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AMRC 2nd Australian Bhutanese Conference (Adelaide): 11 May 2018

The 2nd Australian Bhutanese Conference is launched by His Excellency the Honorable Hieu Van Le, AC Governor of SA on Friday, 11 May 2018 9:30 am to 5pm at the Adelaide Festival Centre - Banquet Room, King William St, Adelaide. Registration is open until Monday, 7th of May 2018. For more information click here for the invitation and registration form.

Community Connections and Business Start-up Expo, Sunnybank (IWAA)

Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA) together with SunPAC and Queensland Government is hosting Community Connections and Business Start-up Expo on Thursday, 10th of May 2018 from 10am to 1pm at SunPAC 470 McCulllough St, Sunnybank Queensland. If you have a business idea and would like to know how to take your idea further you may want to come along to the expo and meet government and other services that can help you with you idea. You may also want to listen to Christine Mudavanhu, a motivation speaker, and meet other businesses and mentors who can give you support and tips. The event is free of charge. To RSVP Contact Muna Ph 0431 360 418 or email, or Nora Ph 0431 100 846 or email Download the flyer here.

New migrants survey : Win 1 of 5 $100 vouchers! (SBS and Pollinate)

Win 1 of 5 $100 vouchers! SBS and Pollinate, an independent market research company, are conducting research that will help us better understand the needs and experiences of migrants in Australia and would like to hear from you! The survey takes around 10 mins to complete and everyone who completes the survey will go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $100 vouchers. Please take the time to share your thoughts, we want your help in making life in Australian a better experience! All responses are completely anonymous and will only be used for the purposes of this research. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Beattie Green (Pollinate Research Manager) at Please click here to complete the survey.

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.

SSI New Beginnings Festival 2018 (Sydney)

Settlement Services International (SSI) landmark cultural event New Beginnings Festival is back in 2018! Produced by SSI, the New Beginnings Festival fosters artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds to further develop their artistic practice and reach new and larger audiences. It also aims community cohesion, cultural exchange and appreciation of our cultural diversity through a vibrant and innovative multi-arts program. The program is comprised of the New Beginnings Festival for Refugee Week on 20-30 June and the New Beginnings Festival in Spring on 3 November, both events held at Sydney’s inner city venues. In partnership with Inner West Council, the SSI’s New Beginnings Festival for Refugee Week 2018 will take place at the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, mirroring the warm hospitality of Inner West locals to newcomers.  This event is free and the official closing for Open Inner West Festival. On 3rd November, the SSI New Beginnings Festival in Spring will be wrapping up the year with a celebration of the cultural and artistic vibrancy of Sydney’s diverse artists and communities at Tumbalong Park, Darling Habour. The Festival is also one of the flagship cultural events at the International Metropolis Conference 2018. For more information, click here.

SBS Radio says “Welcome Home” to multilingual Australians

New multichannel brand campaign and refreshed SBS Radio app invites multilingual Australians to feel at home wherever they are SBS Radio today launched “Welcome Home”, a new marketing campaign to encourage Australians who speak a language other than English (LOTE) to feel at home wherever they are.   The exciting digital first, radio brand campaign has the dual objectives of building brand awareness for SBS Radio and directing people to download the refreshed SBS Radio app. Over 1.3 million people migrated to Australia during the past five years and nearly five million people speak a language other than English at home[1], reinforcing the importance of SBS Radio’s services. Listeners will be able to access Australian news and current affairs, music, podcasts and community updates in 68 languages, reflecting today’s contemporary multicultural Australia. Internally developed and conceptualised by SBS, the campaign features SBS employees from the Punjabi, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Cantonese and NITV programs. The word ‘home’ features prominently throughout, in languages including Italian, Mandarin, Greek, Hindi, Somali and Samoan.  SBS Chief Content Officer (acting), Mandi Wicks said: “SBS remains the world’s most linguistically diverse public broadcaster. The refreshed SBS Radio app provides audio content on demand and on the go to our listeners in 68 languages. Accessible anywhere, at any time on the device of their choice, downloading the free SBS Radio app helps our audiences ‘feel at home’ wherever they are.” SBS Director of Marketing (acting), Jane Palfreyman, said: “The concept of ‘Welcome home’ signifies SBS’s commitment to providing Australian focused content to multi-generational migrants as well as those having newly arrived in Australia. The campaign videos are produced in English and subtitled and produced in seven other languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi.” The campaign will run across the SBS network (TV, radio, online) during April, supported by off channel digital activity including pre-roll videos, promoted social activity and native content to drive digital engagement. Watch the promo here:   Credits: Director of Marketing: Jane Palfreyman Head of Group Marketing: Uma Oldham Marketing Manager: Anna Saunders Brand Manager: Prinola Moodley Digital Campaign Manager: Claire Dumont Digital Marketing Strategist : Ken Lin   Head of Creative Services: Joel Noble Creative Lead: Matt Coe Creatives: Genevieve Graham, Vanessa Meagher Support Designers: Emy Dossett, Gavin Barnett, Madeleine Dudley, Neera Sumer Producer: Greer Bolomey Production Coordinator: Brianna Lawrence DOP: Tony Luu 1st AD: Darin Berlin Grade: Alyn Mykas Audio: Bruce Dale Media Agency: Bench Platform   Feel at home wherever you are, download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.    ENDS   For more information, please contact: Uma Sandeep I M: 0429 212 659 I E:   [1] Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census of Population and Housing

