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Media Release: State Budget recognises the value of cultural diversity

6 May 20150 comments
Daniel Andrews

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews

Victoria’s leading migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recognition of the importance of cultural diversity and social cohesion in the 2015/16 state budget.

In its first budget, the Andrews government has allocated $74 million over four years to multicultural affairs – an increase of around 20 per cent.

“Particularly welcome is $25 million in new money to help reinforce Victoria’s social cohesion,” said AMES CEO Cath Scarth.

“Used effectively, this money could help people new to Victoria build connection with their communities, prevent radicalisation and extremism while supporting vulnerable people in our community to make good life choices,” Ms Scarth said.

“Also welcome is more than $13 million earmarked to enhance community capacity and participation for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

“We are also pleased to see $2 million in new spending allocated to support women and children from CALD communities who are the victims of, or are vulnerable to, family violence.

AMES also welcomed the government’s commitment to creating jobs and delivering vocational training.

“The government’s commitment to create 100,000 jobs backed by the $100 million Back to Work Scheme will help those most at risk from long-term unemployment,” Ms Scarth said.

MEDIA CONTACT – Laurie Nowell on 0498 196 500

For images, interviews and more information please contact AMES Media Advisor, Laurie Nowell at or 9938 4031 or 0498 196 500.