Diversity Week | Monday 18–Sunday 24 March 2024

Victoria's vibrant Cultural Diversity Week is happening with this year's theme, "Our Shared Stories - Celebrating Together," invites everyone to join a tapestry of experiences and celebrate the beauty of our diverse state. As part of Cultural Diversity Week, we are excited to highlight the diverse and vibrant events hosted by councils across Victoria. 

Digital resources are now available

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CALLING | Applicants to join the small business ministerial councils

Applications are now open for people who want to be part of change for Victorian small businesses by joining the Small Business Ministerial Council or Multicultural Business Ministerial Council.

ANNOUNCING | Finalists for Volunteering Awards 2023

Congratulations to all Volunteering Awards 2023 finalists!
The Volunteering Awards celebrate volunteers giving their time and talents to support their communities. 28 volunteers and 24 community organisations have been named as finalists in the 2023 Volunteering Awards.
From supporting children with disability to take part in adventure activities to helping newly arrived migrants get their driver licenses, this year’s finalists have shown that there are so many ways that volunteers contribute to their communities.

CALLING | Expressions of interest from Board Directors to Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) | applications close Saturday 25 February 2024

The Minister for Mental Health is pleased to invite applications for a Forensicare board director. The position starts on 1 July 2024 and the appointment would be for a period of up to three years. 

WELCOMING | Victorian Open Mosque Day 2024 

More than 35 mosques and Islamic centres across the state will be opening their doors to the Victorian community on Saturday 25 February as part of the annual Victorian Mosque Open Day with support from the Victorian Government.

CELEBRATING | Festival Africa | Sunday 17 March 2024 | 11am–5pm

Festival Africa invites you to experience the spirit of Ubuntu, where the beat of the drum and the aroma of African street food create an atmosphere of joy and connection.
  • Where: Space2b Laneway, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda
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ADVISING | Police are drug testing across Victoria. 

Police are out there day and night to keep everyone in the community safe. If you drive with illicit drugs in your system, chances are the police will catch you. Police can be anywhere at anytime. 


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