SKTM | EXPERIENCE | St Kilda Twilight Market | Thursdays | 5-10pm

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A favourite Melbourne open air summer night market at the centre of St Kilda’s Community for many years. 

From the curious to the bazaar, step into a magical world. The St Kilda Twilight Market is a place to meet, eat, buy, create, enjoy and share in the heart of St Kilda.

Delicious food from all corners of the world.

Hand crafted wares, vintage clothes, homewares, fresh produce, jewellery, artworks, massage, artisans, live music and more...

When: Jan 19 | Feb 2, 9, 16

Where: The O’Donnell Gardens, where Acland, Carlisle Streets and The Esplanade meet, St Kilda


VSBA | EXPERIENCE | Victoria Street Lunar Festival | 22 Jan 2017 | 11am–10pm

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Not only one of Yarra’s biggest parties, this Festival has become one of the most popular and recognised Lunar New Year celebrations in Victoria, drawing people from all over Melbourne. 

In 2017, the Victoria Street Lunar Festival will welcome in the Year of the Rooster.
It is a wonderful opportunity for Victoria Street to treat the community to a vibrant, colourful and culturally rich experience.

Entertainment is diverse with everything from Chinese opera to Vietnamese pop and carnival rides. Follow one of the largest Chinese dragons in Australia as it twists and twirls its way along Victoria Street and block your ears as strings of firecrackers noisily scare away those evil spirits.

Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Tastes of Asia cooking stage or sample tasty treats from the many Vietnamese and Chinese hawker food stalls.

Where: Victoria Street, Abbotsford

More event details online

Victoria Street Business Association

The Victoria Street Lunar Festival is supported by VMC, City of Yarra, Stallholders and many others. Have a surplus? Contribute to the event's funding goals here.

PPLS | PERFORMANCE | Lilo Quartet plays Dvořák | Saturday 28 January 2017 | 11am – 12pm

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Join Lilo Quartet for a morning of beautiful music at St Kilda Library as they perform Dvořák String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Opus 96 "America".

Lilo Quartet bring a fresh perspective to string quartet music. The joyously melodic "American" quartet will be their first performance for 2017.

Lilo Quartet is: Ross Henderson (Violin I), Bronwyn Henderson (Violin II), Myfanwy Hunter (Viola) and Carolyn Garnell (Cello).

Where: St Kilda Library Community Room

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite.
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page.  You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Tel: 9209 6655

GOVL | COPP | APPLICATIONS OPEN | Special focus February workshops | CLOSES Sunday 29 January 2017

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Together we are facing a future of exciting possibilities – as well as a future of new challenges.

As part of its Council Plan 2017 to 2027, the City of Port Phillip is embarking on a community engagement program to develop a new Council Plan for the municipality.

Council wants locals to tell ideas and solutions for difficult problems, and get feedback on a range of topics. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Choose what suits you best and join Council to develop an action plan for the future.

Special focus workshops will be held during February to help Council set direction on these key topics:
-- Water | Tuesday 7 February | 6-9pm
-- Diversity and inclusion | Thursday 9 February | 6-9pm
-- Waste management | Tuesday 14 February | 6-9pm
-- Transport and parking | Thursday 16 February | 6-9pm
-- Findings forum | Thursday 23 February | 6-9pm

Who: A representative cross-section of our community in these workshops. There will be some pre reading involved for participants prior to the workshop, which we will provide by email.

All applicants will be contacted towards the end of January to notify if your participation in the workshops are needed. Council will endeavour to offer a place for successful applicant's preferred topic.

Registrations: Places are limited - please register your interest by Sunday 29 January 2017.

Council will host an online forum for anyone who can’t attend. Details will be available here and on our Have Your Say site in February.

Council will provide a $50 voucher to offset participants' expenses, like transport costs and care arrangements.

City of Port Phillip
Council Plan
Tel: 9209 6777

GOVL | COPP | APPLICATIONS OPEN | Committee Reference Committee Members | CLOSE Sun 5 February 2017

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City of Port Philip seeks expressions of interest from prospective members for four council reference committees. 

Reference committee positions are voluntary and terms run from 2017 to 2019:
  • Esplanade Market Reference Committee - provides guidance for the Saint Kilda Esplanade market
  • Cultural Heritage Reference Committee - provides advice in relation to cultural heritage and local history programs
  • Art Acquisition Reference Committee - provides advice and expertise to counsel's vision at acquisition program
  • Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship Reference Committee - provides strategic advice and expertise to Council, and recommendations to the Rupert Bunny Foundation Committee, on the dispersal of Rupert Bunny Funds according to the VCF-RBF Deed of Trust.
How: Terms of reference and expressions of interest application forms for these reference committees are available at

Why: Council has a range of committees with community and external representation as part of its commitment to go to covenants, quality decision making and community participation.

