The Victorian Budget 2018/19 delivered $43.6 million to ensure Victoria leads the way in support of multiculturalism and social cohesion, and that every Victorian can contribute and belong.

The investment will support multicultural communities, including improving multicultural community infrastructure, helping migrants settle into Australia’s way of life and better supporting multicultural festivals and events.

A total investment of $17.1 million will be invested in the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Program to fix existing infrastructure and build new facilities for culturally diverse communities across the state, such as new community halls and cultural museums. The funding will also improve access to services and make sure cultural precincts continue to attract new visitors and tourists.

An additional $8.6 million will be invested in Victoria’s first African Communities Action Plan to respond to helping to build leadership and social cohesion within these communities, with an extra $1.7 million to support culturally diverse youths at risk.

The Budget will also provide $1.4 million to expand the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program, and $300,000 to establish Victoria’s first Multicultural Safety Ambassadors Program, which will recruit well respected individuals in multicultural communities to promote safe workplace practices.

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