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Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence honour individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to strengthening Victoria’s multicultural community. 

Now in their 16th year, the awards are presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Nominations are invited across 10 award categories, highlighting paid and voluntary work in the areas of business, government, education, youth, media and policing.

Previous Awards for Excellence have been presented to Victorians who value diversity, including people from migrant and refugee backgrounds– who have made a positive impact in strengthening multiculturalism in our state.

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony later in the year to be attended by high-profile Victorian dignitaries, community leaders and the families and friends of recipients. 

Selected award categories allow people and organisations to nominate themselves, while others require nomination by a third party.

Nominations must include a 600-1000 word Statement of Support addressing specific questions detailed on the nomination form, in addition to the contact details of two referees.

To nominate an individual or an organisation, read and complete the Award Guidelines and Nomination Form.

Access and submit an online nomination form by clicking on any of the award categories below.

Alternatively, submit your nomination via email or post:

Email address:

Postal address:
Awards Coordinator
Victorian Multicultural Commission
GPO Box 4698
Melbourne VIC 3001

The Commission has received many fantastic nominations describing some of Victoria’s best Diversity Heroes and we acknowledge the efforts of the nominations we have received so far.

To allow more time to shine a light on inspiring Victorians, the Commission now welcomes nominations by midnight, Monday 28 August.

Awards categories

Find out more about each of the Awards categories below.




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Previous Awards

In 2016, 170 nominations were submitted across 12 categories, with 19 individuals and organisations receiving awards and a further 77 receiving certificates of merit.