Multicultural Advisory Committee

Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) assists Council by providing advice and feedback on all issues and opportunities that affect all multicultural communities in the City of Port Phillip.

Members of the City of Port Phillip's Multicultural Advisory Committee from 2022. Left to right: Helene (Deputy Chair), Tina, Councillor Tim Baxter (to March 2023), Tanvi, James, Georgina (to April 2023), Keir, Alba, Alex. Not pictured: Naomi, Masi, Ali, Vasileios.

The Multicultural Advisory Committee is the peak advisory and advocacy body on issues affecting multicultural, refugee or asylum seeker communities within the Port Phillip municipality.

It is also active bringing matters of concern within the community to the attention of the Council.

This includes:

To be the peak advisory and advocacy body to Council on issues affecting multicultural communities including refugee and asylum seekers within the Port Phillip municipality

  • Providing advice to Council on its policies, plans and services that impact our multicultural communities.
  • Supporting the value of Council’s membership to The Welcoming Cities Standard - the national standard for cultural diversity and inclusion policy and practice in local government to create communities where everyone can belong.
  • Liaising with other organisations and networks that have a direct interest of multicultural communities including refugees or asylum seekers in City of Port Phillip.
  • Considering and providing advice to Council on key government initiatives, issues, programs and reviews.
  • Considering and making recommendations around funding and other opportunities as they may arise.
  • Assisting Council to promote the benefits of cultural diversity, social cohesion and inclusion of all residents within City of Port Phillip and beyond.
  • Providing advice to Council with its communication, engagement and consultation with multicultural communities.
  • Celebrating and raise awareness of the achievements and needs of multicultural communities.
  • Facilitating and encouraging opportunities for multicultural communities and community groups to work together on joint projects and initiatives.

The term of the current Committee is until 2024. To view the Committee’s Terms of Reference, go to Special and Advisory Committees.

To read the MAC’s 2021 Annual Report go to Multicultural Advisory Committee 2021 Annual Report

To read the MAC's 2022 Annual Report go to Multicultural Advisory Committee 2022 Annual Report.

We want to hear from you

Members have been selected so that the MAC encompasses a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and views.

The Committee welcomes feedback from the community and anyone with concerns or suggestions is encouraged to contact the Diversity Officer. We are concerned to improve the lives of this city's multicultural population.

Let us know by contacting the Diversity Officer at