VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Thursday 4 April 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

Let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible success of Cultural Diversity Week!

I am deeply grateful to everyone who participated – your enthusiasm and dedication truly made a special week.

Last week, we came together as a community and celebrated our unique backgrounds, honoured our shared values, and learned about the richness of our diverse cultures. It was a pleasure to be a part of so many events and insightful discussions. It was truly a week that highlighted the power of shared stories and how by celebrating together we have strengthened the fabric of our community.

To reflect back, March also brought International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements and continue to advocate for their equality. We must work towards a world where every woman feels valued, respected, and has the chance to thrive.

On April 2, we recognised World Autism Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness and celebrate the autistic community.

I would also like to recognise VMC's Regional Advisory Committee who held their first round of meetings. These sessions offer a crucial space for dialogue, collaboration, and community engagement. They allow us to address important issues, share perspectives, and build a more inclusive society together.

Let's carry the spirit of reflection, gratitude, and collaboration forward. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact and create a brighter future for all. 

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson

 News and Events 

AUST | OFFERING | Courage to Care online teacher Upstander lesson plans

Courage to Care has launched a set of six digital ‘How to be an Upstander’ lesson plans for years 9&10, complementing their existing face to face Upstander Programs.

The new online resources will equip teachers to tackle issues of racism, discrimination and stereotyping, whilst also giving students the tools to stand up and take action against hate speech in their schools and communities.

With support from the Department of Education, the resources were developed in partnership with and is now available nationwide for free!

VIC | FURTHERING | Your goals, your way

Low cost courses at over 200 locations across Victoria to help you learn skills for work, study and life. 
Learn Local courses include: 
  • Learn online or in person
  • Get the skills employers are looking for
  • Doing further study
  • Learning with others in your local community
To find out more please visit


April marks World Autism Month, beginning with the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. World Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day was created to appreciate and acknowledge the contributions that autistic people have made to our communities.

To find more resources please visit

VIC | VMC | WORKSHOPPING | Public speaking program | Thursday 2 May 2024 | 5.30-8.30pm

The Victorian Multicultural Commission has partnered with the Centre for Multicultural Youth to invite you to a workshop focused on enhancing your Public Speaking and Advocacy skills. 

Young people and women would be prioritised.
  • Where: Kathleen Syme Library
  • Cost: Please note there are limited available spots that the VMC has paid for, and we encourage you to register as soon as possible. 
  • Considerations: Food will be provided. Please share your dietary and accessibility requirements.
  • Bookings: Register here

VIC | GOV | STAYING | Well this winter

Getting your flu shot and staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations will help you and the people around you to stay well this winter. You can find information in 17 languages about where to get help and what you need to do. 


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

The VMC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.