The Victorian Government has released its Multicultural Policy Statement, Victorian. And proud of it.
The policy is underpinned by the Victorian Values Statement, a set of shared values that the Victorian Government expects everyone to learn, respect and accept – and that Victorians should expect of each other.
They are the values that every Victorian needs to accept and live by to ensure we remain one of the world’s most cohesive, multicultural societies.
Acceptance of our shared values is expressed every day, in many ways – through our contributions at home, at work, in the community and through volunteering.
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 and 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.