The peak body for multicultural Australia, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, held its annual general meeting on Wednesday 15 June and announced a new chair among five new elected officers.
- chairperson Carlo Carli
- senior deputy chairperson Peter Doukas
- senior deputy chairperson Jill Morgan
- honorary treasurer Emanuel Valageorgiou
- honorary secretary Edwin Joseph.
The new elected officers will join the chairs of each state and territory representatives to form the new FECCA board.
Following years as a member of the Victorian Parliament, Mr Carli is a long-time advocate of multiculturalism, access and equity and human rights. He has skills in management, governance and community development.
“Australia is moving toward an era of complexity and intersectionality it has never seen before, where multiculturalism and diversity are mainstreaming,” said Mr Carli. “I am fortunate to be in a leadership position to help affect positive social change.”
Mr Carli said FECCA’s new executive officers – along with its CEO and staff are committed “to advance multicultural Australia further along.”
Mr Carli replaces Mary Patetsos, who remains as immediate past chairperson after close to five years in the role.
In September 2021, FECCA launched a program to connect people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with appropriate aged care services. The EnCOMPASS Multicultural Aged Care Connector Program aims to provide navigational support to older CALD people and build capacity to engage with the aged care system.
Main image: new FECCA chairperson Carlo Carli speaking at the 2022 national conference with Mary Patetsos seated on stage.