The Victorian Government has called on multicultural communities to submit ideas on how the government can best assist all residents to live fulfilling lives and be engaged citizens within the wider Australian community.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras has encouraged multicultural communities to make suggestions that will help the government outline initiatives to engage citizens in the state’s diverse community. The Victorian government’s Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria outlines the role of citizenship in supporting and celebrating Victoria’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity. Providing a snapshot of the state’s diversity the document, available online, identifies the government’s current and upcoming approach to multicultural affairs and citizenship.

The document invites Victorians of all backgrounds to submit ideas that will assist in the development of future initiatives that will help the government to deal with matters of multicultural affairs and citizenship policy.

The government are seeking input from the community for queries just as the following: How can the government better harness the skills, abilities and experiences of our diverse communities for the benefit of all Victorians?; What do you see as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Victoria and how could all Victorians be encouraged to take up those rights and responsibilities?

For more information and to submit your ideas, go to and click on ‘Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria’. Submissions will be accepted in languages other than English and will be accepted until 26 October 2012.