Implementing the Victorian African Communities Action Plan

Victorian African Communities Action Plan

Although interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Victoria’s African Communities have put effort and are rolling out the Victorian African Communities Action Plan across six focus areas and 250 activities. A Progress Update is given for the Action Plan.


To read the full plan go to this link. The 10 year African Communities Action Plan aims to build welcoming communities, improve outcomes and create lasting opportunities for Victorians of African heritage. The Action Plan has been developed for Victoria’s African communities by Victoria’s African communities.

The implementation of the Victorian African Communities Action Plan has progressed across a range of areas.

Its development was led by the African Ministerial Working Group (AMWG), a diverse group of 22 people of African heritage, from October 2016 to February 2018. During this time, hundreds of people across Victoria’s African communities gave their views and opinions to help shape the plan.

The Action Plan responds to well-known issues, and aims to uplift and support people to make decisions that improve their lives.

COMMUNITIES PLAYING A LEADING ROLE

The Action Plan asks people in Victoria’s African communities to own, lead and be part of solutions. It needs cooperation, resources, expertise, knowledge and know-how to create lasting change.

The Action Plan also asks governments, as well as the civil, private, academic, philanthropic sectors, to think about how they can work more closely with African communities to help improve wellbeing.

The Action Plan is supported by four key principles:

  • Use community talents and know-how
  • Be accountable
  • Work in partnership
  • Focus on creating lasting change

WORKING FOR LASTING CHANGE

The Action Plan proposes over 250 actions across six focus areas.

The suggested actions aim to create opportunities for all people to belong, contribute and thrive.

The actions also build on work already being done by communities, governments and others to support people across Victoria’s African communities.

THE ACTION PLAN’S SIX FOCUS AREAS

1. Business

Growing African Victorian innovation, enterprise and investment across the economy

2. Employment

Strengthening skills and pathways to gain meaningful jobs in all sectors

3. Education and training

Building stronger learning foundations and skills for life

4. Health and wellbeing

Lifting the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of all people

5. Inclusion and empowerment

Supporting people to be equal, treated fairly and with respect

6. Leadership, cohesion and connection

Contributing to a strong Victoria through effective leadership, cohesive communities and stronger connections across the broader society.

OVERVIEW OF ACTION PLAN

Three common themes:

Three themes are common to all focus areas. These will help guide the delivery of actions.

Better participation and better services

Improving access, use and effectiveness of services through greater community participation

Building skills through partnerships

Supporting stronger partnerships and opportunities to build the ability of communities to lead and deliver

Improving knowledge and evidence

Strengthening communities’ knowledge and access to good evidence to guide action in the future

 

Strengthening communities’ knowledge and access to good evidence to guide action in the future

 

Read the Action Plan

Download a summary of the Victorian African Communities Action Plan document in a range of languages, including English:

African Communities Action Plan – English Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Amharic Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Arabic Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Dinka Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – French Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Nuer Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Oromo Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Somali Brochure

African Communities Action Plan – Tigrinya Brochure

 

Victorian African Communities Action Plan - Focus Areas

 

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