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 six focus areas:
- Business – which aims to grow African Victorian innovation, enterprise and investment across the economy
- Employment – which aims to strengthen skills and pathways to gain meaningful jobs in all sectors
- Education and training – which aims to build stronger learning foundations and skills for life
- Health and wellbeing – which aims to lift the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of all people
- Inclusion and empowerment – which aims to support people to be equal, treated fairly and with respect
- Leadership, cohesion and connection – which aims to contribute to a strong Victoria through effective leadership, cohesive communities and stronger connections across the broader society.
Achieving the Action Plan in partnership
The Action Plan proposes a partnership approach to implement these actions, ensuring 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.
Victorian Government response
The Victorian Government will consider the Action Plan and respond following the release of the State Budget 2018/19.
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.