First Ever Indian Appointed in Australian Multicultural Council


Melbourne: Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells announced the appointment of Vasan Srinivasan to the six-member Australian Multicultural Council, a national level body, to advise the Government on Multicultural Affairs.
Srinivasan is currently the Chair of The Confederation of Indian Australian Associations Inc (CIAA). He is a well-known community leader active in mental health and multicultural sectors, not only in Victoria but throughout Australia. Due to his active involvement and service towards the community, he was awarded the Meritorious Services Award for Multicultural Affairs by The Victorian Government in 2013.
Srinivasan served as the President of the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV) and is also a founding member of the Federation of Indian Multi-Faith Organizations of Victoria Inc (FIMO).
Andrews said the Council’s commitment to the government will help to build a stronger Multicultural Australia. The Council will advise the government on ways to sustain and support social cohesion within communities, to ensure all Australians have the opportunity to participate, engage and contribute to Australian life.
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells stated that “the wider Australian Indian community welcomes the vista to actively contribute in the development of a United Australia.”