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South Asian Communities Ministerial Advisory Council

The South Asian Communities Ministerial Advisory Council enables South Asian Victorians to have a say in their future and be empowered to speak out about the challenges they face

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting multicultural communities.

In the 2016 Census, almost 308,000 Victorians said they had South Asian ancestry. This included India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

Responding to key issues and challenges

The South Asian Communities Advisory Council was set up to identify and respond to key issues in these communities. They have a particular focus on the needs of marginalised individuals and groups.

The focus of the Advisory Council is to:

  • engage and consult
  • consider issues raised by a broad cross section of South Asian voices
  • develop a South Asian Communities Action Plan
  • co-ordinate Ministerial effort across portfolios and departments
  • support community-led proposals that respond to identified challenges


The Advisory Council comprises 25 volunteer representatives. They are different ages, genders, religious and cultural backgrounds.

You can find more information in the Terms of Reference:

Reviewed 30 August 2019

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