Fast Facts: COVID-19 Victoria & Australia
- VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Pandemic Response
- VIC | ECCV | OVERCOMING | Misinformation and Protecting Our Communities video series
- VIC | GOV | GRANTING | More Family Violence Support For Diverse Communities | applications close 3 May 2022
- AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Support our Afghan-Australian Community Round Two | closing Friday 6 May 2022
- VIC | ROTARY | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Concert for Ukraine | Saturday 7 May 2022 | 3pm
- VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Youth Fest 2022 Grants
- VIC | GOV | REBATING | Small Business Digital Adaptation Program | open until 18 July 2022, or until rebates have been exhausted
- VIC | GOV | ASSISTING | $250 Power Saving Bonus program extended | until 30 June 2020
- VIC | ECCV | OFFERING | New peer support group for Afghan carers | starting in May
- VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards | now open, closing 3 May 2022
- MELB | MKW | EXPLORING | narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week | Monday 9-Sunday 15 May 2022
- VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards | nominations now open and close Friday 20 May 2022
- AUST | FECCA | CALLING | Registrations now open for FECCA 2022 conference | 16-17 June 2022
- VIC | ECCV | WEBINAR | Disability, COVID-19 and Mental Health forum | Tuesday 24 May 2022 | from 9.25am for 10.30am-12.30pm
- VIC | VMC | CALLING | Aspiring Filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022
- GEELONG | TCC | YARNING | Racism: Raw & Real Forum | Friday 29 July 2022
- AUST | EQPR | CALLING | LGBTIQ+ and Allies to hone your advocacy, transform your leadership
- WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | The Official 2021 Parliament Convening Report, Updates on the 2023 Parliament & More
- WORLD | ICCT20 | BACKING | Your team by joining your SQUAD
- AUST | RCA | HEALING | Refugee Week | 19-25 June 2022
- AUST | DRC | HEARING | Your say: Starting change with your story, share your stories
- VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: 2022 Victoria Police Community Sentiment Survey
- VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games
- AUST | NEMBC | INFORMING | Multilingual News Service
- VIC | ECCV | REPORTING | Multicultural Chronic Disease Prevention and Engaging CALD Communities
- AUST | Coronavirus hotline
- AUST | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way
- Acknowledgment to Sources
- Bye bye to Essentialists
- Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound
1. VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Pandemic Response
As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside – and with almost 70 per cent of adults now armed with their third dose – Victoria will move into winter safely with most restrictions removed from 11:59pm Friday 22 April.
As part of the 20/4 Minister for Health’s changes to pandemic orders:
Patrons won’t be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue
The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a check-in marshal
Masks will no longer be required in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size
Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They will also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period
All visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed except for mask requirements, with health services able to tailor their own settings based on their own circumstances
Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval
International travellers who are symptom-free will be recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete 7 days’ quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew will also be lifted
People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks
Individuals will be required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts.
Workplaces won’t have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker
Visit Victorian Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website for current situations and developments including:
- If you have COVID-19 or you're a contact
- Managing COVID-19 at home
- Report your positive rapid antigen test
- Book your third dose
- Book your child's vaccination
- Sick Pay Guarantee
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
- Read 20/4 More Milestones Reached As More Victorians Vaccinated Statement from Minister for Health Martin Foley
- Read 20/4 High Vax Rate Means Most Restrictions Can Safely Ease Statement from Minister for Health Martin Foley
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- What to do if you are a close contact
- Financial support for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Isolation and quarantine – extra help and support
- Mental health resources
- Mental health support services
- Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Emergency relief packages
- COVID business information
- COVIDSafe religion and ceremony guidance
VaccinationsGetting 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.
- Find out more about Moderna patient fact sheet.
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 providersThis 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 overAll 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 overCOVID-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.
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-19The 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 VideoThursday 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 VideosThe 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.
- Watch 'Getting back to the good things' (1 min) is available in English and 10 other languages.
- Watch 'performance of a lifetime' (2 mins)
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.
MELB | NWMPHN | Goodbye COVID Vaccination Video
Goodbye COVID videos are in 20 languages, along with scripts and more information.
AUST | GOV | EXPLAINING | CALD and Aged Care vaccination videosWatch 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 storiesOlder 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 (Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi and Turkish) are now available to share with your networks.
AUST | GOV | SHOWING | Proof of vaccinationAfter 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.
- A 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
- 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’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.
- 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 (www.my.gov.au)
- 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 groupsWith 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- You can report over the phone on 1800 675 398. Press zero (0) if you need an interpreter.
- Or through your Services Victoria app
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts to see if you should get a PCR test or monitor for symptoms.
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VIC | GOV | OFFERING | Help with vaccinations for people with disability or severe fear of needlesDid 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.
2. VIC | ECCV | OVERCOMING | Misinformation and Protecting Our Communities video seriesHave you seen Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) "Protecting Our Communities" 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.
3. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | More Family Violence Support For Diverse Communities | applications close 3 May 2022The 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.
4. AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Support our Afghan-Australian Community Round Two | closing Friday 6 May 2022The 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.
5. VIC | ROTARY | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Concert for Ukraine | Saturday 7 May 2022 | 3pmThe 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.
6. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Youth Fest 2022 GrantsA month-long celebration in September 2022 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.
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.
7. VIC | GOV | REBATING | Small Business Digital Adaptation Program | open until 18 July 2022, or until rebates have been exhaustedThe 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.
8. VIC | GOV | ASSISTING | $250 Power Saving Bonus program extended | until 30 June 2020The 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.
9. VIC | ECCV | OFFERING | New peer support group for Afghan carers | starting in MayECCV'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.
- To find out more, email Project Coordinator Hayat Doughan.
10. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards | now open, closing 3 May 2022The 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.
11. MELB | MKW | EXPLORING | narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week | Monday 9-Sunday 15 May 2022Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) is 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.
12. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards | nominations now open and close Friday 20 May 2022The 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.
13. AUST | FECCA | CALLING | Registrations now open for FECCA 2022 conference | 16-17 June 2022With 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.
14. VIC | ECCV | WEBINAR | Disability, COVID-19 and Mental Health forum | Tuesday 24 May 2022 | from 9.25am for 10.30am-12.30pmEthnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) Statewide Disability Network is holding an online forum 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.
15. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Aspiring Filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022Victorian 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.
16. GEELONG | TCC | YARNING | Racism: Raw & Real Forum | Friday 29 July 2022Racism: 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 facilitated by Track C Consulting (TCC) 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.
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18. WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | The Official 2021 Parliament Convening Report, Updates on the 2023 Parliament & MoreOpening 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 RightsAffirming Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) 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.
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.
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!
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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!
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.
In Memoriam: Fr. Thomas BaimaThe 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 UpdateA 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 PlatformThe 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.
Statement on the Conflict at Al-Aqsa Mosque | Saturday 23 April 2022The 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
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- Senegal's interfaith harmony shines during Ramadan from Africa News
- Interfaith iftar returns to Dubai gurudwara after two years from Gulf News
- Peace: Traditional Ruler Advocates More Interfaith Programmes Program from Within Nigeria
- Second annual Antisemitism Awareness Week encourages interfaith dialogue, shines light on Judaism from The Observer
- This April, Chicago has a rare opportunity for interfaith cooperation from Chicago Sun Times
- The immigrant neighborhood—and interfaith friendships—that made Pope Francis from America The Magazine
- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility celebrates 50 years of faith-based shareholder advocacy from Baptist News Global
19. WORLD | ICCT20 | BACKING | Your team by joining your SQUADThe 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.
20. AUST | RCA | HEALING | Refugee Week | 19-25 June 2022The 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 Australia 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 (RCA) website for further information, resources and events.
21. AUST | DRC | HEARING | Your say: Starting change with your story, share your stories | submissions close on 30 June 2022The 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.
22. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: 2022 Victoria Police Community Sentiment SurveyVictoria 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.
23. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: Victoria 2026 Commonwealth GamesAlong 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.
24. AUST | NEMBC | INFORMING | Multilingual News ServiceThe 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.
25. VIC | ECCV | REPORTING | Multicultural Chronic Disease Prevention and Engaging CALD CommunitiesEthnic Communities' Council of Victoria (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.
26. 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.
27. AUST | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way
- Access Easy English – Over 70 resources developed on coronavirus.
- Ageism and reducing its impact – reframing the discussion to help everyone better understand how to communicate about age, ageing and issues affecting older people. Download the Framing age message guide and Download the quick reminder Cheat Sheet
- Amaze – step-by-step social scripts outlining the COVID-19 vaccine process to help people with autism.
- Aspergers Victoria (ASVI) – support groups and events for people who have Aspergers, autism, or other similar neurodiverse profiles.
- AUSLAN – Updates by Expression Australia - Regular Auslan only videos on updates of breaking news in Victoria, Australia and abroad.
- Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus advice for people with disability
- Australian Government Department of Health – Translated resources into 60 different languages, informing communities about COVID-19 vaccines and how they will be rolled out across Australia.
- Australian Government Department of Social Services – Daily update on NDIS participants and workforce and easy English information on COVID-19.
- Better Health – Surviving Extreme Heat In-language video
- Beyond Blue – translated information on managing your mental health during COVID-19 in 63 languages.
- Blind Citizens Australia – Information on coronavirus for people who are blind or vision impaired.
- Carer Gateway – an Australian Government website for carers that provides practical information and advice, and connects carers to services and support.
- Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) has translated Long COVID fact sheet into nine in-language written resources and five in-language audio recordings. The Long COVID project focuses on priority CALD communities particularly impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Read the factsheet
- The Conversation (THCO) – continuing to grow, making an important contribution to public knowledge
- Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) – Easy English information for people with intellectual disability and videos about COVID-19.
