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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

STARTTS Workshop – Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds (Wollongong, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga)

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors are holding a one-day introductory workshop designed to put a framework of understanding around working with families from refugee backgrounds. The training dates are 3 May (Carramar), 29 May (Newcastle), 5 June (Coffs Harbour) and 19 September (Wagga Wagga). For more information and for registration, click here.

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

AIF 2018 Conference (Melbourne): 25 – 27 July 2018

The Australian Institute of Family (AIF) Studies is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. Every two years, AIF conference offers unrivalled opportunities to mix with leading thinkers, decision-makers and researchers across a range of sectors and disciplines who are dedicated to improving the lives of families. A highlight of the family policy and practice calendar, the conference attracts over 500 delegates from across Australia, and internationally, and is held in Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. Join the AIF conference for three days to boldly explore the challenges, promising ideas, and exposure to what works for families (and what doesn’t!). Click here for more information.

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

CMRC Inspiring Change Women’s Conference 2018 (Parramatta) : 20 June 2018

The Inspiring Change Conference is now in its 5th year. The annual conference is attended by 250 women who come together with the great desire of wanting to make a major impact in their communities as well as their professional and personal life. This year's conference will be held in Park Royal Parramatta on the 20 June 2018 from 9:30 to 5:00pm. Fore more information and for registration, click here.

National Volunteer Week (Australia-wide): 21 – 27 May 2018

The National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of Australia's volunteers. This year's theme is : Give a little, change a lot. The celebrations to thank 6 million Australian volunteers will be held across the country from 21 to 27 May 2018. Click here to find out more on how you can support the NVW.  

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 /

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2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast (Sydney): 15 May 2018

The 2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast provides a critical opportunity to come together to discuss the impacts of the federal budget from the perspective of the community services sector, civil society and people experiencing poverty and inequality. Find out more about this here.

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!

16th International Festival of Language and Culture (ICC Sydney): 5 May 2018

The 2018 International Festival of Language and Culture is showcasing diversity and talent of young people from every corner of the globe. The event will take place on 5 May 7pm at the ICC Sydney. For more information, click here.

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

economic Security4Women – Child Support Symposium (Melbourne) : 1 May 2018

Child Support Symposium organised by economic Security4Women will be held at Swinburne University on Tuesday 1 May 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information and registration, click here.

PVAW Leadership Course (Melbourne): 21 April to 21 June 2018

AMES Australia is again seeking socially engaged men and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to undertake this senior level course aimed at the Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW). The course is free of charge and will ran from 21 April to 21 June in Melbourne. For more information, click here.

Sanctuary Australia Foundation fund raising concert ( Bellingen) : 22 April 2018

Sanctuary Australia Foundation is holding a fund raising concert on the 22 of April 2018 from 2:30pm at the Bellingen Memorial Hall (in Bellingen, near Coffs Harbour). The event will celebrate 30 years of Sanctuary's work, helping refugees from many war-torn parts of the world. For more information about the fund raising and the full program, click here.

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.

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:

The Walk for Harmony (Parramatta): 7 April 2018

Invitation to Community Groups to Participate and Build Harmony together
Saturday 7 April 2017, 10-3pm, Parramatta South campus, Western Sydney University
In collaboration with Western Sydney University, Community Migrant Resource Centre and the Aga Khan Council for ANZ, the Walk for Harmony is aiming to create a platform that brings together the rich cultural diversity of Western Sydney in order to build harmony through a pluralistic approach.
The idea is to not only appreciate different cultures but to educate, enhance the knowledge of, create an experience and engage people in participating with the cultures. We see it as our collective  responsibility to demonstrate our shared values of pluralism through improving the quality of life of others and building harmonious relationships. Diversity is a fact, Pluralism is our choice and how we choose to respond to it. The Walk for Harmony has three main components:
  • The Walk – (2km) is an exploration and appreciation of diversity as participants encounter ‘checkpoints” every few 100metres where they are given an activity, educational information or quiz which they then discuss with fellow walkers along the path. These checkpoints will deliver the activity or content on topics of pluralism, appreciation of cultural diversity, the importance of understanding differences, establishing similarities etc
  • The Stalls – local communities and civic society groups are invited to set up information stalls that showcase themselves and their work eg. Artwork, henna painting, rock painting, sustainability / green organisations, multicultural community groups, etc. Licenced food stalls will be selected to represent various cultural foods and invited to sell food, drinks and desserts
  • The Entertainment – eclectic music and entertainment will be selected to represent various cultural groups and with an aim to educate and appreciate the music and dance, fashion fiesta of cultural costumes etc
How you can get involved: We have a number of areas which we would invite and encourage community groups to get involved:
  • Have an activity stall to showcase your art, crafts, activity and heritage of your community
  • Participate in the Fashion Fiesta by wearing cultural costume, either for a wedding or celebration
  • Provide some music for us to play through the day
  • Promote this event within your community to attend and create harmony with other cultures and communities.
Please advise if you can support our event so we can build harmony together.

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.

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.