Giuseppe Pino Migliorino, Founder of International Students Access, was named a Member of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday weekend this year. Mr Migliorino’s appointment recognises his outstanding contribution to the Italian community, to multicultural and refugee settlement assistance groups and through advisory roles.
Mr Migliorino moved to Australia with his family from Italy when he was five and, amongst many other achievements, helped build a bilingual school and a culturally targeted aged-care program.
In response to the increasing cultural diversity in Australia, Mr Migliorino helped build the first Italian Bilingual School in partnership with Co.As.It, a prominent Italian community assistance organisation, giving children in Sydney a unique opportunity to learn Italian as a second language and to understand cultural diversity in Australia. “Caring for Older Italians” is a signature aged-care program that assists elderly Italian Australians to age with dignity.
Mr Migliorino has expressed his gratitude and appreciation, “I think it is important to understand that the work that I have been involved in is looking at what we need to do to ensure that we protect those who come here to Australia and make sure that they can contribute as much as possible. Really prominent in this is the consideration of international students and trying to ensure that there are services available to support good education outcomes.
“These services should deliver for international students a sense that Australia is a fair and equitable place, not a place where they would be exploited “, he said.
During an interview with SBS World News, Mr Migliorino stressed the three most important objectives in building a multicultural Australia are equity, participation, and the creation of opportunities to people regardless of how or when they’ve come to Australia. Mr Migliorino carries these values and objectives throughout his work in the multicultural space.
Established in 1975 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. This honour also defines, encourages and reinforces community standards, national aspirations and ideals by identifying role models and acknowledging their actions and achievement. It is usually announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June).
On behalf of International Students Access, we are proud to congratulate Pino on his appointment and this recognition.
To know more about the Order of Australia, please go to: https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/order-australia
To read more about Pino’s interview with SBS, please go to http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/12/indian-scientist-lebanese-professor-and-italian-migrant-recognised-queens