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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.

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

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

Welcoming Cities Symposium: 23 March 2018

On 23 March 2018, Welcoming Cities will convene its third national symposium in Adelaide. Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, will feature in a program that includes international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers and leaders. 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!

Over the past two years, Welcoming Cities has grown from an idea into a national initiative that seeks to support local councils and community leaders to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive. Welcoming Cities is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia.

More information 

Registration / tickets

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

Training : Cultural Competency and Youth Settlement (Melbourne) – 21 March 2018

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.

Public Seminar: Syrian Refugee Settlement in Australia (Sydney): March 14, 2018

Public Seminar on response to Syrian-Conflict Refugee Settlement in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, UK, Canada and New Zealand to be held at the UTS Business School on Wednesday March 14, 2018, 9am to 5pm. 

The seminar is part of our ARC Linkage Grant on "Settlement Outcomes of Syrian-conflict Refugee Families in Australia"

  • Speakers include:  Prof. Jock Collins, University of Technology Sydney Business School  Prof. Carol Reid, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University  Assoc. Prof. Dimitria Groutsis, University of Sydney Business School  Mr Leo Kennedy, Department of Social Services, Australian Government  Dr. Shahd Wari, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany)  Prof. Pieter Bevelander, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (Sweden)  Prof. Tuomas Martikainen, Finnish Migration Institute (Finland)  Carrie Hough, Migration and Border Analysis, Home Office Analysis and Insight (United Kingdom)  Ümit Kiziltan, Director General and Head of Evaluation; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley FRSNZ, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University (New Zealand)
  • Details: Wednesday 14 March 9am-5pm UTS Business School, Chau Chak Wing Building, Level 8, Room CB08.08.03, 14-28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo NSW Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided so please RSVP by 5 March to Kathy Watson:

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

Participate in Research on People seeking asylum: Access and support in higher education

People seeking asylum who live in the Australian community can face challenges accessing higher education. In recent years, a number of Australian Universities have started offering full fee-paying ‘humanitarian scholarships’ and other supporting initiatives. However, not enough is known about the effectiveness of these scholarships and supports. This research project will examine the impact of scholarships specifically for people seeking asylum and other enabling initiatives, identify best practice, and produce greater awareness of their engagement and barriers to higher education. The first part of this project will involve undertaking a national survey of universities and community sector organisations so we can record national data on numbers of people seeking asylum currently engaged in higher education, and an estimation of those who would like to. Through this short survey, we aim to provide an overview of students seeking asylum that will act as a resource for higher education stakeholders who need to know about, and support, these students. Please read the ‘information sheet'  for further information on the project, including the benefits of participating and what will be involved if you agree to participate. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HR21/2016). If you have any questions regarding this study you can contact Dr Lisa Hartley: Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223, or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093, or email Click here to participate in the research.