Many migrant communities look set to benefit from Tuesday’s generous pre-election budget.
The government has earmarked $64.2 million for so-called “social cohesion” measures which help migrants “become established and integrated in their communities”.
“This budget provides funding for local sport, community languages, national community hubs and grants to encourage mutual understanding and celebrate diversity,” budget material stated.
More than $12 million over three years will be spent to establish the Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program, which will “support community language schools and connect young Australians to the language, heritage and culture of their community”.
A further $22.6 million over four years will be spent on growing the national community hubs program and establish the national youth hubs program.
The expanded network of Community and Youth Hubs will “provide migrants with access to services, support and learning opportunities, which will assist with integrating with the Australian community and in improving employment outcomes”.