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Events And Opportunities

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Australian Institute of Family Studies: 25-27 July 2018

Join leading thinkers and change-makers at the Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference, which will look ahead and ask:  what does the future for families look like? What are the challenges and opportunities and how prepared are we? Exploring these questions requires boldness, curiosity and imagination. The AIFS 2018 Conference will provide rich debate and inquiry, and participants’ engagement with the emerging issues for families. For more information, visit the conference website.

National Volunteering Conference: 20-22 June 2018

You are invited to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018 – Ignite Invigorate Inspire, to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from 20-22 June 2018. Hosted by Volunteering Australia, and supported by Territory peak partner Volunteering and Contact ACT, the Conference is the premier national volunteering event in Australia. For more information, and to register, click here. Scholarships are now available for people who are disadvantaged or are from regional, rural or remote areas to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018, thanks to the Department of Social Services. To apply for a DSS Scholarship, please complete the attached document, save it as a Word Document and then submit it via this link.  Applications close 15 March 2018 with successful scholarship winners notified April 2018.

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.  

Kaldor Centre event: What’s so special about Canada? (Sydney): 12 March 2018

How ordinary Canadians successfully sponsor refugees

You are invited to a special Kaldor Centre evening With Trudeau Fellow and University of Toronto Chair in Human Rights Law Professor Audrey Macklin 12 March 2018 Time: 6-7pm Venue: Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place 126 Phillip Street (Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets) Sydney
Read more and register here

Funding Opportunity (National Disability Conference Initiative): open until 20 March 2018

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open process to apply for the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Program – Disability and Carer Support - National Disability Conference Initiative The initiative provides funding of up to $10,000 for disability-related conferences with a national focus planned for 2018-19 to: 
  • help people with disability with the costs of attending conferences, assist family members or carers providing support to a person with disability attending a conference, or
  • help with access so people with disability can participate in conferences. 
Applications close at 2pm AEDT on Tuesday 20 March 2018. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Funding Round Application page. Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

Launchpad for Migrant Scientists and Engineers (deadline 8 March 2018)

Australia's migrant scientists and engineers have invaluable international experience to bring to our schools and workplaces, but end up working more often as taxi drivers or cleaners than as scientists. Many have given up trying looking for work altogether, their scientific skills and qualifications having gone unrecognised. Cultural Infusion's Migrant Science Communicator program will prepare qualified but under-recognised migrant scientists to shape their knowledge into educational programs that can be marketed directly to primary and secondary schools to support Australian science teachers, at no cost to them. Last year's program successfully launched a number of migrant scientists into the school incursion circuit, promoted through Cultural Infusion's existing network and booking platform to ensure each presenter a prominent position in the market. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a recent (≤5 years) migrant to Australia, and have the following:
  • A professional background in any field of science or engineering, undertaken overseas
  • A proficient level of English communication that allows for delivery of educational content to school children
  • The right to work in Australia
  • A car and current driver's license
Applications close Thursday 8th March 2018. For more information and to apply, visit Media enquiries please contact Lia on 0401 648 334 or This program is made possible by the generous contribution of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.
(Above: Arjumand and Yves, graduates of last year's program)
Cultural Infusion has delivered curriculum-relevant cultural education to over 5000 Australian schools, reaching over 2 million students since 2002. Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is an independent philanthropic trust established by Helen Macpherson Schutt (née Smith) in 1951. Since HMSTrust was established, $113 million has been approved in grants to a wide range of Victorian charitable institutions and a diverse range of projects benefiting Victorians every year.

Preparing for the NDIS: Culturally Responsive Services for CALD Clients Workshop (22 February – 13 April 2018)

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.