VMC | UPDATING | Scanlon Foundation's 2022 Mapping Social Cohesion report, opportunities to mentor young South Sudanese Victorians and more | Tuesday 29 November 2022

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Everyone's vote matters, regardless of their cultural or linguistic background. 

Message from the Chairperson

Thank you to everyone who exercised their democratic right this past weekend by voting in our State Election. This year VMC was pleased to partner with the Victorian Electoral Commission, to host an information session on voting for Victorians who speak a language other than English. 

Over half of Victorians now have at least one parent born overseas, and it's important that we are appropriately represented both at the polls and in the ballot. We hope that all winning candidates from this election will consider the cultural makeup of their electorates in their vision for the state. 

It's hard to believe that it's almost December! As we move into end of year celebrations I'd like to invite everyone to continue to be safe and to observe COVID-19 recommendations. If you are eligible, please consider an additional vaccine dose, to ensure you are protecting your loved ones and community. 

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

VIC | CDW | INVITING | Planning of events for 2023 Cultural Diversity Week | Saturday 11-Tuesday 21 March 2023

Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) is the largest celebration of multicultural Victoria in our state, and it's back! 

The 2023 theme is Our Past. Our Future: Celebrating and reflecting on the contributions of Victoria's multicultural communities. This theme reflects on Victoria's strong past as a multicultural state, and looks to its undeniably culturally diverse future.

You are invited to get involved by hosting an event or activity in your community, workplace or business. 
For event resources, ideas and inspiration, visit the Cultural Diversity Week webpage on the VMC website.

MELB | PCKAF | SEEKING | South Sudanese Mentors for young people

The Paramount Chief Kuol Adol Foundation (PCKAF) aims to improve the livelihoods of South Sudanese communities through programs in both South Sudan and Melbourne.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for their Starbase Mentoring Program, which supports South Sudanese people aged 12 to 15 living in Melbourne's West, who have older siblings engaged in the criminal justice system. 

The program assists the mentees to establish and achieve goals, and develop positive relationships with their mentors. The program will launch with a 3-day camp in mid-January 2023. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, email or call 0493 072 191.

AUST | MOPI | OFFERING | Dementia information for multicultural communities

Moving Pictures (MOPI) produces films and animations for multicultural communities to use to raise awareness about dementia and dementia prevention.

Their newest resource is called the Moving Pictures Genie, which includes links to global resources and websites that have dementia information in over 60 languages other than English. 

Please email the Moving Pictures team if you know of a resource about dementia or dementia care in a language other than English, and it will be added to the database.

AUST | SFRI | REPORTING | Mapping Social Cohesion 2022

The results of the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute's (SFRI) 2022 Mapping Social Cohesion survey have been published.

The national survey has been undertaken since 2007, and measures social cohesion, immigration and population issues. 

The surveys aim to further understanding of the social impact of immigration to Australia and our increasingly culturally diverse society. 

VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Polio immunisation factsheets

Polio can re-emerge in any country, including Australia. So it is important to receive your immunisation against polio. 

New cases of polio in Australia are rare, but the disease remains a health risk for people travelling to some countries of the world. As an adult, you need several doses of the polio vaccine before you are fully protected from infection.

In Victoria, the polio vaccine for children is combined with vaccines. Better Health channel has produced a fact sheet that can be downloaded from their website which explains the importance of receiving the vaccine.

AUST | GOV | GRANTING | New grants to promote community safety | applications close 9pm Thursday 12 January 2023

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for the Australian Government's Safe and Together Community Grants Program. 

The program funds communities and organisations to deliver activities supporting people who may be vulnerable to developing extremist views and behaviours. 

Coronavirus hotline 


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

ILF | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds For Gifting books to Aboriginal children

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When you sponsor a book in language for an Aboriginal child, not only are you helping that child to learn from something familiar to them. You are also empowering remote Aboriginal communities to share and preserve their unique culture, knowledge and identity for the next generation.

“Kids are seeing themselves reflected in these books. They want to pick them up and share them with their families.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote communities across Australia often have limited access to books. When they do, most stories describe a culture that is unfamiliar to them.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) Book Supply is creating and translating books with the collective storytelling of First Nations authors, illustrators and Elders. All funds raised will go towards sending book packs that include First Language stories to 400 remote Communities across Australia.

This Festive Season, give an Aboriginal child a book that represents their culture and language.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: PO Box H328, Australia Square NSW 1215
Tel: (02) 9280 0644

PPLS | GATHERING | BIG Summer Read Launch Party | Sunday 4 December 2022 | 11am-12noon

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We're kicking off the BIG Summer Read at St Kilda Library with a musical extravaganza! We have two local artists coming along to entertain the crowds and kick start this year's BSR with a bang.

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter, Mal Webb sings his brain-provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques.