When: Expression of interest close at midnight Sunday 5 February 2017

City of Port Phillip
Tel: 9209 6777
Email: art&

GOVV | CVA | CALL FOR RESPONSE | Residential Tenancies Act Review | CLOSES Friday 10 February 2017

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Victorian Government’s Fairer, Safer Housing Plan outlines a vision for everyone to have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

The Government undertook a review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA). The review considered how regulation can best meet the current and future needs and expectations of participants in the modern rental market.

The resulting options discussion paper collates suggested reforms across the following thematic areas:
  • dispute resolution
  • family violence in a tenancy
  • property conditions
  • bonds, rent and other charges
  • rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants at the beginning, during and the end of a tenancy
  • rooming houses
  • security of tenure.
Feedback on this options paper can still be offered until Friday 10 February 2017. Feedback will be used to develop a package of recommended reforms to the RTA, followed by legislation introduced into the Victorian Parliament in early 2018.

View the full options paper and have your say:
Residential Tenancies Act Review
Consumer Affairs Victoria
GPO Box 123, Melbourne VIC 3001

The website is an online consultation hub where you can have your say in discussions and polls, share your experiences using the ‘Your stories’ feature and watch videos related to the review. There is also translated information for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

State Government Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria
GPO Box 123
Melbourne VIC 3001

CMFN | LEARN | About Church of Scientology | 16 February 2017 | 1-3pm

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Join this conversation with Jan Lester and Maria Meilak from the Church of Scientology Melbourne. 

Learn key points of their religion and have your questions answered.

Where: Council Chamber 1, City of Casey Civic Centre

Casey Multi-Faith Network

CMFN | CELEBRATE | 10th Anniversary | 9 March 2017 | 7-9pm

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This year is a special one for the CMFN as it is the 10th Anniversary of working together for peace, harmony and understanding. 

Join in celebration with this milestone, look back on all that has been
achieved, and of course, share ideas of the work to be continued. Includes Cake.

Where: Meeting Room 7: City of Casey Civic Centre

RSVP: 9 February 2017

Casey Multi-Faith Network

VMC | Cultural Diversity Week | 18-26 March 2017

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This year's Cultural Diversity Week will be themed ‘Our journey, Our stories’.

A reflection of progression for Victoria as a multicultural state. Encouraging all Victorians to share their stories of cultural heritage and identity.

Check out the Cultural Diversity Week 2017 program, including the following events:
The Premier's Gala Dinner promises to be a highlight of the Week. As in previous years, we will be running a two-step registration and ticketing process to manage the high demand for tickets. Registration of interest for tickets is now open.

Hundreds of events are also expected to take place across the state throughout Cultural Diversity Week. Will you be hosting one? If so, don’t forget to register your event to be included on VMC events calendar.

Celebrating diversity together within Victoria in March!

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 3, 3 Treasury Place, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Postal: GPO Box 4698, MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Tel: (03) 9651 0651
Grant-related enquires Tel: 1300 366 356.

REPORT | BSV | Counting Your Stars | Bringing in the New Year | Saturday 31 December 2016 | 7.15-12.30am

An engaging program to commemorate, celebrate and welcome in the New Year for families and children.

Scheduled program included:
7.30 A special chant for New Year
7.45 So You Think You Know It All? - Trivia games
8.45 Summer Party at dusk - light refreshment
9.45 Counting Your Stars - Talk by Bhante Buddharakkhita
10.30 Outside Circumambulation of the Temple, Introduction by Ayya Upekkha
11.00 Grow and Glow Your Stars (Adults meditation sessions; Kids art craft session*)
11.50 Count Down
12.15 Sharing of Merits with Venerable Banthe Buddharakkitha
12.30 Lucky Dip Kids

* = The Buddhist Star Grower programmed appearance was on behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Intrafaith (bINTRA) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN).

In the 11pm kids art craft session, about 20 kids and 3 adults wrote personal wishes for peace onto coloured paper napkins, then folded the napkins into 3D stars for gifting to someone else. Attending nuns assisted. Those assembled learnt there are many ways to view stars, and unlimited ways to count or reach stars. But why wait when you can plant the seeds to grow your own, here and now?

