ECCV | ISSUING | eBulletin #23 | 28 April 2022

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This has been a month of much cultural and religious significance. 

With Ramadan, Passover, Easter, and Vaisakhi overlapping for the first time in 30 years, and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions,  many of Victoria's diverse communities have enjoyed gathering in person and celebrating together.
I was honoured to attend the Premier's Iftar Dinner earlier this month, alongside our CEO Emiliano Zucchi, which was
a fantastic opportunity to connect with and celebrate our state's vibrant multicultural and multifaith communities.
We will soon be entering the home stretch for the Federal Election on 21 May. Aged care and disability are two of our key election priorities, and we hope to see much-needed reform and investment in these sectors from the new government.
The Federation of Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) has published its Policy Platform 2022, which calls for the establishment of an Office for Multicultural Australia to craft a cohesive, effective, and efficient approach to national multicultural policy. 
Whether you are a long-time voter or a new citizen voting for the first time, we would like to emphasise the importance of having a say in the democratic process and making sure the voices of our communities are heard in this election.
Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

VicHealth an official sponsor of FECCA 2022

We are delighted to welcome VicHealth as a sponsor for the upcoming FECCA 2022 national conference. This sponsorship will focus on boosting youth participation at the June 16-17 event in Melbourne, building on our work empowering diverse young people through our partnership with VicHealth on the Future Healthy program. 

Welcome our new anti-racism ambassadors

We are pleased to announce that three new ambassadors  have joined All One Together, ECCV's anti-racism project, which aims to support employers to improve diversity and inclusion practices in their workplace. We warmly welcome The Grove Children's Centre, Smart Start Early Learning & Development Centre, and Fundsnational, who will join our other ambassadors at the Anti-Racism Symposium in June.

Multicultural Chronic Disease Prevention report

ECCV is proud to announce the publication of the Chronic Disease Prevention in Multicultural Communities report, produced in partnership with Diabetes Victoria. The report finalises research gathered from consultations with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds about their views on chronic disease and how to engage CALD communities in prevention education programs. 

Disability forum: COVID-19 and mental health

ECCV's Statewide Disability Network is holding an online forum on Tuesday, 24 May from 10:30am to 12:30pm to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of people with disability from migrant and refugee communities. The forum will bring together experts including mental health care providers, practitioners and people with lived experience. 

Raise Our Voices program back to face-to-face

ECCV's Raise Our Voices program is excited to return to delivering face-to-face workshops after almost 12 months of holding online workshops. The Broadmeadows peer support group will hold an in-person session next Tuesday, 3 May at St Dominic's Primary School, which will focus on self-advocacy and navigating the NDIS. 
  • To find out more, contact Project Officer Youssif Assafiri on 0466 448 315.

ECCV at Buddhists of the West festival

Earlier this month, our Multicultural Outreach team held a stall at Buddhists of the West festival, where they handed out free rapid antigen tests and provided information on how ECCV's Multicultural Outreach project can help their communities get vaccinated and stay COVIDSafe. 

New peer support group for Afghan carers

ECCV's  Recognising and Respecting Carers project, run in partnership with Carers Victoria, has been busy delivering workshops and information sessions. A project highlight has been the establishment of a peer support group for Afghan carers, which will hold weekly English classes and fortnightly capacity building workshops, starting in May. 

Register now for FECCA 2022 conference | 16-17 June 2022

With the FECCA 2022: Advancing Multicultural Australia national conference less than two months away, we are thrilled to host old and new friends. We look forward to coming together in Melbourne in person to discuss diversity, migration, multiculturalism and more. 

Protecting Our Communities video series

Have you seen "Protecting Our Communities," ECCV's COVID-19 video series? The 15-language series features inspiring stories of how community leaders overcame misinformation and hesitancy to support seniors in their communities during the pandemic. We encourage you to watch and share the videos with your networks to help keep our communities safe.


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EQPR | CALLING | LGBTIQ+ and Allies to hone your advocacy, transform your leadership

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In order to achieve meaningful change we want to foster the training of a new generation of LGBTIQ+ advocates to lead the conversation, shape the narrative, and move hearts and minds.

Will you be the next change-maker to drive positive change for LGBTIQ+ communities?

Equality Project is excited to announce two separate training programs:

Advocacy Masterclass | Sydney & Melbourne in August 2022

Learn and hone the knowledge and skillset you need to initiate, activate and lead the conversation to drive change.
Updated program! Allies welcome. Super Early Bird pricing closes soon.

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Participate in a 5-day intensive Emerging Leaders SA leadership program to transform your thinking and become an adaptive leader.
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Equality Project is passionate about this work and we want you to be a part of it!


The Equality Project (EQPR)

VMC | UPDATING | The 2026 Commonwealth Games, Victoria Police community survey and more | Tuesday 26 April 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

Message from the Chairperson

I hope you had a great Orthodox Easter, a reflective ANZAC day service or simply an enjoyable long weekend with family and friends.

I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide a submission for our Victorian Refugee Awards or Capturing Culture photography competition. We look forward to providing further updates on these exciting events in our calendar.

Please also consider sharing the details of our Multicultural Film Festival with your networks, as we look forward to announcing winners in August 2022. This event will be another shining example of multicultural talent, and an opportunity to celebrate the creativity in our communities.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events soon, or out and about in the community, as we continue to celebrate the power of multiculturalism in our state.

Take care, and keep up the COVID safe measures.
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

INVITING | Weekly Queer Iftar | Saturday 30 April 2022

This Saturday 30 April they are inviting people of all faith backgrounds to join them for their final Iftar dinner at Second Story Studios in Collingwood. 

BridgeMeals is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum from marginalised communities living in Melbourne to meet in a judgement-free environment. The organisation arranges monthly dinners where people can connect and get information about queer-friendly services.

For Ramadan, BridgeMeals has arranged weekly Iftar dinners to cater to Muslim LGBTQIA+ people and bring them together over an Iftar meal.

CALLING | Aspiring filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival! | Submissions are due by 20 June 2022 

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

Submissions are open to all age groups! Perhaps you or your child's school can support them to make a film?

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne in August.

CONFIRMING | Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games

Along with Commonwealth Games Australia, the State of Victoria has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Local communities across Victoria will be asked for ideas to showcase their region through a cultural program, Indigenous engagement or by hosting sporting heats and training.

An Expression of Interest process is now open for registrations, to capture ideas from local councils, peak bodies, Traditional Owners, cultural organisations and businesses - ensuring that every part of Victoria benefits from the Games.

CALLING | Nominations for 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards | nominations now open and close Friday 20 May 2022 

The Victorian Protecting Children Awards recognise dedicated teams, groups and individuals who demonstrate excellence in protecting children, young people and families.

Foster, permanent and kinship carers, academics, policy, program, supervisory and direct service staff from community, government or academic organisations are encouraged to nominate anyone they believe goes above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of children and young people.

2022 Victoria Police Community Sentiment Survey

Victoria Police is committed to being agile, responsive and visible in addressing the community’s needs.

The annual Community Sentiment Survey is a way for the community to tell the police about their safety concerns, engagement preferences, and experiences with police. Responses will frame future community engagement, inform local action plans and will influence organisational priorities.

If you live, work or socialise in Victoria, we encourage you to complete the survey. All respondents will remain anonymous.

YARNING | Racism: Raw & Real Forum | Friday 29 July 2022

Racism: Raw & Real is the first forum of its kind in the Geelong region. With an outstanding lineup of speakers, this is a rare opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue about racism with people who have lived it and continue to experience it everyday.

This all-day forum includes networking opportunities, a Yarning Circle and a keynote speech from Claire Coleman. The purpose of the day is for participants to make a commitment to be an active voice in addressing systemic racism.

It’s time to yarn about racism, openly and honestly.
The forum will be held at the Geelong Culture and Heritage Centre.

GRANTING | Youth Fest 2022: Grants available

Victorian Youth Fest 2022 will be a month-long celebration across Victoria highlighting the contributions and achievements of young people in their communities.

Grants of $2,000 are available for community organisations, local governments and schools to host COVIDSafe events for Victorians aged 12-25 in September 2022.

Events held are to be inclusive and accessible to all young people and support those who face additional barriers to community participation. Mixed models of delivery (both online and in-person) are encouraged.

INFORMING | Multilingual News Service

The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters' Council (NEMBC) is the peak organisation representing ethnic community broadcasters across Australia.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEMBC commenced production of a national daily Multilingual News Service to ensure there was a consistent flow of reliable information for multicultural communities in many different languages.

The News Service enables diverse communities to be better informed, connect with each other and feel safer during the pandemic.

REBATING | Small Business Digital Adaptation Program |  open until 18 July 2022, or until rebates have been exhausted

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program will provide $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools.

The Victorian government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help businesses build or upgrade their website, improve cash flow, start online marketing, manage jobs or projects and keep better track of stock.

Coronavirus hotline 


Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901

PWR | RELEASING | Statement on the Conflict at Al-Aqsa Mosque | Saturday 23 April 2022

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The Parliament of the World’s Religions is deeply saddened by the violent attacks around and inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. We especially deplore acts of violence done within a sacred space, as occurred at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem this past Friday.

The Parliament upholds the human dignity of members of all faith and spiritual communities and non-faith communities in Jerusalem, the Holy Land, and around the world. We value those acting as peacemakers in the region.

We pray and call for a commitment by all concerned to resolve conflicts through peaceful means, dialogue, and negotiation. The Parliament stands ready to assist in this process.

The Parliament implores the interfaith movement around the world and individuals of faith, conscience, and good will to stand in resolve against violence and oppression in any form irrespective of who the victim is.

