It’s why this Budget invests in supporting opportunities for all Victorians – regardless of disability, background, belief, gender or sexuality.
Disability Liaison Officers
This includes $9.2 million to support inclusive and safe communities for Victorians with disability.
This investment will see the continuation of Disability Liaison Officers, established during the pandemic, to ensure Victorians with disability have the help they need in navigating and finding the right support.
This funding also supports the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to continue promoting the rights and voices of people with disability.
New accessible public toilet facilities
A further $2.5 million will expand the Changing Places initiative, building new fully-accessible public toilet facilities across Victoria, helping to support people with disability, their families and carers.
Helping multicultural communities recover
This Budget also delivers $4.4 million to support multicultural communities recovering from the pandemic, including upgrading local facilities.
This investment will also provide support for the development of a bicultural worker strategy.
Supporting migrant and refugee women
An additional $4.3 million includes support for community organisations to deliver targeted programs to support migrant and refugee women into employment.
A further $1.4 million will go towards dedicated programs to address racism, vilification and hate-based conduct.
Melbourne Pride 2021
Funding of $1 million will go towards Melbourne Pride 2021, a major event to celebrate and support LGBTIQ+ Victorians. Melbourne Pride 2021 will mark the 40-year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality by the Victorian Parliament.
Legal support for our LGBTIQ+ community
Additional funding will further support LGBTIQ+ legal services and establish a civil response scheme to support the recent banning of change or suppression (conversion) practices.
And to ensure outcomes for women are measured and considered as part of our budget decision-making processes, funding will also go towards gender-responsive budgeting measures.
Reviewed 20 May 2021