Refugees - A World of Stories event

Friday 7 June 2019


Together in Harmony event 

The 2nd Harmony event. The first was in 2018. 

This year held on 16 March 2019

CCOEI Inaugural Excellence Award

Background. For some time the CCOEI Committee of Management has been looking at ways to acknowledge excellence within the ranks of high performing members of the Migrant Settlement Committee (MSC). CCOEI Committee has now decided to recognise excellence in services to migrant and refugee settlement in the eastern region through an annual award. 

This award will be known as the CCOEI Excellence Award 

The 2018 winners were presented with their awards at the CCOEI 2018 Annual General Meeting by Mr Bwe Thay (CCOEI Vice President) and Mr Con Pagonis (ECCV Acting EO).


Past events 2010 - 2018

Refugee Settlement Forum

A partnership with the Migrant Information Centre

When: Tuesday 27 November 2018

This is a Family Violence Prevention event highlighting services and programs that support disengaged Youth.

Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2018

The Communities’ Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region) congratulates all recipients of Victoria’s 2018 Multicultural Awards for Excellence.  The state's 2018 Diversity Heroes were recognised at a special ceremony attended by high profile dignitaries and guests on Wednesday 12 September at Government House.

CCOEI and the Migrant Settlement Committee is proud to inform our membership that our nominee, Bwe Thay, received an Award.


Bwe Thay pictured above with David, Mohit, Cynthia and Krishani, received the Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism (Highly Commended) Award presented by the Governor of Victoria The Hon Linda Desau AC.  Read more here.


Together in Harmony event

2nd March 2018

CCOEI 30th Birthday Celebration and Annual General Meeting

Held 6 October 2017 at the Willis Room in Nunawading

History - Year Book 1987-2017 (includes Annual Report 2017)

Financial Report 2016-2017

Gender Equity - A world without FAMILY VIOLENCE

A forum promoting Gender Equity and Respect in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. 

Held 19 September 2017 in the Matsudo Room, Box Hill Town Hall

Flyer available here: Flyer

Awareness First - A CALD Health Forum about Female Genital Cutting and Forced Marriage 

Date: 11 August 2017
Flyer available here: Flyer

Awareness First Final Report - Written by Dr. Lillian De Bortoli


Mick Woiwod at the Migrant Settlement Committee meeting on 3rd March 2017

Video link (kindly provided by Rod Neason): Link to Video

List of books written by Mick Woiwod. (A Synopsis in PDF)

Refugee Health Forum - 22 April 2016

Refugee Health Forum - Final Report

Acronyms and Medical Terms

Evaluation form

Evaluation results

Event Flyer

Event Program

Speaker Biographies

Case Study - full health assessment


Victorian Refugee Health Network

Workshop - results

Video storyline


Previous Annual General Meetings:

Annual Report 2018       

Financial Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016   

Audit Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013  


Community Safety Project 2015: A Matter of Trust 

Photo: Older migrant couple on a park bench 

Project funding:  

This is a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Project funded by the Dept of Justice.

Events: Chinese, Greek and Indian community forums were completed 

Summary Report to be provided


My Choice My Life - Youth Forum 12 November 2015

Flyer available here: Flyer


Refugee Celebration - Friday 6 June 2014

Refugee Celebration flyer

Refugee Celebration Report 6 June 2014


Disability and Cultural Diversity Challenges Forum 

Today, 14 May 2014, the CCOEI and the Migrant Settlement Committee (Eastern Region) have pleasure in submitting the following documents from this important forum which took place in Nov 2013. The Forum Working Group have now finalised the final report.

Forum Report


Presentation: ADEC

Presentation: NDIS

Presentation: Prof. Edmond Chiu


Racial Discrimination Act

The following is a statement developed by our Board of Management on the proposed changes to section 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975:

“The Communities' Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region) Inc. is of the view that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 should remain in its current form and no amendment should be made to that section."



Pictured Above: Ume Mazahir (left) Cynthia Shaw (centre) Stephen Lim (right)


Disability Voices Forum 2012

This forum was held on 3 December 2012 to celebrate the International Days for People with a Disability. The event was held in the Whitehorse Room in the Box Hill Town Hall.


Prof. Edmund Chiu, Emeritus Professor Melbourne University

Mr Keith Hitchen, Executive Director, Action on Disabilities in Ethnic Communities

Robyn Kilpatrick , Migrant Information Centre

Case Studies and Stories about disability

Dorothy Docherty, Inspirational Speaker about experiences of a person with a vision impairment

Merilyn Spratling, Refugee Nurse EACH informed the audience about refugee and asylum seekers with chronic illnesses and disabilities accessing assistance through this program

Teena Lee (CYMHS) discussing strategies to assist young people from CALD backgrounds to access mental health services

Elinor Porat - MIND Sandrige Project outlining strategies and challenges around assisting homeless CALD young people with a disability

Annual General Meeting: Nov 2012

Annual Report 2011 - 2012


Annual General Meeting: Nov 2011

Annual Report 2010 - 2011


Tell It Like It Is Maroondah Youth Forum: Dec 2010

Forum Report


Annual General Meeting: December 2010

Annual Report 2009 - 2010

 Twanny and Sui Ting with Val the dog

Twanny (Treasurer) and Sui Ting (Board Member) with Val the dog