What’s in the budget?

07 June 2017

An investment of $42.8 million has been made to support a range of initiatives aimed at enhancing social cohesion, improving interpreter services and protecting workers’ rights through the Victorian Government 2017-18 Budget.

Announced on 2 May 2017, the budget includes $19 million to implement actions outlined in the Victorian. And proud of it Multicultural Policy Statement, including:

  • A Rights and Responsibility community education program
  • An Anti-Racism Plan to address discrimination in areas like public transport and job recruitment
  • A Digital literacy and citizenship initiatives to help young people recognise when they are being manipulated online or confronted with online extremism
  • A Multicultural Ambassadors program.

This year’s budget also allocated the largest single increase in funding for interpreting services in Victoria’s history after an independent review of language services procurement evidenced the need for greater support to increase the sustainability and quality of services.

A funding boost of $21.8 million will assist new migrants to access education and training, find employment and understand health care information. The funding will also improve the quality of services and working conditions for interpreters, and ensure these government services are more accessible in regional Victoria.

A total of $2 million was also announced to establish a migrant workers’ centre to prevent workers from being exploited through underpayments and poor working conditions.

In addition, family violence services for culturally diverse communities will be strengthened through a $9 million commitment, which includes continued funding for the InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.

Find out more about the initiatives and investments of the Victorian Government’s 2017-2018 Budget at budget.vic.gov.au.

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