Multicultural communities in Victoria may be in line for more support as the state government continues grappling with the coronavirus.

 

The government is investigating more help to diverse communities, after the leaders of multicultural organisations wrote to the crisis council of cabinet stressing their insights should be better utilised.

Chief executives of Victoria’s multicultural groups want a culturally and linguistically diverse task force to support the planning and delivery of the government’s COVID-19 response.

The chief executives, whose organisations represent 2.2 million multicultural Victorians, have also made a swag of other recommendations.

They include financial packages to better support vulnerable groups within diverse communities, such as women and children, young people, seniors and people with disability.

Funding should also be paid to organisations for multicultural events and festivals, when they have already spent cash in anticipation of receiving such money, the CEOs believe.

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The state government says it is speaking with the groups.

“We are working closely with multicultural organisations about further support for our diverse communities,” a government spokeswoman told AAP.

Support for diverse communities in the government’s recent COVID-19 support announcements include its $59.4 million package for mental health and $40.2 million for curbing family violence.

That includes targeted help for asylum seekers and faith groups and organisations working with vulnerable migrant communities.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides coronavirus advice in almost 50 languages and has rolled out a multicultural media campaign.

There were seven fresh cases of coronavirus confirmed in Victoria on Tuesday, including a person in quarantine at a city hotel.

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The state’s total is now 1336, but about 1200 people have recovered.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the low number of new infections means Australia is on its way to achieving zero fresh cases.