The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia held its biennial conference themed “Purpose, Leadership, Progress: 40 years and beyond” in Hobart on 9th - 11th October. This year the conference partnered with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, in what was their joint 40th year of progressing multiculturalism in Australia.
The Academy was invited to the Welcome reception, Opening ceremony and Gala Dinner. The conference welcomed more than 300 attendees from diverse cultural backgrounds all over Australia. Invited guest speakers included politicians, university academics, leaders of multicultural communities and student representatives.
One of the main issues discussed during the conference is bridging the gap between multicultural Australians and Australia’s First Nations Peoples. The conference provided opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, to highlight challenges and to explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share a common vision – a prosperous, creative and progressive multicultural Australia.