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“I look forward to working
closely with ECCV to support our multicultural communities and create a more equitable future
for all Victorians.”

ECCV AGM November 2023

The Hon Steve Bracks AC

Mr Steve Bracks AC is one of Victoria’s longest-serving Premiers, holding office from October 1999 until July 2007. During this period, Mr Bracks also served as Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

ECCV and Mr Bracks share a longstanding history. In 1999, shortly after his election as Premier, ECCV met with Mr Bracks to call for multiculturalism to be enshrined in an Act of Parliament and the enactment of racial vilification legislation.

During his tenure, Mr Bracks demonstrated his strong commitment to building an inclusive and harmonious Victoria, introducing the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001), the Multicultural Victoria Act (2004), and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006) – making Victoria the first Australian state to put formal protection of human rights into law.

After retiring from politics in 2007, Mr Bracks has continued to lead an active life in public service, holding board positions in a range of sectors such as education and law. In 2010, Mr Bracks received a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to the Parliament and community of Victoria.

Born in Ballarat in 1954, with Lebanese ancestry, Mr Bracks has a deep understanding of the cultural and social fabric of our state, and to this day, remains a leading advocate for multiculturalism and reconciliation with First Nations people.