Posted on 27. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Seniors from multicultural groups across Victoria will receive a significant boost in support from the Brumby Labor Government, Acting Premier Rob Hulls announced today.

Mr Hulls announced three key initiatives to support over 700 Senior Citizens groups that receive funding through the Victorian Multicultural Commission Community (VMC) grants program:

  • A 40 percent increase in funding in 2011 for each Senior Citizens group;
  • Funding for a new, 12-month Senior Citizens Insurance Scheme, which will provide free public-liability insurance for each group; and
  • Funding for a representative from each Senior Citizens Group to undertake food safety training.


Mr Hulls announced the initiatives at a function of multicultural groups from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) at the National Gallery of Victoria today ahead of Victorian Seniors Week which runs from October 3 to October 10. 

“The Brumby Labor Government recognises the crucial role that our older generations have played in creating the wonderful, multicultural society we enjoy today,” Mr Hulls said.

“That’s why we are committed to supporting the groups that provide vital support to seniors from diverse backgrounds in our State.

“Our Government understands the important support and services these groups provide to many seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. They also help to preserve cultural history for future generations.

“These groups provide a means for people to come together and enjoy the companionship of others and help to establish links, not only within community groups, but also with the wider community.

“I congratulate them for working so hard to improve the lives of those who have contributed to the development of our great State.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, James Merlino, said the Victorian Government had provided $7.8 million since 1999 in senior citizen organisational grants.

The 40 per cent funding boost will bring the total funding for CALD senior citizens groups in 2010-11 to $1.4 million.

“Victoria is one of the world’s most harmonious and cohesive societies and we owe this legacy in large part to the commitment within our various cultural and faith communities to reach out to each other and to all Victorians in pursuit of understanding and acceptance,” Mr Merlino said.

“Together the Brumby Labor Government will continue to work with communities to strengthen Victoria’s rich multiculturalism and diversity.”

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