Poliversity

Poliversity is a partisan independent body that promotes culturally diverse leadership, representation and recognition in the Australian Labor Party.

Our Mission

Our misson is to advocate for cultural diversity leadership and representation within the ALP to achieve a more balanced and equitable representation that reflects the multicultural makeup of Australia.

Our Values

Poliversity believes in promoting:

a genuine interest in politics and public policy making to people from CALD backgrounds

equal opportunity in decision making process at all levels within the ALP by people from CALD backgrounds

engagement and involvement by people from CALD backgrounds in a respectful and genuine way within the ALP

the potential to serve as representatives of the ALP in parliaments and public institutions by people of CALD backgrounds

Team

Poliversity is founded by Australian Labor Party members Wesa Chau and Jieh-Yung Lo.

Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founder

Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founder

Jieh-Yung is an experienced policy advisor, campaigner and writer.

In his experience working with Australia’s multicultural and CALD communities, Jieh-Yung has noticed the lack of involvement and interest shown by political parties when it comes to engaging multicultural communities in policy development and discussions. As a result, he decided to establish Poliversity to encourage greater culturally diverse representation within Australian parliaments and governments.

Jieh-Yung is currently serving as a local councillor at the City of Monash. In addition, Jieh-Yung has worked as a senior policy and project officer at two of Victoria’s largest peak bodies, the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).

Jieh-Yung regularly writes opinion pieces for a number of publications on multiculturalism, cultural diversity, social inclusion and politics. His op-ed pieces has been widely published in The Age, The Big Issue, the Australian Financial Review, SBS: The World Game, South China Morning Post, Online Opinion and Pro Bono News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne.

Wesa Chau, Co-Founder

Wesa Chau, Co-Founder

Wesa is an experienced project manager, trainer and speaker.

Wesa is Director of Cultural Intelligence, a specialist consulting firm with cultural diversity experts from a range of professions. We combine academic understanding with real world experience to deliver solutions for businesses and individuals.  She is also a regular commentator on television and radio and has published a range of articles and opinion pieces on international education, cultural diversity and the Asian Century. She has received the following awards and honours:

  • Finalist Victorian International Education Award 2015
  • Australian Leadership Award 2013
  • Inductee to Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2012
  • Rising Star Award for Young Alumni (University of Melbourne) 2012
  • Young Victorian of the Year 2010
  • Australia Day Ambassador and Responsible Gambling Ambassador
  • Finalist Premier’s Community Volunteering Leadership Award (Metropolitan) 2010
  • Volunteers Award 2006
  • Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2006
  • Melbourne Award (Youth) 2005
  • Delegate to Australia-China Youth Dialogue
  • Scholarship to Global Leadership Program in Boston 2011

Wesa is a director for Carers Victoria and formally InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and 3ZZZ Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio. She was also a member of the Ministerial Overseas Students Experience Taskforce.

She has more than a decade of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and specialises in Asian cultures. Some of her previous professional roles include, senior manager, project officer and management consultant in industries ranging from healthcare, IT, aged care, disability and international education.

Wesa was an ALP candidate in the 2013 Australian Federal Election in the seat of Higgins.

She is a PhD candidate in leadership, holds Masters in Business Management; Graduate Diploma of Law; Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce (specialising in software engineering and marketing), and is a qualified teacher.

Activities

Poliversity aims to deliver the following activities for individuals, ALP candidates, ALP Members of Parliament, multicultural communities and members.

Fundraising

Fundraising

Assist in fundraising activities to provide financial contributions to candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds contesting state and federal elections.

Events

Events

Organise professional events and forums to encourage debate and discussion on issues concerning multicultural communities across Australia.

Mentoring

Mentoring

Serve as a platform to support elected representatives representing the ALP to engage multicultural communities and organisations.

Policy and Research

Policy and Research

Develop relevant research and policy platforms on multicultural issues to ensure the ALP deliver on policies that enhances the cultural diversity of Australia

Training

Training

Provide professional training and leadership programs to empower individuals and candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds to stand for public office.