The Victorian African Communities Action Plan (VACAP) was released on Saturday 21 April, 2018.
The Victorian Government released its response to the Action Plan in September 2018.
The response outlines an investment of $8.6 million over two years to support the implementation of the Action Plan, covering 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
Three priority areas for immediate action
The response to the Action Plan highlighted three priority areas for immediate action - jobs, education and health - and set aside $3 million (of the $8.6 million) to support efforts in these areas:
- $1 million to assist high-need Victorians of African heritage in gaining employment
- $1.5 million to support education outcomes of young people and their communities through increased support for homework clubs and school‑community liaison officers
- $500,000 to work with communities and service providers to develop and deliver programs that respond to drug and alcohol misuse
The Victorian African Communities Implementation Committee (VACIC)
To guide, support and monitor the implementation of VACAP:
- VACIC was formed to provide advice to the Minister on how best to prioritise the action plan focus areas and the funding
- VACIC had its first meeting on 27 September 2018 where the three immediate priorities were discussed; and three sub-committees were formed to progress each priority area
- The sub-committees will provide opportunities for more in-depth exploration and will report back to VACIC, which will then provide recommendations to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs
- All three sub-committees met in October and November 2018 with further discussions needed to consolidate the feedback to the next VACIC meeting planned for early 2019
For more information about the Victorian African Communities Action Plan contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet by emailing VACAP@dpc.vic.gov.au.
Read about the Action Plan and the Victorian Government response