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Events And Opportunities

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Survey on Mental Health in the Indian Community in NSW

The Mental Health Commission of NSW and NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service,  in collaboration with community organisations, Haathi in the Room, Pink Sari and Saheli is running a survey to understand mental health literacy of women from Indian backgrounds in NSW. For more information and to take the survey, click here.

STARTTS: Dangerous Times: Perspectives on Torture, Shifting Global Politics and Respect for Human Rights, 26 June 2018 (Sydney)

Join STARTTS in UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture for a panel discussion on "Dangerous Times: Perspectives on Torture, Shifting Global Politics and Respect for Human Rigghts" on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 from 6 to 8pm at Sydney Town Hall. Click here for more information.

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.

STARTTS Refugee Communities in Cultural Transition (CiCT) Forum 2018 (Fairfield): 23-24 August 2018

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) is holding a forum on Refugee Communities in Cultural Transition (CiCT) Forum 2018, on Thursday 23 and Friday 24th of August 2018, from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Fairfield RSL Club, 14 Anzac Avenue, Fairfield. The forum's theme is 'Sharing Our Stories.' For more information and to share your success stories please contact David Ajak Ajang, e: or m: 0422 882 060 / 0422 394 513. Register 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

A Panel on Human Rights in Australia – Sydney Jewish Museum, 14 June 2018 (Sydney)

Thursday 14th June, 6pm, TICKETS $20

An engaging and dynamic panel of speakers who have significant achievements in their fields, will explore four major human rights issues facing Australia today, as highlighted in our exhibition The Holocaust and Human Rights; the rights of Indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities, and the LGBTIQ community. To know more about the panel and book you ticket, click here

1800 RESPECT Webinar Invitation, 31 May 2018

1800 RESPECT, National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service is conducting a webinar on "Access to justice for migrant and refugee women impacted by violence: the experiences, barriers and national framework to improve accessibility to Australian courts," this Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:30 AM AEST hosted by Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough of the Victorian Magistrate and Ms Maria Dimopoulos, expert specialising in the intersections of cultural diversity, gender equality and the law, and Managing director at MyriaD Consultants. For more information and to register, click here.

DSS Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Grant Opportunities, close 26 June 2018

Australian Government, Department of Social Services (DSS)'s Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS)'s grant opportunities is now open. SET grant opportunities will run until June 2022. To know more about SETS, its grant agreements and how to apply for the grants, click here.  


GIOVANNI ANDREONI presents his latest novel IL MANDARINO NEL CERVELLO [THE MANDARIN IN THE BRAIN] evening in Italian on Tuesday 5 June 2018, 6.30PM at CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton VIC. Fore more information, click here. Entry is Free RSVP: Eventbrite ǀ

STARTTS: Designing and Evaluating Projects to increase social capital in refugee communities, 1 June 2018 (Carramar, NSW)

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) has prepared a workshop on "Designing and Evaluating Projects to increase Social Capital in Refugee Communities" this Friday, 1 of June 2018 from 9:30am to 4:30pm in Carramar, NSW. This workshop is suitable for community workers who are engaged in developing and conducting projects designed to increase social capital amongst resettled people from refugee background. For more information call STARTTS on (02) 9794 1900 or click here to register.

Queensland Day in Logan (Access), 8 June (Logan)

Access Community in partnership with the Queensland Government and Multicultural Sports Club is celebrating Queensland Day in Gould Adams Park, Kingston Road, Kingston on Friday, 8 June 2018, 3 to 5pm. For more information, contact or download the flyer here.  

My World Survey- UN Sustainable Development Goals

MY World is a global citizen survey to bring people’s voices into official debates about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Take the 'My World Survey' on the UN's Sustainable Development goals. Access the link here.

Adult Migrant English Program Innovative Projects Fund 2017-18 (DET)

The Australian Govern's Department of Education and Training (DET) had launched the Innovative Projects fund. The fund was established to assist Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) service providers in trialling innovative service delivery ideas that seek to improve client outcomes. AMEP service providers were invited to submit proposals through a competitive round where additional funds may be awarded to trial, measure and evaluate their innovative project. For more information, click here to view the projects that have been awarded funding through this round.

Kaleidoscope Initiative Networking Session, 24 May 2018 (Mirrabooka, WA)

Join Kaleidoscope Initiative Network as the leader of your Professional Immigrant Association or Cultural organisation and collaborate with other leaders for better employment outcomes for your members. Click here for more information and to register.

STARTTS 2018 Humanitarian Awards – Nominations Open until 31 May 2018

STARTTS 2018 Humanitarian Awards is now open for nominations in the following categories:
  •  Refugee community worker
  •     Refugee supporter
  •     Youth
  •     Education
  •     Government and Legal
  •     Media
  •     Sport
  •     Rural and Regional
  •     Business
  •     Best project
Nominations must be received by no later than Thursday 31 May 2018. Submit your nomination online here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Project in Lakemba (Metro Assist), 30 May 2018 (NSW)

SCoA member, Metro Assist is launching a Breast Cancer Screening Awareness Project on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Lakemba Senior Citizen Hall. For more information, click here.

