Wesa Chau – Profile

May 31, 2018

Background

As a migrant from Hong Kong and moved to Australia with my family at the age of 7, I possess a deep personal understanding of the difficulties faced by people from migrant backgrounds in Australia. Despite graduating with a degree in software engineering, I was drawn to the work of advocacy and fighting for the justice and rights of people from disadvantaged backgrounds during my time at university. And for that reason, after graduation I decided to work in the community sector, more specifically people with disabilities and multicultural communities.

In addition to my professional career, I have a diverse range of interests including photography, crafts, collecting cultural costumes, reading and music.

Education

  • PhD candidate on the topic ‘What are political skills and how to develop them in politics’
  • Swinburn-Scanlon Intercultural Fellowship
  • Master of Business Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Business (Quality Management)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce

Labor Party

I joined the ALP in 2004 at a time when I was an advocate for international students. During my time as Founder of the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS), I worked alongside a number of Labor MPs to provide a voice for international students in Australia. As a young person back then, I was moved and inspired by the work of Labor MPs and learned how politics can help improve and change peoples’ lives for the better. As a result, I joined the ALP and have never looked back.

Since then I have held the following roles within the ALP:

  • 2013 Labor candidate for Higgins
  • Co-founder and Interim Chair of Poliversity
  • Former branch executive for Prahran ALP branch
  • Former member of the FEA executive in Higgins

Community Service and Leadership

I have served the community through the following board member and leadership roles:

  • Board member of Carers Victoria
  • Board member of Glenuc (Holmesglen Foundation)
  • Member of the Ministerial Council of Women’s Equality
  • Academic Board Member for Lyons College
  • Chairperson of the judging panel of New Australian of the Year Award
  • former Board member of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria
  • former Board member of InTouch – Multicultural Centre against Family Violence
  • Founder and former President of Australian Federation of International Students
  • former Councillor of 3ZZZ Melbourne Community Ethnic Radio

Professional Roles

  • Director and Principal Consultant, Cultural Intelligence
  • Program Manager, Asialink Diplomacy
  • Program Manager, Culture Card Victoria (auspiced by Committee for Melbourne)
  • Direct Services Manager, Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC)
  • Multicultural Partnerships Coordinator, North West CALD Partnership (auspiced by ADEC)
  • Consultant, Australian Healthcare Associates

Awards

  • Australian International Education Award (Internationalisation) 2016
  • Tertiary Scholarship Fund – Social Services Award 2016
  • Finalist Agenda Setter of the year – Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards 2016
  • 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
  • Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2006
  • Melbourne Award (Youth) 2005