State budget announced Andrew’s government supports diversity and the arts


The Victorian Government’s 2015/16 state budget announcement supports Multicultural Arts Victoria’s vision for a House of World Cultures (HoWC) – leading to increased participation of our culturally and linguistically diverse artists and communities in the Creative Industries in Victoria

The Andrew’s Labor Government has honoured their pre election commitment of 150k for the organisation to undertake a business case to develop a House of World Cultures (HoWC) for Victoria.


A House of World Cultures will ensure Victoria’s multicultural sector thrives and flourishes through the Arts and cultural tourism. It is also about addressing disadvantage and social cohesion, through the creative industries. Support for the HoWC business case will ensure that the state of Victoria is at the forefront of social cohesion and cultural democracy and will provide international links promoting Victoria’s leadership in multiculturalism.

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) also welcomes the reinstatement of 120k per annum that ceased under the previous LNP Napthine Government in 2015. This reinstatement of funding represents a 38% increase in core capacity for the organisation. This will allow MAV to continue our outstanding work in allowing access and pathways into the creative industries for artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who would not otherwise have the creative doors open to them including emerging and refugee artists and communities.

MAV provides a range of programs and services for CALD artists and communities, including key inclusive public events and festivals, mentoring and professional development, and artist support and advisory services. Increased funding is welcomed.

“Multicultural Arts Victoria is a vital advocate and important voice for our diverse artists and communities. The increased level of government resourcing and support will assist MAV in our important cultural work for the State of Victoria. This additional support is warmly welcomed and will add value to our diverse and unique cultural program.”
– Jill Morgan AM, MAV CEO

Members and supporters of Multicultural Arts Victoria will get the opportunity to thank the Minister for Creative Industries Mr Martin Foley and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Mr Robin Scott personally at our upcoming AGM on Monday 18 May at the South Melbourne Town Hall.