Kylie Morrigan (who's played with Orchestra Victoria and the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White), provides a perfect balance to Mal's nuttiness.

Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.

Sign-up for the BIG Summer Read and receive a goodie bag, including BIG Summer Read freebies and activities.

This event is suitable for ages 3+.

BIG Summer Read goody bags are available for any participating child or young person between the ages of 0-18 years.
  • Where: St Kilda Library
  • Cost: This event is free, but bookings are essential.
  • Bookings: Get involved, online via PPLS


Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for Ukraine deliveries of critical food kits and medical aid |

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Aussie expat, Daniel ‘Rusty’ Russell and his humanitarian aid drivers have covered some serious kilometres driving to newly liberated villages in Ukraine to deliver critical food kits and medical aid. 

Often, they are the first people to arrive, only days after liberation. The local people are living under incredibly tough conditions, in mined areas, without electricity.

The roads are treacherous. To reach recently liberated villages, Rusty and his team must tackle mines, decimated roads, ruined bridges and soft muddy tracks. Almost all other humanitarian aid drivers have stopped driving due to extreme road and weather conditions.

But with your support, Rusty and his team will not give up!

So far, Chuffed donors have helped them to raise over 60% of the funds needed to bring some Christmas joy to those who have lost everything this year.

As a UN World Food Programme distributor, funds will go directly to helping distribute food, warm clothes and hygiene products. Rusty and his team are determined to raise enough funds to also bring toys as Christmas gifts for the children.

Chip in and support Rusty to bring Christmas to devastated villages in Ukraine. He can’t do it without your support!


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

CoPP | ENABLING | Foreshore fun for all with accessible beaches

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An inclusive summer is on the way with free matting and floating wheelchairs at St Kilda and Port Melbourne beaches.

Under the fifth year of Port Phillip Council’s accessible beaches program, beach matting has been rolled out at the St Kilda and Port Melbourne Life Saving Clubs (LSC) until 28 April 2023.

The matting helps people who need extra traction on the soft sand when using a walking frame or wheelchair, for example, or pushing a pram. Bookings are not required to use the matting, which is rolled up on Tuesdays from 5 -11 am so the beach can be cleaned.

The Accessible Floating Beach Wheelchair can be booked until 25 April 2023. The chairs must be used during LSC patrol times and users need to have at least one support person with them – two if they plan to enter the water.

Accessible Beaches not-for-profit organisation officer Bern Walker praised the Port Phillip program for bringing beautiful beaches to many people with disability.

“Making beaches accessible is about being inclusive and enabling everyone to be included in life,” Ms Walker said.

“A day at the beach is a quintessential part of Australian life, which many take for granted. When councils are on board with beach accessibility, it sends a strong message that diversity is a high priority and that everyone in the community is valued.”

Ms Walker said regular feedback from people who would otherwise have missed out on a beach trip is moving. “One woman who visited Port Melbourne beach said she had not been in the water for a decade and that Council’s program allowed ‘a little miracle to happen’.”

Activist and writer Anthony Bartl loves visiting St Kilda for its energy, live music – and fantastic foreshore.

Mr Bartl, who guides an electric wheelchair with his chin, said beach accessibility programs make him feel more involved in community life.

“Being able to participate in activities takes a bit of my disability away,” Mr Bartl said.

The Victorian Government funded the Changing Places toilet facility at the St Kilda LSC, which has a changing table and electric hoist, “is a must” when Mr Bartl plans a beach day. As well as providing an accessible toilet, the facility’s hoist helps with transfers to the beach wheelchair.

“Without that, I wouldn’t be able to experience it. I want to do as much as I can and get really involved in summer – enjoying the sea breeze and being around other people.”


City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6777

CoPP | ENCOURAGING | All to Join Team Respect in #callitout | 24 November 2022

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Ending violence against women, girls and gender diverse people starts with equality. 

Help us create equality on and off the field for 16 Days of Activism.

This year, with the support of Respect Victoria and their Sexism in Sport #callitout campaign, we are celebrating the 16 Days of Activism by chatting to some of our local sporting clubs about how they encourage and promote gender equality on and off the field. 

One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and one in five Australian women have experienced sexual violence. As part of creating an inclusive Port Phillip, we are working hard to address the stereotypes, disrespect and inequality that allow this violence to continue and are committed to advancing gender equality for the benefit of our whole community.  

Sport has a vital role to play in promoting equality and preventing violence against women at both an individual level and more broadly as influential organisations and workplaces. With a sizeable percentage of the Port Phillip community participating in some form of sport or physical activity, the attitudes and behaviours learned and displayed in sport can have a considerable influence on how our community behaves and has a significant impact on preventing gender-based violence before it occurs. 