White Ribbon Australia launches its new Empowering Fatherhood Program

As a part of a global movement of men and boys working to prevent men’s violence against women, White Ribbon Australia is excited to announce the launch of the Empowering Fatherhood Program, funded by the Department of Social Services. Developed as part of the recommendations from the White Ribbon Ambassador Program review in 2015, this whole-of-community program will be engaging with men - as fathers, soon to be fathers, or those in father figure roles - to model and foster positive and respectful attitudes and behaviours towards girls and women. The Empowering Fatherhood Program furthers White Ribbon’s work in creating an Australian society where all women can live in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse. For many men, fatherhood is a time of transformation that inspires a deeper understanding about the importance of their role to act as positive agents of social change. As a part of the program, White Ribbon will be connecting with key community organisations and service groups, as well as men from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Multicultural communities. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Ron Mitchell, Fatherhood Program Coordinator at White Ribbon Australia, via telephone (02) 9045 8419 or email

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SMRC’s Youth Creative Writing & Arts Prize 2018!

Entries are now open for the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre (SMRC)'s Youth Creative Writing & Arts Prize 2018! The exciting prize aims to uncover and recognise talented young artists and writers in our region. The SMRC Creative Writing and Arts Prize is open to anyone aged between 12 and 25 years of age who live, work or study within City of Dandenong, City of Casey or Shire of Cardinia. ABOUT THE ARTS PRIZE There are a number of categories for the Arts prize including Painting and Drawing, Photography and Graphic Design - with separate age groups for each category. The prize is designed to give artists loads of flexibility regarding materials and media. From drawing and painting to print and photography, we’re giving people the opportunity to be as creative as they like. Winners for the Youth Arts Prize will be announced on 18th June, 2018 at the opening of the exhibition. ABOUT THE CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE In a 50-1500 word creative writing piece, tell  us a story of culture, community and journeys - reflecting the spirit of Refugee Week. Winners for the Creative Writing Prize will be announced on June 24th, 2018 at SMRC’s Refugee Week One World Festival. VISUAL ARTS & LITERACY EXHIBITION Entries in the competition will be shown at an exclusive exhibition opening for Refugee Week at Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre on Monday 18th June. ENTER NOW! Entries are open April 21st and close at 5pm on May 21st 2018 on World Day of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue Entry forms available from or at any library in the City of Dandenong, City of Casey or Shire of Cardinia or selected local secondary schools. For more information contact: Courtney on 0448 896 328 or email Keep updated via Facebook.

2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference (QPASTT)

QPASTT is pleased to announce that the 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27-29 March 2019. The conference theme, Healing in Exile – Current and Future Challenges, will explore the most innovative and successful ways to support people from refugee backgrounds as they recover from trauma and resettle in their new context. International keynote speakers will address global perspectives and prominent national identities will tackle some of the most pressing challenges here in Australia. Concurrent sessions and talking circleswill allow delegates to meet colleagues with similar interests in small groups and the workshops will provide the benefit of practical, “hands-on” learning. The voices of people from refugee backgrounds will be central to all aspects of the Conference program. There will also be opportunities for networking both at the Conference and at the social events held at the world class venue - the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). The BCEC is ideally located in Brisbane’s unique riverside cultural and lifestyle precinct at South Bank. We hope you can join us in Brisbane in March 2019 for three days of inspiration and knowledge sharing – your participation is vital to a great outcome. The 2019 conference call for abstracts will be available in March 2018. • The registration brochure will be distributed in October 2018. • To ensure you receive the latest conference information please reply with your preferred email contact to: • Please also forward this announcement to any like minded colleagues who may wish to join our mailing list.

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

Catholic Care Tasmania – Real Women’s Group, Managing Anger (New Town)

SCoA member, CatholicCare Hobart is  holding a 9 week group for women to explore the place of anger in their life. The group will start from 26 July 2018, 10:00 am - 12:15 pm at New Town. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

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

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