Marion Lau

I feel passionate that we as migrants have contributed enormously to the fabric of the Australian society as a whole, and should be respected.

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Marion migrated from Malaysia to Melbourne in 1969 and has dedicated her life in Victoria to advocating for greater recognition of migrant women in public, private and community life.

A pioneer of women's leadership, Marion was the first woman to be elected as Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the first woman President of the Chinese Community Society of Victoria.

In her role as Chair of the ECCV Aged Care Policy Committee, Marion contributed to improving services and support for older Australians, especially those from non-English speaking backgrounds and migrant women carers.

Marion also provides advice and mentoring to migrant women in small business and sits on the Victorian Small Business Advisory Council and the Victorian Multicultural Business Advisory Council.

Marion was awarded the Order of Australia, OAM in 1996. She received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for her work in promoting multiculturalism.