Thankyou to Organisers for having us at this place to take part in this dynamic vision, collected presenters, helpers, organisation, skilful programming, refreshments and global peace-illuminating, received with gratitude.

Buddhist Society of Victoria
Malvern Centre, 71 Darling Road, Malvern East
Program Coordinators:
Ratanavali Email:
Virginia Email:

REPORT | PHAA | Solstice Healing the Heart | Sunday 18 December 2016 | 1-5pm

A free community Interfaith, multicultural, environmental and spiritual gathering. Music, Fun & Food and lots more for your health and Well-being.

Where: near Rotunda, Catani Gardens, Cnr Fitzroy Street and Beaconsfield parade, St Kilda Vic 3182

With theme Healing the Heart: My Heart + Your Heart + Our Heart = World Peace, the scheduled program included:
  • Indigenous Smoke Ceremony
  • Inspiration Spiritual presenters
  • Multifaith and Local leaders
  • Releasing the Doves
A wide-ranging schedule of programmed appearances including inspirational presentations on local collaborations with Muntok Peace Museum in Indonesia, and compelling reasons for considering a vegetarian diet.

The Buddhist's scheduled appearance was on behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN). At the end of a full day, befitting the situation a 10-15min Loving Kindness Meditation was shared with a diverse, attentive and appreciative audience.

Thankyou to Organisers Maria and Planetary Healing Artists Team for having us at this place to take part in this local assembly, cooperating together for a more sustainable future with a global vision, received with gratitude.

Planetary Healing Artists Australia

REPORT | HCWPRL | WARP Office - Interfaith Dialogue of Scriptures | Saturday 26 November 2016 | 2.15-4.15pm

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Worldwide format of regular forums for invited local speakers to share the teachings of their scriptures. 

Where: Doncaster Library Meeting Room (Donvale Room), situated at 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

On this occasion, a round-table discussion on the trustworthiness of Scripture was moderated by John Hwang and other contributors were from Christianity (Anglican Church), Sikhism and Buddhism.

Speakers were invited to reflect and address event's topics:
1. Difference Between Religious Texts (Holy Scripture) and Secular BooksWhere must religious texts originate from for it to be a Holy Scripture?

2. Purpose of Scripturea) What does the author of the Scripture want to reveal to humanity through the Scripture?
b) What questions should the Scripture be able to provide an answer to?

3. Major Religious TextsIs one's own Scripture the only religious text that is trustworthy?
The Buddhist programmed appearance was on behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN). There are many views, here is a reflected account offered on the day and expanded post-event for a wider audience.

From a Buddha View: Siddhartha Gautama was a Hindu prince born, living and dying in Ancient India, about 500 BCE (Before Common Era). Aged about 29, Prince Siddhartha left Wife, Child, Ruling, Palace and Material responsibilities to undergo a personal pilgrimage to find a lasting end to Suffering. Learning from wise ones over 6 years, using meditation to fully Awaken his Mind. To Buddhists, he is known by many names including Historical Buddha, Lord Buddha or Buddha Sakyamuni. Hindus often view him as a reincarnation of Vishnu while to a wider audience he is known as Buddha (Sanskrit: Awakened One).

Written many years after his bodily death, two Ancient Indian sourcebooks were consequently authored from the minds/hearts/hands of credited and uncredited many individuals and teams recording in preferred scriptural language of the day. Simply:
a) Theravada Canon (scriptural language: Pali)
Sometimes referred to as the Buddha's 1st Turn of the Dhamma Wheel, translated literally as the School/Way of the First Ones/Elders. It was taught to 5 ascetics who were formerly Siddhartha Gautama's teachers and who become the Buddha's first disciples.
b) Mahayana Sutras (scriptural language: Sanskrit).
Sometimes referred to as 2nd Turning of the Dharma Wheel, translated literally as the Great Way (Great, not because it is better, just that there is a greater number of teachings). Historically recorded to be taught by the Buddha at a large assembly, 8 years after the first. Regarded to be different because the audiences, geographies and languages were different.
c) Vajrayana Empowerings (scriptural languages: Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, English, various others)
Sometimes referred to as Spinning Dharma Wheel, translated literally as the Thunderbolt, Diamond or Lightening Way. Historically recorded experiences shared by experienced practitioners with individuals who present naturally accepting all deserve less Suffering until realising lasting happiness.

