Victorian Government Preliminary Multifaith Roundtable on LGBTI youth in Victoria

On 13 October 2016, 35 faith and community leaders participated in a Victorian Government Preliminary Multifaith Roundtable on LGBTI Youth hosted by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University.

The Roundtable was a joint initiative between the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division and the Equality Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and was attended by VMC Chairperson Helen Kapalos and Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Rowena Allen.

The initiative brought together leaders from a diverse range of faiths and cultural backgrounds to discuss the acceptance of LGBTI youth in faith communities, and the links between social inclusion and mental health and wellbeing.

The conversation was guided by research from Deakin University on the significant challenges LGBTI youth in faith communities experience in reconciling issues of identity regarding sexuality and faith.

Following a brief overview of the research, faith and community leaders were allocated a place at one of six roundtables comprised of at least one LGBTI person of faith and representatives from a diversity of religious groups.

This report details the Roundtable and its results.

Download Victorian Government Preliminary Multifaith Roundtable on LGBTI youth in Victoria.


Victorian Multicultural Commission-La Trobe study: Understanding Social Cohesion in Shepparton and Mildura

The Victorian Multicultural Commission funded La Trobe University researchers Anthony Moran and Mark Mallman in 2015 to examine the multicultural contexts of Shepparton and Mildura and measure the strength of social cohesion in these areas.

Understanding Social Cohesion in Shepparton and Mildura: Final Report finds that community members of Shepparton and Mildura actively engage in multicultural contexts and reach across cultural differences in everyday life. However, the study find also found there is still further work to be done to develop social cohesion in these Victorian regions.

The findings reveal that employment and housing challenges are still significant issues for people from multicultural backgrounds, especially people from non-English speaking, newly arrived and refugee backgrounds.

Nurturing opportunities for daily interaction between different cultural groups was identified as a means to strengthen social cohesion and build capacity in both communities.

While noting the social capital value of cultural festivals and local sporting events which provide opportunities for everyone to mix, the study recommends further interaction is needed outside of these contexts.

Download Understanding Social Cohesion in Shepparton and Mildura: Final Report.

Strengthening Social Cohesion: Meeting Community Needs

As people who work directly with multicultural communities, service providers are often the catalysts for realising the great potential of our state’s cultural diversity.

To hear the perspectives of those involved in delivering services for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) conducted metropolitan and regional forums with community and health service providers and peak bodies from April to May 2015.The VMC captured the issues, ideas and experiences of organisations across topics concerned with how the delivery of services assists integration and social cohesion.

Participants contributed insights on the daily challenges of delivering services with funding insecurity and the increasing diversity of the Victorian community. Importantly, these reflections extended to ways to strengthen services and make them more accessible, inclusive and culturally appropriate for multicultural communities. Organisations also shared their visions for how we might enable services to meet the complex challenges of family violence and discrimination and bias and help to build greater social cohesion.

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Engaging Our Youth: Our Future

From December 2014 to June 2015 the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) conducted ten forums for young people at metropolitan and regional locations – Metro West (Flemington/Footscray), Mill Park, Morwell, Ballarat, Shepparton, Dandenong, Broadmeadows, Truganina, Sunshine and Carrum Downs.

The VMC listened to young people who shared their experiences in a safe and fun environment. All participants generously shared their time, their views and their ideas to inform this report. Young people told the VMC about the things that matter to them and shared their ideas about multiculturalism.

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The findings of the report have since been drawn on by the Victorian Office for Youth and not-for-profit youth organisations to inform policy and programs aimed at building the capacity of young people from culturally diverse backgrounds in Victoria.


Victorian Multicultural Commission Multicultural Youth Forums 2014: Interim Report

In December 2014 the Victorian Multicultural Commission conducted three community consultations with groups of young men and women aged 16-25 years at Sunshine, Mill Park and Morwell. This interim report relates the content and findings of the consultations.

Click on Multicultural Youth Forums 2014: Interim Report to download the full report.


Understanding and use of Power of Attorney in Victoria's CALD communities

The Department of Justice recently requested the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) seek input from multicultural communities with respect to Powers of Attorney Legislation. The VMC sought and used feedback from its Regional Advisory Council (RAC) members to compile and provide a report to the Department of Justice.

Click on Understanding the use of Power of Attorney in Victoria's CALD communities to download the full report.


Victorian Multicultural Commission submission to Residential Tenancy Act Review

In June 2015 the Victorian Government launched the Laying the Groundwork - Consultation Paper seeking sought community input into the Residential Tenancies Act Review - Fairer Safer Housing (

This Review is one part of the Government’s broader work program under its Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing to ensure that all Victorians can access safe, affordable and secure housing.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) sought feedback from its Regional Advisory Council (RAC) members, and together with information from its community consultations and research compiled a submission to the Review in August 2015.

Click on VMC Submission to the Residential Tenancy Act Review to download the full report.