Supporting multicultural Victoria

Young refugees and migrants living in rural and regional Victoria can get help to overcome barriers to growth and contribution.

Victoria is home to people from over 200 countries, who speak 200 different languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.

More than 10 per cent of the population of regional Victoria was born overseas, and the number of migrants resettling in regional and rural Victoria has increased in recent years. Young people make up a significant proportion of Victoria’s migrant population.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have access to services and opportunities.

The Victorian Government is funding the Centre for multicultural youth (CMY) to provide services for refugees and newly arrived migrants in two locations in regional Victoria. The first regional office opened in Morwell in March 2012 and the second regional office opened in Ballarat in August 2012.

These offices are working to help multicultural young people build connections with their communities, be able to navigate education and employment pathways, and develop leaderships skills.

Over the next four years, funding of $1.8 million has been made available to:

  • Provide two multicultural youth offices in regional Victoria
  • Employ bi-cultural youth workers
  • Create partnership programs with local communities
  • Increase consultation with young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in regional and rural Victoria.

This funding will contribute to building a strong and unified community, where individuals learn from each other and help forge a more inclusive and harmonious society.