The Parliament reaffirms its 2014 statement, which stands in solidarity with the region in a commitment to end ongoing violence and open hostilities.  For peace to be achieved,  all Israelis and Palestinians must recognize and affirm the humanity of the other and to respect and protect all sacred spaces. We uphold the right for the faithful to worship freely and in peace in houses of worship.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions remains committed to a culture of non-violence and respect for life, as  declared in our signature document Towards A Global Ethic.
"... no people, no state, no race, no religion has the right to hate, to discriminate against, to ‘cleanse,’ to exile, much less to liquidate a ‘foreign’ minority which is different in behaviour or holds different beliefs.”
- Towards A Global Ethic: A Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions


Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Ste 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

MKW | EXPLORING | narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week | Monday 9-Sunday 15 May 2022

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An annual festival that brings Melburnians together to explore and discuss, to share ideas, to challenge assumptions, and to spark new ways of thinking. 

Across seven days, the broad program of events, workshops and performances celebrates our City’s rich heritage and potential for innovation.

For thinkers, innovators, explorers, the curious and the carefree, Melbourne Knowledge Week is the place to share knowledge and create a new future, together.

This year’s three event hubs are centrally located within the city – all centrally located within the Little Lonsdale Street precinct. All within walking distance to each other and close to major public transport links. In addition, immersive installation, workshops, talks and more will take place across various sites, so wherever you find yourself, you’ll never be far from an MKW adventure or something new to learn. 

This event takes place on the land of the Kulin nation; The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to our reconciliation journey, because at its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, for the benefit of all Victorians.


Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW)
Telephone: (03) 9658 9963

PWR | UPDATING | In Memoriam: Fr. Thomas Baima, The Turning Point: An Earth Day Update, Faith Action on the SDGs & more | Friday 22 April 2022

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In Memoriam: Fr. Thomas Baima

 The Parliament of the World's Religions extends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of the Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima.
Fr. Tom Baima was a celebrated author and trustee emeritus of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, leading the Catholic host committee in the organization of the 1993 Parliament Convening and instrumental in the creation of the Parliament's signature document, Towards a Global Ethic.

The Turning Point: An Earth Day Update

A Special Update from Imam Saffet Catovic and David Hales, Co-Chairs of the Climate Action Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Because of the experience of real people in real places, new scientific studies, and the collection of hard data throughout 2021, we now know more than we have ever known before about the state of Earth’s climate, and we know it with even greater certainty.

Human experience and scientific evidence reinforce the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ conviction that the reality and basic causes of climate change are settled science. We are convinced that the evidence of the danger created by human-caused climate change is irrefutable and that the danger is growing rapidly.

We are also convinced that 2022 brings new opportunities for action to meet the challenge.

The world is at a Turning Point. We — as individuals, communities, and societies — will either change our behavior or we will change the world in ways that are irreversible.

Contribute to a First-of-Its-Kind SDG Platform 

The Parliament of the World's Religions is a proud partner of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, UNEP Faith for Earth and the United Religions Initiative on a special database project inspired by the publication Faith Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Progress and Outlook.

We invite you to contribute to this first-of-its-kinds SDG platform that seeks to feature faith-based organizations working on a project that falls within the environmental SDGs.

Highlight Your Organization at the Largest Global Interfaith Gathering

You can now explore the exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Celebrate the legacy of the Parliament of the World's Religions and join the diverse cohort of past exhibitors and sponsors committed to the success of the interfaith movement.

Parliament's Exhibit Hall
Nonprofit organizations, universities, religious traditions, and vendors can showcase in an exhibit hall like no other. In the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place, the Parliament's Exhibit Hall will exist right at the nexus of activity and traffic. Attendees will flow into the Exhibit Hall from the main entrance and travel through the Hall to get to the Main Stage.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors make the success and impact of the Parliament of the World’s Religions possible. Choose from a diverse list of sponsorship opportunities, tell us about your objectives and let us help you meet them!

Super Saver Rate
Celebrate 130 years of the modern interfaith movement, take advantage of the Super Saver Rate today and look out for the opening of the Call for Programs coming soon!


The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you.


Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Ste 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

VMC | UPDATING | Concert for Ukraine, submit a photo to Victoria's first multicultural photo comp and more | Wednesday 20 April 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

This month we have observed Ramadan, Passover, Easter and Baisakhi along with many New Year and cultural celebrations such as Songkran, Sinhalese New Year, Puthandu, Theravada, Khmer New Year and Kha b-Nisan. 

Message from the Chairperson

I hope we can all recognise and appreciate the significance of the rich cultural and religious celebrations that have taken place. There is so much that binds us here in our multicultural and multifaith state. It is this common thread that has helped us to look out for one another, support each other and keep us all informed of public health directions.

I am proud to be part of this common thread. I hope you are too.

Whilst we embrace these celebrations and festivities, we are mindful of the difficult situation in Ukraine that has not improved. We have seen and heard this from many faith leaders throughout Victoria. I invite you to join the Ukrainian community in their fundraising appeal, Concert for Ukraine, on Saturday 7 May at the Melbourne Town Hall. You can find more information on this event in the newsletter below. 

As we have seen during the pandemic, looking out for one another is what keeps our ties strong. Whether during hardship or celebration, I am always inspired to see the strength of these ties.

Take care, and keep up the COVID safe measures.
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

ROTARY | RAISING | Funds and Concert for Ukraine | Saturday 7 May 2022 | 3pm

The Rotary Club of North Melbourne, in collaboration with the Association of Ukrainians Victoria, is hosting a fundraising event to support the efforts underway to address the crisis in Ukraine.

Come and enjoy Ukrainian song and dance, and hear keynote speakers share insights about the crisis and how you can help.

Proceeds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation to provide relief to victims including food, medicine and clothing.

The concert will be held at Melbourne Town Hall.

CALLING | Photographers to enter Capturing Culture Photography Competition | submissions now open until Monday 25 April 2022!

The vibrance of Victoria’s multicultural communities is something to be captured and celebrated. That’s why we are so excited to be receiving submissions in Victoria's new photography competition; Capturing Culture: Multicultural Victoria in Focus.

Capturing Culture will recognise the resilience and lived experiences of multicultural communities and capture their vibrancy and connectedness.

If you are an emerging or established photographer - or just take great photos as a hobby - submit your entry today.

CALLING | Aspiring filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions due by 20 June 2022

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne

HEALING | Refugee Week | 19-25 June 2022

The theme of this year's Refugee Week is Healing.

The importance of human connection has been underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, and these lessons can help our communities in so many ways. 

During this week, communities across Victoria are encouraged to draw upon shared hardship to heal, learn from each other and move forward together. Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and honouring our interconnectedness as individuals. 

To join us in observing Refugee Week we encourage organisations, schools, businesses, local government and individuals to visit the Refugee Council of Australia website for further information, resources and events.

Recognition Matters | nominations close on Thursday 28 April 2022 

The Australian Honours and Awards system includes awards such as the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), and recognises the outstanding services and contributions of Australians.

Recipients come from all states and cultural backgrounds, but only 30% of nominations are for women. Recognition Matters is a Victorian campaign that seeks to change that.

The campaign features our Chairperson Viv Nguyen, who reflects on her contributions to our community and how you can't be what you can't see.

There are so many women with unique skills and experience enriching multicultural communities across Victoria. Acknowledging their contributions would place their achievements on the public record and create more visible role models.

We encourage you to elevate the impact and influence of an outstanding woman in your life by nominating her for an Australian Honour and make a difference today.

GRANTING | Support our Afghan-Australian Community Round Two | closing Friday 6 May 2022

The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.

Through an open process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people. This program is administered by Migration Council Australia.

Coronavirus hotline 


Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901

PWR | EXPLORING | The Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions | Saturday 16 April 2022

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Book Your Exhibit Space

As a network of networks, Parliament Convenings attract scholars, public theologians, religious and spiritual luminaries, advocacy experts, students, performers, government officials, and motivated individuals committed to a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Highlight Your Organization at the Largest Global Interfaith Gathering!

At the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions, exhibitors and sponsors will join thousands of attendees in celebrating the legacy of the modern interfaith movement.

The Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions provides a unique opportunity for vendors, faith communities, and attendees to gather in an exchange of information and knowledge.

Nonprofit organizations, universities, religious traditions, and vendors are showcased in an exhibit hall like no other. In the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place, the Parliament Exhibit Hall will exist right at the nexus of activity and traffic.

Attendees will flow into the Exhibit Hall from the main entrance of the building and will travel through the Exhibit Hall to get to the Main Stage.

Be a Part of the Impact of the 2023 Parliament Convening

Celebrate the legacy of the Parliament of the World's Religions and join the diverse cohort of past sponsors committed to the success of interfaith movement.

Sponsors make the success and impact of the Parliament of the World’s Religions possible. Choose from a diverse list of sponsorship opportunities, tell us about your objectives and let us help you meet them!

Don't miss this life-changing experience! Answer the call to conscience to defend freedom and human rights at the 2023 Parliament Convening.


Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Ste 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

PWR | UPDATING | The Official 2021 Parliament Convening Report, Updates on the 2023 Parliament & More | Friday 8 April 2022

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Opening our hearts to the world: compassion in action

The official report of the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions is now LIVE. This virtual publication highlights the themes, programs, and luminaries featured in the virtual Convening and celebrates the communities, working groups, and individuals who made it possible.

2023 Parliament Convening Makes A Call to Conscience to Defend Freedom & Human Rights

Affirming our commitment to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world, we are proud to share that the theme of the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions will be, “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights”.

