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Anti-Racism Taskforce

The Anti-Racism Taskforce will provide strategic advice to the Victorian Government on effective approaches to tackling racism in Victoria.

The Victorian Government has committed to develop a new state-wide Anti-Racism Strategy, to proactively prevent and address racism in Victoria. Established in June 2021 and convened by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Anti-Racism Taskforce will provide strategic advice and recommendations to ensure the Strategy sets out a clear and targeted roadmap to reducing racism in Victoria.

Scope of the taskforce

The taskforce will provide advice on a broad range of topics in the development of the Anti-Racism Strategy. The taskforce will consider evidence and provide advice on the different ways in which:

  • racism occurs
  • the settings where racism occurs
  • best practice responses to effectively respond to and reduce the prevalence of racism.

Particular areas of inquiry to inform the development of the Strategy may include:   

  • research, data and evaluation: how to build the evidence base of racism, discrimination and cultural diversity to identify, monitor and address systemic racism  
  • government service delivery and leadership: identifying where change is needed and how to drive change across the Victorian Public Sector and Victorian Government services  
  • community cohesion and behaviour change: best practice approaches to build respect, understanding and social cohesion in the Victorian community  
  • supports for affected communities and individuals: how to increase accessibility of reporting mechanisms to relevant authorities and how to improve mental health and community supports for those affected by racism 
  • change in key settings and industries: identifying opportunities for investment and effort in settings and sectors with scope for clear impact, such as education, workplaces, sports and media.

Anti-Racism Taskforce membership 

The taskforce is led by two Co-Chairs:

  • Josh Bull MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury.
  • Sheena Watt MP, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region and a proud Yorta Yorta woman.

The taskforce includes 2 directly appointed representatives from:

  • the Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

The taskforce also comprises 11 community members selected through an open recruitment process.

  1. Aisha Hassan
  2. Ruby Tribe
  3. Yin Paradies
  4. Chris Christoforou
  5. Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann
  6. Elvis Martin
  7. Joy Juma
  8. Susan Carland
  9. Chuol Puot
  10. Farhat Firdous
  11. Wesa Chau

Members bring a range of professional and lived experience, reflecting the diversity within our community.

Two young people have been appointed to ensure young people’s voices are central to this work. Two Aboriginal people have also been appointed, highlighting the need to address the unique experiences and voices of First Peoples in relation to developing anti-racism initiatives.

Community Interest Group

To receive updates about the work of the Anti-Racism Taskforce and stay informed about opportunities to have your say on the development of the Anti-Racism Strategy, please email: antiracism.taskforce@dffh.vic.gov.au to join the Community Interest Group.

Reviewed 20 July 2021

Multicultural Affairs

Secretariat contact

Colin Carver, Assistant Director, Multicultural Affairs Policy Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

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