The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is delighted to welcome Vivienne Nguyen as our new Chairperson.
Viv is a proud Vietnamese-Victorian and has been an active member of Victoria’s diverse communities throughout her life.
Her extensive professional experience has spanned the corporate, public and community sectors, most recently as the President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victorian Chapter where she played a key role in building support for Australia’s first Vietnamese cultural museum.
She has worked with a range of culturally and religiously diverse communities including engaging with Victoria’s African community leaders, state and local governments to strengthen social cohesion.
At the Department of Health and Human Services and Melbourne City Mission, she supported the disability sector’s transition to the NDIS.
Prior to her work in the public and community sectors, she held roles at AustChoice Financial Services, AMP Asset Management and ANZ Banking Group where she led the global organisation’s diversity strategy.
Viv was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 and was recorded on the Victorian Honour Roll in 2002 for her services to community advocating for women in leadership and Vietnamese young people.
VMC Acting Chairperson Ross Alatsas said Ms Nguyen will commence her 4-year term with the Victorian Multicultural Commission on 26 August 2019.
"Viv already has an incredible list of achievements in promoting diversity and I wish her all the best in leading the VMC’s vitally important work,” he said.
A former VMC Commissioner from 2005-2008, Viv is excited to be returning with a new perspective.
“I am committed to working with communities and government and in continuing the work of creating a Victoria where everyone, irrespective of a person’s cultural or religious background or identity, can fully participate and contribute,” she said.
Viv was appointed by the Governor in Council following a competitive process coordinated by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The appointment was announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs the Hon. Richard Wynne MP on Tuesday 20 August 2019. The appointment of an additional 8 Commissioners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Reviewed 22 August 2019