Expanding to include a Buddhist View: (Buddh = Sanskrit: Awakening; +ist = Greek:  School/Method/Way) essentially everything that preceded, endured and comes after the Buddha pointing to liberating individuals from their Suffering by Awakening Mind. As the Buddha's teachings spread around the globe over time, wise ones adapted to make relevant to different language groups, customs and situations. As a result, Buddha can change gender, be animal or spirit and known variedly by different local names for different reasons.

Expanding to include an Interfaith or Secular View: any author, text, treatment or adherants wishing to make less Suffering in the here and now shared among a growing number is sacred, cherisable and worth enacting. Regardless of using concepts such as Mind, (knowledge of, applied, measurable transformations from) Mindfulness and the resulting Happiness. Views are direct lived experiences, not limited to geography, language, place, direction, custom or time. As actions speak louder than words, measurable results reveal motivation (noble), clarity (wise) and trustworthiness (compassionate activity) that determines sacredness. Or not. As the case may be.
This is part of an ongoing activity of Korean originated group Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light working diligently towards peace in the world. John used the occasion to launch their Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

Thankyou to Organisers for having us at this place to take part in this dynamic vision, collected presenters, helpers, organisation, skilful programming, refreshments and global pride, received with gratitude.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light
John Hwang, Regional Director of Victoria

ALAU | Being Merry, And Mindful of Dementia | January 2017

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In an aging population, symptoms of dementia usually develop gradually with subtle changes often more noticeable after long periods of time apart.

Festive season has many of us reuniting with loved one we haven't seen for a while.

Some early signs of dementia include:
  • memory loss
  • difficulties performing familiar tasks
  • confusion about time and place
  • problems with language
  • poor or decreased judgement
  • changes in personality or behaviour
Alzheimer's Australia Vic's new resource, The Dementia Guide, is an essential tool for anybody recently diagnosed with dementia. Download or order your free copy today by call 03 9815 7800 or 1800 100 500

Alzheimer's Australia Victoria
Tel: 03 9815 7800

ACMI | EXPERIENCE | Philippe Parrenio - Thenabouts | Tue 6 Dec 2016 – Mon 13 Mar 2017 | 10am-2pm

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A cinematic odyssey through light and sound. A play with temporal and spatial boundaries through a complex journey of images, duration, and memory.

For his first solo exhibition in Australia, Philippe Parreno presents a singular retrospective of his filmic works as a cinematic ensemble.

French artist Philippe Parreno is one of the most significant contemporary artists working at the intersection of art and film. Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts presents Parreno’s filmic works as an evolving cinematic experience within the gallery. Choreographed as an orchestration of films, lighting, sound, and sculptural elements, the exhibition invites us into a world that unsettles our assumptions about reality, memory and the passage of time. The experience is controlled live by a gallery technician and no two visits are ever the same.

Individual Visits
Open daily, 9am till late. Galleries 10am–5pm.

Education Exhibition Visits
Senior Secondary and Tertiary Students across English, The Arts, Design and Digital Technologies will be captivated by the work of this innovative artist. Choose a self-guided visit, or have an educator introduce students to the exhibition’s key themes and ideas.

Self-guided visit: Free of charge (min 10, max 30 students)
Educator introduction and visit: $5 per student (min 10, max 30 students)

Educator introduction and visit includes a 20 minute presentation, followed by time in the exhibition

Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square Melbourne, Australia

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Federation Square Melbourne, Australia
Tel: (03) 8663 2200

YWN | EXHIBITION | Confined | Wednesday 18 January - Wednesday 15 February 2017

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High levels of Aboriginal incarceration is a deeply felt social issue amongst Victoria’s communities. 

Now in its eighth year, CONFINED features artworks by Indigenous artists currently in or recently released from prison in Victoria.

CONFINED has proven to positively impact on the prisoners and their families and assists in reducing recidivism rates.

The exhibition aims to support Indigenous offenders:

  • with opportunities to connect with community
  • to promote the practice of culture in rehabilitation 
  • and highlight the issue of over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

The artworks explore issues of identity and connection to Culture and Country and many of the artists are first time exhibitors. All works in the exhibition are available for sale in line with the Victorian Governments Aboriginal Art Policy Model.

Where: The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda

When: Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am -5pm. Saturday 12am - 4pm

Yalukit Wilum Ngargee
St Kilda Festival
City of Port Phillip
Tel: (03) 9209 6490
General: (03) 9209 6777
Postal: Private Bag 3, PO St Kilda VIC 3182

YWN | EXHIBITION | Dhumbadha Humbadha Munga (Talking Knowledge) | Wednesday 8 February - Saturday 18 March 2017

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As it has done so for generations, Indigenous Culture remains alive, vibrant and realised through talking and sharing knowledge.

