Australia’s premier national conference on multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion is taking place this week in Melbourne, bringing together more than 850 multicultural leaders and changemakers, young and emerging voices, academics and other key thought leaders from across the country.

The Hon. Andrew Giles MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs will give his first speech as Minister at the opening of #FECCA22, while His Excellency the Hon. David Hurley AC, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia will give an opening address. Other speakers include the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration & Citizenship and Adam Bandt MP, Leader of the Australian Greens.

Co-hosted by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV), the FECCA 2022: Advancing Multicultural Australia conference program includes more than 100 speakers over two days.

The conference will kick off with an historic session marking the alliance between First Nations and multicultural communities, in support of the Uluru Statement of the Heart and constitutional recognition of our First Nations Peoples.

The keynote session on the Uluru Statement from the Heart will be presented by Prof. Megan Davis, Co-chair of the Uluru Dialogue, and Juliana Nkrumah AM, President of African Women Australia.

Other keynote sessions: Systemic Racism & Health (8am-10.30am, Friday 17 June) and Advancing Multicultural Australia (3pm Friday). The conference will cover key issues ranging from anti-racism, aged care reform, disability, identity and diversity, inclusive employment and best practice in communications and language services.

Key speakers include: Dr Anne Aly MP, Jane Chen, co-founder & CEO of Embrace Global, Behrouz Boochani, Craig Foster AM,Chin Tan, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Nyadol Nyuon, CEO of Harmony Alliance, George Savvides, Chair of SBS, and Ros Spence MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

#FECCA22 will be attended by a 150-strong delegation of young people, community leaders and people from refugee backgrounds, thanks to the conference’s generous scholarship sponsors, including strategic partner, VicHealth.

Full conference program is available here.

Media enquiries and interview requests:

Romel Lalata, FECCA | romel@fecca.org.au or media@fecca.org.au | 0401 125 370
Victoria Kyriakopoulos, ECCV | vkyriakopoulos@eccv.org.au | 0431 091 738

#FECCA22 is supported by the Victorian Government.

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