This week we are lucky to be hearing from some young local athletes and their clubs about how they create an equal playing field for girls, women and gender diverse people in our community. As Megan from Middle Park Football Club tells us, “It's about creating a culture and an environment where people feel safe and calling out the behaviour that is not okay.”

Every person at every level of our sporting clubs; including management, coaches, umpires, volunteers, players, and fans; has a part to play in promoting equality and preventing violence against women. To help create an even playing field for all genders, we have collated a range of tools and resources that are available to support our sporting clubs to #callitout: 


City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6777

ECCV | ISSUING | eBulletin #30 | November 2022

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As Victoria prepares for the state election this weekend, it is important to remember that multiculturalism is more than just a talking point. 

Migrant and refugee communities have attracted our fair share of headlines this election campaign, and we've seen a range of promises across the political spectrum focused on strengthening multicultural Victoria. Read more about these promises in our election summary here.

In particular, we welcome commitments made by both the Labor and Liberal parties to increase ECCV's core funding. While we are delighted with this investment in our work advocating on behalf of Victorian multicultural communities, we will continue to campaign for the embedding of a multicultural lens across all aspects of government policies and services.

Meeting the unique needs of our diverse communities requires a multicultural sector that is sustainably funded and resourced, and adept at developing policy with long-term vision. That's why the call for a Victorian Multicultural Strategy is at the heart of our State Election Platform. What's needed is a Strategy that takes a collaborative, whole-of-government approach to multicultural policymaking that engages with community every step of the way.

Whatever the results of this upcoming election, we look forward to working with the next government to continue our work advocating for multicultural Victoria.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place next Wednesday, 30 November at the Greek Centre. We are delighted to have VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio, as our guest speaker. The AGM will be a great opportunity for our members, stakeholders and supporters to not only learn more about our work over the past year, share thoughts on what our advocacy priorities should be for the year to come, but also to debrief after Saturday's election.

Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

GATHERING | Register for our Annual General Meeting | Wednesday 30 November 2022 | 6pm

ECCV members and friends are invited to our Annual General Meeting – an opportunity to learn more about our work this year and hear from guest speaker, VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio. Sandro is a medical doctor, author and a globally-renowned public health expert and advocate, as well as host of ABC's Big National Health Check

REPORTING | Our submission on Disability Inclusion Bill

ECCV welcomes the exposure draft of the recent Disability Inclusion Bill, and was pleased to make a submission on it last month. While our submission supports a new principal Act for promoting disability inclusion in Victoria, it also puts forward a number of recommendations for how the Bill can better support cultural safety for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. 

PRESENTING | at Ageing & Living Well Forum

ECCV presented at Saturday 19 November 2022 Ageing and Living Well Forum, hosted by Multicultural Women Victoria and United Sri Lankan Muslim Association of Australia, with the support of City of Monash and Victorian Multicultural Commission. Ageing Well Lead, Tonina Gucciardo-Masci, spoke about the importance of safeguarding the rights and dignity of older people, and shared multicultural resources.

PRESENTING | Keynote at Tasmanian carers forum

It was great to take part in last month's Tasmanian HACC & CHSP Forum where Hayat Doughan, our Carers Capacity Building Coordinator, was keynote speaker alongside Robin Banks, a distinguished human rights lawyer. Hayat talked about the importance of culturally inclusive practice and how she has implemented this through the Recognising and Respecting Carers project. 

ADVANCING | Dialogue with VMC

Our Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, along with members of the ECCV board and CEO Emiliano Zucchi were delighted to host the Victorian Multicultural Commission at our Coburg offices last week. They met with Commissioner Viv Nguyen, Deputy Commissioner Bwe Thay and Executive Senior Advisor Hakan Akyol to discuss how we can continue to work together to support migrant and refugee communities.

ENGAGING | With Community over festival weekend

We were pleased to be part of the African Music & Cultural Festival and the Anatolian Alevi Festival last weekend. Our team distributed free RATs, masks and hand sanitiser, and spoke with festival-goers about the latest advice on how to stay COVIDsafe, and how ECCV can help them access the state government's Power Saving Bonus (to find out more, see the Opportunities & Resources section below). 

HEARING | Your say: anti-racism research project

ECCV is partnering with the Islamic Council of Victoria and Victoria University to conduct a VicHealth-funded research project on the support available to people who experience racism. This data will inform recommendations on how to improve anti-racism support reporting pathways. 

WEBINAR | Tune in to our multicultural COVID-19 forum | Tuesday 8 December 2022 | 6.30-8pm

We are hosting an online COVID-19 forum for multicultural communities. Presenting at the forum will be Dr Steven Lu, a specialist GP and a Clinical Champion for the Victorian Department of Health’s COVID Response Program. Dr Lu will share the latest public health advice on how to stay COVIDsafe during the current surge and take part in an audience Q&A. 

