From 2012, the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has established eight Regional Advisory Councils across the State.
The aims of the Regional Advisory Councils are to:
- provide advice to the VMC on settlement, multicultural affairs, service delivery and citizenship issues;
- advocate on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities; and
- promote the benefits of cultural and religious diversity at the local level.
Three Regional Advisory Councils are based in Melbourne and surrounds - Eastern Metropolitan, North & West Metropolitan and Southern Metropolitan - and five are based in rural and regional Victoria - Baron South West, Hume, Loddon Mallee, Gippsland and Grampians.
Regional Advisory Councils have up to 13 appointed members including local residents and representatives from service providers, community organisations, businesses and local government. Each Council meets three times per year.