Dr Byrne said the high calibre of nominees made judging the awards a difficult task.
"Looking through the nominations I felt fortunate to be a part of a state with such a thriving multicultural community," he said.
The Judges' Choice award went to Salem Askari who arrived in WA from Afghanistan. Salem is a passionate advocate for refugees, and was pivotal in advocating for Transperth concessions for refugees with temporary concession visas.
"The Transperth concessions for temporary concession visa holders was a breakthrough for equality in our state.
"I hope we continue as a state to work on more initiatives such as this to bring equality to our multicultural communities." Dr Byrne said.