The Andrews Government is strengthening multicultural organisations in Banyule to better engage and support their communities through the Capacity Building and Participation grants program.

Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP welcomed $15,000 in funding to Banyule Community Health Legal Service to support their Somali Graduate Lawyer Program.

This innovative program provides Somali-Australian law graduates with a career pathway through work experience and mentoring. It also helps support youth leadership in the Somali community through outreach and engagement of other young Somali-Australians.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott announced more than $7.1 million over two years for 303 projects supporting organisations including multicultural, seniors, faith-based groups and community language schools.

The funding aims to support multicultural communities to participate in community life, develop a stronger sense of belonging and make an active contribution to Victoria.

The program’s Prevention of Family Violence stream specifically builds the capacity of multicultural and faith-based communities to tailor initiatives that support Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, and the government’s broader family violence reforms.

Applications were considered by an independent panel including representatives of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“The Banyule Community Health Legal Service, formerly known the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service,  is a valuable institution, highly respected for its community leadership, as well as the important legal advocacy and case work role it has played over many years.”

“The Somali Graduate Lawyer Program is yet another example of their pioneering work and leadership.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott MP

“This funding will strengthen diverse communities in the Ivanhoe electorate – helping them address important issues and develop a greater sense of belonging.”

“By building the capacity of multicultural and faith-based communities, we are building a Victoria where everyone belongs, feels accepted and can freely participate and contribute.”