Grants for events held between January 1 and June 30 this year opened December 11 last year, which was later than normal. Applications were originally set to close 24 January and that was extended out to 7 February.
Mrs Peulich said nobody had any idea when the grants would eventually be announced.
By comparison, in 2014 the July 1 to December 31 grants closed March 28 and were announced in April, giving groups two months to prepare.
Ms Peulich said the Government needed to lift its game on Multicultural Affairs.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:
“Community groups frequently rely on grants to run multicultural events, but how can they proceed with any confidence when it’s March and the Government still hasn’t announced grants for January through to June.”
“It is evident that Multicultural Affairs is not a priority for the Andrews Labor Government. They were very late in announcing new Multicultural Commissioners, they were even later announcing their Ministerial Advisory Committees, now they’re four months late on announcing simple grants, and the list goes on.”
“The Minister is carrying three demanding portfolios, a situation which can only make it more challenging to deal with time sensitive matters in multicultural affairs with the degree of attention that is required.”