Multiculturalism Policy

PRINCIPLES

1. Victoria's multicultural plurality is important to the State’s identity.

2. Racism in all its manifestations is unacceptable. Victorian Government should combat racist  prejudice and discrimination in all facets of public life.

3. Remove barriers and strengthen opportunities for social, economic and cultural participation of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

4. Respect for diverse cultural heritage and free expression of culture and religion are integral to social justice, participatory democracy, peace and community wellbeing.

5. Leadership in cross-cultural understanding and the benefits of diversity should be actively promoted.

6. Victoria’s multiculturalism should be fully reflected in the State’s social, economic and political institutions.

7. The Australian Greens Victoria should represent and reflect the multicultural plurality of the State in its own organisation and among its elected representatives.

8. The Australian Greens Victoria acknowledges the diversity within Victoria’s multicultural communities. Each community cannot be treated as if it is homogenous.

AIMS

State and Local Government and Community Services

1. State and local governments and community services should be culturally sensitive, responsive and inclusive.

2. Greater resourcing of culturally inclusive state and local government programs and services.

3. Data on cultural and linguistic diversity to be collected, published and used to improve service delivery.

4. Comprehensive resourcing of interpreter services in education, health, social services, local government and justice sectors.

5. Cultural competence and intelligences training for all staff employed in state and local government and in community services.

6. Same gender medical professionals and interpreters to be available if requested.

7. Adequately resourced non-government refugee and migrant organisations to carry out advocacy and support work on behalf of their members and communities.

8. On-going and regular consultations with refugee and migrant communities should inform policy and service delivery.

Gender

9. Tailored and culturally sensitive education programs for women on women’s rights.

10. Challenge stereotypes and promote positive images of refugee and migrant women who are often portrayed as disempowered victims with no voice.

11. Equal access to education, services, and social support in settlement for refugee and migrant women.

12. Funding for culturally inclusive education and research on domestic violence and sexual assault response and prevention strategies

13, Funded strategies to address the discrimination and marginalisation faced by LGBTIQ people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Education

14. Universal access to English language education: adequate, free and readily accessible ESL courses should be available for all who wish to take them, and for as long as needed.

15. Migrants’ prior learning and work/life experience to be fairly assessed and recognised in a timely manner, and further professional development made available when needed.

16. Adequate funding for education and research that supports intercultural contact to promote better community understanding of cultural differences and to reduce stereotyping, prejudice and racism.

17. Education at primary and secondary level to include subjects on the culture and history of ethnic communities in Australia.

18. Inclusion of languages other than English (LOTE) teaching in all schools.

19. Language studies to be offered at TAFEs and universities as part of professional programs.

Media

20. Non-stereotyped images of refugee and migrant communities in the media.

21. Improved education of media professionals in the coverage and representation of multicultural communities and people.

22. Greater funding for diverse multicultural programming in all forms of electronic and print media that promotes cross-cultural understanding and inclusion.

23. Support media awards for diversity and for non-stereotypical portrayals of cultural diversity.

Industrial Relations, Employment and Law

24. Specific support programs on employment and training initiatives for refugees and migrants.

25. Provision of essential information on Australian Industrial Relations law and workplace and OHS regulation for recent refugees and migrants.

26. To work towards ensuring equal access to employment and eliminating discriminatory employment conditions for refugee and migrant communities.

27. To provide an accessible justice system for refugees and migrants.

28. Victoria Police and Protective Services Officers to have unconscious bias and cultural awareness training.

29. Promote productive relations between Victoria Police and recently arrived communities, through Police Multicultural Liaison Officers and the recruitment of police from culturally diverse backgrounds.

30. Increased accountability, integrity and transparency in police work should ensure reduction in racism and racial profiling in policing, especially anti-terrorism policing.

 

Multiculturalism Policy as amended by State Council on 10th February 2018.