The 2023 Parliament Convening will be hosted 14-18 August 2023 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center and celebrates 130 years of history in the city and for the interfaith movement.
The Convening will address the threat of climate change, the dignity of women and girls, the rights of Indigenous peoples, the next generation, peace and justice, the reduction of inequalities, and countless other critical issues affecting the planet. All anchored in a call to action first endorsed by the world’s religions 30 years ago in its foundational document Towards a Global Ethic to defend freedom, human rights, and democracy around the world.

Chicago South Side Interreligious Organizations Convene For The “Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour”

On 24 April 2022, the Parliament of the World's Religions is joining the Chicago Theological Seminary, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at Lutheran School of Theology, American Islamic College, and the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council in sponsoring a Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour and Iftar. The Trolley will explore five sacred spaces in the Hyde Park/ Kenwood neighborhoods of Chicago, learning about the April holy days, as well as the collaborative interfaith work happening in the community.

Religica Podcast Features Rick Rouse

Rick Rouse discusses the importance of people working together regardless of their political party for the common good.


The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you.


Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Ste 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

VMC | UPDATING | 2022 Refugee Awards and Capturing Culture Photography Competition – nominations closing soon | Wednesday 6 April 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

Message from the Chairperson

Last week, I mentioned that the nominations for the Victorian Refugee Awards are closing soon. I hope you'll see this as a way to recognise the important contributions of Victorians who come to Australia and accomplish so much despite arriving under trying circumstances. It is also a reminder that the cultural diversity in our state is indeed a strength and asset.

This week I hope you'll take a moment to read about the inductees into the 2021 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and take pride in the diverse contributions that each of these women have made and will continue to make. With 2022 nominations now open, please also take a moment to nominate a woman you know who has made a difference in our community.

It's always inspiring and educational to join you at community events and I hope to see you out and about this week. 

Take care, and keep up the covid safe measures.
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Refugee Awards | nominations closing 12 April 2022

The Victorian Refugee Awards recognise and promote the achievements and contributions of Victorians who arrived as refugees or asylum seekers.

Proudly coordinated by the VMC, these annual awards recognise those who have excelled through their study, work, entrepreneurship, or volunteering.

If you know a person, business or organisation that deserves recognition, please visit our website to nominate them for a Victorian Refugee Award.

CALLING | Photographers for Capturing Culture Photography Competition | entry submissions close 17 April 2022

The resilience of Victoria’s multicultural communities is something to be celebrated and remembered. That’s why we are so excited to run this new photography competition; Capturing Culture: Multicultural Victoria in Focus.

For emerging or established Victorian multicultural artists, Capturing Culture will recognise the resilience and lived experiences of multicultural communities and capture their vibrancy and connectedness.

CALLING | Victorian Honour Roll of Women | nominations close Thursday 28 April 2022 

Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises women who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and excellence in their field of expertise, interest, endeavour, or through their commitment to the community. Since 2001, over 700 women have been recognised for their incredible efforts in Victoria, Australia and beyond.

Last year, twenty-three women were inducted into the Honour and you can read about their incredible achievements

Nominations for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women are now open. Nominations of women from diverse communities, including Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those from the LGBTIQ+ community are highly encouraged. 

CALLING | Filmmakers for the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions due 20 June 2022

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

GRANTING | More Family Violence Support For Diverse Communities | applications close 3 May 2022

The Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams has launched new grants that will increase support and improve access for those experiencing family violence from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Grants of up to $250,000 are available for projects that strengthen partnerships between multicultural community organisations and specialist family violence and sexual assault services. 

Victoria is leading the nation with its work to end family violence, with the Andrews Labor Government investing more than $3.5 billion since the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

INITIATING | Positive Start 2022 - School Camps

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of your child by providing an opportunity to participate in a free camp program as part of its Positive Start 2022 initiative, during the 2022 school holiday periods.

Camps are a great way for young people to build confidence, experience new activities and learn leadership skills. They also provide your child with the opportunity to connect socially and make new friends. Holiday camp programs can range from single day experiences to spending several nights at a camp location.

Places are limited, so parents and carers should register their interest as soon as possible and book as soon as booking as open. 

More information on free camp opportunities is available on the Positive Start 2022 webpage and has been translated into 30 languages.

BACKING | Your team by joining your SQUAD

The International Cricket Council T20 World Cup is the flagship international Twenty20 tournament, organised by the International Cricket Council

Celebrate your team by joining their free and official SQUAD on Facebook!

SQUAD gives communities across Australia exclusive content, player features and world-class cricket discussion.

It’s not all cricket! Connect with supporters to share your culture, showcase feel-good stories & highlight rising stars. 

Simply find your team at the link below and request to join the Facebook Group.

Coronavirus hotline 


Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901

PWR | EXPLORING | The Venue of the 2023 Parliament Convening | 2 April 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

In 500 days the 9th Parliament of the World's Religions will meet in-person in the city of Chicago, celebrating 130 years of history.

10,000+ participants from more than 200 diverse religious and spiritual traditions, people of good will, and more than 80 nations are expected to answer the call to conscience at the world’s largest and most diverse interfaith convening.

About the Venue

The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be hosted at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center overlooking Lake Michigan from Monday 14 August–Friday 18 August.

As the largest and most flexible convention center in North America, McCormick Place is the perfect venue for meetings and events of all sizes. The entire campus is accessible via sky bridge, making the campus the most connected venue available in the city of Chicago.

About the Host City

The City of Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people. The birthplace of the modern interfaith movement, the City of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs boasts a thriving interfaith movement and incredibly diverse communities of faith.

In 2023, answer the call to conscience! You don't want to miss the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions.


Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Ste 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

GEIFN | MIXING | Media | April 2022

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Korean calendar year 4355.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
“May all our positive energy today
Extend out like a great ocean
Bringing less Suffering, peace and happiness to all.
May less Suffering and great peace begin here.”
Attributed to Buddhism (since 483 BCE to present)

If having no reason to celebrate this month, here are 3 prepared earlier:

Remember, information may contain misunderstandings, deliberate omissions and complete fabrications. Accept nothing blindly. Test for usefulness: if useful keep; adapt for personal circumstances if necessary; or if unuseful discard. Be your own guiding light.

The following monthly curation from publicly available information is offered below for consideration.


  1. Guest Sings
  2. Street Jives
  3. Wisdom Reconciles
  4. Media Writes
  5. TED Talks
  6. Music Challenges
  7. Acknowledgments

1. Guest Sings

Approx 5 min presentation

4. Media Writes

Approx 5 min reads

Chloe Wolifson explores self, creativity and exposition, reviewing how "‘I can realise this potential’: Atong Atem awarded inaugural La Prairie Art Award” via The Age

Jason Steger explores personal identity, societal visibility and role modelling diversity, recounting how "Gabrielle Wang failed year 12 English – now she’s the Australian Children’s Laureate” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Anthony O’Donnell salutes the life, times and passing of Dr Moss Cass who as a "Whitlam government minister championed progressive causes” via The Age

Fenella Souter explores childhood, circumstances and overcoming obstacles, hearing why "‘I thought he’d ghosted me. Turned out he was back in jail’: One couple’s rocky start” via The Age

Dilvin Yasa explores opportunity and capatibility for enduring friendship, recounting how "‘I went speed dating and instead of a partner, I found my best friend’” via The Brisbane Times

Jo Case explores being the parent of children with special needs, unsupportive partners and overcoming obstacles, reviewing a book in which the author writes "‘I roar every day’: The Keepers plunges us into a mother’s daily battleground” via WA Today

Tim Elliott explores transforming sustainable agriculture, exporting value added product and meeting growing demand with calls to "Feed the man (alternative) meat: The 25-year-old predicting our future meals” via WA Today

Alan Duffy explores origins of precious minerals, human ingenuity and sustainable manufacturing, reasoning to "Recycle like our planet depends on it” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Steve Dow explores displacement, fleeing violence and seeking refuge "As Russia bombs her city, Stanislava Pinchuk stands by marble monoliths” via The Age

Jamila Rizvi explores gender, nourishing alliances and overcoming obstacles, declaring "Female friendship is proof that romantic love is not the pinnacle” via WA Today

Amal Awad explores gender, migration and confronting the unfamiliar "With four words, I realised the importance of understanding my mother’s story” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Julia Mio Inuma explores personal difficulties and qualities desired in a situational companion, citing how "This Japanese man shows up and ‘does nothing’. He’s made a living out of it” via The Brisbane Times

Unni Krishnan values looking through a child’s eyes while applying wisdom of the saints, reasoning to "Give children and peace a chance” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Nicholas Reece explores labour, workplace and home life balancing with "Long hours, always ‘on’? We’ve forgotten why this is a long weekend” via The Age

Duane Hamacher explores place, star gazing and ancient analysis as "First Nations knowledge of the stars a conjunction of new and old knowledge” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Religion, Body and Money and other reasons why "‘You just turn up’: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon on tackling fears and imposter syndrome” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Barry Divola explores valuing personal identity, societal engagement and collective belonging, saluting "Asian persuasion: How a local Facebook group created a global community” via The Brisbane Times

Kerrie O’Brien explores importance of place, gathering and potential as "Skywhales take flight over Melbourne in a celebration of life” via The Age

Jane Rocca explores becoming internationally recognised ethologist and environmentalist "Dr Jane Goodall: ‘Growing up girls didn’t do the things I wanted to do’” via The Brisbane Times

Overcoming trials and norms of the day, saluting the times, ways and gender "From Pam to Carlotta: Celebrating a century of trailblazing women” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Andrew Taylor explores the enduring message of overcoming adversity, celebrating diversity and peaceful coexistence as "Mardi Gras revellers celebrate hope and love with a message for Ukraine” via The Age

6. Music Challenges

Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection. 

