Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the Morrison Government will invest $15 million to strengthen multicultural communities in Bonner.

“Mr Vasta the Morrison Government will further strengthen our reputation as the most successful immigrant country in the world by helping migrants start new businesses, support elderly migrants access aged care services and choose the best options for their retirement.

”We are working hard to ensure we remain a strong, prosperous and united country.”

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $5 million to a dedicated Accelerator Support Program designed to help migrants start their own businesses. This will deliver grants to organisations for practical business education, development and mentoring to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds so they can overcome obstacles to starting businesses.

“We want to build on the tradition of success that migrant communities have in starting small businesses and creating jobs and skills for all Australians, like those in Mount Gravatt, Carindale and Wynnum areas,” said Mr Vasta.

“We will also assist elderly migrant and ethnically diverse communities navigate what can be a daunting range of options available to them in their retirement.”

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest an extra $10 million to create a dedicated network of Aged Care System Navigators to assist people from CALD backgrounds and their families to understand the aged care system.

The “Navigators” will assist families make the right decisions when it comes to finding alternative accommodation options, securing residential care or Home Care Packages, understanding the financial implications and completing paperwork.

“This is about increasing access to residential aged care services for Australians with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) who choose to do so,” Mr Vasta said.

The Morrison Government is working to keep our economy strong, keep Australians safe and keep Australians together, no matter their background.

Our plan will:

  • Reward the hard work and enterprise of migrant families and businesses.
  • Support those of a migrant, culturally and linguistically diverse background to start their own businesses.
  • Deliver better government services to people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Support migrant communities to understand what options are available to them after retirement and support services available if they choose to enter aged care.
  • Build social cohesion with practical measures that help new migrants and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage in the workforce and the community.
  • Open up new horizons and opportunities for migrants in regional and rural Australia and grow our regional communities.
  • Maintain a migration program that is responsible, generous and geared to Australia’s economic and social advancement.