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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 cpagonis@mav.asn.au

Services & events

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 Jane.Lewis@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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 tispromo@immi.gov.au

 

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Con Pagonis, multicultural policy adviser