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Our multicultural policy adviser:

  • addresses sectoral local government issues to enable increased responsiveness to cultural diversity
  • supports strategic and social planning to inform local government diversity policy and service development
  • develops partnerships and relationships between local government and ethnic community sectors
  • assists local government with advocacy to advance the multicultural affairs agenda
  • networks with relevant peak bodies and committees
  • supports and promotes the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)
  • works closely with other levels of government on cultural diversity issues

This position is currently funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health to work with councils on home and community care services.

It is also funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) to work with councils on the Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) Program.

Multicultural Issues eNetwork

We maintain an email distribution list for local government staff responsible for multicultural services and policy development. The enetwork regularly disseminates information on new resources, upcoming forums and events, news and advice.

To join the enetwork, email Con Pagonis at

Services & events

Collaborative Aged Care Service Delivery to CALD People

In partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and the Victorian Department of Health we are convening two similar professional development seminars for council- and community-sector aged care service providers.

The sessions will provide:

  • updates on the policy environment
  • information on new resources to support service delivery to culturally and linguistically diverse clients
  • examples of good collaborative practice between HACC-funded council and community-based service providers.

Two alternative free half-day afternoon sessions are being offered:

  • 1:30pm to 4pm on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at Ballarat Town Hall
  • 1:30pm to 4pm on Wednesday 11 September 2013 at the MAV offices in Melbourne

For further details on presenters and topics, and to register, visit the page for the Ballarat event or the Melbourne event.

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD)

LEAD is a pilot program to prevent discrimination and support cultural diversity within local communities and organisations.

The MAV is a LEAD Project implementing partner with VicHealth along with the City of Whittlesea, the City of Greater Shepparton and other organisations.

LEAD training for councils is available from the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC). Contact Jane Lewis on 1300 891 848 or email

Interpreting services

The federal government’s Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS) provides free interpreting services to local councils for many municipal services. For more information contact the TIS client liaison and promotions team on 1300 655 820 or at


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Con Pagonis, multicultural policy adviser