ECCV | ISSUING | eBulletin #28 | September 2022

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Message from the Chairperson

We're heartened by the feedback we've received about our recently released State Election Platform 2022. The Platform sets out our vision and priorities for the next four years across a wide range of key areas, including mental health, emergency management, employment, disability, aged care and anti-racism. The recommendations we've put forward support a stronger, more resilient and inclusive Victoria, and we're pleased to have had the opportunity to discuss the Platform with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ros Spence, as well as MPs from across the political spectrum.

At the heart of the Platform is our call for a co-designed Multicultural Strategy that takes a whole-of-government approach to engaging and supporting Victoria's migrant and refugee communities. It’s time to recognise and value the tireless contributions of the underfunded multicultural sector. We need cross-party support for greater sector consultation and participation in the co-design of policies and services to help ensure they are inclusive, culturally responsive and equitable.

We were pleased to participate in an Ageing Well consultation organised this week by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians to hear from older people from multicultural and multi-faith communities about the issues that matter most to them. Digital literacy has been emerging as a key concern, with the shift online leaving people behind, and we heard the need for more face-to-face events and services to counter the increased loneliness being reported by seniors since the pandemic.

The fallout from the recent Optus cybersecurity breach has also been a timely reminder of the importance of the digital literacy and inclusion measures outlined in our platform to help protect our communities.

We're passionate about the ideas in our Platform, and we hope you are too. You can read it here, or better yet, come along to our State Election Member Forum on 20 October. The Forum will be an opportunity to engage more deeply with the issues and recommendations raised in our Platform, and chat directly with MPs ahead of the election in November. Joining us on the night will be Sheena Watt MP from Labor, David Davis MP from the Liberals, Samantha Ratnam MP from the Greens, and Fiona Patten MP from Reason. We look forward to a riveting discussion.

Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

GATHERING | State Election Platform 2022: Member Forum | Thursday 20 October 2022 | 6.30-8.30pm AEDT 

ECCV is hosting a State Election Member Forum on 20 October exploring the ideas and recommendations put forward in our State Election Platform. Taking place at Brunswick Town Hall, the Forum will be an opportunity to speak directly with MPs about their vision for addressing the needs of Victoria's multicultural communities. Everyone is welcome.

LAUNCHING | New joint report on emergency management

Insights from the award-winning Multicultural Resilience Program led by ECCV and VCOSS are highlighted in a new joint report on improving emergency management outcomes in Victoria. The report outlines why it is critical to engage multicultural communities, government and emergency services to make the emergency management sector more diverse and inclusive.


ECCV has been invited to showcase our COVID-19 multicultural community engagement and health promotion work at a Community Capacity Building Workshop run by the Victorian Department of Health on 3 October. The workshop will be an opportunity to share challenges, ideas and learnings for future programs and partnerships to support our state's migrant and refugee communities.

ASSISTED | COVID-19 outreach with Italian seniors

Earlier this month, our COVID-19 Multicultural Outreach team conducted a successful session with an Italian seniors group at Coburg Library. The team consulted with group members about their needs around navigating the pandemic, and also distributed free face masks, hand sanitiser and RAT kits. 

ATTENDED | On Country with Reconciliation Victoria

ECCV CEO Emiliano Zucchini was honoured to attend an On Country event hosted by Reconciliation Victoria (RV) in Boort, on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrug Peoples. As well as being invited to yarn with Traditional Owners, guest were treated to a guided walk around Lake Boort, plus weaving and jewellery-making workshops. ECCV is proud to work with RV in shaping our Reconciliation Action Plan.

COLLABORATED | Self-care session for Muslim women carers

As part of our Recognising and Respecting Carers project, ECCV held a well-attended workshop on self-care this month for the Al-Emaan Muslim Women's Support Group. The workshop was delivered by an educator from Carers Victoria, who discussed self-care strategies and the importance of self-care for carers. 

GATHERING | 10th Annual Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration

Join us on Thursday, 13 October at the Wheeler Centre for the 10th Walter Lippmann Oration. This year's eminent speaker is The Honourable Tony Pagone AM QC, a former Federal Court judge and lifelong multiculturalism advocate who has made significant contributions to Australian public life throughout his distinguished career. Tickets are limited, so registration is essential. 

HIRING | Job opportunity: Executive Assistant | applications close 10 October 2022

ECCV is recruiting for an experienced and talented Executive Assistant to join our team on a part-time basis. We are currently seeking a driven professional to manage our executive services, and work with the Board and Leadership Team to ensure ECCV delivers on its strategic operational priorities and plans. 

SUPPORTING | Power Saving Bonus program

ECCV's bicultural worker team is assisting people from migrant and refugee communities to apply for the Victorian government's Power Saving Bonus program. The Bonus is a one-off payment of $250 to all Victorian households, including concession card holders who previously claimed the Bonus under an earlier phase of the program. 


Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Address: Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road, Coburg Vic 3058
Tel: (03) 9354 9555

VMC | UPDATING | Volunteer opportunities available, have your say on disability inclusion in Victoria and more | Wednesday 28 September 2022

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May everyone have had a relaxing long weekend, and had the chance to spend time with family, with community, watching the AFL Grand Final, or all of the above! 

Message from the Chairperson

I'd like to bring to your attention to an exciting annual event that I had the honour of attending online last year. I was totally inspired by the work this organisation does. The event is called Changing Narratives: GirlForce Interactive Expo, and it is a great example of what is possible when communities build knowledge and confidence in young girls and women. The event is on 15 October and more information is in the newsletter below.

In a couple of weeks time on 13 October I'll also be attending the 10th Annual Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. It is held annually to commemorate the outstanding work of Walter Lippmann, one of the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria's founders. I encourage all who are available to attend, and will see you there!

On a solemn note, Victorians will have the chance to pay tribute to revered community leader and Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Jack Charles' State Funeral on Tuesday 18 October 2022. Uncle Jack Charles was a proud Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung man who touched the lives of many people in Australia and the world. Details about how to attend or join the live stream of the event will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Until we next meet, take care and stay well. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

VIC | VMC | INVITING | You to join a VMConnect Group?

There are now over 900 members of the VMC's online community, VMConnect, and you're invited to join the conversation!

You can check out our noticeboard, add a community event to our calendar, list your business on the service directory or join one of our Groups. VMConnect Groups cover many different identities and interests - including multicultural young people, LGBTIQ+ people, and mental health and volunteering.
Join today to connect with like-minded multicultural Victorians and representatives across the sector and government. 

VIC | FOVI | CALLING | For Nominees of Football Victoria Community Awards – nominate someone today! | nominations close 5pm Friday 30 September 2022

The Football Victoria Community Awards shine a light on the community heroes of football. Their contributions are the glue which brings fans, players and the entire football family closer together.

There are seven categories for nomination, including Regional Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Community Coach of the Year

The Awards will be presented on Friday 7 October at Essendon Fields. 

