New Multicultural Policy Statement

24 February 2017

The Victorian Government has launched a new Multicultural Policy Statement that encourages a stronger, safer more harmonious community by reaffirming a set of shared values.

The statement was launched with a new campaign, ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ on Sunday 19 February at the Punt Road Oval.

Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Ms Helen Kapalos joined Premier Daniel Andrews, Deputy Premier James Merlino, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and community leaders for the launch of the statement.

‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ aims to unite Victorians and encourage people from all walks of life to contribute to our multicultural state.

The launch presented new and current initiatives of Victoria’s new Multicultural Policy Statement, which the Government will be rolling out over the coming months.

Some of the key programs include:

  • An education program to ensure all Victorians are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
  • Right to Debate initiatives to promote civil dialogue and build networks to challenge extremism.
  • A Digital Literacy and Citizenship program to help young people recognise when they are being manipulated online or confronted with online extremism.
  • A Recruit Smarter pilot program to reduce and prevent unconscious bias for jobseekers from diverse backgrounds.
  • An Anti-Racism Action Plan to reduce discrimination.
  • The $4 million Multicultural Sports Fund to reduce barriers and increase sports participation. for young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Current funding of $15 million to assist new arrivals to learn English and find a job.
  • The Jobs Victoria Employment Network’s $6 million to assist targeted employment services for people from diverse backgrounds.

Eight ambassadors from diverse backgrounds will also represent ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’, appearing in published and television advertising, and on the campaign’s website www.proud.vic.gov.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/vicandproudofit.

Read Victoria’s new Multicultural Policy Statement.

Read a special message from Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott.

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