ECCV commends Victorian Government for Budget’s significant boost to multicultural sector

 

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has commended the Victorian Government for the
State Budget’s funding increase in a range of important programs and projects that will significantly impact
ethnic and multicultural communities throughout the state.
ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said there were many important initiatives that were outlined in the
Budget that would go along way towards helping people from culturally and linguistically diverse
communities within Victoria.
“We are pleased that the Government has significantly increased multicultural spending, which will help
promote a sense of belonging and better settlement of migrants, and welcome the Victorian Government's
$42.8 million investment in ‘cultural diversity’,” Mr Micallef said.
“This is an important figure and underlines the Government’s commitment to investing in and seeing the
multiculturalism in our society as one of our greatest strengths.
“It is very important that there has been a $21.8 million funding allocation to improve the state's language
services with better training and recognition for interpreters. We especially welcome making language
services more accessible in regional Victoria.
“We congratulate the Victorian Government – among a range of initiatives – for increased funding of $19
million for the ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ campaign. This is an important initiative that will help promote a
sense of inclusiveness and greater social cohesion.
“ECCV also welcomes the announced investment of $2 million to establish Victoria’s first fully funded
Migrant Workers’ Centre. This will help prevent workers - who are often from migrant backgrounds - being
exploited through underpayments and poor working conditions, which has been repeatedly reported in the
media.
“As well as this the $450,000 to establish the Victorian Multicultural Ambassador program; $825,000 to set
up Regional Engagement and Community Hubs; and the $1 million anti-racism plan to address
discrimination in areas like public transport and job recruitment are all important funding commitments.
“Family violence is something that happens in all communities at all levels, and the $9 million allocated in
the Budget for violence prevention in multicultural communities will go a long way towards preventing this
occurring, which is a scourge throughout our entire society.
“The support for small businesses in the Budget is a good initiative, but ECCV will monitor to what degree
this support will target and reach Victoria's culturally diverse entrepreneurs who contribute significantly to
our economy.
“Also, in terms of mental health allocations in the Budget, ECCV will be lobbying to ensure that appropriate
funding and resources are allocated to culturally diverse Victorians with mental health needs.”
Media enquiries to John Watts on 0400 195 480 or at jwatts@eccv.org.au

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has commended the Victorian Government for the State Budget’s funding increase in a range of important programs and projects that will significantly impact ethnic and multicultural communities throughout the state.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said there were many important initiatives that were outlined in the Budget that would go along way towards helping people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities within Victoria.

“We are pleased that the Government has significantly increased multicultural spending, which will help promote a sense of belonging and better settlement of migrants, and welcome the Victorian Government's $42.8 million investment in ‘cultural diversity’,” Mr Micallef said.

“This is an important figure and underlines the Government’s commitment to investing in and seeing the multiculturalism in our society as one of our greatest strengths.

“It is very important that there has been a $21.8 million funding allocation to improve the state's language services with better training and recognition for interpreters. We especially welcome making language services more accessible in regional Victoria.

“We congratulate the Victorian Government – among a range of initiatives – for increased funding of $19million for the ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ campaign. This is an important initiative that will help promote a sense of inclusiveness and greater social cohesion.

“ECCV also welcomes the announced investment of $2 million to establish Victoria’s first fully funded Migrant Workers’ Centre. This will help prevent workers - who are often from migrant backgrounds - being exploited through underpayments and poor working conditions, which has been repeatedly reported in the media.

“As well as this the $450,000 to establish the Victorian Multicultural Ambassador program; $825,000 to setup Regional Engagement and Community Hubs; and the $1 million anti-racism plan to address discrimination in areas like public transport and job recruitment are all important funding commitments.

“Family violence is something that happens in all communities at all levels, and the $9 million allocated in the Budget for violence prevention in multicultural communities will go a long way towards preventing this occurring, which is a scourge throughout our entire society.

“The support for small businesses in the Budget is a good initiative, but ECCV will monitor to what degree this support will target and reach Victoria's culturally diverse entrepreneurs who contribute significantly to our economy.

“Also, in terms of mental health allocations in the Budget, ECCV will be lobbying to ensure that appropriate funding and resources are allocated to culturally diverse Victorians with mental health needs.”

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