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About Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion

We promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that Victorians of all cultural and religious backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of a multicultural society.

Victoria has a long history of multiculturalism.

Victorians:

  • come from more than 200 countries
  • speak 260 languages
  • follow 135 different faiths

This diversity enriches us all. It brings new ideas, extends our skills, attracts businesses and creates new jobs.

But we can’t take social cohesion for granted. The Victorian Government wants to make sure every Victorian can feel welcome, contribute and belong.

Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion supports the Victorian Government to promote its multicultural vision and priorities.

We work to foster an inclusive, engaged and harmonious multicultural community in Victoria.

We are part of Fairer Victoria, a group in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. We work with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. We also support the work of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).

Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion has four branches:

  • Community Participation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Communications, Corporate, Community Grants and Pick my Project
  • Office of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (OVMC)

Legislation

Multicultural Victoria Act 2011

The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 recognises that citizenship is central to multiculturalism. Aside from Australian citizenship, it also refers to the rights and responsibilities of all people in a multicultural society.

The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 came into effect on 1 September 2011.

Read the Multicultural Victoria Act 2011.

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006

This act was passed in July 2006 and came into effect on 1 January 2008. The Charter put certain civil and political rights, and some cultural rights, into Victorian law.

Victoria is the first Australian state to put formal protection of human rights into law this way. The charter ensures human rights are valued and protected within government and the community.

Read about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Reporting requirements

The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 requires all Victorian Government departments to report annually. These reports describe their achievements and initiatives in multicultural affairs, including:

  • their use of language services
  • multicultural communications
  • multicultural representation on government boards and committees

Read about the multicultural reporting requirements for Victorian Government departments.

Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001

This act was passed on 14 June 2001 and came into effect on 1 January 2002. In June 2006, the Act was amended following consultation with the multifaith community.

Read about the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001.

Reviewed 02 September 2019

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