For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

Get ready to Reflect!
Choose your playing level:
Be introduced at 1.
Be soothed at 2-4.
Be shocked at 5.
Be inspired at 6.
Fuller illumination 1-6.
You be the judge. Or not.

Cryptic Clue:
How to deal with unwanted change in the every day?
  1. Inspire
  2. Perspire
  3. Collaborate
  4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
  5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
  6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others
This challenge reflects on attributes of practice – addition, attrition and nutrition.

From late Middle English: from Latin additio(n-), from the verb addere; from ad- = to + the base of dare = put.
  1. the action or process of adding something to something else. Ie, the hotel has been extended with the addition of more rooms. 
  2. a person or thing added or joined. Ie, you will find the jacket a useful addition to your wardrobe. 
  3. (Mathematics) the process of calculating the total of two or more numbers or amounts. Ie, the student began with simple arithmetic, addition and then subtraction. 
  4. (Mathematics) the process of combining matrices, vectors, or other quantities under specific rules to obtain their sum or resultant. Ie, the concepts of vectors and vector addition.

From late Middle English from late Latin attritio(n-), from atterere = to rub.
  1. the process of reducing something's strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure. Ie, the council is trying to wear down the opposition by attrition. Ie, the squadron suffered severe attrition of its bombers. 
  2. the gradual reduction of a workforce by employees leaving and not being replaced rather than by redundancy. Ie, the company said that it will reduce its worldwide employment by about 10% through natural attrition. 
  3. wearing away by friction; abrasion. Ie, the skull shows attrition of the edges of the teeth. 
  4. (Christian Theology) sorrow for sin, falling short of contrition. 

From late Middle English: from late Latin nutritio(n-), from nutrire = feed, nourish.
  1. the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Ie, a guide to good nutrition. 
  2. food or nourishment. Ie, a feeding tube gives her nutrition and water. 
  3. the branch of science that deals with nutrients and nutrition, particularly in humans. 

-- Chant Mantrastyle

Not every addition is useful, not every act of attrition unuseful. Nutrition is measurable but highly subjective as one person's nutrition might be another person's poison. Understanding context, changing conditions and individual responsibility is a key to dealing with any circumstances.

Why? Why not?
Start today. 
As the case may be.
Or not.
Same Difference Equals

7. Acknowledgments

Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin NationRespect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

Invitation to Support Content Creators
The music/stories/videos have been sourced from public domain. If you like any of the content, please consider buying directly from online marketplaces to support creators and truth telling in the public interest.

Caretaker Disclosure
Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

This curation is an interpretation of the universal basis of re:lig:ion (Latin = again:uniting:energy). This email invites a sharing of countless thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across the 3 times and 10 directions. As each case may be. Or not.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.

GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Friday 1 April 2022

Fast Facts: COVID-19 Victoria & Australia

  1. VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Pandemic Response
  2. AUST | AMAZE | EXPLAINING | Social scripts for COVID-19 vaccinations
  3. VIC | GOV | OFFERING | Help with vaccinations for people with disability or severe fear of needles
  4. VIC | GOV | GUARANTEEING | Sick Pay For Casual Workers
  5. VIC | GOV | ASSISTING | $250 Power Saving Bonus program extended | until 30 June 2020
  6. AUST | CUIN | CELEBRATING | Dates in April
  7. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Vaccination support for Local Communities | open until funding exhausted
  8. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Support to Multicultural Communities in COVID Response | applications close Sunday 10 April 2022
  9. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural Media
  10. AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Economic Pathways to Refugee Integration program open for applications | applications close Monday 11 April 2022 at 9pm AEST
  11. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural Festivals and Events Program | now open, applications close Wednesday 13 April 2022
  12. AUST | GOV | PROVIDING | Quicker and easier access to assistive technology for NDIS participants
  13. AUST | BCA | WEBINAR | Changing perceptions of blind people | Tuesday 5 April 2022 | 7.15-9pm
  14. AUST | DANA | WEBINAR | Reaching the unheard stories | Wednesday 6 April 2022 | 12:30-2pm AEST (SA and NT: 12noon-1:30pm; WA: 10:30am-12noon)
  15. AUST | NAIDOC | CALLING | Nominations for the 2022 National NAIDOC Awards | nominations close 11 April 2022
  16. VIC | VMC | CALLING | For nominations to Refugee Awards | nominations close on 12 April 2022
  17. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Photographers for Capturing Culture: Multicultural Victoria in Focus | entries submitted by 17 April 2022
  18. VIC | WEAU | WELCOMING | Basketball Game Inclusion Camp | Tuesday 19 April 2022 | two sessions
  19. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program 2022 | applications closing at 11.59 pm Monday 25 April 2022 
  20. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards | now open, closing 3 May 2022
  21. VIC | VEC | CALLING | Chinese speakers to participate in electoral research
  22. AUST | PWDA | CALLING | For Muslim-LGBT feedback to Faith & Sexuality project
  23. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022
  24. AUST | GOV | CALLING | Partners in the Community NDIS program expansion
  25. WORLD | MENULOG | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for the People of Ukraine with UNICEF
  26. AUST | UBER | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Communities across Qld and NSW Floods Appeal
  27. AUST | FTH | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds For Real Australian Constitutional Recognition
  28. AUST | GOV | HEARING | Your say: From Participants Helping improve the NDIS
  29. VIC | ECCV | HEARING | Your say: How have you been during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  30. AUST | NARI | HEARING | Your say: dementia prevention video in your language
  31. AUST | DRC | HEARING | Your say: Starting change with your story, share your stories
  32. VIC | QMR | SURVEYING | My Victorian Waterway | responses closing 17 April 2022
  33. AUST | NEDA | TRAINING | Free advocacy and storytelling for LGBTIQ+ people with disability
  34. AUST | CUIN | UNEARTHING | Treasures of Lake Mungo
  35. VIC | ECCV | SPEAKING | My Language with Actor and autism advocate Michael Chan on neurodiversity
  36. AUST | CUIN | BLENDING | Learning and prioritising music in education
  37. AUST | SUFO | PODCASTING | Making Sense of the NDIS
  38. VIC | MRCNWR | ENGAGING | Diversity and Disability YouTube Channel
  39. AUST | WWDA | ISSUING | Leadership Statement
  40. WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | Multi-Faith Service for Ukraine, Faith for Earth Dialogue at UNEA 5.2, and more | Monday 14 March 2022
  41. AUST | THCO | UPDATING | Friends of The Conversation Newsletter | March 2022
  42. VIC | GOV | LAUNCHING | Next State Disability Plan
  43. VIC | GOV | RECOGNISING | Our Dedicated Volunteers
  44. VIC | VMC | REVIEWING | Victorian Multicultural Gala Dinner 2022
  45. AUST | Coronavirus hotline
  46. AUST | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way
  47. Acknowledgment to Sources
  48. Bye bye to Essentialists
  49. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound

1. VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Pandemic Response

Visit Victorian Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website for current situations and developments including:
To learn in other ways about Victoria's responses:
  • Call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.
  • Department of Health's website in English or Other Languages


  • You can leave home if there is an emergency.
  • You can leave home if there is family violence or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other ways to stay safe

  • Always wash your hands before you leave, and when you return home.
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Never, ever go out if you are unwell unless it is to get tested.
  • After you get tested, you must go straight home.
  • Remember that the most important thing you can do is get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
  • Get vaccinated.

Relief and Community Support links:

COVID-19 Resources


Getting vaccinated is our way out of this pandemic. The best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get today.

You can now get vaccinated at pharmacies
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination just got easier. The Australian Government is rolling out 440,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through pharmacies across the country..

Like the Pfizer vaccination, Moderna is currently recommended for people between 12 and 59 years old.
Is it true? With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That's why accurate, evidence-based answers to questions is available about COVID-19 vaccines. 
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines ⁠–⁠ Is it true?

Have you booked your vaccine? Everyone in Australia can get the vaccination when it's their turn. Currently in Victoria, anyone aged 40 or over is eligible for the free vaccine, along with people with particular underlying conditions 

AUST | GOV | Resources for disability service providers

This Federal Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 vaccine webpage has comprehensive information and resources for people with disability. This includes a readiness toolkit with resources designed to assist disability service providers during the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. 

AUST | NDIS | Immediate Eligibility for NDIS participants and carers aged 16 years and over

All National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants aged 16 years and over and carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants of any age became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from 8 June. NDIS participants will be able to find a vaccination site using the Department of Health's eligibility checker. 

AUST | GOV | COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone aged five years and over

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children aged 5 to 11.
Book at your local GP or pharmacy, or get your child vaccinated at your nearest state-run vaccination centre by booking online or calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week.

By vaccinating your children, you can:
  • Reduce the spread of COVID-19 
  • Protect them from getting sick from COVID-19 
  • Keep schools open, so children can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends.
The recommended interval for vaccination in this age group is two doses, 8 weeks apart.

Some children are already eligible for vaccination, while others will turn 5 during the year. Families should book their children in for vaccination as soon as possible after their fifth birthday.

All parents and guardians should aim to have their children aged 5 years and over vaccinated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the start of Term 1.

Some families have been enquiring about third doses for children. Third doses are only recommended for people aged 18 years and over at this time.

Family-friendly vaccination centres
Children can receive additional support through vaccination centres, specialised centres and hospitals if they have needle distress, a disability, behavioural difficulties or other needs.

You can get your children vaccinated at family-friendly vaccination centres across Victoria. Book online or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. 

AUST | GOV | COVID-19 vaccine booster doses recommended for Australians aged 18+

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people who are aged 18 years and over.

Everyone living in Australia aged 18 and over who has completed their primary two-dose course of vaccination at least six months ago is now eligible to have an additional booster shot.