‘From Under the Rubble’ Film showing invitation in Canberra (APH), 22 May 2018 (Canberra)

FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE Parliament House Theatre, Parliament Drive Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 22 May – 6:00pm
RSVP Essential:
From Under the Rubble (2017) is a documentary feature about a peaceful, close-knit family of farmers in Gaza – the Samounis – 48 members of whom were killed when they were herded into a house by the Israeli Defence Force and then fired upon, as part of Israel’s battle with Hamas in January 2009.
The film is narrated in a raw, intimate, unflinching way, largely by Amal Samouni, who was nine years old when the family house was shelled. Amal was buried under rubble for four days, surrounded by the dead and rotting bodies of family members, until aid workers were finally permitted to enter the area and rescue her. She still lives with more than 15 pieces of shrapnel in her head: they are too deeply embedded to safely remove. Together with her mother Zeenat and her surviving siblings, Amal pieces the family story together, moment by moment, for the camera.
With this film, Australian writer, producer and director Anne Tsoulis has set out to give voice to the civilian perspective on war, and call attention to the fact that the overwhelming majority of those killed and injured in conflict zones are women and children. Anne has spent over 25 years working within the film industry, with numerous credits in drama and documentary.
From Under the Rubble has been produced by John Moore of Sensible Films, who has a list of award winning films that include Thompson of the Arnhem Land, Menzies & Churchill at War, Monash: The Forgotten Anzac and more recently Putuparri and the Rainmakers. 
Joining us for the after screening Q&A will be the renowned Dr Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician, anaesthetist and trauma expert.  He is head of the emergency medicine department at the University Hospital of Northern Norway.  Dr Mads has volunteered his services as a doctor during every Gaza conflict.  His book Gaza War, Eyes on Gaza (2009) has been translated into several languages.  Gilbert has been lauded as a hero in Norwegian media for his work, giving him the title of Norwegian of the Year several times.  In 2013, King Harald V appointed Gilbert as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav.
Special thank you to the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for sponsoring this event.
Parliamentary Friends of Palestine Co-chairs
Mark Coulton MP                                                                           
Member for Parkes
Maria Vamvakinou MP
Member for Calwell
Senator Janet Rice
Senator for Victoria

Launch of Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018

Mission Australia has just launched the Youth Survey 2018, the 17th annual online survey by Mission Australia which gives voice to the concerns, values and thoughts of young people aged 15-19 across Australia.

In the 2016 Youth Survey, young people told us that the top three most important issues in Australia were ‘alcohol and drugs’, ‘equity and discrimination’, and ‘mental health’. These issues were consistent in the 2017 survey, with ‘mental health’ topping the list of key issues. This year’s survey will ask new focus questions to delve deeper into issues around social media, alcohol and drugs, barriers to employment and how young people feel about their community. Now is the time for young people in your organisation/region to have their say in the 2018 Youth Survey!

Each year, we are able to offer tailored individual reports to regions or organisations who anticipate being able to collect 100 or more responses. These reports detail Youth Survey results from young people in your area, and can be a valuable resource for informing youth services, community development and engagement. If you would like to get involved with the survey and receive an individual report for your organisation or program, simply reply to this email and we will send you some further information about the survey and a unique code for your organisation.

The survey can be accessed at, and be open for participation until Tuesday the 31st of July 2018. You may also like to join in the conversation online on Facebook ( or Twitter (@MissionAust) using the hashtag #YouthSurvey2018.

You play an important role in our research by sharing the youth survey far and wide through your networks – we greatly appreciate your support in encouraging young people to take part and have their say! 

For more information, click here. To browse the questions, click here.

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Empowerment Project in Fairfield (Edmund Rice Centre)

  Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education and Patrician Brother's College is organising Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Empowerment Project - Connecting Community to services on the 29th May, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Patrician Brother's College, Fairfield (268 The Horsley Dr, Fairfield NSW 2165). Participants will: Learn about available services, assistance and support available for immediate resettlement and long-term integration in Australia. Connect to employment service providers, volunteer and internship opportunities, training programs, schools' community empowerment programs and business support organisations for starting a new career pathway. Meeting community leaders and discuss practical ways of collaboration between community members, community leaders and service providers. To register, please call Edmund Rice Centre on 02 8762 4200 or email at Share this information to Syrian and Iraqi refugees in  English and Arabic.

Harmony Alliance membership forum (Melbourne): 4 June 2018

Harmony Alliance : Migrant and Refugee Women for Change is hosting its first membership forum on Monday, 4 June 2018 in Melbourne. Save the date, and for more information, click here.