Become an Ambassador


If you are from a multicultural, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background and want to make a positive contribution to the local community, now is the time to apply for the highly successful Multicultural Ambassador Program 2018-2021.

The program aims to:

  • enhance community awareness and social acceptance in Ballarat
  • foster leadership within multicultural and Indigenous communities
  • 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.


Recruitment for 2018-2021 ambassadors has commenced and Expressions of Interest is open until 5 May 2018.

For more information kindly contact the City of Ballarat Cultural Partnerships officers:

  • Liz Hardiman on 03 5320 5831 (Wed, Thur, Fri)
  • Hemraz Bhoolah on 03 5320 5144 (Mon, Tue)

Download and complete the Expression of Interest.

Selection Process

  • Applicants meeting the selection criteria are invited to complete a nomination form
  • Nominations will be assessed and shortlisted by representatives of the Community Development 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) representatives/senior Council officers and current/past 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.


Selection Criteria

  • Be a Ballarat resident 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 three 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 world views

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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 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 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.