SUPPORTING | Power Saving Bonus program

Bicultural workers in ECCV's Outreach team are assisting Victorians from migrant and refugee communities to apply for the state government's Power Saving Bonus program. The Bonus is a one-off payment of $250 available to all Victorian households, including concession cardholders who claimed the Bonus in 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

PPLS | GATHERING | In conversation with Carly Findlay and Renay Barker-Mulholland | Thursday 1 December 2022 | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Join Carly Findlay OAM in conversation with Renay Barker-Mulholland about their shared experiences as disability activists and educators. 

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. International Day of People with Disability

To celebrate IDPwD, our libraries are hosting a very special evening author talk with two national champions for disablity inclusion and advocacy.

Carly is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. 

Renay is a proud disabled Biripi/Dungutti woman, and a staunch feminist who is dedicated to fighting for disability justice. 
  • Where: St Kilda Library
  • Cost: The event is FREE but bookings are essential.
  • Bookings: online via PPLS


Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

PPLS | SHOWCASING | "Born to be Wild" by FOG Theatre | Thursday 1 December 2022 | 12noon-1pm

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Get your body moving. Head out to the library. Join in the adventure as Fog Theatre comes your way.

As a part of our International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) party we are excited to announce that FOG Theatre will be joining us for a range of music, songs, dance and performances throughout the library.

For one short hour we invite you all to put your browsing and borrowing aside to watch the majestic mayhem of FOG Theatre as they bring the library alive.
  • Watch: "We got the Magic!" (3 mins) music video to see the FOG Theatre in action for IDPwD 2020.
  • Where: St Kilda Library
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: No bookings needed, just come along and bring your dancing shoes.


Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

PPLS | TRAINING | eSafety for Seniors – Internet Safety Information Session: Minimise your risk | Monday 28 November 2022

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Spotting and reporting scam emails, text messages and phone calls. Creating strong passwords and knowing what to do if you have been scammed.

St Kilda: Monday 28 November 2022 | 10.30-11.30am
  • Where: St Kilda Library Community Room, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda.

South Melbourne: Monday 28 November 2022 | 1.30-2.30pm
  • Where: South Melbourne Community Room- Hall 2, 1 Ferrars Pl, South Melbourne.

  • Cost: The session is FREE and bookings are required.
  • Bookings: Phone:  0403 904 092 or  Email:


Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

VMC | UPDATING | 2023 Cultural Diversity Week, a free library of translated health resources, opportunities in sport and more | Wednesday 23 November 2022

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Victoria's largest multicultural celebration Cultural Diversity Week is back! From 11-21 March 2023 our state will come together to celebrate the power, influence and impact of multicultural Victoria. 

Message from the Chairperson

The theme for 2023 Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) is Our Past. Our Future: Celebrating and reflecting on the contributions of Victoria’s multicultural communities.

The theme calls on people of all ages and backgrounds to reflect on Victoria’s long history and bright future as a multicultural state. We've included an item in this newsletter which will direct you to resources, inspiration and ideas for hosting your own CDW event. Every Victorian is invited to get involved!

In other news, the VMC began its quarterly Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings with the North West Metropolitan RAC starting off the meetings last Monday. We are receiving important insights from our RAC members as to the immediate concerns and issues of multicultural communities around Victoria, with a key concern being mental health, especially for multicultural youth. 

As we start planning and preparing for the new year, the VMC is committed to the improvement of mental health outcomes for multicultural communities, and will continue to advocate in this space. In the meantime, know that you can get support and help.

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

VIC | VMC | INVITING | Hosts for Cultural Diversity Week event | Saturday 11-Tuesday 21 March 2023

Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) is the largest celebration of multicultural Victoria in our state, and it's back from 11-21 March 2023! 

The 2023 theme is Our Past. Our Future: Celebrating and reflecting on the contributions of Victoria's multicultural communities. This theme reflects on our strong past as a multicultural state, and looks to the future of our culturally diverse communities. 

All Victorians are invited to get involved by hosting an event or activity in your community, workplace or business. 

For event resources, ideas and inspiration, visit the Cultural Diversity Week webpage on the VMC website.

VIC | VLA | LISTENING | to Women in Leadership: VMC Chairperson Viv Nguyen podcast

VMC Chairperson Viv Nguyen recently sat down with the CEO of Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), Louise Glanville, for the Women in Leadership podcast series.

Viv answered 5 questions that touch on her experiences as a refugee, woman and leader, and shared her advice for anyone facing personal or professional challenges.

You can watch Viv's interview, and the other Women in Leadership podcast episodes, on the Victoria Legal Aid YouTube channel.

VIC | VEOHRC | INVITING | Victorians to Pledge and take action for human rights – Human Rights Week | 2-9 December 2022

Human Rights Week is an annual event in December, facilitated by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

This year, Victorians are invited to take a pledge to make human rights real for themselves and their communities. Each day from 2-9 December, you will be invited to take part in a small, achievable action.

