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Events And Opportunities

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Kaleidoscope: ‘Kick start your career in Australia’ workshops (Mirrabooka, WA)

Public Forum: Refugees Make Australia Better (Canberra): 1 March 2018

Refugees Make Australia Better - Public Meeting, Thurs 1 March, 6.30pm, Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU

Australia is enriched through welcoming people who come as refugees into the community, through the contributions that they make in creating the type of society that is better for all of us. Dr Munjed Al Muderis is a perfect example of this. A former refugee who sought asylum in Australia, now a world famous surgeon helping people in Australia and around the world, Dr Al Muderis shares his story at this public event on Thursday 1 March, 6.30pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU. All are welcome, bookings not necessary, but arrive early to secure a seat and stay for a chat and a snack after the meeting.

National Volunteering Conference: Emergency Management Scholarships now available for application

The Emergency Management Scholarships are sponsored by The Australian Government. They provide support for emergency management volunteers to register and attend the conference. A Scholarship Committee will be responsible for approving scholarships in accordance with guidelines set down by Volunteering Australia, and developed in consultation with the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum and the Australian Government. Part and full scholarships are available to volunteers working with organisations who support emergency management including volunteers from:
  • Indigenous communities
  • Regional and remote locations
  • Mental health
  • Women and children
  • Animal welfare
  • Aged care
  • Domestic violence
  • Social enterprise.
The following scholarships are available:
  • Full scholarship – includes conference registration, return travel from any major Australian port, and accommodation to cover the conference period (designed to service organisations and individuals with no alternative resources)
  • Part scholarship (A) – includes conference registration and accommodation to cover the conference period (suitable for organisations and individuals with the capacity to access budget travel options)
  • Part scholarship (B) – includes return travel from any major Australian port and accommodation to cover the conference period (designed to reduce costs for organisations and individuals with the capacity to fund registration but not associated costs)
  • Conference registration (designed for organisations and individuals who do not need or who can self-fund travel and accommodation)
Please note the following conditions:
    • All travel and accommodation bookings are to be made by Conference Logistics (best economy fare will be booked)
    • Scholarship winners are responsible for their own ground transport costs to reach their nearest major Australian port (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide, Cairns, Perth, Darwin and Broome).
    • Any changes to travel or accommodation following confirmation of bookings that incurs an extra cost will be at the scholarship winner’s expense, including other incidentals incurred as part of their journey
To apply for an Emergency Management Scholarship, please download the form here, save it as a Word Document and then submit it via the button below. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP Applications close 15 March, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624 or email

SCOA and MARSS Welcome Reception for Bounding Plains to Share: 14 Feb 2018

Join SCoA and member organisation, Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT, for a special function welcoming the intrepid runners Cassie and Jackson from Bounding Plains to Share to Canberra.

Since 23 November 2017, Cassie and Jackson have been running over 4000km from Cooktown to Melbourne, sharing as they go the remarkable stories of refugees who arrived in Australia after fleeing persecution and conflict abroad.

Find out more about their incredible journey here and follow them on Facebook to read some of the incredible stories.

On Wednesday 14 February 2018, Cassie and Jackson will be in Canberra and will be visiting members of the local community as well as making a stop at Parliament House, before heading on south to Melbourne.

We are hosting a small Welcome Reception for Cassie and Jackson to congratulate them on their epic journey and to relive some of the inspirational stories they have uncovered so far.

Join us for a casual morning tea and come along to wish Cassie and Jackson well!

Please click here to register by COB 9 February

Centre for Multicultural Youth: Training Calendar 2018

The Centre for Multicultural Youth provides highly relevant and useful training sessions throughout the year.  These in-depth training packages explore the essential skills and knowledge required for effective work with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Check out the CMY Calendar below, and click here for more information.

Harmony Alliance membership

Membership for the Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for change is now open!

The Harmony Alliance is the newest of the six National Women’s Alliances, working to promote the views of all Australian women and ensure their voices are heard in decision-making processes. The Harmony Alliance’s purpose is to provide a national inclusive and informed voice on the multiplicity of issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia. We seek to combine grass roots participation and strong community voices with institutional reach and powerful policy advocacy networks, enabling opportunities for migrant and refugee women to directly engage in driving positive change.

Harmony Alliance has the following objectives:

  • Provide a platform for a diversity of migrant and refugee women and relevant practitioners to coordinate engagement and strategic direction;
  • Enable an effective voice for migrant and refugee women in domestic and international policy;
  • Advance migrant and refugee women’s participation in economic, social, cultural, civil and political life.

Members of the Harmony Alliance have the opportunity to contribute to the development of policy advice, system reform input, research, and pilot initiatives on key systemic issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia. Alliance Members come together once a year for a planning forum to set strategic directions for the Alliance, both short- and long-term. The Alliance maintains regular communication channels to enable members to share information, exchange practice, and collaborate on issues of relevance to migrant and refugee women. Information exchange, networking and participation are other key benefits of becoming a member of the Alliance.

Harmony Alliance Members are drawn from three constituency groups:

  • National, state-wide and local organisations representing migrant and refugee women in Australia;
  • National, state-wide and local organisations working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia; and
  • Individuals identifying as women from migrant or refugee backgrounds who, in a personal capacity, are making a substantive contribution to the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia and who are not representatives of any Alliance Member organisation.

To find out more and to become a member, please visit the Harmony Alliance today.

Migration and Settlement Awards 2018

The Australian Migration & Settlement Awards, hosted by the Migration Council Australia, are the premier national awards recognising the contribution of outstanding individuals, organisations and initiatives in the Australian settlement and multicultural space.

Nominations are now open and close on 31 December 2017.

Make sure you submit your nominations now.

NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner: 21 March 2018

The seventh annual Premier’s Harmony Dinner is a celebration of cultural diversity in NSW. The dinner is hosted by the Minister for Multiculturalism in the presence of the Premier of NSW. This event is coordinated by Multicultural NSW.

Click here to buy your tickets.

Refugee Alternatives: 13-14 February 2018

STARTTS Workshop: Cultural Competence in working with people from refugee backgrounds

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors are holding a one-day introductory workshop designed to give participants greater awareness of the key factors which impact on client-worker interactions.  The training dates are 18 May, and 25 October  For more information and for registration, click here.

FECCA Conference 2017: 8-10 October 2017

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s bi-annual conference is taking place in Darwin on the 8-10 October 2017.

This year the Conference is hosted by the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory as they celebrate their 40th year of progressing multiculturalism to benefit all Territorians.

The 2017 FECCA conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, to highlight challenges and to explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share our same vision – a harmonious multicultural Australia.

Click here for more information.

Cultural Shift: 10-11 August 2017

Settlement Services International is hosting a cross sector conference on migrant and refugee families in Sydney in August 2017.

Cultural Shift will highlight the vital role of services from different sectors in supporting families. Hear about inspiring and new developments in areas such as community led initiatives, migrant and refugee services, child and family support services, health, employment, disability, education, housing, and private industry.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Australians of the Year: 14 June 2017