The booster rollout program will initially target population groups that were prioritised for early vaccination, because the great majority of people within these cohorts are now ready for their booster vaccination, having had their second dose six or more months ago. 

AUST | GOV | Arm yourself against COVID-19

The Australian Government has launched a new campaign to encourage eligible Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Arm Yourself campaign urges Australians to protect themselves, their loved ones, the people they care about, and the wider community by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker in 15 languages to find out when you can book your vaccination and arm yourself.
AUST | GOV | CALLING | Community Leaders to make your own COVID-19 vaccination video 
The Australian Government Department of Health is committed to making information on COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia. The Department of Health is asking community leaders for their support in sharing this critical information via video.

The COVID-19 Vaccination – How to make your own video guide is designed to help community leaders develop their own videos to share vaccine information with their communities. 

VIC | GOV | It's a no brainer Vaccination Video

Thursday Island resident Elsie Seriat OAM is a proud mum, runner and graduate from the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. In a new video, she explains how important it is to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19 by getting the vaccine when you can.

The video is part of a raft of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples explaining the importance of the vaccination. You can browse other resources here
AUST | EVME | ENCOURAGING | Be Well Stay Well in-language videos
Evolve Media (EVME) and a team of six bicultural workers came together to produce several in-language videos to promote COVID-safe behaviour and wellbeing.

Over the past two months, the working group have held weekly meetings and worked collaboratively to co-design video messages and content. You can find links to the completed in-language videos below: 

VIC | VCOSS | Getting Back To The Good Things and Performance Of A Lifetime Vaccination Videos 

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) videos feature ordinary Australians talking about the special moments in life they are looking forward to when life can be 'normal' again.

MELB | NWMPHN |  Goodbye COVID Vaccination Video

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) worked with local community leaders to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated protects yourself and your loved ones. When enough of us are vaccinated, life will be better for everyone.

Goodbye COVID videos are in 20 languages, along with scripts and more information. 

AUST | GOV | EXPLAINING | CALD and Aged Care vaccination videos

Watch new videos from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members speaking in Mandarin, Cantonese, Nepali, Vietnamese and Dinka about why they got their COVID-19 vaccine.

Aged care residents have also shared their experience getting the COVID-19 vaccines. Videos come with captions in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean and Vietnamese. 

AUST | ECCV | SHARING | Multicultural seniors and their COVID stories

Older people yet to receive their third dose have been the hardest hit by the current outbreak. Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) has now COVID-19 in-language videos, aimed at unvaccinated and unprotected seniors, feature inspiring community members talking about why they got vaccinated and how to stay COVIDsafe. The first six videos (ArabicGreekHindiItalianPunjabi and Turkish) are now available to share with your networks

AUST | GOV | SHOWING | Proof of vaccination

After you get vaccinated, your vaccination provider adds your details on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) within 10 days. There are two types of proof available. Both are free.
  1. COVID – 19 Digital certificate, which shows you have received both doses of a COVID vaccine. For more information visit Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - COVID-19 digital certificate as proof - Services Australia
  2. An immunisation history statement which lists COVID -19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations. For more information visit Australian Immunisation Register - How to get an immunisation history statement - Services Australia
It can take up to 10 days for information to be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) after each dose of a COVID -19 vaccine.

It’s quick to get an immunisation history statement online. Download your statement now so you are ready to show it when you need to gain entry to places you want or need to visit.

Most people can get their proof using their Medicare online account through myGov. You just need to make sure you’ve got a myGov account set up and that you’ve linked it to Medicare.If online is difficult for you or your residents, there are a few alternatives:
  • Call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to post your immunisation history statement, noting that it may take up to 14 days to arrive. Call 1800 653 809 from Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Call Medicare on 13 20 11 and ask them to send you a printed copy. They are on the phones 24 hours 7 days a week. You can also ask for interpretation in your language when you call Medicare.
  • Ask someone who has internet access for help with online if you need it quickly who can help you to print it off. You will need a MyGov account (
  • Ask at your GP clinic, pharmacy or community centre for help in printing your COVID certificate. 

AUST | GOV | Proof of COVID-19 vaccination resources for community groups

With the easing of restrictions, Australians will need to access proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations to enjoy many freedoms. The Australian Government has produced some resources that can be shared in your workplace and with your community.

The resources include general information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as well as information about how to get proof of your vaccinations.  

AUST | NEMBC | ANSWERING | Frequently asked questions about Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

What are rapid antigen tests (RATs)?
  • RATs are tests you can do yourself at home to check if you have COVID-19.
  • Most tests take 15 to 30 minutes.
  • There are two types of tests:
    • Saliva tests which test saliva (spit); and nasal tests where you need to take a sample from both your nostrils.
    • Both tests are good at finding COVID-19, and tell you if you are likely to have COVID-19. RATs are faster but less accurate than a standard PCR test that you get at a COVID-19 testing site.
When to use a RAT?
  • If you have COVID symptoms.
  • If you are a household, social, work or education contact of a positive case and develop symptoms. (If you are a household contact you must do a test on the first and sixth day from when you started your self-quarantine.)
  • If you want to quickly check if you may have COVID for example before a social gathering or visiting someone sick or elderly.
  • If your school or work requires you to use them as part of regular screening for COVID.
  • If you have been told to get a RAT by the Department of Health or another medical professional.
When should I get a standard PCR test?
You should get a standard PCR test from a testing site:
  • If you CANNOT access a RAT.
  • If you have no symptoms, are not a contact but tested positive on a RAT.
  • If you have been told to get a PCR test by the Department of Health or another medical professional.
What should do I do if I test positive on an RAT?
  • If you test positive on a RAT you are a probable case, this means you are very likely to have COVID-19. People who are probable cases must follow the same rules as people who have received a positive PCR test.
  • You must isolate immediately for 7 days and tell people you have been in contact with recently.
  • Anyone who lives with a probable case will also have to isolate for 7 days. 
If you test positive on a RAT you must tell the Department of Health:
  • You can report over the phone on 1800 675 398. Press zero (0) if you need an interpreter.
  • Online
  • Or through your Services Victoria app
You will need to answer some short questions so the Department can make sure you get the right help and support while you are isolating.
This includes help with medical care, food and financial relief if you need it.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 can get the same support, no matter what kind of test they used.
What should I do if I test negative on an RAT?
  • If you get a negative result on an RAT it is less likely you have COVID-19. Monitor your symptoms and go about your day in a COVID-safe way.
  • If you do not have symptoms but are still concerned, then you can use rapid antigen tests again over a few days.
What should I do if I get an unclear result on a RAT?
  • If your test does not show a clear negative or positive result, it is invalid. You may not have used it correctly, or there may have been a defect with the test you used.
  • You will need to do another RAT.
  • If you have two invalid results on a RAT you should get a PCR test and isolate until you receive a negative result. 
How do I use RATs?
  • Before you use the test wash your hands and have a phone or clock nearby for timing
  • If you are using a saliva test do not eat or drink 30 minutes before doing the test.
  • Follow the instructions that come with the test – your test should have a QR code you can use to watch a video showing how to use it.
  • It takes around 15-30 minutes to get your result. Check your results as soon as the time is up according to your test instructions. 
Can children use RATs? 
  • It is safe to use RATs for children.
  • Children under 12 years old will need a parent or guardian to perform the test on them.
  • Children over 12 years old can do the test themselves if they want, with a parent or guardian supervising them.
Where can I get an RAT and how much do they cost? 
  • RATs are available from some supermarkets, pharmacies, or online. Most cost between $10-$15, depending on where you buy them.
  • People with concession and low-income cards will be able to get some free RATs from pharmacies.
  • This depends on supply, so it is best to call your local pharmacy to see if they have enough in stock.
  • Household contacts may also be able to get RATs from some testing centres. 
  • If RATs are not accessible and you are a contact, go to to see if you should get a PCR test or monitor for symptoms.
This information was produced by the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC).

To listen to this information in languages other than English, please click the button below. 

2. AUST | AMAZE | EXPLAINING | Social scripts for COVID-19 vaccinations

In partnership with National Disability Services, autism advocacy body Amaze has developed step-by-step social scripts outlining the COVID-19 vaccine process to help people with autism. Social scripts use images and descriptions to explain new experiences and social environments. While these scripts were developed for people with autism, anyone feeling anxious about the vaccination process can benefit from the resources. 

3. VIC | GOV | OFFERING | Help with vaccinations for people with disability or severe fear of needles

Did you know that Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) are available to support people with disability to access health services? DLOs can help you book a COVID-19 vaccination, including vaccination at home if you're unable to attend a vaccination centre. They can also help organise support for a person with a severe fear of needles, regardless of whether that person has a disability.  

4. VIC | GOV | GUARANTEEING | Sick Pay For Casual Workers

Victorians who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee.

Before the pandemic, many casual and contract workers were forced to choose between a day‘s pay or their health. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living – many without access to sick and carer’s pay.

Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. 

5. VIC | GOV | ASSISTING | $250 Power Saving Bonus program extended | until 30 June 2020

The Victorian Government's $250 Power Saving Bonus program has been accessed by more than 350,000 Victorians so far, providing more than $87.5 million for eligible households doing it tough.  

6. AUST | CUIN | CELEBRATING | Dates in April

April is packed with significant dates from Cultural Infusion (CUIN)'s Cultural Calendar, including Ramadan. To celebrate, we invite you to enjoy Cat Steven’s Ramadan moonshadow and learn the significance of the moon in Islamic storytelling.

