GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Sunday 1 May 2022

Fast Facts: COVID-19 Victoria & Australia

  1. VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Pandemic Response
  2. VIC | ECCV | OVERCOMING | Misinformation and Protecting Our Communities video series
  3. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | More Family Violence Support For Diverse Communities | applications close 3 May 2022
  4. AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Support our Afghan-Australian Community Round Two | closing Friday 6 May 2022
  5. VIC | ROTARY | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Concert for Ukraine | Saturday 7 May 2022 | 3pm
  6. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Youth Fest 2022 Grants
  7. VIC | GOV | REBATING | Small Business Digital Adaptation Program | open until 18 July 2022, or until rebates have been exhausted
  8. VIC | GOV | ASSISTING | $250 Power Saving Bonus program extended | until 30 June 2020
  9. VIC | ECCV | OFFERING | New peer support group for Afghan carers | starting in May
  10. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards | now open, closing 3 May 2022
  11. MELB | MKW | EXPLORING | narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week | Monday 9-Sunday 15 May 2022
  12. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards | nominations now open and close Friday 20 May 2022
  13. AUST | FECCA | CALLING | Registrations now open for FECCA 2022 conference | 16-17 June 2022
  14. VIC | ECCV | WEBINAR | Disability, COVID-19 and Mental Health forum | Tuesday 24 May 2022 | from 9.25am for 10.30am-12.30pm
  15. VIC | VMC | CALLING | Aspiring Filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022
  16. GEELONG | TCC | YARNING | Racism: Raw & Real Forum | Friday 29 July 2022
  17. AUST | EQPR | CALLING | LGBTIQ+ and Allies to hone your advocacy, transform your leadership
  18. WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | The Official 2021 Parliament Convening Report, Updates on the 2023 Parliament & More
  19. WORLD | ICCT20 | BACKING | Your team by joining your SQUAD
  20. AUST | RCA | HEALING | Refugee Week | 19-25 June 2022
  21. AUST | DRC | HEARING | Your say: Starting change with your story, share your stories
  22. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: 2022 Victoria Police Community Sentiment Survey
  23. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games
  24. AUST | NEMBC | INFORMING | Multilingual News Service
  25. VIC | ECCV | REPORTING | Multicultural Chronic Disease Prevention and Engaging CALD Communities
  26. AUST | Coronavirus hotline
  27. AUST | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way
  28. Acknowledgment to Sources
  29. Bye bye to Essentialists
  30. 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:
To learn in other ways about Victoria's responses:


Additionally

  • 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 safesteps@safesteps.org.au 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

Vaccinations

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 (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 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 www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts 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. 

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.  

2. VIC | ECCV | OVERCOMING | Misinformation and Protecting Our Communities video series

Have 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 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.   

4. AUST | GOV | 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. 

5. VIC | ROTARY | RAISING | Awareness, 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.  

6. VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Youth Fest 2022 Grants

A 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 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.  

8. 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. 

9. VIC | ECCV | OFFERING | New peer support group for Afghan carers | starting in May

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. 

10. 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.  

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

Melbourne 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 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. 

13. AUST | FECCA | CALLING | Registrations now open 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.  

14. VIC | ECCV | WEBINAR | Disability, COVID-19 and Mental Health forum | Tuesday 24 May 2022 | from 9.25am for 10.30am-12.30pm 

Ethnic 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 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. 

16. GEELONG | TCC | 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 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.  

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

Initiate, activate, lead with Better Together Training Academy
Learn the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in your community.

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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18. WORLD | PWR | UPDATING | The Official 2021 Parliament Convening Report, Updates on the 2023 Parliament & More

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 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.
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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 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 EcologyUNEP 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 2022

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


Religica Podcast Features Rick Rouse

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

#InterfaithNow


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

19. WORLD | ICCT20 | 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.

 

20. AUST | RCA | 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 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 2022 

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.  

22. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: 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.  

23. VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: 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.

24. AUST | NEMBC | 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.  

25. VIC | ECCV | REPORTING | Multicultural Chronic Disease Prevention and Engaging CALD Communities

Ethnic 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

     

    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.