We were thrilled to have the Multicultural Resilience Program, a collaboration between ECCV and the Victorian Council of Social Service, recognised at the Resilient Australia Awards 2022 this week. It was an honour to receive the Community Award for our work on the Program, which aims to promote emergency preparedness in multicultural communities, foster inclusion in the emergency management sector, and strengthen partnerships between diverse communities, emergency services and government.

    This award also belongs to all the multicultural community leaders and connectors we have been privileged to work with as part of the Program.

    A key outcome of this unique, cross-sector Program has been the creation of a network of around 100 multicultural community leaders, who have been able to develop their skills in emergency management, leadership, communications and psychological first aid. As a result, these leaders have built their capacity to support their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergency events. They have also been working, in turn, to build the capacity of the emergency management sector to better engage and support multicultural communities.

    ECCV and VCOSS look forward to continuing to facilitate this important cross-sector work and helping to ensure emergency management responses are inclusive of Victorians in all their diversity.

    Find out more about the Multicultural Resilience Program here.