The Victorian Government is proud to release its response to the Victorian African Communities Action Plan.
The response outlines the Victorian Government’s investment of $8.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to directly respond to the Action Plan over the next two years.
Priority response areas
A total of $3 million will be allocated to support three priority areas for immediate action – jobs, education and health:
- $1 million to assist high-need Victorians of African heritage in gaining employment
- $1.5 million to support education outcomes of young people and their communities through increased support for homework clubs and school‑community liaison officers
- $500,000 to work with communities and service providers to develop and deliver programs that respond to drug and alcohol misuse.
Approach across six focus areas
A further $5.6 million will assist the design, development and delivery of actions across the six focus areas of the Action Plan:
- Education and training
- Health and wellbeing
- Inclusion and empowerment
- Leadership, cohesion and connection
A new implementation committee comprised of community members will oversee the delivery of actions, advise government, support work to monitor and evaluate progress on the Action Plan and build an evidence base.
Read the Victorian Government response to the Victorian African Communities Action Plan.
The Action Plan
The Victorian African Communities Action Plan was officially released by the Victorian Government and the African Ministerial Working Group on Saturday 21 April, 2018.
The first of its kind, the Action Plan was developed by and for African communities in partnership with the Victorian Government to address well-known issues and to improve the wellbeing of all Victorians of African heritage, including young people.
Over the next 10 years, the Action Plan aims to build inclusive communities, improve outcomes and create sustainable opportunities for African communities through more than 250 actions across the six focus areas.
The partnership approach of the Action Plan ensures communities can contribute their expertise, experience and knowledge to own, lead and be part of solutions.
Under this approach, the help of local government, business, industry, the civil sector, academia and the philanthropic sector will assist in achieving sustainable outcomes.
Consultation process for the Action Plan
Development of the Action Plan was led by the African Ministerial Working Group, a diverse group of 22 members of professionals, community leaders and young people.
It reflects the voices of more than 1,000 Victorians of African heritage captured through extensive consultations held from November to December 2017.
Read the Action Plan
Download the full Victorian African Communities Action Plan.
Download the summary of the Victorian African Communities Action Plan document in a range of languages:
For more information about the Victorian African Communities Action Plan contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet by emailing AMWG.Secretariat@dpc.vic.gov.au.