The newly appointed commissioner has long been an advocate of multicultural communities
Bill Papastergiadis, Moray & Agnew Melbourne managing partner, has been elected as a commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, helping to lead the organisation.
“Bill’s legal, commercial and multicultural insights have been recognised with this appointment. I have no doubt he will bring a wealth of invaluable expertise as a commissioner to this important organisation,” said Geoff Connellan, Moray & Agnew national managing partner.
Papastergiadis has long been active in various multicultural programs, and the firm describes him as “a central figure in Victoria’s multicultural affairs and community.” He was a founding director of The Hellenic Initiative, which supports projects that better the lives of Greek residents through the Greek community in Australia.
In 2008, he began a tenure as president of the Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria, which is among the largest Greek communities outside of Greece. He was also an ambassador for the 2021 “All One Together” anti-racism campaign conducted by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria.
Papastergiadis received an Order of Australia medal in 2019 for his service to the Greek community. He also chairs the South Melbourne Football Club.
“I am honoured to play a part in advocating on behalf of all multicultural communities, and committed to continuing the good work of the Victorian Multicultural Commission in its valuable mission to help to strengthen the relationships of these communities with government and with each other,” Papastergiadis said.
He explained that the “richness of Victoria’s diverse multicultural communities is one of our greatest strengths as a state.”
Papastergiadis began leading Moray & Agnew’s Melbourne office in 2008. He has practiced for over three decades.
An independent body, the Victorian Multicultural Commission serves as a conduit between the multicultural communities in Victoria and the state government.