AUST | AMES | LAUNCHING | Book Refugee Heroes | Wednesday 5 October 2022 | from 5pm

Join AMES Australia to celebrate the launch of the new book Refugee Heroes at the Multicultural Hub in Melbourne.

Refugee Heroes tells the compelling stories of the people who have fled situations of conflict and violence from more than a dozen countries.

It puts a human face to the conflicts, tensions and repressive regimes and explains the political and social factors that have contributed to the unprecedented number of conflicts and humanitarian emergencies around the world.

VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your say: Disability Inclusion in Victoria | consultations now open, closing 31 October 2022

Victorians are invited to have their say on the proposed Disability Inclusion Bill to make Victoria fairer and more inclusive.

The Bill aims to achieve transformative equality for people with disability and ensures that policy, services and programs are designed with people with disability at the table.

Those interested can register to attend an information session on Monday 3 October at 6.30pm.

MELB | AfriAus | Changing Narratives: Girlforce Interactive Expo | Saturday 15 October 2022 | 2-4.30pm

You are invited to attend an interactive and fun Expo creating opportunities for young multicultural champions of any gender, aged 8 to 35 years old. 

Register for the event and hear from young advocates who are working to both prevent and reduce family violence, and violence against girls and women

Organised by AfriAus iLEAC, the Expo will be held at the Outlook Community Centre in Pakenham. 

VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Volunteer opportunities available – find one today!

Volunteering is a great way to connect with like-minded people, support important community projects and contribute to social change.

It can also be an effective way to learn new skills or find a pathway to a new job!

Volunteering can be one-off or something more structured and regular, local activities done in community or delivered through not-for-profit organisations. And whether its online, face-to-face, outside or close to home – all contributions deliver great benefits.

Learn more about volunteering today, and have an impact on your community! 

VIC | GOV | GIVING | Cash back - Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program

The Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program is back!

You can now claim 25% cash back when you spend $40 or more, anywhere in Victoria, any day of the week. You can make multiple claims until you reach a combined total of $125 cash back.
Claiming is easy – all you need is a receipt and your bank account details.

Coronavirus hotline 


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

SGSA | GATHERING | 2022 Social Good Summit Australia – Reconnect. Rethink. Restart | Saturday 8 October 2022 | 10am-4pm AEDT

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A United Nations-affiliated event that connects individuals, corporations, not-for-profits, government, and grassroots organisations to inspire and discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our times.

Through powerful speeches from inspiring industry leaders, the Social Good Summit Australia (SGSA) aims to educate and inspire individuals to take action for social good. 
The SGSA brings people like you together to discuss ideas, share stories and inspire everyone to actively make the world a better place. 
The SGSA is part of a global network of committed citizens from more than 100 countries that meet every year to unlock the potential of individuals, technology and collaboration to make the world a better place.
This year’s Summit theme RECONNECT. RETHINK. RESTART will focus on the task ahead of us to fulfil the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in creating a better world.
Over the last seven years, the SGSA has inspired many individuals to get involved, get connected and take action. 
The SGSA is a non-for-profit run solely by volunteers. We have a great team of friendly, passionate people who work tirelessly to make the summit happen. Our team is made up of mums, dads, working professionals, students and artists who selflessly give off their time, with a shared goal to make a better world by 2030.
  • Where: Storey Hall, RMIT University, Building 16, 336/348 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Cost: Various
  • Inclusions: Inspiration, Coffee & Morning Tea, Lunch, Networking
  • Bookings: online through Social Good Summit Australia


Social Good Summit Australia (SGSA)

PWR | CALLING | Presenters in last opportunity to present at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions | submissions close Monday 3 October 2022

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Become part of a legacy that includes heads of state, international spiritual luminaries and organizers at the forefront of faith and global action by answering the Call for Programs by Monday 3 October 2022.

The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions is accepting proposals for:
  • A group of people gathered to discuss a topic, offering a diversity of perspectives and expertise. Panel Application
  • An intensive, hands-on seminar, discussion group, or activity, that emphasizes exchange of ideas. Workshop Application
  •  Religious observances that offer attendees enriching and unique expressions of faith. Observance Application
  • Art which can be displayed in an art exhibits section of the Exhibit Hall of the Parliament. Art Exhibit Application
  • Music, dance, theater, and more that can be performed during the week. Performance Application
  • The Film Festival at the Parliament which invites screenings of films and Q&A sessions. Film Application
The Call for Programs at the Chicago Convening offers individuals and communities the opportunity to share their experience and expertise on championing democracy, freedom & human rights, interfaith cooperation, peace & justice, sustainability, and their unique faith traditions.

Submit your proposal by midnight Central USA time on 3 October 2022.


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

ECCV | TALKING | 10th Annual Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration by Honourable Tony Pagone AM QC | Thursday 13 October 2022 | 6.30-8pm

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After several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECCV are pleased to host the 10th Annual Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration next month at the Wheeler Centre. 

The Honourable Tony Pagone AM QC, an eminent lawyer who has widely practised in taxation, administrative and human rights law. A former judge of the Victorian Supreme Court and Federal Court, he became the first ever Australian President of the International Association of Judges. In addition to his contributions to the legal profession, he has also served as a dedicated advocate for multiculturalism and was previously President of Co.As.It., one of ECCV's founding members.
The Oration is held in honour of Walter Lippmann AM, one of the founders of ECCV and a leading advocate for Australian multiculturalism.
Since the Oration was launched by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and delivered by Tim Costello AO in 2011, it has been a forum for eminent Australians to reflect on multiculturalism in the contemporary world. Former speakers have included distinguished Australians like Professor Marcia Langton AO, The Hon Michael Kirby AC and former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
This is a free event, thanks to the generous sponsorship of LanguageLoop. Tickets are limited, so we encourage you to book ahead.
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking: essential, online through Eventbrite


Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Address: Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road, Coburg Vic 3058
Tel: (03) 9354 9555

CHUFFED | RAISING | Donations and Sponsors for a Manus or Nauru refugee to resettle in Canada

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Operation #NotForgotten is a community-led response providing private sponsorship to Canada for refugees who were detained on Manus Island and Nauru. These refugees have no other viable resettlement option.

In 2019, a group of Australian expats and Canadians living in Toronto came together, appalled by Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees and ready to take action.

Sponsorship applications offer the fastest, most certain route for the refugee and have already been lodged for 150 refugees in offshore processing and 96 separated family members (246 people in all).

But they need your support to lodge resettlement applications for dozens more refugees.

Behrouz Boochani, a refugee on Manus Island, wrote that what they wanted was, “one thing, and one thing only, and that is freedom.”

Chip in to sponsor individual refugees and whole families to start anew – to have a real life in Canada, rather than being trapped on Nauru or PNG.


Team Chuffed
Address: Level 2, 60 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

PWR | UPDATING | 2023 Program Deadline Coming Soon, Faiths for a Just Energy Transition, and more | Friday 23 September 2022

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2023 Parliament Convening Deadlines Fast Approaching, Get Involved Today! 

