The Victorian Government is committed to supporting multiculturalcommunities, including Victoria’s diverse South Asian communities.

In the 2016 Census, almost 308,000 Victorians identified as having South Asian ancestry – generally from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

These communities represent a diversity of migration streams from skilled migrants and international students to humanitarian migrants.


The South Asian Communities Advisory Council will bring together community leaders to identify and address key issues affecting South Asian communities in Victoria, with a particular focus on the needs of individuals and groups who may be marginalised.

One of the primary objectives of the Advisory Council will be to develop an Action Plan to identify and implement initiatives to build the capacity of South Asian communities and resolve the issues identified. This will be achieved through extensive community consultation.


The Advisory Council will comprise up to 25 representatives from South Asian communities, representing a diversity of ages, religious and cultural backgrounds, and a gender balance.

More information is available in the Terms of Reference (PDF, 112KB) (DOC, 184 KB)

Members of South Asian communities who are interested in sitting on the Advisory Council can submit an expression of interest outlining their suitability for the role, along with their CV, by emailing

Expressions of interest closed on 22 December 2017. 

*Please note that membership is not remunerated.