There are also many more celebration dates to look forward to this month:
  • Kha b-Nisan (Assyrian New Year), 1 April
  • Ramadan, 2 April to 1 May
  • Fan Dance Day, 3 April
  • Children’s Day (Hong Kong and Taiwan), 4 April
  • World Art Day, 15 April
  • Easter Sunday, 17 April
  • Chinese Language Day, 20 April
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day, 21 April
  • Spanish Language Day, 23 April
  • Orthodox Easter, 24 April
  • International Dance Day, 29 April

7. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Vaccination support for Local Communities | open until funding exhausted

Local Communities Access Grants Program (LCAGP) is a $2 million grant program to deliver tailored support to Victorians who face additional barriers to getting vaccinated.

Eligible community organisations and neighbourhood houses can apply for up to $20,000 to deliver activities that:
  • reduce COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and hesitancy
  • remove practical barriers to accessing vaccines
  • support increased uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among priority groups.
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

8. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Support to Multicultural Communities in COVID Response | applications close Sunday 10 April 2022

Applications are now open for Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during COVID-19: Phase 4 (PRMC 4.0). This program offers grants to support multicultural and faith groups’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic impacts. Funding up to $100,000 is available.

Eligible organisations that previously received PRMC funding can apply for PRMC 4.0 if they have completed and acquitted their previously funded project.  

9. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural Media

The Multicultural Communications Outreach program funds multicultural media, community members and organisations to produce informative, engaging content that provides information about the COVID-19 vaccination program and encourages COVIDSafe behaviour.

The program will support the production and distribution of content by multicultural communities, for multicultural communities. Content should be guided by culturally and linguistically diverse community members telling their own stories. 

10. AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Economic Pathways to Refugee Integration program open for applications | applications close Monday 11 April 2022 at 9pm AEST

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for the Economic Pathways to Refugee Integration grant program. 

The new program seeks to increase the rate of employment for refugees and humanitarian entrants with lower skill levels and low English language proficiency.

The program will, in creating economic opportunity for refugees, support refugees to successfully integrate into life in Australia.

A total of $15 million is available for this grant opportunity. Eligible applicants can apply for grants of between $50,000 and $1 million per annum over 3 years. 

11. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural Festivals and Events Program | now open, applications close Wednesday 13 April 2022

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence has announced the opening of the next round of funding for multicultural communities to deliver COVIDSafe events between July and December 2022.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to host face to face, digital or hybrid events that share culture and traditions and help revitalise Victoria’s events industry. The program also includes $50,000 to deliver the fourth and final round of the Hindu Festivals and Events Program. Applications from regional and rural communities, as well as new and emerging communities, will be prioritised. 

12. AUST | GOV | PROVIDING | Quicker and easier access to assistive technology for NDIS participants

People on the National Disability Insurance Scheme are getting easier and faster access to assistive technology (AT), such as manual wheelchairs, specialty beds and bathroom equipment. On 1 March, Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Linda Reynolds,  announced an increase in the upper limit for automatic approval of AT purchases, from $5,000 to $15,000. 
The National Disability Insurance Agency has summarised the changes in updated guidelines and a new participant factsheet, setting out what evidence participants need to provide and what to do before buying AT. 

13. AUST | BCA | WEBINAR | Changing perceptions of blind people | Tuesday 5 April 2022 | 7.15-9pm

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) recently launched ‘An Eye to the Future Project 2.0,’ aiming to change perceptions about hiring someone who is blind, or vision impaired by highlighting the skills, knowledge, and diversity they can bring to a workplace. Find out more about the program at an online event which will also feature two speakers sharing their employment journeys.  

14. AUST | DANA | WEBINAR | Reaching the unheard stories | Wednesday 6 April 2022 | 12:30-2pm AEST (SA and NT: 12noon-1:30pm; WA: 10:30am-12noon)

Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is bringing disability advocates together at an online forum on Wednesday 6 April, looking for the stories that have yet to be heard by the Disability Royal Commission, with a focus on key challenges and strategy development.

15. AUST | NAIDOC | CALLING | Nominations for the 2022 National NAIDOC Awards | nominations close 11 April 2022

Calling nominations for the 2022 National NAIDOC Awards. Categories include NAIDOC Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Male & Female Elder Award and Sportsperson Award.
Nominees are those who have empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in their communities and beyond, who have promoted First Peoples issues in the wider community, and/or who have shown excellence in their chosen field. National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.

16. VIC | VMC | CALLING | For nominations to Refugee Awards | nominations close on 12 April 2022 

The Victorian Refugee Awards recognise and promote the achievements and contributions of Victorians who arrived as refugees or asylum seekers.

Proudly coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), these annual awards recognise those who have excelled through their study, work, entrepreneurship, or volunteering.

If you know a person, business or organisation that deserves recognition, please visit our website to nominate them for a Victorian Refugee Award. 

17. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Photographers for Capturing Culture: Multicultural Victoria in Focus | entries submitted by 17 April 2022 

The resilience of Victoria’s multicultural communities is something to be celebrated and remembered. If you are an emerging or established Victorian multicultural artist, Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is launching this new photography competition; Capturing Culture: Multicultural Victoria in Focus.

Capturing Culture will recognise the resilience and lived experiences of multicultural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and create a visual record of a unique time in Victoria's history. It will also capture the vibrancy, significance and connectedness of multicultural communities that existed before the pandemic, and which will prevail long afterwards. 

18. VIC | WEAU | WELCOMING | Basketball Game Inclusion Camp | Tuesday 19 April 2022 | two sessions 

Welcoming Australia (WEAU) is running a free Inclusion Camp at Dandenong Basketball Stadium over the school holidays for children and young people from multicultural backgrounds with disability, autism or additional needs. Delivered in partnership with Ausome Hoops and Dandenong Basketball Association, the camp will run a session  for 5-11 year olds and a session for children aged 12+.  

19. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program 2022 | applications closing at 11.59 pm Monday 25 April 2022 

The Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program honours the legacy of the late Joan KirnerAC. As Victoria’s first woman premier, Kirner blazed a trail for women in public life and public office.

The program honours Joan Kirner's legacy and supports future generations of young Victorian women to follow in her footsteps.

Delivered in partnership with Leadership Victoria, the program supports and empowers:
  • women, aged 22 to 40
  • to identify leadership challenges they may face
  • and develop skills and strategies to advance their leadership careers.
Round one of the program will be held from 27 June to 8 August 2022.

20. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards | now open, closing 3 May 2022

The Victorian Disability Awards, now in their eleventh year, have a strong focus on recognising and honouring the achievements and contributions of individuals, teams and organisations that promote the rights and inclusion of people with disability. 

21. VIC | VEC | CALLING | Chinese speakers to participate in electoral research

Want to help Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) identify ways to support Chinese-speaking voters with enrolling and voting in the upcoming Victorian State election? Take part in this 10 minute survey by Ethnolink and Honeycomb Strategy and enter the competition to win a $500 gift card. 

22. AUST | PWDA | CALLING | For Muslim-LGBT feedback to Faith & Sexuality project

People With Disability Australia (PWDA) is running a project on Faith and Sexuality to seek to understand and connect better with people with disability who identify as LGBT and Muslim. PDA is looking to hear from anyone who identifies as LGBT and Muslim - practising or not – and is interested in sharing (anonymously) their feedback on their needs.
  • If you are interested in taking part in the project, email Liesl.

23. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022 

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University. 

24. AUST | GOV | CALLING | Partners in the Community NDIS program expansion

The Australian Government is looking for community based organisations to help deliver the NDIS ‘Partners in the Community’ (PITC) program to further improve participant access to support in their local communities.
PITC Program providers are the primary contact for more than 70 percent of all NDIS participants, delivering local area coordination (LAC) and early childhood (EC) services on behalf of the NDIA, linking people with disability to the NDIS as well as to community and mainstream services.
The PITC Services will be delivered in 74 service areas across Australia for a five year period from July 2023. The NDIA tender and assessment process will run until late 2022. 

25. WORLD | MENULOG | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for the People of Ukraine with UNICEF

Supporting the people of Ukraine, together
Menulog wishes to thank our valued customers who have donated to help support the people of Ukraine with UNICEF Australia. Together, we are raising funds towards our goal of $25,000. 

All funds raised by Menulog will go directly to UNICEF Australia and support their teams to deliver water, sanitation, health care, psychological support and emergency cash assistance to children and their families. 

If you haven't yet and would like to make a donation to UNICEF Australia, please follow the link below. 

26. AUST | UBER | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Communities across Qld and NSW Floods Appeal

As many of you are aware, intense storms and rainfall across Queensland and Northern NSW have caused flash flooding across both states.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses are without power or have been damaged by floodwaters. Entire communities have been evacuated and people don’t know when they will be able to return home.

Funds raised from the Qld and NSW Floods Appeal 2022 will enable Australian Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to affected people and communities.

How is Uber helping?
Uber B.V. is donating $100,000 to Australian Red Cross to support their efforts. This will consist of $90,000 towards its appeal, supporting evacuation, relief and outreach, and $10,000 worth of ride and meal credits for staff and volunteers on the frontline, who have worked tirelessly around the clock since the floods began.

In addition, Uber will provide $10,000 worth of free rides and meals for Lifeline staff and volunteers, to assist in the huge increase in demand for crisis and mental wellbeing support.
How you can help
Donate to the Australian Red Cross Qld and NSW Floods Appeal 2022 to help support the people and communities in need. Your support makes a vital difference.

Every dollar donated to the Red Cross Appeal helps:
  • $60 can help fund services to reconnect families in disasters, reducing a major source of trauma.
  • $100 can help staff and volunteers reach out to 10 people after an emergency to check on their wellbeing and offer support.
  • $250 can help a Red Cross team to set up an evacuation centre.

