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Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence honour individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to strengthening Victoria’s multicultural community. 

In 2017, over 200 nominations were received across 10 categories highlighting exceptional paid and voluntary initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding between all Victorians, support migrants and refugees, and celebrate and promote diverse cultures. 

In a high-profile ceremony held at Government House on 23 November 2017, 61 Victorians were acknowledged for their dedication to supporting diversity in Victoria with awards covering the areas of youth, innovation, business, government, education, youth, media, education, newly arrived leadership, meritorious service and policing.

Attended by Victorian dignitaries such as Governor of Victoria the Hon Linda Dessau AC, Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos, Deputy Premier the Hon James Merlino MP and Minister for Multicultural Affairs the Hon Robin Scott MP, the ceremony gave thanks to the individuals and organisations who are Victoria’s newest Diversity Heroes.

Among the award recipients, psychotherapist Batul Gulani received the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony for her work with culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities.

In recognising the impact of supporting diversity in media, SBS journalist Abby Dinham received the Multicultural Media Award for her reporting, which focuses the achievements of Victoria’s newest residents on and off the sporting field. 

Now in their 16th year, the awards are presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government. 

For further information, see the complete list of awards recipients in the Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2017 – Ceremony Booklet and read our media release.

Find out more about each category below.

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Previous Awards

In 2016, 170 nominations were submitted across 12 categories, with 19 individuals and organisations receiving awards and a further 77 receiving certificates of merit.