This plan is a framework to embed cultural diversity in all the department's services, programs and policies. It builds on our wide-ranging efforts to improve services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. These communities include those with a long-established presence in Victoria, as well as recently arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) has developed this cultural diversity plan as part of our obligations under the Multicultural Victoria Act 2011, and it takes place in the context of a whole-of-government approach to cultural diversity planning.

The plan aligns with Victoria’s multicultural objectives to:

  • maximise the benefits of our cultural diversity
  • build the capacity of culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • promote social cohesion and community resilience
  • ensure our services and infrastructure respond to the cultural diversity of our state.

This first cultural diversity plan for the new department outlines our priorities and key actions for responding to cultural and linguistic diversity across the range of departmental services, including public, acute and mental health, housing and homelessness, family violence, aged care, child protection, disability, sport and recreation, and community engagement services.

The department has specific policies and frameworks to improve the health, wellbeing and inclusion of Aboriginal Victorians. This plan does not detail this important work, but we recognise that Aboriginal Victorians are part of our cultural diversity and are diverse communities themselves. The plan will guide our efforts over a four-year period, and we will supplement it with annual action plans. Our progress in implementing the plan will be included in the Victorian Government’s annual report on achievements in multicultural affairs, which is tabled each year in parliament.