A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest $615,000 in multicultural festivals, events, and celebrations that contribute to our state’s proud diversity, including:

  • $80,000 for Wyndham Diwali Mela 2019               

  • $50,000 towards a Greek festival in Oakleigh 2019            

  • $10,000 for the Anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill & Districts 2019            

  • $5,000 for the Hindu Society of Victoria (Aus) Inc.’s Deepavali 2019      

  • $10,000 for MA Centre (Aust) Pty Ltd.’s Embracing Peace - Grace in Action 2019\

  • $15,000 for Footscray Diwali 2019            

  • $5,000 for the Melbourne Marathi Mandal’s Diwali Festival 2019               

  • $10,000 for Vivid Diwali – Whittlesea 2019           

  • $5,000 for Forum for Indian Australians Inc.’s Diwali Lighting Competition 2019   

  • $20,000 for Australian Indian Innovations Inc.’s Diwali 2019          

  • $80,000 for Wyndham Holi 2019               

  • $10,000 for the Launch of Thoolika: Malayalam Annual Literary Publication from Melbourne

  • $100,000 for the Hispanic Latin American Festival 2019  

  • $5,000 for the Macedonian Food Festival 2019   

  • $30,000 for the Peel Street Festival 2019               

  • $50,000 over two years for the Polish Festival @ Federation Square         

  • $70,000 for Vaisakhi at Federation Square 2019 

  • $50,000 for Casey Garba Festival 2019    

  • $10,000 for Anatolian Alevi Festival 2019              

Labor’s commitment to celebrating our state’s proud diversity will extend to supporting multicultural and multi-faith organisations.

A re-elected Labor Government will provide $1.93 million to over 50 multicultural and multi-faith organisations for initiatives that strengthen participation, inclusion, or family violence services.

Labor will also provide $2.1 million for multicultural infrastructure projects that support communities to preserve and share their culture and traditions in a space that they can make their own, including:

  • $40,000 for upgrades and renovations at the Greek Orthodox Parish of St. Raphael in Bentleigh

  • $20,000 for upgrades and renovations at the Holy Monastary of Axion Estin in Northcote               

  • $20,000 for upgrades and renovations at the Chios Brotherhood Korais of Melbourne and Victoria in Reservoir                

  • $80,000 for upgrades and renovations at St Anargiri Orthodox Church in Oakleigh             

  • $100,000 to the Sikh Community of Greater Geelong Inc. as seed funding for a new temple

  • $80,000 for upgrades and renovations at the Craigieburn Sikh Gurdwara

  • $40,000 for upgrades and renovations at the Australia Western Thrace Turkish Association of Victoria’s community centre;

  • An additional $1.9 million to help make the Vietnamese Cultural Centre and Museum a reality    

 Labor will strengthen Victoria’s community media sector by providing $500,000 for a dedicated grants program for multicultural media organisations across the state.  

 And reflected the importance of supporting a diverse media, Labor will update the Victorian Government’s advertising guidelines to maintain the multicultural media spend at 5 per cent but no longer include SBS TV in the calculation. Labor will also update the Victorian Government’s advertising guidelines to maintain the regional media spend at 15 per cent but remove regional TV from the calculation.

 Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott   

“Labor doesn’t just tolerate diversity and multiculturalism – we embrace and celebrate it.”

“Labor invests in our multicultural communities because we know that our multiculturalism make us stronger, fairer, and a place we can all be proud of.”


Dan Andrewspolicy41