- DHHS – Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services advice and information on coronavirus available in 56 languages
- Disability, Engaging Australians with Ask Me First and How to – 16 mins episode of a discussion on support and advocacy for people with disability and inclusion from CALD communities.
- Disability Gateway Service – the Australian Government provides free information and services to help people living with disability, their families, friends and carers in key areas including finance, employment, health and equipment. Translated fact sheets and videos or Learn more
- Down Syndrome Australia – Easy Read guide about using money on the internet.
- Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)'s Multicultural COVID-19 Outreach Program
- Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) Speak My Language podcasts feature people sharing stories and practical advice about living well with disability in a range of community languages.
- Ethnolink Language Services – Multi-lingual resource library with information available on coronavirus in 71 languages.
- Expression Australia – Keep up to date with regular Auslan videos on COVID-19, breaking news in Victoria, Australia and abroad.
- Financial support if restrictions have affected your work – Australian Government's COVID-19 Disaster Payment and Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. Also see COVID-19 resources for CALD communities. Eligibility rules apply.
- Fire season preparation in Regional Victoria – visit Country Fire Authority's website, sign up to MyCFA to get local information on how to plan and prepare for fires and other emergencies in your area or learn more
- 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.
- GP Expert Advice Matters – a website for patients translated into Arabic, simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi and Vietnamese, and has practical information on how to access a local GP, telehealth and interpreter services
- The Healing Foundation (THF) – a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation providing a platform to amplify voices and lived experience of Stolen Generations survivors and their families.
- Health Translations – A comprehensive place to find current COVID 19 multilingual information in 78 languages including Auslan and Easy English.
- Hepatitis B In-language videos – allowing people in CALD communities to access clear and simple information about liver health, available in Arabic, Burmese, Khmer, Mandarin Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
- IncludeAbility: employment for people with disability – an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), designed to support employers who want to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability, and people with disability seeking employment, developing a career or considering self-employment. Learn more
- LGBTIQ+ Health Australia – free training activities for LGBTIQ+ people with disability
- MiACCESS Multilingual Information Access to resources & information – A purpose-built website for CALD people with disability, carers and communities.
- Migrant Resource Centre North West Region (MRCNWR) – Diversity and Disability YouTube Channel
- Moving Pictures launched 12 new short films aimed at raising awareness about dementia, and the importance of early diagnosis to enable better treatment and quality of life. Watch the films
- Mungo Explorer – online learning platform by Cultural Infusion (CUIN). An inquiry based resource aligned with the Australian curriculum and covers Year 4 First Contact and Year 7 Ancient History. Allowing teachers to share Indigenous perspectives, historical and scientific thinking to teach students about the remarkable story of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady.
- MyAus Covid-19 app – Multilingual resource application produced by Migration Council Australia (MCA) for Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID - 19, it's impact and available support.
- My Body. My Health – a five-part series of educational presentations to help organisations deliver health information to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
- National Disability Gateway – a one-stop shop from the Department of Social Services assisting all people with disability, their families and carers to locate and access services across Australia
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – Information about changes to how the NDIS work during the COVID -19 pandemic in 12 languages.
- National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) – free training activities for LGBTIQ+ people with disability
- NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Information contains links to updates, training, alerts, and resources for NDIS participants and providers.
- NWMPHN Maintaining good mental health through the pandemic through in-language videos. Help spread the message of looking after our mental health in Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dinka and Vietnamese.
- Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) – promoting The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line (OPCSL) within ethno-specific communities.
- Palliative Care Advice Service (PCAS) – supporting people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and those who support them.
- Reconciliation Victoria – promoting reconciliation across Victoria, promoting deeper understanding, respect and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
- Prejudice Motivated Crime in Victoria and Reporting – Victoria Police website, an animated video (2 min) and poster. Resources are available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese. Explore the resources
- Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre – Victoria’s statewide first response service for women, young people and children experiencing family violence.
- Safer and Stronger Communities Pilot, South East Community Links (SECL) – In-language videos for family violence prevention and multilingual resources for Dari, Hazaragi, Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil speaking community members. View on SECL website
- SBS – news and information about coronavirus (COVID - 19) available in 63 languages.
- Scope - Key word sign video, posters and easy english resources on communicating COVID-19.
- StarHealth fact sheets on COVID-19 are now available – using only valid information sources for its fact sheets, distilling the key points from only trusted sources.
- Summer Foundation (SUFO)'s Reasonable & Necessary podcast series helps simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants.
- VALID – 16 Page plain language guide to NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation
- Vietnamese resources supporting people with disability and their families, friends and carers – a suite of Vietnamese resources available in English and Vietnamese informing how to articulate rights and entitlements, negotiate service agreements and conditions with support providers.
- Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) surveyed 1500 Victorians and targeted follow up interviews were used to create the commission’s two new research pandemic snapshots – Supporting workers with disability and Juggling parenting, caring and work. Explore the research snapshots, FaceBook
- Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE) – Free support, referral and information for all Victorian women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people.
- Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) – women and non-binary people with disability, sharing a diverse range of experiences
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.