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ECCV State Conference 2018 (Melbourne) : 17-18 May 2018

WORKPLACE rEVOLUTION  Blueprints for a Diverse Tomorrow

CONFERENCE HOSTS : Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) and iEmpower Youth Inc.

W H Y  AT T E N D ? Be involved in revolutionising the workplace to drive diversity and inclusion at THE Multicultural Affairs Forum of the Year in Victoria.

Have your voice heard and share ideas about how policy can be shaped to improve workplace opportunities and experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians.

Program, Speakers and more info at:

Conference Costs: 1 Day: $150-$250 | 2 Day Conference: $280-$450 | GALA Dinner May 17: $85-$120


(Rates and Discounts apply for Community/NGO secto,  ECCV Members and Concession)

For more information: contact the Conference Project Officer Toula Elefsiniotis ph: 03 9354 9555 /

Click here to browse the flyer.

Harmony Day Sports Carnival (Canberra) : 23 March 2018

To celebrate cultural diversity for Harmony Day, Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc. (MARSS) is holding its annual Harmony Day Sports Carnival on the 23rd of March.

  • Date 23rd of March, 2018
  • Time 5.30pm
  • Venue Netball ACT, 435 Northborne Ave, Lyneham
  • RSVP by 19th of March, 2018
For more information, click here.

In Our Own Voices (Adelaide) : 24 March 2018

Sat 24 March 7.00pm — 9.00pm
Organised by Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA (MECCSA), Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide City Council and the AMRC
Launching a powerful new book about Middle Eastern settlement in South Australia, featuring an exhibition of photos, followed by a concert of music, songs, dance, poetry and stories from people of Afghani, Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Kurdish, Armenian and Syrian backgrounds.
Venue Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre Purchase Tickets
Contact Keith Preston (08) 8217 9547

Welcoming Cities Symposium (Adelaide) : 23 March 2018

The continued success of multicultural Australia will depend on our ability to foster social cohesion as our population and cultural diversity grows. Join government leaders (Local, State & Federal), peak bodies, NGO’s, researchers, and business innovators for the 3rd Welcoming Cities National Symposium. Featuring international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers and civic leaders with a focus on advancing social cohesion and creating communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic, cultural and civic life. For more information click here.

Multicultural Youth Affairs Network Meeting – 22 March 2018

Multicultural Youth Affairs Network Meeting - MYAN NSW Please send agenda items to Alex ( If you work in the youth, settlement, multicultural or education sectors then this meeting will be of value to you.


Thu. 22 March 201810:00 am – 1:00 pm AEDT


Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People219-241 Cleveland StreetStrawberry Hills (Central), NSW 2012
Register through this link

National Youth Settlement Framework (Sydney): 30 May 2018

The National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) is the first of its kind in Australia and this is an exciting opportunity to learn more about how you can apply it in your organisation or role.

The NYSF is Australia’s first evidence-based framework supporting good practice in youth settlement. A conceptual and practical resource, the NYSF is designed to enable services to respond more effectively to the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backrounds and support their active participation in Australian society.

For more information, click here

NDIS Information Session (Wollongong): 19 March 2018 (register before 16 March)

Monday, 19th March 2018 | 10.00 AM – 1. 00 PM NDIS Information Session  Understand the unique needs and challenges of people with a disability from CALD backgrounds  Raise awareness within CALD Communities about disability, the NDIS, and disability supports in their area  Empower potential disability consumers from CALD communities to identify interests, goals and supports relevant to their needs  Strengthen links between CALD communities and local disability services The session will be delivered in English. If you require AUSLAN or language interpreting services, please advice at the time of the booking and we will provide them. The venue is wheelchair accessible. A light lunch will be provided, considering your special dietary preferences. REGISTER BY: Friday, 16th March 2018 Venue: Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc. 117 Corrimal St, Wollongong NSW 2250 Please contact Mile at, 9569 1288, 0417 348 695 to RSVP Click here to view flyer

RAR National Conference (Wodonga) : 8 April 2018

Rural Australians for Refugees Albury Wodonga is hosting this Australia wide gathering in early April 2018. Organiser: Rural Australians for Refugees Albury Wodonga When: 3pm Friday 6 April 2018 to 1pm Sunday 8 April 2018 Where: Wodonga Catholic College, 1 Bowman Court, Wodonga Why: to quote one of the founding members of RAR Albury Wodonga; Judy Brewer-Fischer AO (wife of Tim Fischer) “There comes a time when you can no longer sit back and watch a humanitarian crisis of the dimension that we are witnessing in Australia today and pretend that you are powerless – we are a group of concerned local citizens – we believe that the current policy of indefinite mandatory detention of asylum seekers, many of whom are clearly genuine refugees, is morally and economically indefensible.”  More Information: Register Here:

Study Help for Partner Visa Holders (Canterbury-Bankstown): funding ends August 2018

If you are on a Partner Visa (309 & 820) and need financial assistance in joining:
  • A training course
  • An education Course
  • Or any employment-related courses
Then SkillME can help subsidise the fee for you, up to a certain amount*. ClubGRANTS scheme is a shared State Government-Club Industry program, funded by a 2.25% gaming machine tax rebate provided by the State Government to those registered clubs with gaming machine profits in excess of $1million per annum. To view the flyer click here. To find out if you are eligible please contact Marjorie on 02 9789 3744 or by email

