The 2011-2012 budget includes a number of programs and investments aimed at promoting multiculturalism and diversity.
The government has allocated $240 million to lifting the funding for independent schools, many of which provide culturally oriented and religious education for Caulfield residents. “This money will assist the 36.2% of students currently enrolled in non-government schools to further promote choice and quality education,” David said.
Additionally, $24 million is being spent on a number of programs supporting multicultural communities.
This includes a pledge to provide $4.4 million for major multicultural events, including new and expanded festivals.
David is tremendously proud of the role played by workers and volunteers in improving the state’s ethnic and religious communities and is therefore pleased to support the government’s allocation of $5.2 million to fund awards for volunteers, including the new Multicultural Volunteer Awards. $500,000 has also been dedicated to the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll, which recognises migrants and refugees who have played a significant leadership role in the community.
“I am looking forward to encouraging multicultural communities to work together to promoting greater tolerance within the community,” David said.