Category: Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Vicky Drives Her Message Home To Parliament

Vicky the Values Truck is on the move, taking her message of social cohesion to the steps of the Victorian Parliament. The interactive mobile learning hub, promoting the ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ campaign, will park at Parliament from 11.00am to 3.00pm today. Following her successful launch last month, Vicky has been travelling the state, […]

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Strengthening Victoria’s Multicultural Youth

Culturally diverse Victorians aged 16 to 25 are invited to become a member of the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) and have their views heard on how to make Victoria a stronger, more cohesive state. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced the opening of expressions of interest […]

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Introducing Vicky

She’s big, she’s got heart and she’s coming to a town near you. Victoria – or Vicky as she prefers to be called – is an interactive truck about to tour the state welcoming visitors and promoting our shared values and what it means to be Victorian. When visitors step on board, they’ll get to […]

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Welcoming A New Multicultural Commissioner

Respected community leader Sisay Dinku has been appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced the appointment, which fills an existing four-year term vacancy in the leadership team. Mr Dinku’s appointment brings the number of VMC Commissioners to 11. Mr Dinku – replacing Peter Khalil who […]

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New Funding For Community Infrastructure And Cultural Precincts

Victorians will be given more opportunity to gather as a community with extra funding to construct and restore community halls, centres and precincts. Over 30 culturally diverse groups across Victoria are set to receive $4.22 million to support places where they can celebrate, congregate and take part in activities that boost engagement with the wider […]

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Giving voice to our ethnic communities

A major funding boost for interpreters will make it easier for new Victorians to pursue education and training, find a job and access health care, helping them settle more easily into the community. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will deliver $21.8 million to improve the state’s language services and meet the needs of our multicultural communities. New […]

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Honouring Our Newest Interpreters

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded over $220,000 in scholarships to students taking interpreting studies at RMIT University this year alone. A total of 98 students received scholarships or bursaries worth up to $4,300 each to become interpreters across 18 different languages. Over one million Victorians speak a language other than English – that’s about […]

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Possible Indian Hub For Monash

Monash in Melbourne’s south east could be home to Victoria’s next Indian cultural centre. Monash City Council has been granted $50,000 for a feasibility study to examine the needs of the local Indian community, identify service gaps and assess the viability of a community centre for the area. With sites already earmarked for Dandenong and […]

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Statement On Multicultural Australia

It is beyond ironic that Malcolm Turnbull is moving to water down race hate laws on Harmony Day. We strongly condemn any changes which suggest it is okay to be racially insulting or offensive, or even humiliate someone because of their background. Just yesterday, Mr Turnbull promised to nurture Australia’s diversity with the launch of […]

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Statement On Racial Discrimination Act Inquiry

Yesterday, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights tabled its report on the Racial Discrimination Act. While the report does not recommend changes to sections 18C or 18D, today Coalition MPs are sadly maintaining their call to have them amended or even revoked. This is a troubling development – and so, Malcolm Turnbull must […]

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