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Supporting multicultural communities through coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are working with multicultural and multifaith communities to ensure they get the support they need through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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COVID-19: latest in-language advice, information and support

Help your community stay informed about COVID-19. Find in-language health advice and information on supports to share with your community, including how to access an interpreter.

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Victoria’s multicultural communities face unique challenges as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On 13 August 2020, the Victorian Government established a Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Taskforce.

The CALD Communities Taskforce is working in partnership with community organisations, local governments and the Victorian Multicultural Commission to develop community specific, locally delivered solutions that will help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes providing timely emergency relief, tailored health advice and direct engagement with multicultural and multifaith communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Since May 2020, the Victorian Government has announced $61.4 million to support Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This includes:

  • $11.3 million to support services that help multicultural and multifaith Victorians to deal with social isolation, engage young people and fund culturally specific family violence support agencies. Read the press release from Wednesday 6 May 2020.
  • $14.3 million support multicultural organisations to deliver emergency relief, expand the distribution of vital health advice in-language, and boost the availability of translation and interpreter services. Read the press release from Thursday 13 August 2020.
  • $18.8 million so that multicultural organisations can continue to lead local responses to the pandemic, including emergency relief, food and clothing supplies and outreach support. Read the press release from Saturday 12 December 2020.
  • $4.9 million in the 2020–21 Victorian State Budget.
  • $12.1 million to support community organisations to deliver immediate support, provide targeted multicultural communications, translations and community engagement activities and support for organisations at a local level. Read the press release from Monday 7 June 2021.

Reviewed 07 June 2021

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