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Events And Opportunities

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Welcoming Cities Symposium: 23 March 2018

Join international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, civic leaders and business people at the 2018 Welcoming Cities Symposium.

"Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a choice."

The Symposium will consider the challenge and benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion and leading practice in advancing social cohesion and creating communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic, cultural and civic life. Register now!

Harmony Day: 21 March 2018

Harmony Day is an annual celebration of diversity, inclusion and respect. Held each year on 21 March, it is an important opportunity to show that Australia's successful multicultural nation is stronger than ever.

It's time to start planning your events to make sure you get the most out of the occasion!

To start planning, or find out more, click here.

Migration and Settlement Awards 2018

The Australian Migration & Settlement Awards, hosted by the Migration Council Australia, are the premier national awards recognising the contribution of outstanding individuals, organisations and initiatives in the Australian settlement and multicultural space.

Nominations are now open and close on 31 December 2017.

Make sure you submit your nominations now.

Australian Institute of Family Studies: 25-27 July 2018

Join leading thinkers and change-makers at the Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference, which will look ahead and ask:  what does the future for families look like? What are the challenges and opportunities and how prepared are we? Exploring these questions requires boldness, curiosity and imagination. The AIFS 2018 Conference will provide rich debate and inquiry, and participants’ engagement with the emerging issues for families.

For more information, visit the conference website.

National Volunteering Conference: 20-22 June 2018

You are invited to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018 – Ignite Invigorate Inspire, to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from 20-22 June 2018. Hosted by Volunteering Australia, and supported by Territory peak partner Volunteering and Contact ACT, the Conference is the premier national volunteering event in Australia. For more information, and to register, click here. Scholarships are now available for people who are disadvantaged or are from regional, rural or remote areas to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018, thanks to the Department of Social Services. To apply for a DSS Scholarship, please complete the attached document, save it as a Word Document and then submit it via this link.  Applications close 15 March 2018 with successful scholarship winners notified April 2018.

NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner: 21 March 2018

The seventh annual Premier’s Harmony Dinner is a celebration of cultural diversity in NSW. The dinner is hosted by the Minister for Multiculturalism in the presence of the Premier of NSW. This event is coordinated by Multicultural NSW.

Click here to buy your tickets.

Refugee Alternatives: 13-14 February 2018

FECCA Conference 2017: 8-10 October 2017

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s bi-annual conference is taking place in Darwin on the 8-10 October 2017.

This year the Conference is hosted by the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory as they celebrate their 40th year of progressing multiculturalism to benefit all Territorians.

The 2017 FECCA conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, to highlight challenges and to explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share our same vision – a harmonious multicultural Australia.

Click here for more information.

Cultural Shift: 10-11 August 2017

Settlement Services International is hosting a cross sector conference on migrant and refugee families in Sydney in August 2017.

Cultural Shift will highlight the vital role of services from different sectors in supporting families. Hear about inspiring and new developments in areas such as community led initiatives, migrant and refugee services, child and family support services, health, employment, disability, education, housing, and private industry.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Australians of the Year: 14 June 2017