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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 and events

Opportunities for Partnerships Conference

This local government multicultural development conference was held on Friday 12 September 2014. It was hosted by Wyndham City Council at their Werribee Civic Centre.

The keynote speaker was Fatima Shama, the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (via Skype). Other plenary speakers included Cr Bill McArthur, the MAV President; Cr Gautam Gupta, Wyndham City Council; Bernadette Ryan, Victorian DSS Manager; Hakan Akyol, OMAC Director; and Dr Irene Bouzo, ECCV A/g Executive Officer.

The conference program was facilitated by Maria Dimopoulos of MyriaD Consultants and addressed cultural diversity planning issues across Victoria’s 79 municipalities. 

The key theme was “opportunities for partnerships”, both intergovernmental and Non Government Organisations and community sectors. 

The MAV is developing a webpage which will include the conference report, presentations and related resources. It will appear shortly.

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