At the heart of every Parliament Convening are thousands of people together taking in exquisite expressions of art, sacred practices, and learning. More than ever before, the Parliament of the World's Religions calls upon the global interfaith community to act together with courage and compassion in defending freedom and human rights

This October marks two critical deadlines for the 2023 Parliament Convening:
  • On Monday 3 October the Call for Programs is closing; marking the final opportunity for individuals to be part of the diverse offerings that make Parliament Convenings life-changing.
  • On Monday 31 October the Early Bird Rate will expire, marking a $100 increase in the general admission rate and increase the registration rate for groups.
Whether you're a first-time attendee or a seasoned interfaith organizer, the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions will offer something new and exciting. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for an unforgettable experience!
Propose a Program
Join organizers around the world answering the Call for Programs! Proposals for panels, workshops, performances, religious observances, art exhibits, and films must be received by Oct 3rd.
Book Your Ticket
Take advantage of the Early Bird Rate before October 31st and save 40% off the regular rate at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions.
Book Your Exhibit Space
Connect with thousands of global attendees at the heart of the 2023 Parliament Convening, book a booth and become an exhibitor.

Want to get involved ahead of the 2023 Parliament Convening? 
Explore volunteer opportunities and learn how you can offer a taste of the Parliament experience in your own community.

SAVE THE DATE | The Holistic Climate Solutions Summit

From today through 25 September 2022, the Parliament of the World’s Religions invites you to join the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Holistic Climate Solutions Summit” for thought-provoking panels, interactive workshops, and dialogues exploring an alternative future that is within reach.

 SAVE THE DATE | Faiths for a Just Energy Transition

On Wednesday 28 September 2022 the Parliament of the World’s Religions joins colleagues at GreenFaith for the Faiths for a Just Energy Transition – a 2-hour webinar, hosted by the Catholic University of East Africa in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and Laudato Si’ Movement.

WATCH NOW | Listen to the Voice of Creation: An Interfaith Panel Discussion

The Parliament of the World's Religions alongside faith-based co-sponsors and partners Act Alliance, Bhumi Global, the Episcopal Church, ISNA, Islamic Relief, IRI-Colombia, the Temple of Understanding,  the Tzu Chi Foundation, and the World Council of Churches participated in an interfaith panel on the occasion of the Season of Creation, Climate Week NYC, and the UN General Assembly's Opening of the 77th Session.

Global Ethic Census Welcomes Feedback

The Parliament of the World’s Religions’ signature document, Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, and in the run-up to the anniversary celebrations we are asking anew: Who is “the Global Ethic” for? How does “the Global Ethic” foster interfaith collaboration and action? What must our timeless moral traditions now speak into 21st century realities?

All members of the public with a general interest in ethics are invited to partner with us in this important re-evaluation by taking the first-ever Global Ethic Census.

Stay up to date with the work of the Parliament

Advancing the mission of the Parliament of the World's Religions is made possible with the support from individuals like you!


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

VMC | UPDATING | New COVID-19 community grants available and paid internships for young Victorians | Tuesday 20 September 2022

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The school holidays have begun, and with it brought warmer weather to our state!

Message from the Chairperson

For those of you planning school holiday activities for the young people in your life, I hope they are culturally relevant, accessible and inclusive. Please do visit your local government's website for suggested activities in your area!

For my message this week, I'd like to draw your attention to the recent legislative changes regarding the banning of the Hakenkreuz. Thank you to the members of the VMC's Multifaith Advisory Group for your input and advice on this important piece of legislation. While the display of the Hakenkreuz is now a criminal offence, the Bill recognises the continued significance of the swastika as a symbol of peace and good fortune for the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and other faith communities.

This legislation is one of the many recommendations made by the Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee in their Inquiry into anti-vilification protections. Tabled in Parliament in March 2021, the VMC put forth a submission for this inquiry, following consultation with Regional Advisory Council members. 

Regarding the same inquiry, the VMC also provided a follow-up submission on racism emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the global 'Black Lives Matter' movement and in response to the shocking number of First Nations People who have died in custody since 1991. 

The importance of legislation such as this cannot be overstated - it is the result of a collective community effort to combat racism and hate, and to work towards a more equitable and harmonious society.

Until we next meet, take care and stay well. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

VIC | VMC | INVITING | You to join a VMConnect Group

There are now over 900 members of the VMC's exciting online community, VMConnect, and you're invited to join the conversation!

There are many ways to get involved- you can check out our noticeboard, add a community event to our calendar, list your business on the service directory or join one of our Groups!

VMConnect Groups cover many different identities and interests - including multicultural young people, LGBTIQ+ people, and mental health and volunteering.

Connect with like-minded multicultural Victorians and representatives across the sector today. 

VIC | MWC | CALLING | Applicants for Bicultural Work Rights Ambassadors Program | applications close Sunday 25 September 2022

Applications are now open for the fifth round of this Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) program which employs and trains Victoria's multicultural leaders to deliver education sessions on workplace rights and safety.

This is important, because those born overseas are more likely to face wage theft, unsafe work, and other forms of exploitation.

If you are involved in initiatives that support members of your community, we encourage you to apply!

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural Communities and People with Disability COVID-19 Grants Program | applications close 3 October 2022

This program offers grants for eligible not-for-profit organisations to support their communities in protecting themselves from COVID-19 through:
  • Getting vaccinated
  • Wearing a face mask
  • Staying home if unwell
Activities funded through the Program must support people with disability or those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Grants of up to $50,000 are available, and funded projects must be completed by 31 December 2022. 

To confirm your eligibility to apply, or for any other questions relating to the grants program, please email.

VIC | GOV | HIRING | Young Multicultural Victorians as Paid Internships | apply today

Paid internships are now available through Jobs Victoria for 60 young people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

In partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Youth Activating Youth, this program offers internships to young people finding it difficult to secure their first job. Participants will be paid to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills and make contacts that could lead to a job.

The internships are offered across many different industries, and will last for up to eight weeks. Free pre-employment training and up to 12 weeks of post-internship support will also be provided.

The program will commence in October and roll out across Victoria over the next 12 months.

VIC | GOV | INVITING | Mental Health for Culturally Diverse Communities to Join the Conversation

You can support the mental health and wellbeing of all Victorians by joining a series of community conversations this October. 

The Department of Health would like to hear from people with culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability who have a lived experience of mental illness either as a family member, carer or supporter.

They'd also like to hear from people who work with one of the above diverse communities in health, community, services or related settings.

The group conversations will be two hours long, with online and in-person options available.

SUNSHINE | WPARC | OPENING | New Prevention and Recovery Centre for women in North-West Melbourne

The North-West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre (WPARC) at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne is now open.

It will provide vital mental health services to women who need short-term mental health care, supporting up to 150 women each year.

The centre offers around-the clock clinical care, communal kitchen, dining and living areas, and outdoor space for leisure and recreational activities. It is the first purpose-built Prevention and Recovery Care centre for women in the western suburbs.

