ECCV Pre-Budget Submission 2021-22

The ECCV has released its 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission to the Victorian Government.

The submission calls for the development of a new Multicultural Strategy for Victoria and recommends more than $150 million is allocated in May’s State Budget as part of a broader revamp of the Victorian Government’s approach to engagement with migrant and refugee communities.

The ECCV is recommending a range of initiatives focused on mental health, youth, employment, disability, older people from CALD communities, as well as a boost to the Government’s Anti-racism Strategy and community-led COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives.

ECCV’s key recommendations include:

  • $5 million over two years to co-design a new Multicultural Strategy for Victoria with migrant and refugee communities, to promote inclusion and equity.
  • $12 million over four years to build on the Anti-Racism Taskforce and the Anti-Racism Strategy.
  • $40 million over two years for a specific COVID-19 recovery plan for migrant and refugee communities, including $7.5 million for community-based communications activities about the vaccination program.
  • $3 million over three years to develop a culturally responsive model to promote better mental health of people from migrant and refugee communities.
  • $20 million over three years to increase health literacy of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • $8 million to develop a plan to promote employment of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • $4.9 million to improve access to support for people with disability, particularly people who are ineligible for the NDIS
  • $16 million over four years to increase capacity to prevent and respond to elder abuse
  • $10 million over four years to promote social connections for older people with support for CALD seniors’ clubs
  • $8 million over four years to provide support to young people who are newly arrived in Victoria
  • $18 million over four years to increase capacity to respond to family violence against women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, particularly women on temporary visas

The ECCV’s Budget submission highlights a broader need to rethink multicultural policy in Victoria, and the mechanisms required for the multicultural sector and CALD communities to be represented in policy-making.

The ECCV believes a new Multicultural Strategy is critical to making sure that public policy is inclusive, equitable and responsive to migrant and refugee communities.