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Guest Speaker: 

Chin Tan, the Race Discrimination Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission

CCOEI supports the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, a national intitiative that provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and stand against it by acting for positive change. 
Chin Tan will be speaking at the Migrant Settlement Committee meeting on 2nd October 2020. The Subject is CoVid and Social Inclusion learn more about AHRC education campaigns and work being undertaken to improve social cohesion especially during Covid-19.  The accent is on positives and what communities and organisations can do to improve racial harmony. 

CCOEI Multicultural  Community Concert – 20th of September 2020

CCOEI is excited to announce the second of our four online Multicultural Community Concerts on Sunday 20 September 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Working with community groups the concert will include a variety of music, song and dance performances. They are free and online with a view to keep our community connected and engaged with each other through lockdown in Victoria and beyond. Mums and dads, grandparents, kids of all ages, the young and the young at heart are all encouraged to login on Facebook on Sunday evening to enjoy this live concert.  Gather around at home (observing CoVid-19 restrictions) to watch a mix of cultural and professional performances, laugh together, dance to the music and share the enjoyment with your friends and family online.  This grass roots concert is a lovely way to build understanding in the community. 

We are very honoured to feature a very special guest artist Dallas Cosmas as part of the line-up for this concert. The independent label Prototype Musique said Dallas has been an active musician of Melbourne’s thriving music scene for over two decades writing, performing and recording, also touring nationally around Australia”.

You can access the concert via the CCOEI Victoria Facebook Page just like or follow and be ready to click on CCOEI Live at 6:30 pm. This is not an event to miss!

CCOEI gratefully acknowledges funding from the Victorian State Government to deliver this initiative.

Congratulations to Bwe Thay for his appointment as Deputy Chair – VMC

A hard working leader spreading smiles in the community

The Victorian Government has appointed community leader Bwe Thay as the new Deputy Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. As Deputy Chair, Bwe Thay will support Chair Vivienne Nguyen in steering the Commission and working to identify and address issues faced by Victoria’s multicultural and multi-faith communities.

Mr. Bwe Thay, a refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009, rebuilt his life with lot of hard work and dedication. His passion and love for the community has made him a strong advocate of people from diverse backgrounds. He has a long history of having held many leadership roles in the multicultural sector, his focus on education and career pathways has helped improve participation outcomes for new and emerging communities. 

He has an association of over 10 years with Swinburne University and currently holds the position of Migrant Program Coordinator and Staff Club President. He has been serving as a VMC Commissioner since September last year and has been a member of the VMC Eastern Metropolitan Regional Advisory Council since 2017. He joined Communities’ Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region) in 2015, won a seat on the CCOEI Committee of Management in 2016 and has been Vice President since 2017.

Bwe is well known in the community for his many contributions including the My Choice My Life event held at Swinburne in November 2015. The event was held in partnership with many community agencies.  It had a part expo and part workshop format with participation of over 300 migrant students. Since then further events were run using the same successful format.

Bwe has been recognized with a number of community and academic awards, including the VMC Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award in 2018.

Mr. Sui Ting Tse, President CCOEI said “On behalf of CCOEI, I convey our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Bwe Thay on his appointment as Deputy Multicultural Commissioner. Bwe will be a very great asset to the Commission”.

Congratulations Bwe! We are blessed to be associated with you. We wish you success in all your future endeavors.

Migrant Settlement Committee Meetings.

Service providers, advocates and community leaders come together to network, partner and work collaboratively to assist migrants and refugees to settle successfully in Australia.   There are 10 meetings per year. Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of the month (except the months of July and January).

All welcome, if you are not on currently on the mailing list please contact the Co-Chair on email

Monthly Meeting Schedule:

Meetings will be notified to everyone on the mailing list.  If on Zoom, an invitation/link to the meeting will be sent out prior to the meeting together with the usual meeting papers.


9:30 am to 11:00 am


02 October 2020
06 November 2020
04 December 2020

International Women’s Day – Box Hill Library

Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (WML) and Dilnaz Billimoria, community volunteer, organised a successful grassroots IWD event in 4 March.This free event was accessible to all in the community and attended by Secondary Schools, Eastern Health, Women’s Health East, Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Community Legal Centre, CCOEI, VICPOL,  Louise Multicultural Centre, Local Councils,  of Manningham and Whitehorse Interfaith Networks, Cultural Groups, WML attendees etc. The attendance grew to about 100 intergenerational women and men. Gina Etienne, Eastern Health Manager  and CCOEI member was invited to speak of her journey in Australia as a migrant woman.

Harmony Day 2020 – CANCELLED

It is with regret that the Together in Harmony event to be held on 21 March has been cancelled  due to the Cvit-19 virus being declared a pandemic by the WHO and other related issues where running of the event may impact participants, audience or guests.  

The steering committee will convene to discuss whether the event could be deferred to take place later in the year.  If this is the case we will advise everyone well before the date. 
The organisers regret having to take this course of action and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

VMC Commissioner Appointed

CCOEI would like to congratulate Bwe Thay for his appointment as a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and we would like to thank him for his work on several projects over the years.

VMC Commissioner Announcement

VMC Chairperson Appointed

CCOEI welcomes the appointment of Ms Vivienne Nguyen as the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). We look forward to working with Ms Nguyen to promote harmony and social inclusion whilst raising the profile of multicultural communities and services in the Eastern Region.