Objectives of the Multicultural Ambassador Program
Enhance community awareness and foster inclusion of existing and new CALD communities in Ballarat
Support leadership within the CALD community and to recognise the commitment and contribution made by migrants and Indigenous people to the Ballarat community
Advocate for and promote the benefits of cultural diversity through learning, exchange and celebration
Collaborate with the City of Ballarat in implementing its Cultural Diversity Strategy
Promote the MAP as a platform for learning and exchange within the broader community.
Orientation and Development Meetings
Orientation: Shortly after the Multicultural Ambassadors are appointed, an orientation program will be held. This will include identifying key messages, group and individual training required, code of conduct and goal setting.
Development Meetings: Three meetings will be held each year with the members of the City of Ballarat Council and senior Council officers to discuss experiences, review key messages and progress against program outcomes.
Multicultural Ambassadors’ Rights and Responsibilities
Multicultural Ambassadors can expect to:
Have an adequate orientation to the program
Have a clearly written role description
Be interviewed and appointed as a Multicultural Ambassador in accordance with the Selection Criteria
Be trained and supported to fulfil their duties
Have their personal information held confidentially
Be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on approved activities for example: travel, training etc
Contribute to further the development of the Multicultural Ambassador Program
Be respected by all Multicultural Ambassadors, Council staff and other key stakeholders
Receive feedback about their performance and contribution
Be recognised for contributing their time, experience, ideas and skills
Multicultural Ambassadors will:
Ensure they have reasonable time available to participate in training and development opportunities
Work within the guidelines and rules of the program and the City of Ballarat, including guidelines regarding media and lines of communication
Respect the privacy of Council staff and other Multicultural Ambassadors
Be reliable and dependable
Carry out the agreed tasks responsibly and ethically
Inform Council of changes to availability or contact details or any changes to availability or contact details
Provide information about important issues, concerns and requirements for support to Council through the Coordinator Cultural Diversity
Respect other people's views and values.
Duties of a Multicultural Ambassador
Multicultural Ambassadors will be appointed for a two-year period, which can be ended at any time by either party
They will be champions for their existing communities and will optimise their participation / engagement to include workplaces, interest, social, religious, recreation groups, schools, community groups and service providers
They will implement special projects in line with Council’s People and Communities Division strategic goals.
If you’re from a multicultural, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background and want to make a positive contribution to the local community, then now’s the time to nominate for the City of Ballarat’s highly successful 2016-2018 Multicultural Ambassador Program.
The program aims to enhance community awareness and social acceptance in Ballarat; foster leadership within multicultural and Indigenous communities; and highlight the positive contributions migrants and Indigenous Australians make to Ballarat.
Ambassadors must have lived in Ballarat for at least six months, be Australian citizens, permanent residents or visa holders, and be prepared to take part in community events, projects and training.
The Multicultural Ambassador Program 2016-2018 is currently ongoing. Notice of the recruitment for the next batch of Multicultural Ambassadors is scheduled to be published by the last quarter of 2017. For information about the program, call City of Ballarat Coordinator Cultural Diversity, Frances Salenga at 03 5320 5853.
Applicants meeting the selection criteria are invited to complete a Nomination Form
Nominations will be assessed and shortlisted by representatives of the People & Communities Directorate
Interviews will be arranged on the basis of the agreed shortlisted nominees
The interviews will be conducted by a panel and may include: Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC), Ballarat Community Health (BCH), Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) / senior Council officers and current Multicultural Ambassador/s
Recommendations of the panel will be presented to Council through a report for endorsement
All nominees will be notified of the results by mail
Successful Multicultural Ambassadors will be officially appointed at a Civic Reception, and presented to the community at Harmony Fest.
Be an resident of Ballarat for a minimum of six months and a demonstrated commitment to the objectives of the Multicultural Ambassador Program
Engage with the community and participate in a range of community activities/events
Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or a visa holder
Be willing to undertake training and development as appropriate to identified support requirements
Have the capacity to fill the role of Multicultural Ambassador for a period of two years
Be willing to undertake a Victorian Police Check at Council’s expense.
The Selection Panel will appoint the Multicultural Ambassadors on the basis of the Selection Criteria and the following:
The Multicultural Ambassadors will represent the diverse cultural community groups in Ballarat
The Multicultural Ambassadors will reflect a wide range of experiences, including time residing in Ballarat
An appropriate mix of age, gender and experiences to ensure a balance of worldviews.