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.

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