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Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee

About the Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee

The Committee’s role is to provide advice, information and feedback from the perspective or experience of people from a culturally diverse background when accessing Council’s services, information and facilities.

The Committee is an Advisory Committee of Council and the advice and feedback assists Council with their decision making and planning. Although the committee has no formal decision making authority the valuable feedback provided has been used to shape services and responses at Council.

The Committee meets quarterly, usually at the Council offices in Morwell. Occasionally the Committee will hold special meetings in between quarterly meetings if there are other things to review and gain feedback on.

The Committee is established to:

  • To provide advice to Council on issues for people from culturally diverse backgrounds accessing information, services and facilities.
  • To provide advice to Council on issues relating to cultural diversity within the Latrobe City community.
  • To receive reports on progress of the development and implementation of the Latrobe City Cultural Diversity Action Plan.
  • To review the Cultural Diversity Action Plan and make recommendations to Council.
  • To promote cultural diversity within the Latrobe City community.
  • To provide networking, information sharing and partnership opportunities for committee members and invited guests.

As the Committee is a formal Council meeting members are expected to confirm their attendance at meetings or send an apology when unable to attend. If you are unable to attend most of the meetings, or the majority of meetings, you might not be able to continue with the Committee.

The Committee is chaired by a Councillor, this may rotate depending on availability.

About the Positions 

Latrobe City is seeking Expression of Interest for the following positions:

  • Up to five (5) representatives nominated from culturally diverse social groups, ethnic associations or agencies that support culturally diverse communities in Latrobe City.
  • Two (2) representatives from peak/major organisations who service and support Latrobe City Council’s culturally diverse communities.
  • Four (4) community members (individuals) with an interest in cultural diversity.

The Cultural Diversity Action Plan 2020-2024

The 2020-2024 Action Plan has been prepared as part of Council’s ongoing commitment to the cultural and linguistic diverse population in Latrobe City and outlines a strategic approach to meet the needs of our culturally diverse community. The Action Plan provides an opportunity for Latrobe City Council services, information and facilitates to be more inclusive and accessible for people from diverse backgrounds.

The inaugural Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Action Plan was adopted by Council in 2004 and revised in 2006, 2010 and 2014. The current Action Plan (2020-2024) is the fourth revision and was adopted by Council on November 2019.

Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Membership

The Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee is made up of 15 members, being:

  • Up to two (2) Councillors
  • Up to five (5) representatives nominated from culturally diverse social groups, ethnic associations or agencies that support culturally diverse communities in Latrobe City.
  • Two (2) representatives from peak/major organisations who service and support Latrobe City’s culturally diverse communities.
  • Two (4) community members (individuals) with an interest in cultural diversity.
  • Up to four (2) co-opted members, as deemed appropriate by the Committee to help fulfil/meet the objectives and address any specific areas or gaps. Co-opted members could be from an organisation, sector or community.
  • Latrobe City Council Officers (ex-officio).

Member Role 

The role of each Steering Committee member is to:

  • Attend Steering Committee meetings, as scheduled.
  • Review progress of actions in the Action Plan.
  • To provide information/increase awareness of issues for Culturally Diverse community members.
  • To share information or raise issues amongst own and community networks.
  • Provide advice as part of a policy, strategy (or other relevant document) review or development processes as required.
  • Perform other activities related to the Committee Terms of Reference as requested by the Council.

Meetings 

The Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee meetings will be quarterly. These meetings will be scheduled once members are appointed through an Expression of Interest process. The duration of each meeting will generally not exceed two hours. Special meetings may be held on an ‘as-needs’ basis.

Length of Appointment The term will be for three years from the date that appointments are made by Council.

Remuneration Positions on the Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee are voluntary positions; Council does not offer any remuneration for participation.

Selection Criteria

Latrobe City is seeking members who:

  • Are first or second generation migrants with a strong link to their Culturally Diverse heritage and/or are active within culturally diverse social groups or ethnic associations within Latrobe City
  • Are aware of issues for Culturally Diverse communities past and present
  • Have a strong commitment to Cultural Diversity
  • Have the capacity to value add to the Latrobe City Cultural Diversity Action Plan
  • Are able to consider issues in a wider community context
  • Are part of the key stakeholder network and able to offer an additional perspective.

Expression of Interest Evaluation

Following submission of your Expression of Interest, applications will be reviewed by the General Manger Community Services and/or the Manager Community Development. The submissions will be shortlisted and suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Submission of Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest submissions can be completed online.

The hardcopy form can also be completed and sent via:

Email: community.strengthening@latrobe.vic.gov.au

OR

Post

Community Strengthening Team, Active Communities and Partnerships,
Latrobe City,
PO Box 264
Morwell
3840

Submissions must be made no later than close of business on 29 May 2020.

All information provided by the respondents in the course of, and following, the submission of their expression of interest will be treated as confidential.

Any questions regarding the Expression of Interest or information required should be directed to: Audrey Matthews, Community Development Officer, 5128 5658 or 0428 179 784, community.strengthening@latrobe.vic.gov.au or Heather Farley Coordinator Community Strengthening 5128 5648.

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