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Victoria announces $ 3.5 million grants to 36 culturally diverse groups (see name of & amount each recipient gets)


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 16 September 2020: The Daniel Andrews Labor government in Victoria has announced a massive boost of $ 3.5 million infrastructure grants to 37 multicultural groups ‘to be enjoyed on the other side of this pandemic’.

The massive grants announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence on 14 September 2020 are part of the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund and the Indian Community Infrastructure Fund.

The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund grants will provide $1.1 million for 23 multicultural groups to upgrade their community facilities, with more than half based in regional Victoria.

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A further 13 infrastructure projects will share in $2.4 million through the Indian Community Infrastructure Fund – a key election commitment.


The 13 Indian bodies who receive the grants are all religious. Out of the 13 recipients, 8 belong to the Hindu faith, 3 to the Sikh faith, and 2 Muslim.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence says, “We know how important it is for multicultural Victorians to have a space to call their own – and that’s as important now as ever.”

“While Stay at Home restrictions mean we can’t gather in person right now, this funding will help create safe spaces for community members to come together in a COVID-safe way, once we reach the other side.”

Daniel Andrews announces $ 14.3 m more for multicultural communities, calling the pandemic the biggest challenge we ever had to face


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 13 August 2020: The Victorian Government is boosting support for multicultural communities across the state so that all Victorians can play their part, help slow the spread of coronavirus, and stay safe.

Describing the pandemic as a ‘great challenge’ Premier Daniel Andrews today announced an additional $14.3 million to reach out to more culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians and ensure they get the support they need, when they need it.

Premier Daniel Andrews told a virtual multicultural media conference today, “We are equal to this task, but it will only work if each and every Victorian plays their part – we’ve got to look out for each other.”
“This is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever had to face, but by supporting one another, staying home and
slowing the spread of this deadly virus, we’ll get through to the other side,”he said.

The funding includes $6.9 million for expanded health messaging and support for multicultural organizations that work on the ground to deliver emergency relief, such as culturally specific accommodation and food for those self-isolating or in quarantine.

It will also ensure positive cases and their close contacts are cared for and taken through compliance checks in a culturally appropriate way, while also providing cultural advice to support the work of the coronavirus contact tracing team.

A CALD Communities Taskforce will also be established to help multicultural and multifaith communities through the pandemic, with representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and various departments.

The funding package also includes $5.5 million to continue and expand the distribution of vital health advice that has been translated into 55 different languages, ensuring people understand and comply with restrictions designed to keep us safe, with a focus on supporting younger CALD members.

Support for multicultural communities has been rolling out since the beginning of the pandemic, with advertising campaigns on TV, social media, digital platforms, newspapers, and radio, as well as a series of community roundtables.

The latest in-language videos released earlier this week feature frontline health workers speaking about their experiences in Oromo, Vietnamese, Turkish, and Korean.

A further $2 million will go towards translation and interpreter services to meet the increase in demand.

This latest investment builds on the $11.3 million package that was announced in May to help multicultural and multifaith Victorians battle social isolation, engage young people and fund culturally specific family violence support agencies.

Andrews govt. joins community to protect the Racial Discrimination Act

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 7 December: The Andrews Labor Government today gave a powerful message to the Federal Government led by Hon. Malcolm Turnbull by welcoming a joint submission by 61 local community groups that calls for existing federal racial discrimination laws to be protected.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today met with Victorian representatives from a number of multicultural, faith and Aboriginal community organizations to voice the Labor Government’s support for the Racial Discrimination Act.

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A federal inquiry is currently being held into the efficacy of the Act and Section 18C, which deems it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” based on a person’s race or ethnicity.

Together with the Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews, representatives of community groups and Government MPs, they demonstrated their unity with a symbolic linking of arms on the steps of the Victorian Parliament House.

The Daniel Andrews Government says it will make a submission soon emphasising the on-going contribution of multicultural and indigenous communities to Victoria, the need to protect individuals and communities from racial vilification.

“All Victorians – regardless of where they come from, the language they speak or the faith they follow – deserve strong legislative protections,” says a media release from the office of the Hon. Robin Scott, Minister of Finance and Multicultural Affairs.

It says, “In May 2014, then Multicultural Affairs Minister Matthew Guy said: “There should be no changes to the Federal, Racial Discrimination Act and we’ll be very, very clear in our submission to say so.

Like the previous state Liberal Government, we fully support the Act as it stands – and will continue to do so.”