Media Release: Government Response To The African Communities Action Plan

Media Release, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Friday 13 July

The Andrews Labor Government today released its response to the landmark African Communities Action Plan.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott released the response at an event to support the AFL-led initiatives for young people from African backgrounds.

The Plan is the first of its kind and was developed by and for African communities in partnership with the Government to address issues and to improve the wellbeing of all Victorians of African heritage.

The centrepiece of the response is an $8.6 million funding boost, on top of the significant investment already announced to implement the Action Plan.

In releasing its response, the Labor Government has identified three priorities for immediate attention and additional investment:

  • $500,000 to develop and deliver programs that respond to drug and alcohol abuse
  • $1 million to support more people into jobs
  • $1.5 million to improve education through support for homework clubs and school-community liaison officers

The 10-year Action Plan aims to build inclusive communities, improve outcomes and create opportunities through more than 250 actions across six focus areas – including business, employment, education and training, health and wellbeing, inclusion and empowerment, as well as leadership, cohesion and connection.

The Labor Government will soon convene an implementation committee to oversee the delivery of its response.

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, the Huddle and the official charity of the AFL Players’ Association Ladder are developing skills in young people to drive employment with $225,000 from the Labor Government.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Labor is supporting and empowering Victorians of African heritage, and are proud to work in partnership with communities to implement the Action Plan.”

“The $8.6 million in new funding will go a long way to implementing many of the priorities of the Action Plan – a comprehensive, long-term strategy to address a wide range of issues affecting Victorians of African heritage.”

“We’re working with our proud multicultural communities to make Victoria stronger, safer and fairer.”

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