Multicultural Champion of Victoria/ Australia Day Ambassador/ Patron (South Asian Community Link Group – Australasia)/ Justice of the Peace/ Chair (South Asian Youth Connect Australasia)/ Board Member North Western Metropolitan Regional Council at Adult, Community and Further Education – ACFE Board/ R U OK Community Ambassador/ White Ribbon Ambassador/ Community Advisor (Lavender Foundation Inc.)/ Patron (GOPIO Melbourne)
Actively participates in existing projects designed to improve services and relationships with culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities.
As mentioned above Deepak continues to be part of government and non-government initiatives to shape and build a strong community by working as a bridge builder between South Asian and broader Australian communities.
Deepak Vinayak has emerged as a bright hope for the South Asian Community. He is seen as an inspiration for the children and the youth. His dedicated work has been recognised at the local, regional and federal levels. For his excellent work as a community bridge builder, he has been awarded the Victorian Multicultural Award in 2010 and has been appointed as the People of Australia Ambassador for 2012 and reappointed in 2013 by the Prime Minister of Australia. People from the Indian and South Asian Communities see him as a path breaking example who has paved way for others in selfless community work. The awards, acknowledgments and felicitations he has received at different levels have strengthened his position as a leading voice for multiculturalism, community cohesion, peace and mutual development.
- 2015 Award for Meritorious Service to the Community from Governor of Victoria
- Pride of Australia Medal 2013 Finalist by The Herald Sun & Channel 10
- Community Cohesion & Multifaith Award 2013 by Prime Minister of Australia
- Victorian Multicultural Excellence Award 2010 by Premier/Governor of Victoria
- Highly commended Volunteer Award in Leadership category for 2016, Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards, Government of Victoria
- Pride of Australia Medal 2017 Victorian Winner by News Corp Australia
Deepak Vinayak is an award-winning community leader from Victoria. Coming from the South Asian-Indian Community Mr. Vinayak has made significant contribution in engaging with the newly arriving migrants and the broader Australian communities. His work demonstrates the values of integrity, professionalism combined with compassion.
Coming from India, he has deep understanding of issues related to multilingualism, multiculturalism and multi-faith practices. He is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English and understands Sanskrit as well. His association with the diverse faith communities including that of Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Christians has given him adequate training and experience to deal with issues of faith with sensitivity, sincerity and respect.
His experience of living through difficult times during his initial years in Sydney and then in Melbourne has made him familiar with similar problems that may come from financial constraints, emotional disturbances and lack of community support. He has been very concerned about the wellbeing of the people who are less fortunate and who may struggle on a daily and weekly basis. Then he decided to create platforms with likeminded people who are ready to extend hands of support. That is how he has focused his energy in training the next generation and has slowly started building institutions like SACLG and SAYCA.
In the meantime, he has engaged with students and the youths of South Asia on a regular basis. He has actively mentored students and research scholars from universities of Victoria, Monash, Deakin and La Trobe. Deepak as the name suggests in Hindi, has been a light and inspiration and also a role model for many young boys and girls in his community. He continues to inspire the youth to engage with the government, police and the wider communities especially those in the immediate need of attention, affection and support.