Consultative Structures

Projects and Initiatives - Promoting harmony


Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network (MMYN)

The Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network (MMYN) was established in September 2007 to provide advice to the Victorian Government, through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, on issues and initiatives that affect young Victorians from culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The MMYN is comprised of 25 young people from a range of faiths, cultures, ages, geographical locations and life experiences.

The MMYN meets four to six times a year and as well as highlighting key issues facing young Victorians, members have the opportunity to develop youth-led projects which respond to some of these issues.

Alongside their advisory role, MMYN members have been involved in a number of initiatives including:

  • Developing and implementing youth-led projects which focused on employment, media, sport, education and newly arrived young people;
  • Planning and developing Schools Tours in 2011 and 2012 to discuss faith, culture and human rights with high school students in regional Victoria;
  • Hosting the youth breakout session at the Immigration Museum’s Owning Racism: Can we talk? conference in 2012;
  • Planning and carrying out the “UBUNTU” Youth Stage as part of the Viva Victoria festival in 2012 and 2013;
  • Planning and delivering a joint public forum in 2011 with the Ethnic Youth Council on Young People, Identity and the Media: Perspectives from the Refugee Community;
  • A member of MMYN becoming the first Youth Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2012;
  • Representation on the Multifaith Advisory Group, which provides advice to the Government on issues of interest and concern to faith communities and support opportunities and strategies to promote community harmony.

Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG)

The Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) was established in February 2008 in response to recommendations from the 2007 Premier’s Multifaith Leaders Forum. The MAG currently consists of approximately 25 senior representatives from Victoria’s diverse faith communities (including various Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha'i communities).

The MAG is an advisory body which represents the voice of Victoria’s faith leaders to the Victorian Government through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The MAG aims to ensure ongoing dialogue between the Victorian Government and Victoria’s faith leaders and communities, and assists the Government to understand and appropriately respond to situations which arise in diverse faith and multicultural communities around Victoria.

The MAG currently comprises representatives from the following organisations:

  • Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
  • Baha’i Community of Victoria
  • Rabbinical Council of Victoria
  • B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission
  • Buddhist Council of Victoria
  • Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne
  • Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
  • E-Vam Institute
  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
  • Hindu Community Council of Victoria
  • Hindu Foundation
  • Hindu Society of Victoria
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Jewish Community Council of Victoria
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Presbyterian Church of Victoria
  • Rabbinical Council of Victoria
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Russian Orthodox Church
  • Salvation Army
  • Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria
  • The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
  • Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
  • Victorian Council of Churches
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission

For more information on the MMYN or MAG please contact us.

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