Election Commitment On Multicultural Commission Delivered

Election Commitment On Multicultural Commission Delivered

Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras

Coalition To Strengthen Independence Of VMC

Victor P Taffa

The Role of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will be strengthened and will focus on providing genuine assistance to Victorians and providing honest and candid advice to the Government, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras said today.

The VMC acts as a conduit between the Victorian Community and the Victorian Government, and it is vital that it is first and foremost a voice of the Community.

 

 

In accordance with commitments outlined in the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Plan for a Multicultural Victoria, the following changes will be implemented:

  • The existing VMC will be replaced with a new, more independent public entity;
  • As a consequence of establishing a more independent Commission, the policy and administrative functions formerly located within the VMC will be transferred into an Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), to be established within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The New Commission will take on additional powers to research, advise and report to the Minister on any matter relating to its objectives either initiated by itself or requested by the Minister.

Membership of the Commission, while remaining at 12 members, will include a youth representative and a representative from a peak community organisation.

Eight Regional Advisory Councils will be established to work in partnership with the VMC and local communities, operating as important conduits for information on regional settlement and service delivery.

The Government will also establish a Ministerial Inter-departmental Multicultural Services Advisory Committee to co-ordinate a whole-of-government approach to multiculturalism and citizenship.

Chaired by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, this committee will provide an important additional link between the OMAC, VMC and Government Departments.

“Victoria will continue to lead the rest of the nation in multicultural affairs and the Baillieu Government will implement initiatives that will ensure Victorians learn from each other and together help forge a more inclusive and harmonious society.” Mr. Kotsiras said.