Invitation to Attend FECCA 2017

A message from FECCA Chairperson, Joe Caputo OAM JP

I am delighted to invite you to the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s bi-annual conference Celebrate. Reflect. Advance: Challenges and Possibilities for Multicultural Australia taking place in Darwin on the 8-10 October 2017. This year we are hosted by our member organisation, the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory, this year celebrating their 40th year of progressing multiculturalism to benefit all Territorians. The 2017 FECCA conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, to highlight challenges and to explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share our same vision – a harmonious multicultural Australia. This year’s speakers promise to be inspiring, passionate and informative and will reflect the diversity that exists across Australia’s CALD communities.

The FECCA Conference will include rich variety of panels, workshops, speakers and debates to discuss the experiences of women, older people, communities living in rural and regional areas, people with disability and new and emerging communities. This year the FECCA Conference will celebrate Australia’s CALD youth with a dedicated Multicultural Youth Day to give a powerful and representative voice to young people from a CALD background who are at the coalface of both the challenges and possibilities that face multicultural Australia. At the heart of FECCA’s work is the promotion of multiculturalism, embodied in equity and non-discriminatory practices for all Australians, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds. FECCA believes multiculturalism begins with recognising the rights and place in society held by Australia’s First Peoples and the rich cultural heritage that their communities have long nurtured. FECCA is committed to anti-discrimination, the eradication of racism, and promoting the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We look forward to connecting with Indigenous Australians in Darwin at the FECCA Conference to advance our joint interests and to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in achieving justice and equality. We thank the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Government for this wonderful opportunity to bring the 2017 FECCA conference to Darwin, a diverse and vibrant city and I look forward to welcoming you.

Joe A. Caputo OAM JP FECCA Chairperson

Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory Inc

The Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) is proud to co-host the FECCA biennial national conference 2017, here in the Top End of Australia.

Diversity has defined our city throughout its history. With our close proximity to Asia, we have welcomed new-comers from all over the world from the pioneering days to date. While embracing the melting pot of cultures encompassing the rich heritage of the traditional custodians the Larrakia People, Anglo Australians, and newer migrants, our well-integrated population celebrates a proud common identity as Territorians and Australians. Together, we have shared in Darwin’s resilient history, rebuilding it twice after the bombings in 1942 and Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The prominence of Darwin’s multicultural communities during this period is clearly demonstrated in the fact that just three years later, in 1977, the Ethnic Communities Council of the Northern Territory (as the MCNT was then known) was formed.

We now look forward to sharing in the celebration of our 40th anniversary with the wider FECCA family. With a colourful multicultural history, and home to the youngest per capita population in the country, Darwin stands ready to host an insightful conference, exploring the role of multiculturalism in modern day Australia and the opportunities and challenges for the future. An added feature of the conference will be a full-day youth event, run in partnership with our youth arm, Multicultural Youth NT (MyNT).

Scheduled for the tail end of the dry season, the conference program will allow delegates to enjoy our tropical city at its best, featuring our night markets and world-class sunsets at the famous Mindil Beach (amongst many others). We invite you to join us for an unforgettably unique Darwin experience at the 2017 FECCA conference.

Kevin Kadirgamar
Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory Inc

If you are under 25 years old and wish to attend the Youth Day please click the link below to apply.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Government Partner



Government Partner

8 – 10 October 2017


Darwin Convention Centre
Stokes Hill Road,
Darwin, NT 0800

Key Dates

April 2017
Registration Opens

26 July 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline

9 August 2017
Notification of Abstract Acceptance 

16 August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline

8 October 2017
Conference Commences