Providing Assistance To The African Community

Providing Assistance To The African Community

Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras

Funding To Support Victoria’s African Communities

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today announced $200,000 for initiatives aimed at supporting Australian African communities in Victoria.

“This investment will assist in building the capacity, independence and self sufficiency of African communities in Victoria.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

As part of this funding, $150,000 has been provided to run the African Leadership Program over three years. The Program, to be delivered by the African Think Tank, will foster leadership amongst African Australians through a series of seminars on advocacy, mentoring, strategic planning, project management and volunteer support.

“This investment will enable Victorians of African backgrounds to gain skills and become leaders in their communities and in Victoria.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

$50,000 has also been allocated through the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to deliver two key projects to support young African Australians living in Victoria.

Funding of $25,000 will enable and support a dynamic group of young African Australian leaders committed to developing community-owned responses to some of the key issues faced by their community, such as youth disengagement, racism and enhancing participation within the broader community.

This funding initiative came following the African Australian Youth Consultation, held earlier this year and attended by representatives of CMY, the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship and the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.

Funding of $25,000 has also been allocated to extend the Brimbank Young Men’s Project which assists young men of African descent with engaging in education, training and employment, and helps those who are experiencing challenges with settlement.

“These initiatives will build the capacity and confidence of African Australian communities to work towards more positive, sustainable settlement outcomes.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

“The Victorian Government appreciates the economic, social and cultural contribution that our diverse refugee communities make and is committed to providing opportunities for all to prosper and succeed in Victoria.” Mr. Kotsiras said.