- Italian language program to receive $720,000 over three years
- McGowan Labor Government election commitment fulfilled
- Funding provided through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Languages Program
The McGowan Labor Government has reinstated funding to the Italian Language In-School Insertion Program run by the Italo-Australian Welfare and Cultural Centre (IAWCC), as part of the 2018-19 State Budget.
The move comes after the previous Liberal National Government cut all funding to the Italian Language Program in WA schools in 2015, affecting 22,000 students and dozens of teachers.
The Italian insertion program provides teaching of the Italian language and culture in primary schools across Western Australia.
To assist the IAWCC in delivering its high-quality Italian Language Program, total funding of $720,000 over three years has been allocated for the program for the 2017-18 to 2019-20 financial years, through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Languages Program (CLP).
To ensure continued support for the program, the CLP has been restructured into two funding streams of the After School Hours Program and the In-School Insertion Program.
The new structure provides funding for the In-School Insertion Program without affecting the budget currently allocated to community languages schools for the delivery of the After School Hours Program.
The Italo-Australian Welfare and Cultural Centre is a peak State organisation for the Italian community in Western Australia.
For more information about OMI's Community Languages Program, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"I'm pleased the McGowan Government has fulfilled its commitment to reverse the cuts made by the previous government.
"Language skills are vital in bridging communication gaps and better understanding culture. They are essential for any society in today's increasingly globalised world and are critical in an international labour market."
Minister's office - 6552 5600