Aug 2018 | Migrant Families Call Regional Victoria Home

Date: 8 Aug 2018

Source: Minister for Regional Development

The Andrews Labor Government is helping migrant families move from Melbourne to south west Victoria, to experience the benefits of regional living and address skills and labour shortages in regional industries.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford this week announced $162,000 for Leadership Great South Coast to support around 20 families relocate to south west Victoria.

The pilot project will be delivered in partnership with the Great Lakes Agency for Peace, Development International, and the iGen Foundation, and will help small number of families, originally from Africa, fulfil their dream of moving to regional Victoria.

Participating families are professionals with experience in agriculture or skilled labour and are highly motivated to take on jobs in this industry.

The project will address labour shortages in critical regional sectors, particularly in agricultural industries, and will help to boost population numbers.

The pilot aims to demonstrate the positive change migration projects can deliver to small regional communities and for migrant families that wish to create a new life in regional Victoria.