The VMC 40 Year Anniversary Research Report

Making multicultural Victoria, a look into 40 years of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, 1983 –2023.

A look into 40 years of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. 


The Victorian Multicultural Commission, initially called the Ethnic Affairs Commission, was founded as a statutory authority in March 1983, following the passage of the inaugural Ethnic Affairs Commission Act in 1982. Over the past 40 years, the Commission has played a central role in the making of modern multicultural Victoria. The following report draws upon extensive interviews, a survey, and desktop research which explores and celebrates the impact of the Commission. 

“We need to remember where we came from, the lessons learned through the journey traversed to guide us through the challenges and opportunities of the future.” 

 - Vivienne Nguyen AM, Chairperson Victorian Multicultural Commission 

In this report, you will find an analysis of 40 years of action and advocacy that explores the pillars of making a multicultural Victoria.  Along with the history of the commission and the diverse community impact it has had in challenging times.  

The Social Research Centre was engaged by the Victorian Multicultural Commission to undertake the research for this report. The goal was to discover the impact of the VMC over time, reflecting on its achievements and areas of improvement. Incorporating the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholders who have been involved with the Commission at different times during this period. 


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