Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests' Multicultural Advisory Group
The Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG) provides the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests with direct grassroots feedback and advice on relevant policies, issues and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities of Western Australia.
The role of the MAG is to:
The terms of reference for the Ministerial Advisory Group are available here.
Current Multicultural Advisory Group members
and past Chair of the catholic Migrant Centre amongst other communities organisation in the multicultural sector.
Surya Ambati has more than 30 years of engineering, operational, technical and management of railway infrastructure experience.
Surya is the President of Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) and is central to its visibility and success. He leads the ISWA team by example and is always available provide assistance and support.
He led the development and implementation of the new ISWA Constitution, established ISWA Council, comprising of presidents and representatives of all Indian community association, and is instrumental in ensuring that ISWA successfully operates as the peak umbrella body of all Indian community associations. Surya also played a critical role in acquiring the land for the first Indian Community Centre of Australia in Perth and funding for its building.
Joan Hillman is President of the Jewish Community Council of WA (JCCWA), the umbrella organisation that represents all Jewish community organisations and all Jews to the wider community.
The JCCWA carries out many roles including representing the Jewish community in its relations with the State Government and other institutions.
It maintains a watch on any potential WA Government legislation that could adversely impact the Jewish community and considers the effects of the legislation.
JCCWA takes responsibility to protect and promote the welfare of the WA Jewish community. It projects a positive image of the community and combats anti-Semitism and discrimination.
Duncan Ord has worked at a senior level in the State Government of Western Australia in the areas of culture and the arts, education, training, planning, Aboriginal affairs and economic development.
Previous roles in private industry include Dean of Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and General Manager of Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Duncan has been the Chairman of the arts, sports and recreation industry training council and served as a member of various boards and committees including the Australia Council for the Arts.
In 2013 Duncan was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to the arts and community service.
He is currently the Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, which includes the Office of Multicultural Interests.
Joansy Pegrum is the Chief Executive Officer of the Karen Welfare Association of WA and co-founder of the Association. She also has experience as a Senior Case Manager, with the Multicultural Services Centre of WA.She is passionate with the work she does within the government, international organizations, and social services industry. Her focus has always been assisting people with complex issues both in Australia and internationally, in which she has been successful together with her team.
Her roles include: • Advocate for the White Ribbon Australia • Community Representative with the Western Australia Police Multicultural Women Advisory • Co-Chairperson of the Australia Karen Social Service Network • Chairperson of the Karen New Year Celebration Committee Western Australia
Dr Tungaraza is an Intercultural-Relations Consultant with experience as a member/Chair of National and State Boards including Advisory Committees in Australia. She was a member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council that developed the National Multicultural Policy.
She has a significant academic background in Social Science and has served as a member of the Expert Panel on the Development of A Racial Equality Index for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva), a Resource Person for the Africa's Regional Consultation on the African Women's Voices (Senegal) and facilitator of the African Union's ECOSOCC Conference on promoting inclusion of African Women in all facets of development (Baltimore).
She has been inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame for outstanding service for gender equality and economic empowerment of women and also received the WA Multicultural Award.
Dr Edward Zhang arrived in Perth in 1994, studying as a PhD student at Curtin University. After graduating, he worked as lecturer and coordinator of the China Desk at Curtin University International Office until 2002. He founded the Australian Chinese Times in 1998 and has been working as chief editor ever since.
He is a life member, founder and former president of the Association of Australian Chinese Mainlanders and Friends (also known as Association of Great China), which operates two Chinese language schools.
He is member of Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests' Multicultural Policy Framework Sub-Committee. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 2008.