The centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Policy Statement is the Victorian Values Statement.
The Victorian Values Statement makes clear the rights and responsibilities we each share. These values are not negotiable – they are what we expect of every Victorian and what every Victorian should expect of each other.
Accepting these values is not difficult. Acceptance of our shared values is expressed in the everyday – through your contributions at home, at work, in the community and through volunteerism.
These values are what makes Victoria a great place to live – a place we can all be proud of.
The Victorian Values Statement
One law for all
Everyone is equal under the law. All Victorians have the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections.
As Victorians, we all have rights under the law and responsibilities towards each other. By respecting our mutual rights and responsibilities, we can ensure a safe and cohesive society.
Freedom to be yourself
Everyone is free to be themselves and to feel safe in being true to themselves. The Government wants every Victorian to be able to celebrate their culture with pride, and practice their traditions in peace.
The freedom to be yourself includes freedom of speech, expressions of gender, sexuality and religion, and peaceful assembly; it does not allow people to break the law or to impinge on the safety or freedom of others.
Discrimination is never acceptable
Everyone has a responsibility to promote inclusion and participation and to reject exclusion, racism and all forms of violence. A society free of discrimination is better able to tackle problems like economic and social disengagement and improve health and wellbeing for all.
A fair go for all
Everyone deserves a fair go in life. That means giving every Victorian – no matter where they live, their circumstances, or their background – the support they need to enjoy the Victorian way of life. These include quality education and healthcare, accessible transport, equity in employment and a safe place to live.
It is up to all of us to contribute to a Victoria we can be proud of
We all want similar things – the opportunity to thrive, for our successes to be recognised, and for our families and loved ones to be safe, secure and happy.