27. AUST | FTH | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds For Real Australian Constitutional Recognition

More than 50 years ago, Australians from all walks of life came together and voted ‘yes’ in a historic referendum to change the Constitution to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
Now is the time for our generation to come together and vote ‘yes’ in a referendum on a Voice to Parliament because we know it is a fair and practical change that will be a unifying moment in our nation’s history.

From the Heart (FTH) views a Voice to Parliament as a body enshrined in the Constitution would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives. A Voice to Parliament gives the Australian Government the opportunity to make policies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rather than for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Backing A Fair Go for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Since 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been calling for a Voice to Parliament, guaranteed by the Constitution. From the Heart is a campaign for this fair and practical change. Find out more about a Voice to Parliament and how you can get involved in this important campaign.

With your support, we can make this fair and practical change that will have a real impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

28. AUST | GOV | HEARING | Your say: From Participants Helping improve the NDIS

NDIS is looking for families, carers and people within the disability community willing to share their views about the best ways to improve how the NDIS works through the Participant First Engagement Initiative.
Participants will receive regular updates and invitations to provide feedback, complete surveys, join focus groups or take part in interviews, including some paid feedback opportunities. To join the Participant First program, fill in this form. Feedback is confidential and will not be reflected in personal NDIS records.

29. VIC | ECCV | HEARING | Your say: How have you been during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)'s Statewide Disability Network wants to hear from people with disability from migrant and refugee backgrounds, their carers and families, and multicultural and ethno-specific organisations. Based on community expertise, the network was established in 2021 to address key advocacy issues and influence COVID-19 recovery. 
  • To find out more, please contact Disability Advocacy Coordinator Nimo Hersi via email.

30. AUST | NARI | HEARING | Your say: dementia prevention video in your language

Researchers at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) are seeking people from Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italia, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, Tamil, Arabic and English-speaking communities in Australia and overseas to help evaluate a short, animated film on dementia prevention.

We need your input to find out how effective the animation is in showing people how to reduce the risk of dementia.

The online evaluation will be of great help to people living with dementia.  

31. AUST | DRC | HEARING | Your say: Starting change with your story, share your stories

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) would like to hear from people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, as well as their families, carers and support people. Submissions close on 30 JuneFind out how to share your story here.

32. VIC | QMR | SURVEYING | My Victorian Waterway | responses closing 17 April 2022

Quantum Market Research (QMR) My Victorian Waterway survey is designed for any Victorian who visits a waterway, which refers to any river, stream, creek, floodplain, wetland, estuary, lake, water storage or reservoir.

Responses to this survey will help the government understand what the community’s vision is for how waterways are managed. They want to know how Victorian’s use their waterways and what they value about them – making sure they are putting Victorian’s needs first.

The survey is available in seven languages – English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and Vietnamese. A free phone translation service is also provided on the survey landing page.

It should take 10 minutes to complete.

33. AUST | NEDA | TRAINING | Free advocacy and storytelling for LGBTIQ+ people with disability

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia has teamed up with the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to create free training activities for LGBTIQ+ people with disability. Developed by LGBTIQ+ people with disability along with a co-design group, an advisory committee and input from a recent survey, the activities aim to increase community engagement as well as improve people’s knowledge and skills in advocacy and storytelling. 

34. AUST | CUIN | UNEARTHING | Treasures of Lake Mungo

In February 2022, around 25 educators participated in a webinar on Cultural Infusion (CUIN)'s online learning platform Mungo Explorer

Based on the founding work of the respected scientist Jim Bowler, in consultation with Elders from the Willandra World Heritage Elders Site and provides a rare opportunity for students to access the work and knowledge of a scientist who has worked alongside Traditional Custodians for more than 50 years. This inquiry based resource is aligned with the Australian curriculum and covers Year 4 First Contact and Year 7 Ancient History. It also allows teachers to share Indigenous perspectives, historical and scientific thinking to teach students about the remarkable story of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady.

Through Mungo Explorer, students can access personal narratives, photos, videos, graphs and evidence of occupation as they journey through a window into Australia’s past. Teachers are supported with lesson plans, teacher reference sheets and student study sheets. Cultural Infusion hosted two webinars with Jenny Bowler, Jim's daughter, who helped create the program. This deep and personal exploration of Australia's past and the ancient lifestyles of Indigenous peoples helps and supports teachers. 
"This is everything we have been wanting to do but weren't able to do ourselves, and the interactive technology also engages the students which is great." 
Rebecca McClure from Irymple Secondary

35. VIC | ECCV | SPEAKING | My Language with Actor and autism advocate Michael Chan on neurodiversity

Actor and autism advocate Michael Chan has shared his experience with neurodiversity for the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) Speak My Language podcast series. Highlighting the role drama has played in broadening his horizons, meeting new people and gaining greater confidence, Michael hopes that his work will help others view disability differently. Michael says he owes much of his success to his work with Geelong's Back To Back Theatre, which this month won the 2022 International Ibsen Award, one of the world’s most prestigious theatre prizes.
Speak My Language is sharing the stories from people from culturally diverse backgrounds to help make Australia more inclusive.  

36. AUST | CUIN | BLENDING | Learning and prioritising music in education

Cultural Infusion (CUIN)'s Education Strategist Nisha Feik explains why policymakers should prioritise music education in this piece written for the industry publication Education HQ.

As students head back to school and debate continues over the content of Australia’s new curriculum, a blended learning approach needs to be prioritised to ensure intercultural understanding is instilled as a core value and key competency of global citizenship among our school communities. 
"Blended learning – especially in the context of music education – involves using technology to enhance musical skills and provides music teachers with a balanced approach to curriculum planning and content delivery. This allows challenging lessons to be taught without taking away too much practical application, while providing extra depth and ensuring we prioritise music." 

37. AUST | SUFO | PODCASTING | Making Sense of the NDIS

The Summer Foundation (SUFO)'s Reasonable & Necessary podcast series helps simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants. In the latest episode,  host George Taleporos speaks with Therese Clark from Barwon Health to find out how people with disability can access free rapid antigen tests through the Victorian Government Disability Liaison Officer service. 

38. VIC | MRCNWR | ENGAGING | Diversity and Disability YouTube Channel

Migrant Resource Centre North West Region (MRCNWR) - Diversity and Disability has restarted its YouTube channel on self-advocacy and information on everyday life issues for CALD people with disability.  

39. AUST | WWDA | ISSUING | Leadership Statement

On International Women’s Day, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) launched the WWDA LEAD Leadership Statement with a panel of women and non-binary people with disability, sharing a diverse range of experiences. Watch the webinar here. WWDA is holding a ‘First Nations Women & Gender Diverse People With Disabilities Yarning Circle’ on Friday 8 April and a peer networking session on Wednesday 20 April.

40. WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | Multi-Faith Service for Ukraine, Faith for Earth Dialogue at UNEA 5.2, and more | Monday 14 March 2022

Statement on the Illegal Invasion of Ukraine
Since 1993, the Parliament of the World’s Religions  has maintained through its Global Ethic that the involvement  of people of faith and good will “for the sake of human rights, freedom, justice, peace... is absolutely necessary.” The invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign democracy,  is a violation of human rights, freedom, justice, and peace. Therefore, the Parliament unequivocally condemns the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia. 
Multi-Faith Prayers Urge Freedom & Peace for Ukraine 
On Thursday 3 March 2022 the Parliament of the World's Religions and the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN joined faith partners at the Church Center for the United Nations, Tillman Chapel for a multi-faith prayer service for Ukraine.

The prayer service featured prayers from diverse faith expressions upholding peace and freedom, shared reflections of solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian community around the world, called for a peaceful resolution to this conflict, and featured messages from our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.

Partners Share Ways to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine:
Faith for Earth Dialogue at UNEA Highlights Parliament's Interfaith Climate Action 
Faith for Earth invited all stakeholders to participate in the Faith for Earth Dialogue that was held as part of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), the highest global authority responsible for the environmental component of sustainable development.

The Parliament of the World's Religions, a partner of the UN Faith for Earth Initiative, was an active participant in the dialogue which highlighted the great work carried out by the Parliament's Climate Action Task Force and the Interfaith Climate Action Program. The Dialogue featured the premiere of a video version of the Visual Statement, presented at the 2021 Parliament Convening last year. The video and relevant panel recordings are available on YouTube.
Winners of the 2022 H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize Announced
The World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative has announced the winners of the 2022 H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize. 

Since 2011, thousands of interfaith organizers have joined the global observance of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week on the first week of February and been eligible for the H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize, established in 2013 to recognize the three best events organized which best promote the goals of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

According to the official WIHW initiative communication the judges received 85 submitted reports for the prize from hundreds of events held in total. In judging, the judges took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration, and impact of events.
A Call for Help, The Call for the Global Ethic
The following article is written by contributing author, Dr. Myriam Renaud from the Parliament's Global Ethic Committee. The featured article was written as part of the Committee's observance of Women's History Month and reflects on a personal experience of Dr. Renaud's,  the Global Ethic, and the role of religious leaders in stopping violence against women.
... I was a tourist, I didn’t speak the language, and I had no clue how to call for an ambulance or police. Still, I was certain that if I had heard and seen what happened, others surely had as well. I waited for help to arrive. 

Help? The Global Ethic holds that the moral commitments it describes, including women’s rights, are already known by religious and non-religious people alike. It also acknowledges that those commitments are too often transgressed and ignored. Indeed, worldwide, nearly one out of three women aged 15-49 report having experienced some form of physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partner. 