These daily actions will challenge your knowledge of human rights and implement this knowledge in a practical way.

The VMC will be contributing our own daily action on Friday 9 December - follow us on social media to keep up to date!

VIC | DJPR | CALLING | Expressions of interest – Sporting Entity board members | applications open, closing 27 November 2022

The Department of Jobs, Precincts, and Regions (DJPR) is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) to join the Victorian Sporting Entity Boards.

Sporting entities within Sport and Recreation Victoria perform a range of important functions, from the management and regulation of Melbourne's key sports and entertainment facilities to the development of Victoria's elite athletes.

Boards are comprised of a Chairperson, sometimes a Deputy Chairperson and between five and 11 other members, representing a broad range of industry and community stakeholders. Boards meet six to ten times per year. 

DJPR is especially interested in EOIs from Victorians with multicultural backgrounds. 

VIC | CMY | CALLING | For Applications of Project Officer - Centre for Multicultural Sport | applications closing Wednesday 30 November 2022

CMSport is a new initiative from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) focused on growing cultural inclusion in Victorian sporting organisations. 

Applications are now open for a part-time, 18-month project officer who will help deliver consultation projects, industry research, training, facilitation of forums and resources/tools, and advocate for equitable access to sport for people with multicultural backgrounds.

VIC | GOV | TRANSLATING | Australian health and wellbeing information - free online library

Health Translations is a free online library of over 28,000 high-quality translations of Australian health and wellbeing information.

Made for Australian health practitioners and people who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the online library provides quick access to a wealth of reliable resources.

Resources are regularly reviewed to ensure quality and accuracy. Information can be found by searching for a language, organisation or topics such as COVID-19, flood recovery and mental health. 

Coronavirus hotline 


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

CoPP | GOV | UPDATING | International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) celebrations and opportunity to hire the Palais Theatre for just $1 | Wednesday 23 November 2022

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City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has celebrations for the upcoming International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and an exciting opportunity to hire the Palais Theatre for just $1.

 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) Events 

PERFORMING | Born to be Wild | Thursday 1 December 2022 | 12noon-1pm

Join us on Thursday 1 December for several pop-up creative performances by Fog Theatre at the St Kilda library. For one short hour put your browsing and borrowing aside to be amongst the balletic and majestic mayhem of Fog Theatre as they playfully bring life and vibes to different parts of the St Kilda Library.

Fog Theatre’s pop-up performances are held throughout the library, starting with an opening performance at 12noon in the library foyer and the closing performance will be at approximately 12.50pm in the story time area of the library.

Fog Theatre’s pop-up performances at the library are part of a program of events City of Port Phillip is hosting for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
  • View CoPP IDPwD page for more information.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182. 
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: All welcome, no registration required.

TALKING | In conversation with Carly Findlay and Renay Barker-Mulholland | Thursday 1 December 2022 | 6.30-7.30pm

City of Port Phillip libraries are hosting a special author talk with Carly Findlay who will be interviewed by Renay Barker-Mulholland. Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Carly writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for news outlets. Renay Barker-Mulholland is an artist, writer, and creator. Renay is a proud disabled, Biripi / Dungutti woman, and a staunch feminist who is dedicated to fighting for disability justice.

  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Registration is required. To register, book online through Trybooking

STAYING | Up-to-date in other news

For the latest news about other events and programs in Port Phillip and surrounds, be sure to check out the Accessibility and Disability Inclusion page.

If you would like to receive information about accessibility and disability inclusion then you can subscribe to their email list.


LAUNCHING | Community Reservations at the Palais Theatre

A City of Port Phillip initiative to increase access to the hiring of the Palais Theatre to groups that may not otherwise be able to utilise the venue due to hire costs.

Successful applicants for a community booking will have venue hire costs reduced to $1, enabling a range of users to experience this extraordinary venue.

The Palais Theatre is an iconic venue with a rich history as a key part of the cultural heritage of St Kilda, Melbourne and beyond. The venue has hosted some of Melbourne’s most renowned events, and continuously attracts national and international artists and promoters for performances ranging from all genres of music, through to opera and dance, comedy, gala events and more.

The Palais Theatre Community Purpose Reservations supports the City of Port Phillip’s Council Plan 2021-2031, specifically strategic direction Vibrant: a city that has a flourishing economy, where our community and local business thrive, and we maintain and enhance our reputation as one of Melbourne’s cultural and creative hubs.

The Palais Theatre is a highly sought after venue for artists, community groups and event producers, however venue size and associated expenses can make it inaccessible for noncommercial operators. The City of Port Phillip and Live Nation have partnered to make the Palais Theatre more accessible to the community and are seeking Expressions of Interest from event organisers, cultural and community groups who meet the criteria.


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

PWR | ASPIRING | Giving Tuesday, a day of giving back | Tuesday 29 November

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Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform communities and the world.

