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.
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
Poliversity is founded by Australian Labor Party members Wesa Chau and Jieh-Yung Lo.
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 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.
Upcoming events organised by Poliversity.
A dialogue with Senator Jenny McAllister
October 10, 2016Appreciating culturally diverse people in Australian businesses Poliversity is providing a unique opportunity for Australian leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to pa...
Diversity and Diplomacy – Q&A with Tanya Plibersek
June 5, 2016Australians from multicultural backgrounds have the cultural knowledge and language skills to advance Australia’s interests on the global stage. These untapped skills enable Australians from multicult...
Australian Politics 101
May 29, 2016With the 2016 federal election campaign in full swing, you will be receiving lots of information from candidates and political parties in your letterboxes and social media feeds. Are you voting for th...
MEDIA RELEASE: Multicultural representation the big winner in local government elections
October 19, 2016Poliversity congratulates all citizens from multicultural backgrounds nominating for the 2016 local government elections in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. As an independent organisation affiliate...
MEDIA RELEASE: Labor Shadow Ministry expands focus on multiculturalism
July 28, 2016Leader of the Opposition and federal Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Bill Shorten MP has renewed and expanded the ALP’s focus on multiculturalism with the announcement of one Shadow Ministe...
MEDIA RELEASE: Labor embraces multicultural representation
June 30, 2016Poliversity congratulates the Hon Bill Shorten MP for leading a federal Labor team that represents the multicultural make up of Australia in the 2016 federal election. Australia has become one of the ...
Poliversity aims to deliver the following activities for individuals, ALP candidates, ALP Members of Parliament, multicultural communities and members.
Assist in fundraising activities to provide financial contributions to candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds contesting state and federal elections.
Organise professional events and forums to encourage debate and discussion on issues concerning multicultural communities across Australia.
Serve as a platform to support elected representatives representing the ALP to engage multicultural communities and organisations.
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
Provide professional training and leadership programs to empower individuals and candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds to stand for public office.