Our Aussie Day ambassador
Monday, 15th January, 2018
Broken Hill’s Australia Day Ambassador this year is one of the brightest young representatives of the nation’s thriving Indian community.
Twenty-two-year-old Khushaal Vyas is a law student also writes about Aussie Rules for an Indian newspaper in Sydney and has established himself as a public speaker of note.
Khushaal is a fourth year undergraduate student doing a Bachelor of Arts (Politics Major)/Law at the University of NSW and, from a very young age, he has been very active in social justice and community advocacy.
In 2009, when he was 13 years old, he was the youngest ever member of his local council’s Youth Advisory Committee and remained a member until 2013. In this role he helped to organise the “Bring it On!” Youth Festival (now attended by more than 10,000 people each year) and was a key advocate for the Fairfield City Youth and Community Centre, which was subsequently built in 2015.
At uni, Khushaal is the President of the UNSW Law Society - the largest university law student representative group in the nation.
Before that he was the Vice-President (Social Justice) and co-founded a regional volunteer program to work with the Dubbo and Wiradjuri community and mentor disadvantaged Aboriginal children.
He subsequently directed the award-winning “Yindyamarra: A Documentary” which was about the volunteer trip.
For his work on the Fairfield City Youth and Community Centre and Dubbo Volunteer program, Khushaal was awarded the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Youth Medal which recognises the role played by a young person in promoting intercultural dialogue and co-operation.
Earlier this year he was also nominated for Australian Law Student of the Year and was the recipient of the Institute of Managers and Leaders “Australian Student Leader of the Year” award.
Khushaal is also quite the talker, having been a State Champion and National Runner-Up in Public Speaking and was awarded the Best Delegate for two consecutive years at the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations.
In his spare time, he’s an Australian Football League sports journalist with “Indian Link”, a fortnightly newspaper for the Indian community in Sydney, and he loves a game of squash.