It will also be the first in the state to provide accommodation for women to stay with their children during recovery and remain connected with their family.

Coronavirus hotline 


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

CMFN | FINDING | The bridge between Peace and Faith among people of faiths and no faith | Thursday 22 September 2022 | 6.30-7.30pm AEST

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Religion promotes Peace and Harmony in individuals, communities and society.

Therefore, interreligious Dialogues and understanding are keys to achieving the aim of the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, which was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to dedicate to world peace among nations and ethnic and religious groups.

Casey Multi-Faith Network celebrates this important aim and has invited three different faith and spiritual leaders to present their understanding of Peace and Faith. We welcome you to join this virtual event to hear from our speakers and participate in a Q&A session.

  • Islam Speaker: Abdul Rahman Zyka (Imam and Hifz Strategist) is the current Imam and Hifz Strategist of Minaret College a member of Board of Imams Victoria and the Australian National Imams Council.
  • Hindu Speaker: Mangalam Vasan (Teacher of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple) is the Hinduism teacher for young children at the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs.
  • DEJIAO Speaker: Stephen Chew (Director, International Confederation of Moral Uplifting Societies) is actively involved in the Interfaith work as a speaker in Interfaith Dialogues. and has served in different roles in Kingston, Casey, Whitehorse and Monash Interfaith Networks.

Casey Multi-Faith Network (CMFN)

CUIN | UPDATING | Building Inclusive Spaces Together, Unlocking Access for All and more | Thursday 15 September 2022

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Welcome to September! 

In this month's newsletter, we discuss our CEO and Founder, Peter Mousaferiadis, travelling to New York City for the United Nation's General Assembly Week and an article featuring our Diversity Innovator and Project Assistant, Saman Akbaryan, who developed our accessibility application, Inclusion Atlas. We also unpack the recent Intercultural Learning Pedagogy webinar by our Education Strategist Nisha Feik and highlight our Multicultural Full and Half Day incursions to celebrate the end of the school year!

United Nation's General Assembly Week and the UN Global Compact’s Private Sector Forum 

This month, our CEO and Founder, Peter Mousaferiadis, will be travelling to New York for the United Nation's General Assembly Week and the UN Global Compact’s Private Sector Forum.

This year marks the 77th session of the UN General Assembly under the theme 'A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.' 

A critical success factor for companies and public organisations today is greater reporting and transparency for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The work we are doing at Cultural Infusion’s Diversity Atlas enables organisations to measure diversity in precise and useful ways.

Once organisations gain a deeper understanding of themselves, they are able to develop a range of intervention strategies and policies that support greater equity, inclusion and representation. Stronger organisations make stronger communities, contributing towards achieving global objectives and overcoming challenges.
“Businesses are generating huge benefits for themselves and their stakeholders, however everyone today is expecting more from businesses and organisations"
Peter Mousaferiadis, CEO & Founder of Cultural Infusion

Inclusion Atlas highlights accessibility and inclusive features of buildings and spaces

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology recently published an article featuring Cultural Infusion's Diversity Innovator and Project Assistant, Saman Akbaryan, who co-developed the accessibility application, Inclusion Atlas. 

Achieving a Masters of Information Technology, specialising in Human-Computer Interaction, and as a wheelchair-user himself, Saman has drawn on personal experience to develop the idea behind this project, finding new and innovative ways to improve the lives of those living with disability. Inclusion Atlas is an application designed to highlight the accessibility and inclusive features of buildings and spaces. 

The unique crowdsourcing platform draws on User Generated Content, allowing users to actively contribute by rating venues, uploading photos and providing up to date information, supporting diverse-ability and cultural needs in the physical world. By drawing on its users' lived experience, this application catalogues the real-time accessibility and inclusive features of venues across the world, ranging from restaurants, to retail, to recreational spaces.

The beta version is set to be launched on  a number of platforms, including a browser based website, Google Play and the Apple App Store. This application helps communities find accessible spaces, where individuals can safely feel welcome, comfortable and included. Inclusion Atlas will launch by the end of 2022.
“Inclusion Atlas is for everyone, not just people with a disability. Everyone can advocate for a friend or family member who requires assistance. All of us can be a part of the solution.”
Saman Akbaryan, Project Manager and UX Specialist for Inclusion Atlas

Intercultural Learning with Sound Infusion 

Our Education Strategist, Nisha Feik, discusses her  Intercultural Learning Pedagogy webinar and editorial written for Youthwise magazine on Intercultural Learning with Sound Infusion.

Nisha recently had an extremely positive response to an Intercultural Learning Pedagogy webinar. There were several opportunities for discussion about resourcing music programs and participants provided useful information for each other that complemented the advice provided during the webinar.

The webinar content shared teaching ideas from three cultures: capoeira from Brazil, a song from the Torres Strait Islands and a song from Italy. Participants received the lesson plans that these were based on as well as information about how to book relevant Cultural Infusion presenters. Videos provided context, and one video demonstrated how to arrange music using instruments from Brazil on Sound Infusion. Anecdotes were shared about cultural sensitivity in schools, and the group reflected upon a video featuring a government employee speaking on behalf of a cultural group without introducing them or asking them to talk about their music. This helped everyone to understand about how cultural sensitivity and respect are necessary for intercultural understanding.
"This was such a beneficial webinar and made me think about what I do and how I do it. I loved the capoeira lesson as I have never experienced anything like this- thank you! It was totally worth my time to participate in your interactive and highly motivating webinar."
Stacey Harrell, Teacher at Wingham High School
Nisha has written an editorial for Youthwise magazine about Intercultural Learning with Sound Infusion. This will be published in October 2022. Schools have provided Sound Infusion anecdotes about students sharing stories about their grandparents or parents playing instruments from their cultural heritage and creating musical arrangements on the weekend just for fun, or to explore sounds from previously unfamiliar places. 

Sound Infusion is the ideal blended learning tool to combine with more traditional forms of teaching and help students to empathise with people and cultures from around the world.

Multicultural All Day and Half Day Programs

Celebrate the end of Term 4 with Cultural Infusion's Multicultural All Day and Half Day Programs
Our cultural incursions make for the perfect end of school year celebration. Our presenters cater to any year level, producing programs that are interactive, vibrant and memorable. 

There are many programs to choose from, celebrating diversity and culture from around the world.
Choose 3 (half-day) or 5 (full-day) programs, and explore the histories, traditions, music and art forms from the chosen cultures. Each incursion is paired with a complementary lesson plan, giving your students practical activities, intercultural knowledge and the historical context of the culture. 


Cultural Infusion (CUIN)
Address: Suite 2, 273-277 Wellington Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066

CCJV | SHARING | Stories of peacemaking from the Holy City - with Ittay Flescher | Sunday 18 September 2022 | 2-4pm AEST

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In this interactive session, Ittay Flescher will share his reflections about the complex identities of Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents of Jerusalem.

