Cultural and linguistically diverse WA communities supported with new funding

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) people in WA will be supported with new funding to address their unmet needs.

The McGowan Government will devote $980,000 through the Community Support Fund to be invested over the next three years, to concentrate on services for cultural gaps not delivered.

Five community organisations have been named recipients of the funding.

Edmund Rice Centre WA will receive $255,000 for its English and Computer Literacy Program, the Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees and Detainees will also receive $255,000 for its Safety Net Project for asylum seekers no longer eligible for case work services and income support.

The Ethnic disability Advocacy Centre will receive $170,000  for its community English classes and the Organisation of African Communities in WA will get $150,000 for services to coordinate WA African community groups.

The Vietnamese Community in Western Australia will also receive $150,000 for its Integration Services for Vietnamese Program.

The State Government said that it was the result of the “Federal Government’s failure to properly fund mainstream service provision to CaLD communities.”

Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia said it addresses the priority needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities through building capacity, knowledge and skills.

“The funding will improve services offered by culturally and linguistically diverse community associations, and organisations that focus on settlement, disability, employment, health, mental health, and family and domestic violence,” Mr Papalia said.

“It is vital to our vibrant and successful multicultural State that we support the provision of services that address the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”

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