The Victorian Government is committed to facilitating a Whole-of-Government approach to multicultural affairs by ensuring that the needs of Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities are conveyed to the relevant bodies and that Government is kept abreast of community concerns.
Throughout the year the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) facilitates grassroots discussions, maintains an 'Open Door' policy, hosts regular consultative forums and advocates for the needs of Victoria’s communities through involvement in advisory boards and committees. The Regional Advisory Councils are central to this commitment.
The Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) division continues its involvement in national cross-jurisdictional forums which provide an important opportunity to discuss and address issues relating to immigration and multicultural affairs and bring a local and state perspective to deliberations on issues of national importance.
MASC also includes the Victorian Government’s Settlement Coordination Unit which is concerned with addressing critical gaps in settlement services by helping to coordinate service responses for newly arrived migrants and refugees between state, local and federal governments.