Having grown up in Melbourne, Ittay moved to Jerusalem five years ago and now also works in the city as a journalist and peace activist through his experience as the Education Director at Kids4Peace, an interfaith youth movement in order to inspire hope for a different reality.
  • Where: Clifton Hall, Richmond Uniting Church, 304 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
  • Cost: $10 + booking fee
  • Bookings: online through Humanitix


Council of Christians and Jews Victoria (CCJV)

SKCC | WELCOMING | Pets for Blessing Day | Sunday 2 October 2022 | 2-2.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

St Kilda Church Communities (SKCC) warmly welcomes Feathered, Furred and Finned Friends (Photos of pets are welcomed too) for a blessing of the animals event to end the Season of Creation.

All animals must be on leash or carry container and supervised at all times.
  • Where: St Kilda Botanical Gardens - Dickens/ Herbert
  • Cost: Free

VMC | UPDATING | Join an anti-racism working group for young Victorians, register for the 2021 Census cultural diversity seminar and more | Tuesday 13 September 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

This week the world paid tribute to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Message from the Chairperson

In my capacity as VMC Chairperson, I attended the Proclamation of His Majesty King Charles III at Government House in Melbourne, to observe the process as it relates to our system of government in Australia and to pass on our condolences. It is important that we recognise the value of our democracy at this time, and allow all to contribute their voice to this period of mourning.

As a community, we are also sadly mourning the loss of Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta elder, leader and activist Uncle Jack Charles. On behalf of the VMC, I would like to extend my condolences to his family and loved ones - he was a strong campaigner for justice, and will be dearly missed.

In the campaign for justice in our state, we recently learned of the 2022 recipients of the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector's Research Grants Program. We are pleased to see $300,000 has been allocated across the public sector for projects that reduce gender inequality, discrimination and disadvantage.

Recipients of the grants include a project from Monash University that will examine intersectional disadvantage in Victorian local councils for women with non-English speaking backgrounds. Congratulations to all recipients, and we look forward to the results of this data analysis!

Until we next meet, take care and stay well.
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

VIC | VMC | INVITING | You to join a VMConnect Group

There are now over 850 members of the VMC's exciting online community, VMConnect, and you're invited to join the conversation!

There are many ways to get involved- you can check out our noticeboard, create a community event for our calendar, add your business to our service directory or join one of our Groups!

VMConnect Groups cover many different identities and interests - including groups for multicultural young people, LGBTIQ+ people, and for mental health or volunteering.

Connect with like-minded multicultural Victorians and representatives across the sector today.

VIC | GOV | INVITING | Young Victorians to join the Anti-Racism Program Working Group | applications close 11.59pm on Friday 30 September 2022 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have opened applications for 10 young people to join Bigger Than This - Anti-Racism Youth Program Working Group.

Working closely with the Commission and program funders VicHealth, the Youth Working Group will provide advice on the design, development and delivery of a secondary school-based program that aims to reduce racism among students.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those who live in rural and regional Victoria are especially encouraged to apply.

VIC | FOCO | BECOMING | A foster carer, playing a part | Foster Care Week 2022 | Sunday 11–Saturday 17 September 2022

Foster Care Week 2022 is coordinated by the Victorian Government and Fostering Connections (FOCO).

The week is dedicated to celebrating and recognising the invaluable contribution that foster carers make to the lives of children, young people, and families in our community.

Anyone who can offer a child or young person a safe and caring environment can apply to become a foster carer. You don’t have to be in a relationship or have a big house – carers are needed from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and experiences.

This Foster Care Week, learn how you can play an important part in your community by becoming a foster carer.

MELB | MUSHROOM | MAKING | On Track 18 - school holiday music program | registrations now open

Mushroom Group are super excited to open registrations for the ON TRACK 18 school holiday immersive music experience.

ON TRACK is an exciting and energetic holiday music experience giving high school students a unique immersion into the music industry. No prior writing or musical experience is needed - just passion and an eagerness to express yourself!

This free four-day workshop will take place at St John's Regional College Dandenong, from Monday 19 September - Thursday 22 September 2022.

Travel vouchers can be provided in advance to attend the workshop, and lunch is provided every day.

AUST | ABS | WEBINAR | 2021 Census - Cultural diversity data seminar | 20 September 2022 | 10.30am-12noon

Registrations are now open for the 2021 Census - cultural diversity data seminar.

This is a virtual event jointly hosted by SBS and the Australian Bureau of Statistics and will be live streamed.

The seminar will reveal data insights about the cultural diversity of the Australian community, and will provide useful and practical information for any organisation wishing to learn more about the makeup of an increasingly diverse Australia.

If you are unable to tune in on the day, the seminar will be recorded and available on the ABS website and the ABS YouTube channel after the event.

VIC | MESH | INVITING | Men of all ages to join a Men's Shed in regional Victoria

Grants of up to $80,000 have been allocated to 30 Men’s Sheds across the state, including in regional Victoria.

The funding aims to support men’s sheds where practical and engaging spaces are created to provide a welcoming place where men of all ages can connect, socialise, learn new skills and work on common building projects together.

There are currently more than 360 communities with Men’s Sheds throughout Victoria.

AUST | EAF | ANNOUNCING | 2023 Queer Displacements Conference | February 2023

The Queer Displacements conference is the first of it's kind in the Asia Pacific region designed to comprehensively foreground protection and settlement challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) forcibly displaced people.

This conference is a space for awareness raising, solidarity, building alliances and engaging the whole of society in ensuring justice, protection and solutions for LGBTIQ+ people in forced displacement. The theme of the 2023 conference is Leadership, Partnership and Belonging.

The 2023 Queer Displacements is organised in partnership with Equal Asia Foundation (EAF) and will take place in February 2023 in Sydney.

Coronavirus hotline 


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

GiveOUT | ANNOUNCING | $60,000 in Match Funding for GiveOUT Day 2022!

[Edited extract from public address]

Growing the pot of gold under the rainbow and changing the way Australians experience gender and sexuality – for the better!

GiveOUT Day are thrilled to make our first matched funding announcement for Thursday 20 October 2022.

Thanks to a generous contribution by the Sidney Myer Fund, the first $60,000 donated through the GiveOUT Day platform will be matched dollar-for-dollar by GiveOUT up to $1,500 per organisation or until the funding pool is exhausted (this includes any donations received in the lead up to and including GiveOUT Day, Thursday 20th of October).
“The Sidney Myer Fund is proud to support GiveOUT, as a conduit to numerous small, under resourced and yet highly impactful groups and organisations led by and serving the LGBTIQ community. We know that the proportion of the philanthropic dollar reaching LGBTIQ causes and organisations is disproportionately low, and with our support for GiveOUT we want to encourage and boost support from others” - Leonard Vary, CEO
GiveOUT Day are also excited to announce that the platform is now accepting donations! Head to the 2022 Projects page to view and donate to the amazing not-for-profit organisations, projects, and community groups that have already signed up to participate in 2022.


