The Victorian Government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission is gearing up to honour people and organisations that have strengthened the state’s multiculturalism. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today opened nominations for the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence, which pay tribute to champions of diversity and others who have supported Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
It includes the Community Response and Recovery category to honour the remarkable efforts of those who have assisted during the coronavirus pandemic and the bushfires of early 2020.
Victorians can now be nominated for either paid or voluntary work across 15 categories:
- Premier’s Award for Community Harmony
- Business Award
- Education and Early Childhood
- Community Innovation Award
- Local Government Award
- Media Award
- Police Awards
- Youth Leadership Award
- Refugee Advocacy Award
- Sport Award
- Arts Award
- Health Award
- Justice Award
- Emergency Services Award
- Community Response and Recovery Award
Award recipients will be honoured during an online ceremony hosted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission later in the year.
The Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence were first held 19 years ago, recognising the state’s strong diverse history and many Victorians that contribute to it.
For more information about the awards, eligibility or to submit a nomination, go to multiculturalcommission.vic.gov.au/multicultural-awards-for-excellence.
Nominations close 11.59pm on Sunday, 11 October 2020.
In 2020, the category of Meritorious Service to the Community will not be included in these awards and will be transformed into a separate honour roll in March 2021 during Cultural Diversity Week.
The Victorian Refugee Awards will also be re-introduced to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Victorians from refugee backgrounds.