Celebrating Generosity

Psychology studies show that acts of generosity bring us joy, lower our stress, and make us feel more connected. The interfaith movement knows this better than most. We come together with generous spirit to give our gifts from our respective traditions to make a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all.
“In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us."
- Swami Vivekananda
Join us on social media this week as we share more quotes on generosity that inspire us this season of giving.

Get ready for Giving Tuesday next week!

This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking you to give your gifts:


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

PWR | UPDATING | Standing with Civil Society, In Memoriam, the Global Ethic, and more |

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ADVISING | Early Bird Savings for 2023 Parliament Convening Continue | until 15 December 2022

The Early Bird Rate for the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions is ending on Thursday 15 December 2022! With the 2023 Convening less than 10 months away, take advantage of the lowest prices available for general admission.

Additional savings are available for groups, secure the group rate NOW and finalize the registration for individual group members at their convenience.

VALE | In Memoriam: Rev. Donald Senior, C.P.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions extends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Rev. Donald Senior, C.P.

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., President Emeritus and Chancellor of the Catholic Theological Union died 8 November 2022 at the age of 82. A priest and member of the Passionist Congregation, Fr. Senior was an internationally recognized biblical scholar, author, educator, and sought-after participant in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Parliament of the World’s Religions during the 2015 Parliament Convening in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ISSUING | Statement in Support of Environmental Organizations Gathering at Sharm el-Sheikh

The Parliament of the World's Religions condemns the actions of the Government of Egypt in restricting access and meaningful participation by civil society in the COP27 climate summit as entirely unacceptable. The silence of the United States and other nations concerning Egypt's authoritarian control of participation is equally unacceptable.

The Parliament calls on governments attending COP27 to publicly condemn Egypt's authoritarian and undemocratic actions. The Parliament also calls for the Conference of Parties to set clear standards, both substantive and procedural, for consideration of the locations of future COP events. Paramount among those standards must be respect for human rights and openness to civil society participation.

EXHIBITING | Parliament Team to Host Booth at the SBL AAR Annual Meetings in Denver, Colorado

The Parliament of the World's Religions is joining the Exhibit Hall at the 2022 Annual Meetings in Denver, Colorado, 19-22 November 2022, hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

Join our Director of Communications and our Director of Development at Booth #909 to explore the theme of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s ReligionsA Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights” and learn how to get yourself and your institution involved in the Chicago Convening.

WATCH NOW | The Global Ethic: A Common Moral Foundation for a World in Conflict

On 16 November 2022 expert panelists discussed the history and purpose of "The Global Ethic", in addition to empowering participants with pathways for engaging with "The Global Ethic" and applying it to their own interfaith endeavors.

Featuring Dr. Stephan Schlensog from Stiftung Weltethos / Global Ethic Foundation, Charline Manuel, Dr. Myriam Renaud, and Kaleb Nyquist.

WEBINAR | NextGen Forum: A Pre-Parliament Event | Tuesday 29 November 2022 

Join the Next Generation Task Force at PoWR for a special pre-Parliament forum exploring the theme of the 2023 Parliament Convening, the role of young people in the global interfaith movement, and the agenda of the Next Generation track in Chicago.

WEBINAR | Monthly Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue | Thursday 1 December 2022

Join the year's final Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue, a dialogue grounded in deep listening, focusing on the question: What is it of our traditions that compels us to confront the climate crisis?

WEBINAR | Monthly Member Meditation and Meet-Up | Sunday 4 December2022 

Join Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks, a Jewish spiritual teacher and musician, as he walks attendees through Iyun Ayin – “Immersion is Spaciousness” – a transformative teaching, heart-opening chanting, and deep silence, followed by Q & A, sharing, and dialogue.

HEARING | Your say: Global Ethic Census Welcomes Feedback

All members of the public with a general interest in ethics are invited to partner with the Parliament of the World's Religions in this important re-evaluation of the foundational document, Towards the Global Ethic.

STAYING | 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

MMT | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for providing quality education to Timor-Leste communities

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Children in remote and difficult to reach areas in Timor-Leste need your help to flourish by accessing quality education. 

Parents want their children to have the schooling opportunities they didn’t have, after growing up during the political violence of the occupation. Parents so committed join our parent training to help children learn at home.

Imagine the joy, for both child and parent, of being able to read a story together. And the fun of playing math games while walking to the market.

Today, there are still many more children with loving parents around the world in need of education to break the cycle of poverty.
“Never see a need without doing something about it.”
- Australian Saint Mary MacKillop.
150 years ago, Mary and the Sisters of St Joseph travelled in full habit through the heat of the desert to some of Australia’s most remote communities. They were determined to set up schools so disadvantaged children could pursue an education.

Mary and her Sisters were with people every step of the way — from dire need to becoming a flourishing community.