The GiveOUT Team (GiveOUT)

PWR | UPDATING | Welcoming Learners to the Interfaith Table, A Pre-Parliament Event, In Memoriam, and more | Saturday 10 September 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

The 2023 Parliament Convening Welcomes All Learners to the Interfaith Table

The 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions is less than a year away and the Parliament is committed to fostering a global interfaith community that welcomes all learners to the interfaith table.

This commitment is made possible by individuals and communities who attend and shape our global Convenings. Through our Call for Programs, closing on October 3rd, join us in this commitment and offer opportunities to learn and share.

As 11 September Looms, Honor Those Lost and Remember Another 9/11

...The Parliament of the World’s Religions is calling upon all people of faith and goodwill, each partisan concerned that democracy is dying, to see in themselves what Vivekananda saw in the audience in 1893 when he said “people wending their way to the same goal” and join us in 2023 in building Patel’s bridge and “Defending Freedom and Human Rights.”

We want to hear from you! | submissions close Tuesday 12 September 2022

Planning on proposing a program?Still considering a topic? Have a comment on the call for programs? Complete this short 2-minute survey and enter to win a FREE registration to the 2023 Parliament Convening for yourself or a friend.

SAVE THE DATE | Monthly Members Meditation and Meet-Up | Saturday 17 September 2022

Join the Monthly Members Meditation & Meet-Up at 1 PM Central. September's meditation is facilitated by Bakhtavar Desai, with a contemplation on Zoroastrian meditative formula. In this contemplative practice, Bakhtavar guides us through Ashem Vohu, a short prayer and message of radiant happiness.

Following the meditation, the space opens up for members to introduce themselves and engage in dialogue.

New York Pre-Parliament Event Explores Theme of Freedom & Human Rights

On Thursday 8 September 2022 the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation hosted a Pre-Parliament event for the August 2023 Convening in Chicago, “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights”.

Parliament Joins 59th Annual ISNA Convention

Between 2-5 September 2022, thousands gathered at the 59th Annual ISNA Convention exploring the theme Resilience, Hope, & Faith: With Hardship, Comes Ease.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions was represented by members of the Board of Trustees and Staff who joined local, national, and international organizations in connecting with attendees.

IN MEMORIAM: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Parliament of the World’s Religions extends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Share Insights & Explore Commitment with GE Survey

All members of the public with a general interest in ethics are invited to participate the first-ever Global Ethic Census, now live on our website.

WATCH NOW | The Turning Point

The Turning Point, a visual statement from the 2021 Parliament Convening, is now available to view and share in video form.

SAVE THE DATE | Monthly It’s Time to Talk | Thursday 29 September 2022

The Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Climate Change welcomes you back to It’s Time to Talk, a dialogue grounded in deep listening.

Stay up to date with the work of the Parliament

The success of the 2023 Parliament Convening is only possible with the support from individuals like you!

Book Your Ticket
Take advantage of the Early Bird Rate for the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions and save 40% off the regular rate.

Book Your Exhibit Space
Connect with thousands of global attendees at the heart of the 2023 Parliament Convening, book a booth and become an exhibitor.


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

VMC | UPDATING | Register for our Sick Pay Guarantee info session, free parenting courses, be an equal pay advocate and more | Tuesday 6 September 2022

[Edited extract from public address]

Spring is here! As the weather warms up, everyone is encouraged to enjoy gathering outdoors in a COVID safe way

Message from the Chairperson

There are many upcoming events that we can get behind, with special attention to honouring older Victorians through Dementia Action Week and the Victorian Seniors Festival. I encourage you to show your support for these events in whatever way you can. 

In other news, this week the Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector released the Workplace Gender Audit Baseline Report. This is the first overview from reporting organisations on the current state of gender inequality in the public sector, and will identify where we must continue to focus our efforts. 

A key yet consistent barrier to achieving gender equality is the issue of equal pay, but it's something all organisations can address today. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have put together some great resources to help businesses achieve equal pay- you can find more information below. 

In the spirit of advancing gender equality, I am pleased to share that the VMC has partnered with MindTribes to undertake research to achieve gender equality for culturally diverse women within the Victorian Public Sector. Stay tuned for the launch of this report! 

Until we next meet, take care and stay well. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

VIC | VMC | WEBINAR | Sick Pay Guarantee online info session | Wednesday 7 September 2022 | 6.30-7.30pm

Together with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, the VMC is hosting a free information session about the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee.

Eligible casual and contract workers can now get paid for up to 38 hours a year when they’re sick or caring for others through the new Guarantee. 

Join us to find out more, including:
  • who is eligible
  • which jobs are included
  • what is a casual worker
  • how to sign up
  • what information you will need to provide
  • how to make a claim for sick and carer’s pay.

VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Eligibility for COVID-19 medication

People with a high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 can get medicine to help them stay well. There are medicines to:
Only people most likely to need hospital care can get COVID-19 medicines. This includes people who:
are aged 70 and over
  • are aged 50 and over with certain health conditions (or 30 if they're Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
  • have a weakened immune system, disability or are born with heart disease.
Most other people can manage COVID-19 safely at home without these medicines. COVID-19 medicines do not replace vaccination.

VIC | VMC | INVITING | You to join a VMConnect Group

There are now over 850 members of the VMC's exciting online community, VMConnect, and you're invited to join the conversation!

There are many ways to get involved- you can check out our noticeboard, create a community event for our calendar, add your business to our service directory or join one of our Groups!

VMConnect Groups cover many different identities and interests - including groups for multicultural young people, LGBTIQ+ people, and for mental health or volunteering.

Connect with like-minded multicultural Victorians and representatives across the sector today. 

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | 2023 Interpreter Scholarship program | applications now open, closing 30 November 2022

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships for people wanting to study interpreting at RMIT University in 2023.

The scholarships aim to increase Victoria’s number of qualified interpreters so that non-English speakers have better access to crucial government services, such as health care and housing support.

Since 2003, the Victorian Government has offered scholarships for students undertaking a range of translating and interpreting courses at RMIT University and have helped more than 500 people gain certification with NAATI.

VIC | GOV | OFFERING | Social Services Jobs Guarantee program - Diploma of Community Services graduates

The Social Services Jobs Guarantee is an employment program for people graduating from the Diploma of Community Services between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2024.

Once you have registered, for this program, you will be notified if you match with a role available in the community services sector.

Roles could be in industries that include:
  • child protection and family services
  • disability and aged care
  • housing and homelessness, and
  • other in-demand social services roles.
Extra support is also available for those who register, such as mentoring and career counselling. 

VIC | GOV | HIGHLIGHTING | Making a difference in a job that matters

The Jobs that Matter campaign highlights a range of roles available across the community services sector.
These jobs make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities, including children and family, disability, family violence, homelessness and ageing services.

Start your career today in a job that matters, and contribute to a better Victoria. 

