Government and Civic Leadership Award

The Government and Civic Leadership Award  is one of 10 categories in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence.  This award recognises government departments, agencies and local councils for major initiatives that have strengthened multiculturalism in their communities and improved culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse citizens’ access to services. 

Selection Criteria

Delivers major improvements or initiatives that:

  • Respond to culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities with enhanced and relevant services
  • Promote inclusive participation and engagement of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities in the civic life of Victorians
  • Promote greater communication and access between culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities and government

Eligibility

  • Local and state governments and agencies
  • Self-nominations accepted

WINNER

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Moreland City Council

Moreland is one of the few councils in Australia to adopt a Social Cohesion Plan. The plan is a result of years of research the council has undertaken to identify priority communities which are at risk of exclusion and discrimination that could lead to social problems. The research has been undertaken in partnership with the Islamic Council of Victoria, RMIT University and neighbouring Hume City Council, and focusses on the culturally diverse suburbs of Fawkner (Moreland) and Broadmeadows (Hume). Under the plan, the council is supporting Fawkner Neighbourhood House to deliver a range of projects to ensure marginalised communities are included in community life and have ample employment opportunities. Projects include monthly welcome dinners, work placements, personal and professional mentoring, leadership training and civics and citizenship education. The council has also funded the Stepping Stones Program, which helps refugees and disadvantaged migrants to start small businesses.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

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Level Crossing Removal Authority - Training for the Future Program

The Level Crossing Removal Authority leads a Victorian Government initiative called Training for the Future (TFTF), which aims to ensure there are enough people with the right skills to deliver an unprecedented amount of work on the Melbourne rail network over the next ten years and beyond. Another of TFTF’s core aims is to provide training and work opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities, including refugees. TFTF exists to ensure the rail and public transport workforce of the future is reflective of the cultural diversity of rail users and of the Victorian population more generally. As part of TFTF, eight paid internships are offered each year to mid-career professionals from refugee backgrounds, and 44 paid internships are offered each year to university students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including refugees). There is also a fiveday program to introduce people from disadvantaged backgrounds to the different opportunities available in the sector. The Level Crossing Removal Authority also sets inclusion targets for its contractors, whereby they are obligated and rewarded for their employment of people from culturally diverse communities.