EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
Victoria is renowned for its multiculturalism. It’s a place where people from all over the world have come together to make their home. But we can’t take our social cohesion for granted – we must continue our effors to ensure that every Victorian can contribute and belong.
This new multicultural policy statement, Victorian. And proud of it. sets out the Victorian Government’s way forward. It begins with the Victorian Values Statement – the foundational values on which our success has been built: equality, freedom and shared responsibility. It also details the policies, programs and services that will extend this work, including:
- The Rights and Responsibilities Program, so every Victorian is aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
- Right to Debate initiatives to promote civil dialogue and build a network of people who can challenge all forms of extremism.
- The $4 million Multicultural Sports Fund, so every Victorian has a chance to be a part of our sporting state.
- The Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship program to help young people recognise when they are being manipulated online or confronted with online extremism.
It builds on the work being done across government, to make Victoria a fairer, better place, including:
- $25 million to tackle all forms of violent extremism and build community resilience.
- $15 million to assist new arrivals to learn English and find a job.
- Recruit Smarter to help address unconscious bias in the workplace.
- $6 million to develop targeted employment services for people from multicultural communities as part of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network.
SOURCE: Victorian Department of Multicultural Affairs. “Victoria’s new Multicultural Policy Statement.” Victorian Department of Multicultural Affairs [Website viewed 15 May 2017]
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