VIC | VEOHRC | LAUNCHING | Equal pay matters – educational resources for organisations

Equal pay - being paid fairly and equally for work of equal or comparable value - is a basic human right. It’s good for workers and it’s good for business.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has launched new educational resources for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to understand and implement equal pay in their workplaces.

They're accessible, free, shareable and tailored to suit the unique needs of SMEs.

Start your equal pay journey today and be part of a fairer future for workers. 

VIC | REVI | OFFERING | Free parenting courses | from 23 September 2022

Are you having difficulty managing your child's behaviour? Do you feel concerned about the level of conflict in your home? Are you looking to improve the overall wellbeing of your family? 

Relationships Victoria (REVE) offers free 6 to 12 week courses for parents to learn better ways to connect with their children and family in a culturally sensitive way. 

A course for Afghan women and one for Afghan men, called Tuning into Kids, is also being offered in Cranbourne. These sessions will be hosted by a group facilitator fluent in several Afghan dialects. 

Visit the Relationships Victoria website for more information on course registration and other resources for multicultural communities. 

Coronavirus hotline 


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

CoPP | GOV | UPDATING | Community Sector News | September 2022

 [Edited extract from public address]

This month features great learning opportunities for LGBQTIA+ and Transgender Awareness, free KN95 masks and hand sanitiser for community organisations and special events like the Port Phillip Seniors Festival and National Carers Week. 

 Training and Professional Development 

VIC | TRVI | TRAINING | LGBTQIA+ & Transgender Diverse Awareness | Friday 4 November 2022 | 9.30am-12.30pm

This hybrid training is part of the Port Phillip Community Training Calendar and delivered in person but also accessible online.

The first half of this training provides an overview of LGBTIQA+ communities, issues and concerns and the second half delves into more detail about trans and gender diverse communities. We provide recommendations and tips for working with LGBTIQA+ and TGD clients, customers and staff.

This training is delivered by Transgender Victoria (TRVI) and the trainers will be Nicole Shaw (they/them) and Zoe Walder (she/her).
  • Where: Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda & online
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online through Trybooking

VIC | CAVI | WEBINAR | Carers Sector Seminar Series | September-November 2022 | 1.30-3.30pm

These free Carers Victoria (CAVI) seminars offer opportunities to people working with carers to expand their skills and understanding. Workshops include;
See the Carers Victoria website for information and bookings.

VIC | WHISE | WEBINAR | Menopause and How To Manage | Wednesday 28 September 2022 | 11am-12.30pm

Women's Health in the South East (WHISE) will be hosting a panel of esteemed guest experts:
  • Dr Fatima Khan, menopause specialist at the Epworth and member of the Australasian Menopause Society
  • Jodie Belyea, founder and Managing Director of the Women's Spirit Project 
  • Mary Crooks, AO and Executive Director of the Victorian Women's Trust
The discussion will examine the impact of menopause on people's health and wellbeing, including their sexual health and desire, their employment and relationships, and people's experiences of seeking support and treatment within the healthcare system.

Community members, stakeholders and partners including primary care providers and specialists, health promotion practitioners and policymakers are welcome to attend.

VIC | VALS | TRAINING | LGBTIQA+ Ageing and Aged Care Awareness | Wednesday 28 September 2022 | 10am-1.15pm

The Val’s LGBTIQA+ Ageing and Aged Care (VALS) training session provides an introduction to supporting and working with older LGBTIQA+ people. This program is delivered via Zoom and is for Victorian based staff working across CHSP and/or supporting older people in the community or care settings. 

The session will introduce participants to the following:
  • LGBTIQA+ identities, communities, terminology, definitions & history
  • Key aspects & issue of LGBTIQA+ ageing
  • An introduction to LGBTIQA+ inclusive practice
This session is funded through CHSP sector support and development, and is for Victorian based staff open to a maximum of 4 participants per organisation.
  • Where: This interactive sessions is delivered via Zoom - the Zoom invitations will be sent only to registered participants prior to the training session.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: email

VIC | VALS | TRAINING | Celebrating Older LGBTIQA+ People - Providing Inclusive Events & Activities | Tuesday 4 October 2022 | 2.30-4pm

Older LGBTIQA+ people face a range of barriers in accessing mainstream support services as they age. In this 1.5-hour event, Val's will provides information focusing on the need to provide LGBTIQA+ inclusive and relevant content, celebrations and activities in mainstream ageing and aged care programs. Providing LGBTIQA+ content and activities is a fantastic step in providing a genuine welcome to older LGBTIQA+ people.

We will provide some ideas and strategies that services can integrate into their existing programs that will be inviting and welcoming to LGBTIQA+ elders as well as other service users, and information about community supports specifically for LGBTIQA+ elders. A resource outlining interesting and relevant activities and celebrations will be provided to each participants.

This interactive sessions is delivered via Zoom - the Zoom invitations will be sent only to registered participants prior to the training session.

This session is funded through CHSP sector support and development, and is for Victorian based staff and is open to a maximum of 4 participants per organisation.

AUST | NUEN | GRANTING | IAP2A Australasia Certificate in Engagement scholarship program | applications now open

Nurture Engagement (NUEN), a partnership program offering scholarships for virtual training, has been established by the IAP2 Australasia Board to support small not-for-profits by offering their staff and directors the opportunity to complete the IAP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement. The Program is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations who meet the specified criteria and that are accepted as program partners.

How to apply?

 COPP | CELEBRATING | 2022 Seniors Festival | 1-16 October 2022 

Look forward to a City of Port Phillip festival (COPP) full of inclusive, free, informative and celebratory events and activities. The full festival program will be available in mid September 2022. The following events are currently accepting bookings:

LAUNCHING | Seniors Festival and Celebrating 22 Years of the Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) | Ageism Awareness Day | Friday 7 October 2022 | 2-5.30pm

Celebrate positive ageing with an Afternoon Tea-dance, Musical Entertainment, Cabaret and Disco. This event is a recognition of City of Port Phillip’s Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) 22nd Year.

David Sharples (DK, Soul DJ) is an entertainer and radio presenter with years of experience in England and Australia. Join DK, Soul DJ for a fun afternoon of Musical Entertainment, Cabaret and Disco. This event will feature the U3A Port Phillip Male Voice Choir, Ballroom Dancing ensemble and a disco including all your favourite Motown, Soul and Pop from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
  • Where: Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential 
  • Bookings: essential, contact Simone Jamieson Tel: 03 9209 6260, Mob: 0403 904 092 or email

HARMONISING | Bring It Home | Thursday 13 October 2022 | 1pm for 1.30-3pm

This event is presented in partnership with The Victorian Seniors Festival, the City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira, City of Port Phillip and City of Stonnington councils.

Bring it Home flier (PDF 724 KB)

Bring it Home encourages older people to dress up to the nines and step out to have a great time. Bring it Home features high quality live music, special guests, stories, belly laughs, sing-along, dancing, radio plays, interviews and more.