At Mary MacKillop Today, 150 years after Mary MacKillop first formed the Sisters of St Joseph, we’re continuing her life-changing legacy – thanks to kindness of donors and sponsors. Just like Mary, you can help people to flourish through the power of literacy and education for life. Monthly gifts will help create opportunities for people to build a better life in the face of poverty.


Mary MacKillop Today (MMT)
Address: PO Box 1646, North Sydney NSW 2059 · Australia
Tel: (02) 8912 2777

CHUFFED | RAISING | Donations to complete a feature documentary of Australia’s offshore detention in Nauru

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While detained on Nauru in Australia’s offshore detention, photos and footage were secretly taken that documented ongoing abuse and detention of children. 

This footage helped the Kids Off Nauru campaign to end detention for over 150 refugee children and their families, some having been born there. 

Now, Elahe wants to share never before seen footage from inside Nauru. Not only to expose the cruel architecture of detention, but to end this harmful system before it is copied by other countries like the UK.
"The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons." New York Times
Elahe needs your support to complete a feature documentary, historical document and exposé of secrets, trauma, pain, and resilience. It will include a 3D model of the detention centre as well as testimonies from the men, women and children who were detained there. All funds raised will help to take this film through development and production.

Chip in and help all Nauru refugees fight back and help abolish the cruel system of Australian offshore detention.


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

CUIN | UPDATING | Improving Accessibility through Inclusion and Education, and more | 16 November 2022

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This newsletter discusses a music detection research paper, the launch of Inclusion Atlas, a presentation by our Education Strategist and the perfect way to mark Harmony Week

PUBLISHING | Multi-Instrument Detection in Culture Musics Using Machine-Learning Models 

In November 2022, we published an article based on the research paper 'Multi-Instrument Detection in Culture Musics Using Machine-Learning Models', written by our Chief Technology Officer Rezza Moieni and University of Melbourne data science student Kaile Wang.

The research paper looks at the universalisation of music. Rezza has developed an instrument-detection system using machine-learning technology that is able to provide information on under-recognised traditional musical instruments and sounds sourced from Cultural Infusion's Sound Infusion. 

Globalisation has increased the spread of cultures around the world, each with their own unique histories and traditions. More and more people are becoming interested in exploring new musical instruments and their associated culture, but struggle to retrieve information on them due to their under-representation in mainstream music and media. 

The aim for the project is to fulfil an unanswered demand to identify and acknowledge cultural instruments by building a website capable of distinguishing up to 200 musical instruments embedded in sounds and music from cultures all round the world.

Unlike popular applications currently on the market such as Shazam and PixelPlayer, Rezza's system can detect isolated cultural instruments and sounds for the purpose of conducting further learning journeys.

DEVELOPING | Inclusion Atlas app

We are excited to announce that the beta version of our accessibility application, Inclusion Atlas, is set to launch later this month!

Inclusion Atlas is an app designed to inform its users on the accessibility and inclusive features of buildings and spaces, created by our Project Coordinator and UX Specialist Saman Akbaryan and Chief Technology Officer Rezza Moieni.

As a wheelchair user himself, Saman drew on his lived experience to develop the concept behind this project, finding new and innovative ways to support those belonging to minority communities, including people with disability, the LGBTQIA+ community, people of diverse cultural, linguistic and/or religious backgrounds, and anyone with diverse needs.

The unique platform draws on User Generated Content, whereby users actively contribute by rating venues, uploading photos and providing up-to-date information  based on accessibility features, service standards and experiential quality. The platform seeks to support diverse ability and cultural needs in the physical world across venues ranging from restaurants, to retail, to recreational spaces, via a respectful and constructive space of dialogue.

The beta version will be launched on a number of platforms including our browser-based website, Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Saman is also scheduled to speak at the University of Melbourne's Ableist Cities Symposium next month.

ATTENDING | 7th International Conference on Global Citizenship Education: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice

Our Education Strategist Nisha Feik recently presented Cultural Infusion learning resources for the 7th International Conference on Global Citizenship Education: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice, in partnership with UNESCO.

The international conference involved keynote speakers, workshops and case presentations as well as virtual exhibitions to engage members from diverse sectors and encourage the exchange of perspectives, experiences and partnerships.

In her presentation, 'Resourcing Intercultural Understanding: Cultural Infusion in Action', Nisha shared the importance of teaching intercultural understanding in schools to promote comprehensive mutuality, reciprocity and equality.

She discussed Cultural Infusion's cultural incursion programs, lesson plans, learning lands and online resources, including Sound Infusion and Diversity Atlas. Nisha also offers teacher training with professional learning webinars, workshops and access to education-based conference material. 

