Victoria Govt seeks community participation in South Asian council

Last date for applying for a voluntary position on the council is 22 December

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The Victorian government is calling for entries for a voluntary position on a South Asian Ministerial Advisory Council, which will create a direct dialogue between the Labor Government and representatives from Victoria’s Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Nepalese, Bhutanese and the Republic of Maldives communities.

The Victorian Government is ensuring the voices of South Asian Victorians are heard with the establishment of the dedicated advisory body.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott made an announcement about the Council on 28 November.

“We want all South Asian Victorians to have a say in their future and be empowered to speak out about the challenges they face,” he said. “We want to engage directly with South Asian communities and work together to enrich Victoria’s dynamic multiculturalism,” he added.

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The Council will bring together 25 young and established community members across genders and a wide range of ages, cultural and religious backgrounds.

A key objective for the Council will be to develop a South Asian Communities Action Plan – roadmap for the future by identifying and addressing key issues.

Membership of the Council will include Minister Scott, 25 community representatives and the chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos.

“Victoria’s diverse South Asian communities contribute to our identity as a vibrant and cohesive society. The VMC is determined to ensure their voices are heard as they build an even stronger future in Victoria,” Kapalos said.

Victorians interested in nominating for a voluntary Council position are encouraged to submit an expression of interest and CV to community.participation@dpc.vic.gov.au by 22 December 2017.