Bring it Home is social and participatory and there will be invitations to participate through harmony singing, dancing, or joining the band to play the famous pig-o-phone. Audience members can be as visible and involved as they choose, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the party atmosphere! The Bring it Home Line up for this event is: Karen Davitt, Boris Conley, Steve Grant, Pete Slipper, Wilbur Wilde, Rebecca Barnard, Alison Ferrier, Patrick Cronin, Valanga Khoza.
  • Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street St Kilda
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential 
  • Bookings: You can book for yourself or for a group. When you book please use the following code: PORT PHILLIP; Mob: 0421 853 266 or email

PRESENTING | Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards 18th Year | Sunday 16 October 2022 | from 2-4 pm

Join us for this enjoyable session of literature including the announcement of the Judges Awards. As we celebrate 18 years of local writers, special guests will read from a selection of this year’s entries.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential
  • Bookings: Contact Simone Jamieson  Tel: 03 9209 6260; Mob: 0403 904 092 or email

CELEBRATING | Welcoming Week 9 to 18 September | Thursday 15 September 2022 | 6-7pm

The City of Port Phillip is hosting a Welcoming Week event on Thursday 15 September from 6 to 7 pm at Space2b in St Kilda, featuring a performance from John Wayne Parsons and light refreshments from Flavours of Syria.

Welcoming Week (9 to 18 September) is an annual international campaign that celebrates communities that strive to be more welcoming to all people.

Welcoming Week is an initiative of the Welcoming Cities network which supports councils to build communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

 Other Programs & Initiatives 

COPP | HEARING | Your Say: South Port Uniting Church Mission's Future Partnership Priorities | submissions close Tuesday 20 September 2022 

South Port Uniting Church Parish Mission is inviting any interested local organisations, groups and associations to participate in this 10-minute online survey to help shape the parish's distribution of funding, access to facilities and potentially other in kind support/resourcing which strengthens our community's resilience from 2023 onwards.

We want to know the best ways we can genuinely partner with others who are making a difference for people experiencing economic and social vulnerability in the City of Port Phillip. By participating in this survey, you can help identity gaps, priorities and opportunities for us to potentially work together in the future. There is also the opportunity to pitch an idea for a currently unfunded project or initiative where you think there is potential for a partnership to be developed.

All participants in the survey will receive a report back of the key findings from this consultation process, which could be useful in forming an evidence base for advocacy work or funding applications for your group/organisation. You may also be contacted by South Port Uniting Church for a follow up discussion to explore partnership in 2023.
For any further enquiries, please contact South Port Uniting Parish Mission Partnerships Steering Committee member Mia Cox via email

VIC | ANTAR | CALLING | Submissions for ANTaR Film Competition | entries close on 31st October 2022

ANTaR are having a film competition! It’s open to all ages and films can be between 1-5 minutes.

The theme of the competition is “What does Tomorrow Australia look like, in the context of reconciliation?” 

There will be a public big-screen event for finalists, so don’t miss out on this chance to have your film seen by an audience! Finalists will also get the chance to chat with one or more of our First Nations judges - Minelle Creed (Award winning journalist), Tait Brady (internationally acclaimed filmmaker) and Richard Frankland (award winning filmmaker and musician.)

COPP | PPCG | OFFERING | Free Tax Help Program | from August to October 2022

Port Phillip Community Group runs a Free Tax Help Program for eligible residents of the City of Port Phillip. If you earn under $60,000, do not have your own ABN or receive income from investments, then you may be eligible for assistance.

PPCG has volunteers offering face-to-face appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, as well as remote appointments on Tuesday evenings. 

Volunteers are trained and supported by the Australian tax Office and the program is proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip.
  • Get in touch to book your appointment on Tel: 8598 6600; email or visit website

COPP | MAC | CALLING | For Nominees to Multicultural Advisory Committee | nominations close 18 September 2022

Passionate about supporting the voices of multicultural communities?

The City of Port Phillip is inviting interested residents, organisations and groups to apply for voluntary positions on Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.

The Committee provides advice and feedback to Council on opportunities and issues that affect all multicultural communities in the City of Port Phillip.

COPP | LILO | LOOKING | For Local Multicultural Music Acts

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unique and wide-reaching challenges for our City's live music sector. It is our priority to support musicians, bring audiences back safely, and assist our venues with recovery.

Live n Local (LILO) database of featured artists is a resource to help event organisers program exciting and diverse live music events featuring local talent. Artists featured in the database are eligible to be booked through the Locals Playing Locals: Live Music Support Scheme.

We're inviting musicians from all genres and levels of experience to list your act by filling out the form and your information and contact details will promoted on our website for potential gigs and bookings.

COPP | PPCG | DISTRIBUTING | Free KN95 Masks and Hand Sanitiser for Community Groups or Schools

Are you a community organisation or school?

The City of Port Phillip, in partnership with Port Phillip Community Group, have on offer free packets (of 10) KN95 masks and 500ml of hand sanitizer.
  • Please call Lou on 0408 307 997 to arrange an order and collection time. Collections are on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

COPP | PROFILING | Christchurch Community Centre

We are celebrating the coming of Spring at Christ Church Mission Community Centre and are looking forward to the promise of new beginnings along with all the great activities that are taking place at the centre.

Following the daunting covid era and lockdowns it has been a real triumph to reopen our programs to the community. While our Emergency Support program and Evening Meals continued in a limited fashion during the past 2 years, our community members are much happier now to be able to enjoy our Thursday evening, sit down, 3 course meal where it is not only delicious and nourishing but a great opportunity to meet with friends and have a chat. We understand that not everyone is feeling super confident yet, so we still offer a take away meal option.

The kitchen garden is preparing for the new season with fresh herbs and vegetables ready to be planted out for our kitchen as well as potted up to sell at our next Plant Sale - the ‘Little Nursery’ social enterprise will sell plants on the first Saturday of each month at our ‘mini market’ in the Church grounds.

In partnership with Port Phillip Community Group, we offer an introduction to Hospitality and Horticulture training courses. The courses run for 7 weeks during school terms. Participants are providing positive feedback with some of the graduates enjoying the success of securing employment and new volunteer positions. Trainees are supported by qualified trainers and mentors to help them to achieve their goals. Graduates may also assist in the Open House meal preparation and serving or join in the Garden Nomads program, where we have a number of local residents in need of a little help to manage their gardens.

The Patchwork and Quilting group meet on every second Monday and they recently held an exhibition. The exhibition was an opportunity to show case their incredible talent, especially the participants who joined the group with little, if any experience at all. It was a great success, with the Quilts beautifully displayed in the Church setting.

All of this takes place with the generous help provided by wonderful people who volunteer their time and skills. We are more than happy to chat with anyone who has an interest in our programs and we are also interested in new ideas for more affordable, social activities. So, if you have some time to spare and would like to arrange a time to have a tour of the centre please contact us:
  • For more information email or Tel: 9534 9250


City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182