An artwork exhibition by Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders through The Torch's Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program. Central to the program is cultural learning, strengthening, expression and sharing.

Dhumbadha Munga (talking knowledge) looks at the two-way relationship between arts workers and artists they support. Through Dhumbadha Munga, artists learn, develop and reinforce their cultural identity to express and share their stories.

Purchases of artwork supports the program and the artists. Post-release program participants receive the full sale value directly. Proceeds from artwork sales for participating artists still in prison are held in trust by Corrections Victoria until release. Access to funds at this crucial time can greatly assist the community reintegration process for artists.

Artists: Veronica Hudson, Jacob Kennedy, Robby Knight, Paul McCann, Sean Miller, Kent Morris, Garry Scott, Ray Traplin, Peter Waples Crow and Raymond Young.

Where: Alliance Française’s Eildon Gallery, 51 Grey Street St Kilda VIC 3182

When: Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 6pm

Yalukit Wilum Ngargee
St Kilda Festival
City of Port Phillip
Tel: (03) 9209 6490
General: (03) 9209 6777
Postal: Private Bag 3, PO St Kilda VIC 3182

The Torch
Tel: (03) 9042 1236

YWN | FESTIVAL | Yalukit Wilum Ngargee | Saturday 4 February 2017 | 1pm-Evening

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The 12th Yalukit Wilum Ngargee is an annual celebration of Indigenous culture featuring emerging and established Indigenous musicians, dancers and performers, market stall holders, children’s activities and festival activities.

Held in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens, a significant contemporary Indigenous meeting place, the YWN main festival day brings you a deadly program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and arts.

Bring the family or friends and a blanket to sit on. Experience our best Indigenous entertainment while enjoying the day under the sun and into the summer night.

Advertised Progam

Stage Line Up
Proceedings hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri
  • 1pm Welcome To Country: Arweet Carolyn Briggs
  • 1.10pm Welcome: Cr Bernadene Voss, Mayor City of Port Phillip
  • 1.15pm Boon Wurrung Smoking Ceremony
  • 1.45pm Lexine Solomon
  • 2.40pm Yirrmal
  • 3.35pm Shauntai Batzke
  • 4.20pm Gawurra (pictured)
  • 5.15pm Lady Lash
  • 6.10pm Darlow
  • 7.05pm Alice Skye
  • 8.05pm Mau Power
Things to see and do
  • 1-3pm Birds of Prey
  • 2-4pm Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
  • 2-5pm Yarn Strong Sista (Face Painting)
Plus roving entertainers and much more!

Yalukit Wilum Ngargee is a family-friendly event. To make for safer time for all, please avoid bringing any glass bottles, containers or items onto the Festival site.

Where: St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens

Cost: Free

Click here for latest event information.

Yalukit Wilum Ngargee
St Kilda Festival
City of Port Phillip
Tel: (03) 9209 6490
General: (03) 9209 6777
Postal: Private Bag 3, PO St Kilda VIC 3182

GOVV | CALL FOR RESPONSE | Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations | Submissions close 5pm 5 February 2017

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Have your say on proposed changes to the native vegetation clearing regulations!

Victoria's ecosystems provide important habitat for our unique native plants and animals. A healthy environment is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Victorians.

Government, business and community working together will ensure the native vegetation clearing regulations sensibly protect sensitive vegetation. After consultation with the community and key stakeholders, the Victorian Government has completed its review of the native vegetation clearing regulations.

The review outcomes will be delivered through system changes, which include an amendment to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and an ongoing program for those actions that are independent of the VPP.

The Government invites comment on the proposed changes before the VPP amendments are adopted. Expressions are sought of perceived implementation issues from people who may be affected by, or who are responsible for, implementing the proposed system changes.

The community can find out more information or provide comments on the changes to better protect and enhance our natural environment at

The Victorian Government
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
General enquiries: Tel 136 186

GOVV | CALL FOR RESPONSE | Victoria's Education and Training Reform Regulations | CLOSE Tuesday 28 February 2017 | 5pm

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The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (2007 Regulations) provide an essential framework to support Victoria's education and training sector. The 2007 Regulations are due to sunset on 26 June 2017.

The Department of Education and Training intends to make the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations). The proposed Regulations will retain those provisions of the 2007 Regulations that are operating effectively, while proposing improvements.

