Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the multicultural community of Victoria
Deepak Vinayak OAM JP is a committed community contributor with more than 24 years’ experience leading social projects in the multicultural, multi-faith and regional communities in Australia. He has actively engaged with newly arrived migrants and has helped them settle through language support and career guidance.
Being in the public eye has given Deepak the opportunity to serve his fellow citizens and to stand by his people in difficult times. He has taken on initiatives such as developing platforms to bring young people together on challenges such as social cohesion, multiculturalism and having active leadership roles in their own communities to strengthen belonging and good citizenship.
Deepak has mentored students and researchers from leading Victorian universities, including those who have undertaken internships or research projects with him from Monash, Victoria, Deakin and La Trobe universities.
He has worked to strengthen the community’s ability to respond to violence, gender equality and youth empowerment through active participation and engagement with government, police, media and broader Australian communities.
His journey to Australia and his story – the struggles, failures, successes and everything in between – are the most powerful part of who he is. According to Deepak, whether we are born here, migrate or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all.
Reviewed 15 December 2021