Supporting Multicultural Victoria

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Victoria is home to people from over 200 countries, who speak 200 different languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.

More than 10% of the population of regional Victoria was born overseas, and the number of migrants resettling in regional and rural Victoria has increased in recent years. Young people make up a significant proportion of Victoria's migrant population.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have access to services and opportunities.

The Victorian Government will work with the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) (new window) to provide a range of services for refugees and newly arrived migrants.

Over the next four years funding will be made available to:

  • Provide two multicultural youth offices in regional Victoria
  • Employ bi-cultural youth workers
  • Create partnership programs with local communities
  • Increase consultation with young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in regional and rural Victoria.

The funding will also include capacity to undertake analysis of key issues affecting young people from multicultural backgrounds.

This funding will contribute to building a strong and unified community, where individuals learn from each other and help forge a more inclusive and harmonious society.

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