Our history and success as a state is built on the success of immigrants from across the globe.
Now more than ever it is important to support African Australian communities, particularly into education, training, and secure, well-paying jobs - these things are fundamentals for a good life for all of us.
The Greens have a plan to support African Australian Communities in Melbourne.
Currently, the Victorian Labor Government has only provided targeted jobs support for African Australian communities in certain areas - including areas where public housing land is being planned to be sold off.
In many cases, funding has not been provided to African-Australian-led organisations, who are often best placed to do this important work with the community.
Our plan includes:
- Provide funding for African-Australian led organisations to provide targeted job and training programs for African-Australian community members.
- Employ African Australian school liaison officers in local government schools.
- Build a dedicated African Australian community owned and managed neighbourhood house.
Jobs and training
There are many organisations in our community who already provide services linking African-Australian job-seekers with organisations who want to employ them or with training organisations.
Traditional job agencies - like JobActive - have not been particularly successful with the African-Australian communities due to incorrect incentives or lack of cultural awareness of the needs of these communities.
We will provide funding for these successful African-Australian led organisations to continue their great work.
African Australian school liaison officers in local government schools would support students, their parents, and also liaise with the schools as problems arise. The officers will play a key role in connecting families to services, identifying risk-taking behaviour or school disengagement, and helping families with the transition from pre-school to the school environment.
We know that early intervention in education can achieve excellent life-long results.
We would build a dedicated African Australian community owned and managed neighbourhood house in inner Melbourne.
This space would provide social, educational, and recreational activities and programs, and offices for African-Australian led organisations.