Who: Providers of education at registered schools and for children registered for home schooling.

When: The consultation period is now open and the Department is interested in your views on the proposed Regulations. Submissions to the review are due by 5pm Tuesday 28 February 2017.

How: Access a copy of the proposed Regulations and the Department's regulatory impact statement, and have your say, visit the Regulation Review website at

State Government Victoria
Department of Education and Training
Postal: GPO Box 4367, Melbourne Victoria 3001
Department central office:
2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne
33 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne
23 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne
Tel: (03) 9637 2000

GEIFN | Media Mix | January 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Barney Zwartz explores a founder, origin story, changing times, critical thinking and valuing the spirit of "Faith" via The Age

Richard Tinning salutes the life, living and love for his father, and how "War hero Bert Tinning helped to shape the city of Preston" via The Age

Julia Baird shares examples of mindfulness in a busy, ever changing uncertain times, sharing how "We must strive to find our own peace in a brutal world" via The Canberra Times

Candida Moss explores reasons for all devotees to investigate their own origin stories, myths, facts and intent, sharing "Jesus probably wasn't born on December 25 " via The Brisbane Times

Sasha Grishin samples a metaphorical slice of historical French cake, reviewing "Versailles Treasures from the palace – immersion in conspicuous sumptuousness" via WA Today

Harold Mitchell argues the case of familiars backing their young to create enterprising solutions, imploring "Life wasn't meant to be easy, have a go and do something great" via The Sydney Morning

Marcus Strom recounts the "Year in science: 15 amazing things humans discovered in 2016" via The Brisbane Times

Jeffrey Fleishman explores valuing of migrants, uninformed nationalism and liberty, explaining "How Viet Thanh Nguyen won a Pulitzer prize for his novel of America in Vietnam" via The Brisbane Times

John Borthwick reveals a blended fusion of Buddhism, colonialism, fascism, imperialism and Communism, when visiting "Vientiane, Laos A capital of calm" via

Nicole Hemmer recalls history, compares to recent events, offers contextual understanding to argue "This isn't 1914 and Franz Ferdinand" via The Age

Gerry Burke explores past Aussie attitudes to migrants, realised benefits of migration, saluting the life, living and sharing of "John Guy specialised in hospitality with country-house style" via The Age

Martin Flanagan shares an example of resilience, fair go and determination to succeed, revealing "How Saad fled from hell on earth to become college dux in Melbourne" via The Sydney Morning Herald

David Astle explores language, context, passing time with ties that bind and liberate "Offering lessons in Hinglish and other diversions" via WA Today

Ann Blore, Tony Bignell, Alastair McAllister and Jim McMillan salute the life, skills and passion of Mars McMillan - "Devoted builder of harpsichords" via The Age

Duncan Fine explores some time-proven antidotes to everyday cynicism and sourness in "Actually, Love Actually has a message for 2017" via The Brisbane Times

Miki Perkins explores surface symptoms pointing to deeper problems and teamwork required to make everyday life better as "Dentists give victims of family violence something to smile about again" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Christos Tsiolkas explores the discovery of self-identity, being "the other", unintended misunderstandings and shared paths to equality and celebrated diversity in "Not just a life of leisure: Christos Tsiolkas on the myths of being childless" via WA Today

Tony Wright explores positives moves to reconcile past wrongs visited among the locals by foreigners when "Wuthathi return to Dreaming as white sands of Shelburne Bay given back" via The Canberra Times

Tony Wright explores hitting a six in an example of reconciliatory efforts, celebrating for a brighter united future when "Aboriginal cricket legends win pride of place at the MCG, 150 years on" via WA Today

Daisy Dumas explores leaders' wisdom-directed compassion and generosity are a state of mind, calling individuals to "Abandon your scarcity mindset for a life of abundance" via The Brisbane Times

Kerrie O'Brien has a lunch date, reporting reasons to celebrate humanity as "Father Bob Maguire calls for compassion and common sense 'We're all in this together'" via The Age

Approx 20min presentations

Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Approx 5 min presentation

Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives - Sing (Jubilee 2012)

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street with Tori Kelly: Try a Little Kindness

Approx 20 min presentation

Can a divided America heal?
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson

Earlier Proponents:
Arthur Schlesinger 1888-1965 CE: The Cyclical Theory refers to a model used to explicate fluctuations in politics throughout American History.
Alexander Fraser Tytler (Lord Woodhouselee) 1747-1813 CE: See Tytler Cycle image or read