Congratulations to the finalists of the 2020 Governor’s Multicultural Awards.

These important awards recognise and celebrate outstanding South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase the understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in our community.

South Australians nominate an individual, team or organisation that is passionate about making a positive contribution to multiculturalism and intercultural understanding, and promoting our culturally-diverse state.

The finalists for the 2020 Governor’s Multicultural Awards are:


  • Mr Qasem Bahmanzadah
  • Ms Zahra Bayani
  • Mr Renato Despoja
  • Mr Eduardo Donoso
  • Miss Narges Ghulam Rasool
  • Mr Ali Kadir
  • Mr Roger Lean
  • Ms Sreymom Lund
  • Mrs Emma Luxardo
  • Mrs Leila Mansour
  • Mr Jan Noya
  • Mr Nayan Perera
  • Mr Hussain Razaiat
  • Ms Ayesha Fariha Safdar
  • Mr Raymond Sardana
  • Mr Gurshminder Singh
  • Ms Lia Tedesco


  • ActNow Theatre
  • Aussie Discount Chemist Group and TWCM Cumberland Park
  • City Medical Centre
  • Department for Education Bilingual and Cultural Support EALD SSS
  • Ethnic Broadcasters Incorporated
  • Food Tours Australia
  • Grandparents For Grandchildren
  • Nexus Arts

The awards are administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Multicultural Affairs. They are presented by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, on the advice of an independent judging panel.

The award categories are:

  • Outstanding individual achievement
  • Arts and culture
  • Community sector
  • Media
  • Private sector
  • Public sector
  • Senior volunteer
  • Volunteer
  • Youth.

Winners to be announced in early 2021.

Previous Governor's Multicultural Awards

Established in 2007, the Governor’s Multicultural Awards have recognised and celebrated many South Australian individuals, teams, organisations and communities since.

Winners of the 2019 Governor’s Multicultural Awards were announced by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, in May 2020.

Eleven (11) award recipients were chosen from 24 finalists across the nine award categories.

You can learn more about the achievements of the 2019 award recipients and finalists:

2019 Governor’s Multicultural Awards winner’s announcement message (YouTube)

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2019 winners summary (PDF, 65.1 KB)

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2019 finalists (PDF, 51.0 KB)

You can also read more about the achievements of the previous award recipients:

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2018 winners summary (PDF, 57.8 KB)

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2018 finalists (PDF, 51.7 KB)

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2017 winners summary (PDF, 54.2 KB)

Governor's Multicultural Awards 2017 media release