The Victorian Multicultural Commission invited expressions of interest from new members to join our 8 Regional Advisory Councils in September-October 2019.
Expressions of interest were invited from anyone who has:
- an understanding of local issues impacting multicultural communities
- connections to diverse communities
- a commitment to improving their local community
Note: expressions of interest have now closed.
Frequently asked questions
The Regional Advisory Councils are a network of passionate community members and representatives across Victoria who work with the Commission to identify and address issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians. There are 8 councils, each covering a region of the state.
Council meetings provide a platform for members to advise the Commission on matters of multicultural affairs, settlement, service delivery and citizenship issues in their local community. The councils also provide a forum for sharing information and forging new connections between organisations and government bodies.
Council members are representatives of their region and need to be a resident of, or work in, that region.
Each council includes a diverse mix of people who are:
- local community members or residents
- local service providers delivering services to migrant and multicultural communities
- local business and community organisation representatives
- local government representatives
We strongly encourage applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers, women and young people over the age of 16.
Our council members represent the voice of their local community and work directly with the Commission to identify and understand issues and explore how they can be addressed.
Members also support the Commission to promote the benefits of diversity and to foster opportunities for participation, contribution and connection within their community.
Members commit to:
- attend 3 regional meetings each year, which may require travel within the region
- contribute their ethnic community perspectives to inform Victorian Government policies and programs
- take information to their communities about services and programs
- bring members of their ethnic community to Commission community consultations
- Council members are recognised on the Commission’s website and in the annual report and other communications
Regional Advisory Councils meet 3 times a year (approximately 2.5 hours duration). Members are required to attend all scheduled meetings.
In addition to these meetings, Regional Advisory Councils may be required to attend broader community consultations in their region.
They may also be asked to contribute to other Commission programs and projects, or provide feedback on issues, programs or services outside of the regular meetings.
Council members are appointed for 2 years, from the date of appointment to 30 June 2021.
If a member resigns before the end of their term, a replacement will be identified on a case-by-case basis.
No. Council membership is a voluntary opportunity and members are not remunerated.
Some members may be eligible for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses associated with attending meetings, such as long-distance travel. This is subject to approval by the Commission.
Please contact the Regional Advisory Council Secretariat if you wish to check eligibility.
Each Regional Advisory Council meets three times a year at a central location in that region. Meetings are generally held in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters of the year.
Council members are also encouraged to attend broader community consultations with the Commission in their region throughout the year.
An assessment panel will be convened by the Commission to consider the applications and to contact referees.
Council members are appointed by the Victorian Multicultural Commission with consideration for ensuring that each council includes a diverse mix of people from different cultural backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers, as well as young people over the age of 16.
All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application by email.
Reviewed 08 October 2019