Every Victorian deserves the opportunity to get out and kick a ball, go for a run, walk the dog or enjoy their much-loved local parks and clubs.
That’s why over the past four years, we’ve invested over $1.3 billion in community sport and parks to ensure that Victorians have the facilities they need to live active lives.
This Budget provides another $88 million for sport and recreation including funding to support the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, Female Friendly Facilities Fund, and the Country Football and Netball Program.
Together, these programs will deliver up to 100 new and upgraded community sport and recreation facilities across the state, giving even more people the chance to connect with their community.
Victoria isn’t just proud of its diversity – we consider it one of our greatest gifts.
Because when people come from abroad to make Victoria their home, they bring new perspectives, cultures and traditions – making our state and community stronger.
That’s why this Budget invests in our multicultural communities, to help them succeed, and better celebrate everything that's important to them. These investments include:
- $6.7 million including legal support for asylum seekers and temporary visa holders so they can get the assistance they need as they manage their settlement in Victoria
- $6.4 million to continue the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund so that we can build and upgrade community facilities and places of worship, through projects such as new car parks, kitchens, and meeting spaces
- $4.4 million to support young members of Victoria’s African communities with the delivery of targeted education support programs like homework clubs and community liaison officers who are embedded in schools to support families with their child’s learning
- $3.7 million to support multicultural communities with tailored and translated messaging and programs to support COVIDSafe behaviours, such as vaccine uptake and testing
- $1.1 million to give our multicultural communities the chance to celebrate the holidays and events that they hold dear, with those they hold close.
Young people today, are the future of our state tomorrow. That's why we'll provide:
- $1.8 million for initiatives that help young people at risk of disengagement. This includes the Empower Youth program, which provides early intervention and case management for vulnerable young Victorians
- $1.3 million to subsidise 2,000 young people with the accreditation they need to get jobs in the sports and recreation sector, such as swimming instructors
- $581,000 to strengthen the Koorie Youth Council partnership with government in the design and delivery of initiatives affecting Aboriginal young people, consistent with Victoria's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.
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Reviewed 03 May 2022