The Monthly Member Meditation and Meet-Up event series brings a moment of introspection and global connection to Parliament members each month.
March's mediation was brought to you from the Parliament archives. "Song Bath Sanctuary: Music for Meditation, Prayer, and Healing" is a time of meditation, prayer, and integration. Deborah Koff-Chapin creates a deep, resonant sound-field with soul-infused vocals accompanied by crystal bowls and antique Himalayan bowls. Participants are encouraged to close their eyes and turn inward to be bathed in healing sound. Or use this spacious time for a creative process such as writing, drawing, or movement.

Become a member today and join this and other member exclusive programming.
Community Features
Religica Podcast Features Father Joshtrom Kureethadam

Father Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam spoke in a 2021 with Center Director Dr. Michael Reid Trice. Father Kureethadam is the Coordinator of the Sector of “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; one of the closest advisers on climate to Pope Francis. They spoke about the Vatican Laudato Si Action Platform call for universities and local communities to become engaged, beginning with a deep conversion of the heart.
The Origins of Lacrosse and the Haudenosaunee Nationals
Join the American Indian Law Alliance for "The Origins of Lacrosse and the Haudenosaunee Nationals, On The Road to the Olympics". A panel discussion hosted on Thursday 10 March 2022 via Facebook with Oren Lyons, Rick Hill, Rex Lyons, and Lyle Thompson.
Illinois Muslim Action Day | Wednesday 23 March 2022
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is hosting the Illinois Muslim Action Day. Join the action day on the theme of Anti-Muslim Bigotry and the Passage of bill 5665.
We're Hiring!
The Parliament of the World's Religions is hiring for the position of Director of Climate Action.
The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you. 

41. AUST | THCO | UPDATING | Friends of The Conversation Newsletter | March 2022

Despite a world beset by bad news – floods in Queensland and NSW, the tragic invasion of Ukraine – this is written at a time of great hope for The Conversation in Australia and New Zealand.
With donor kind support The Conversation (THCO) continued to grow and make an important contribution to public knowledge. In 2020 our audience doubled and in 2021 it grew by a further 3% when many media outlets were shedding readers in the wake of Donald Trump’s departure from office.

But numbers only tell part of the story, and I’d like to share two examples of how what we do has a real impact.

We recently ran an article arguing it was a human rights abuse to prevent men from leaving Ukraine. A 29-year-old Ukrainian man wrote to thank us for the piece and describe the great difficulty he faces. He is opposed to war and doesn’t want to fight, but he is prevented from leaving. He’s trapped, and desperate, and considering taking his chances on an illegal border crossing. He wanted to let us know that the fact his human rights were being raised in Australia mattered.

Meanwhile, the floods in NSW and Queesland have been devastating for so many people and have led to an important public debate about how as a community we can build resilience. Throughout 2021 The Conversation worked with the Paul Ramsay Foundation on a series of articles on disasters and resilience that explored these vital questions. We also produced an interactive map of underinsurance across the country.

We will continue this work in 2022 as we look at how to address cycles of disadvantage and address the spiraling insurance crisis.

We are also gearing up to cover the upcoming federal election. The US journalism academic Jay Rosen takes a keen interest in Australian media and for many years has been critical of our over-reliance on polls and tendency to treat covering politics like calling a horse race.  

Rosen says that too often the media allows the politicians to decide what gets talked about. This means important topics get neglected as the spin-doctors steer the discussion to areas where they think their party might have an advantage. 

With this in mind this year we are determined to talk about what matters most to us. We are going to set our own citizens' agenda in collaboration with our readers, our key supporters, and the academic experts who provide our coverage.

As a first step we are calling on you for story ideas and to let us know what they think we should focus on. Send your ideas and suggestions to

Just one final thing that we’ve been able to do thanks to donor support – we have launched a new section covering books and ideas. At a time when the humanities are under relentless attack we are especially pleased to be able to focus on the sort of considered reflection and quality writing that we value most highly. 

Thank you to supporters of The Conversation. This generosity makes our work possible, and imposes on us a great obligation to provide high quality information for the whole community. Thank you.

Best wishes
Misha Ketchell, Editor, The Conversation Australia

Books and Ideas launch
Last week The Conversation launched a new Books & Ideas section to provide expanded coverage of literary reviews, essays and research, as well as familiar features such as “Guide to the Classics” and some exciting new ideas. It will be led by Suzy Freeman-Greene (pictured left), with deputy editors Jo Case and literary critic James Ley.

Take a look at Zora Simic’s engaging review of feminist writer Laurie Penny’s new offering, ‘Sexual Revolution: Modern Fascism and the Feminist Fightback'; the first in a new series in which leading writers describe a book that changed them and psychologist Nick Haslam’s thoughtful discussion of unconscious bias.

At a time of shrinking literary coverage and frequent attacks on the humanities, we are excited to focus on new Books & Ideas coverage written by academic experts.

Why is social media so important? A word from Digital Editor Molly Glassey
At The Conversation, there are many steps that go toward our mission of sharing trusted information. The first and most obvious one is commissioning and publishing articles written by Australia and New Zealand's leading academics. The second, and maybe not as obvious a priority, is ensuring these articles are read far and wide.

As Digital Editor of The Conversation, it's my job to ensure our articles reach as large and diverse an audience as possible. We know that only a small slice of Australians actually read the news, let alone buy a newspaper or look up a news site every morning. More than half of Australia get their news and information sporadically from social media.

These readers have shorter attention spans and social media platforms are notoriously busy and competitive. Think of when you scroll on Facebook and how many photos, links and statuses you see in just a few minutes; it can be very hard to cut through and grab someone's attention!

The Conversation's audience team focuses on translating and reshaping articles to ensure they're accessible and eye-catching on social. For example, this week we published a detailed explainer on what thermobaric weapons are and why they should be banned. For our social media audience, we took the most important information from the article and presented it to our readers short, snappy, swipe-able tiles. If you use Instagram, feel free to look at it here.

This type of information sharing has never been more important. We wouldn't be doing our mission if we were simply publishing articles and hoping people read them. As a trusted source of news, it's our responsibility to exist and disseminate information on the very places where misinformation, conspiracy theories and dodgy claims are rife.

New faces at The Conversation Australia
The Conversation’s audience team is excited to welcome two new social media producers.
  • Lee Constable joins us after freelancing as a digital presenter and producer with a focus on science, technology, society, climate crisis, justice and sustainability. She previously hosted Australian national science and tech TV show, Scope (2016-2020) and founded youth-run social justice and sustainability radio show, SoapBox. She also founded of Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art where scientists and street artists collaborate to create research-inspired murals live for the public. She has also published a book, ‘How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet’ (Penguin).
  • Gabriela Sumampow is a recent journalism graduate from RMIT who is about to begin her Masters in Journalism. Before starting at The Conversation, she was editor of The Swanston Gazette and a freelance writer for Vice Australia and Beat Magazine. Gabriela has an excellent understanding of social media trends among young people and will primarily work on The Conversation’s Instagram and TikTok accounts. Gabriela is from Jakarta and moved to Australia to pursue her studies.

Recognition for podcasts & visual storytelling: Anthem Awards
Our Flora, Fauna, Fire multimedia series won Silver in the  Sustainability, Environment, & Climate research awareness categories at the inaugural Anthem Awards. The Anthem Awards honours the purpose and mission-driven work of people, companies, and organisations worldwide.

The Conversation has also been shortlisted in three categories at the Publisher Podcast Awards. The Conversation Weekly has been shortlisted for best launch and best news podcast, while The Anthill: Climate Fight has been shortlisted for best limited series. The winner will be announced in London in April. 

42. VIC | GOV | LAUNCHING | Next State Disability Plan

People with disability from multicultural communities can face added discrimination and disadvantage.
Victoria’s new State Disability Plan is about building a more inclusive community that supports all Victorians to lead the lives they want to live. 

The plan has steps that everyone can take to create an inclusive state. This includes people working for governments, organisations and those in the community.

43. VIC | GOV | RECOGNISING | Our Dedicated Volunteers

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines announced the winners of the 2021 Volunteering Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the state’s hard-working volunteers.

After another year where communities throughout the state were challenged by the pandemic, it is fantastic to have several people from our multicultural communities recognised for their efforts and for us to acknowledge the enormous contribution of our volunteers.

44. VIC | VMC | REVIEWING | Victorian Multicultural Gala Dinner 2022

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) wishes to thank everyone who came to the unforgettable celebration of Victoria’s vibrant multicultural community at the Victorian Multicultural Gala Dinner on 19 March. Kicking off Cultural Diversity Week 2022, we shared an evening of fine dining, cultural entertainment and networking.

It was a great occasion to come together again and showcase the many talents of the spoken word artists and different cultural acts throughout the evening, connecting through culture. Check out the photos from the gala dinner and enjoy the memories of a magic night.

45. AUST | Coronavirus hotline

  • Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
  • Coronavirus in-language information
  • If you are an NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about Coronavirus: Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 634 787. 
  • If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
  • Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
  • Testing locations: Find a testing location near you.
  • Call-to-Test-at-Home service, providing in-home coronavirus testing to Victorians who would otherwise be unable to get tested, call the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
  • Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

46. AUST | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way


    47. Acknowledgment to Sources

    This is a consolidated account of information current at time of issuance, sourced, collated and provided by Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victorian Jewish Community COVID-19 Taskforce, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria, various Government Authorities, community organisations and public domain, received with gratitude.

    48. Bye bye to Essentialists

    Us non-essentialists will endeavour to manage our expection of miracles and do our best to follow rules while staying out of the way. 

    Contact your closest friendly non-essentialist if you need anything that can be done remotely. Bye bye to Essentialists for now, please leave to attend to the essential work. That is all from GEIFN Caretaker at this time.

    49. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials and the Homebound

    Meanwhile, if with a surplus of time, this and the following is offered. Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round about. And again. Or not.