Registration for New Refugee Dads and Kids Weekend (VIC) : 4-6 May

Registrations are now open for the next Refugee Dads and Kids Weekend which will be held on 4-6 May 2018 at Log Cabin Camp, Creswick. CatholicCare invites refugee dads to bring along one of their children between the ages of 8–16 for a FREE fun weekend experience - which acknowledges and celebrates the importance of a father in a child’s life. For more information, or to refer families to this program, please contact or Download registration form here. Visit the websiteWatch a video. Read a story

Ali’s Wedding: Harmony Day Special Event Screening

The Settlement Council of Australia and Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT invite you to join us in celebrating Harmony Day by gathering together and celebrating the diversity within Australia. On the evening of 21st of March 2018, join us in watching a popular Australian movie “Ali’s Wedding” which was released in 2017 as Australia's first feel-good Muslim rom-com. This film shows the narrative of an average Australian family. The movie has been nominated for 8 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Osamah Sami), Best Actress (Helana Sawires), Best Supporting Actress (Frances Duca), Best Supporting Actor (Don Hany), Best Music Score (Nigel Westlake) & Best Screenplay! A light refreshment will be provided at 7pm for a 7.30pm screening. Please register by COB 14 March 2018. Click here to purchase your tickets! For any queries contact: p: 02 6282 8515 e:

International Metropolis Conference 2018 (Sydney): 29th Oct – 2nd Nov 2018

Settlement Services International (SSI), is the lead in a partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Multicultural NSW to host Metropolis 2018. This year’s event is set to challenge and engage like never before, exploring the complex narratives around migration, diversity and integration and their relationship with political, economic and social trends at a global, regional and local level. The theme for this year’s Conference is Global migration in turbulent times andwe invite you to submit an abstract for inclusion in the program. Take advantage of this opportunity to present your work either as a Workshop or an Individual Paper to an audience of global, regional and local stakeholders engaged in policy, research and practice in the fields of migration, diversity and integration. For abstract Submission, click here For registration, click here

Statewide forum and research report launch (Melbourne) : 28 March 2018

CMY, in partnership with Victoria University, Monash University, VicHealth and AFL are pleased to invite you to a forum on: Building Youth Sport to be welcoming for all: the practical steps to supporting diversity WHEN: 9.30am - 3.30pm | Wednesday 28 March 2018 WHERE: QV Women’s Building, 4th Floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 TICKETS: $25 (+GST) per person Join us for a conversation around the latest research on supporting diversity and inclusion in sport and how clubs are putting this into practice. It will be a day of discussing the successes, challenges and practical strategies of supporting diversity and inclusion in junior sport with clubs and young athletes. The day will also launch the research report 'Participation versus Performance: Managing (dis)ability gender and cultural diversity in junior sport', the first large-scale Australian study of diversity and inclusion in junior sport Click here to book.

Registrations for SA Refugee Week now Open (closes on 20 April 2018)

In South Australia over 100 organisations will join together during SA Refugee Week (17-23 June 2018) to present more than 60 events that centre around UNHCR World Refugee Day on 20th June. The week of activities and events will celebrate the valuable contribution of refugees to Australia’s cultural, social and economic development and highlight the reasons why people seek asylum and become refugees. The SA Refugee Week Committee invites community organisations, schools and service organisations to participate in the 2018 SA Refugee Week. EVENT REGISTRATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2017 To participate in 2018 SA Refugee Week please register on the forms below or online or contact Matti at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) by telephone 8217 9545 or email For more information, read more Forms for non-government and government and refugee organisations and schools.

ANROWS Conference (Sydney) Registrations Now Open : 15 – 17 May 2018

Registrations are now open for ANROWS’s National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children. Held on the 15 – 17 May at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, the conference will explore how practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers are ACTING ON EVIDENCE to understand, respond to and prevent violence against women and their children.

Each session of the program features researchers and policy or practice partners discussing new evidence in these areas and its application. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to share their knowledge and advice on policy development and improved service responses. Places are limited. Secure your spot today!

Diversability 2018 (Parramatta): 19 April 2018

SCoA member, Settlement Services International, invites you to take part in "DiverseAbility: NDIS Inclusion", a conference that, for the first time in NSW, will raise and discuss issues and challenges that are specific to people with disability from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, and in particular, relating to their access and experiences with the NDIS. For more information, and to register, click here.

Metropolis 2018: Call for Abstracts (closes 30 April 2018)

The international Metropolis Conference will be hosted in Sydney, Australia in October and November 2018 by SCoA member, Settlement Services International, in conjunction with Multicultural NSW and the Australian Multicultural Foundation. The Conference Organising Committee is accepting abstracts for consideration for inclusion in the Conference Program across one of the 8 Conference Themes. We encourage anyone who feels they can contribute to this exciting conference to submit their abstracts before the 30 April 2018 deadline. Click here for more information.

Kaldor Centre event: What’s so special about Canada? (Sydney): 12 March 2018

How ordinary Canadians successfully sponsor refugees

You are invited to a special Kaldor Centre evening With Trudeau Fellow and University of Toronto Chair in Human Rights Law Professor Audrey Macklin 12 March 2018 Time: 6-7pm Venue: Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place 126 Phillip Street (Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets) Sydney
Read more and register here

Membership Applications Now Open: Young Migrant and Refugee Women’s Advisory Group

The Harmony Alliance Secretariat is now accepting applications to join the Young Migrant and Refugee Women’s Advisory group for May 2018 – May 2020.

To apply, please send an expression of interest (max 500 words) addressing the criteria to and include a copy of your CV. Applications close on 3 April 2018.

Click here to access full information.

Free eLearning: Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health: essentials for general practices