COMMEMORATING | Harmony Day | 20-26 March 2023

Next year, Harmony Day is taking place between 20-26 March. March 21st is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, created to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa. We mark the day with intercultural programs and workshops. 
Harmony Day occurs on 21 March every year. Harmony Week is an extension of this day, highlighting the importance of cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.

To mark Harmony Week, Cultural Infusion offers Multicultural All-Day and Half-Day incursions that are available for in-person and virtual delivery to schools across Australia. 

Our cultural incursions cater to all year levels and audiences, providing programs that are interactive, vibrant and memorable. There are many programs to choose from, celebrating diversity and culture from around the world.

We also offer cultural workshops and programs for early learning centers and community organisations. 

Due to high demand, we recommend booking in advance to secure your program.
  • To explore the available cultural programs in your state, view our new digital brochures or filter your search on our website.

STAYING | Up to date and finding out more about our cultural initiatives? 

Like us on social media for the latest news and events.


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

DANDENONG | INCGD | GATHERING | Faith, Disability and Inclusion | Thursday 17 November 2022 | Arrive 7pm for 7.30-9pm

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Join Rev. Dr (Deacon) Andy Calder, the Disability Inclusion Advocate for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania will be guest speaker and facilitator.

Fusion Theatre
will be opening the night with an ensemble dedicated to the Forum.

Light refreshments will be provided on the night.
  • Where: Springvale Library, 5 Hillcrest Grove, Springvale VIC 3171
  • For more information, please visit Talking Faith? Forum
A collaboration between Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong (INCGD) in partnership with the Greater Dandenong Libraries.

This event is part of Libraries After Dark, which is designed for ages 16+.

VMC | UPDATING | Make a pledge for 2022 Human Rights Week, have your say on the Commonwealth Games villages, contribute to public sector research and more |

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Everyone deserves to feel safe, valued, and supported. Sadly, our cultural background, gender and sexuality can increase the disadvantage we experience. 

Message from the Chairperson

This is evident in recent interviews with the ABC where a number of diversity experts call out the isolation, trauma, and racism experienced by culturally diverse workers.

We must collectively call out bullying and harassment in the workplace. At the VMC, we believe that collecting data is a crucial element of this. Data enables us to understand the role that identity plays in workplace inequality, and we can use it to set diversity targets and accurately measure progress. As VMC Chairperson, I believe measuring cultural diversity is vital, especially in a diverse and complex state like Victoria, and we will continue to advocate for this. 

A great example of the benefits of data collection is the Baseline Report issued by the Victorian Commissioner for Gender Equality. This Report covers key findings from the first workplace gender audit of public service entities in 2021. This report is due to be released early next year, and we are looking forward to reviewing the data which will ensure more focussed conversations around diversity. 

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

VIC | VEOHRC | CALLING | For pledges of action for human rights this Human Rights Week  | 2-9 December 2022

Human Rights Week is an annual event in December, facilitated by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

This year, Victorians are invited to take a pledge to make human rights real for themselves and their communities. Each day you will be invited to take part in a small, achievable action.

These daily actions will challenge your knowledge of human rights and implement this knowledge in a practical way.

The VMC will be contributing our own daily action on Friday 9 December - follow us on social media to keep up to date!

VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your say: Commonwealth Games villages | survey closes 4 December 2022

The Victorian Government is seeking advice on the construction of the 2026 Commonwealth Games villages. The Games will see four villages constructed in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, and Morwell

The community survey seeks to understand different perspectives on what makes the village sites special and what could help them transform into vibrant and sustainable communities in future. 

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Flood support for small businesses

The Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program supports businesses directly affected by the October 2022 Victorian floods. 

There are two streams. The first is the Immediate flood relief grant, a one-off $5000 grant to cover immediate expenses of businesses impacted in eligible local government areas. Applications close 4pm Friday 13 January 2023 or earlier if funds are exhausted. 

The second stream is the Business Relief Service which offers free, one-on-one support through a local business relief adviser. The adviser will guide business owners to Commonwealth, state and local supports. Please call the Business Victoria hotline 13 22 15 to be connected. The hotline operates seven days a week

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Flood support for sporting clubs | applications close 5pm on 13 January 2023 or until funding is exhausted

The Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program supports sport and active recreation organisations directly affected by the October 2022 Victorian floods. 

$5,000 one-off grants are available to assist in the replacement of items that were lost, damaged or destroyed.

VIC | CGEPS | HEARING | Your say: Caring and Workplace Gender Equality in the Public Sector Victoria

The Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector (CGEPS) and the University of Melbourne are seeking participants for a research project on ‘Caring and Workplace Gender Equality in the Public Sector Victoria’.

Participants must be current Public Sector employees, and will be asked to complete a survey. This research project will examine how pregnancy, parenting and caring impacts organisational gender equality.

Survey responses will meet research goals, and may also help participants to better understand their rights and options in relation to care and work.

VIC | MAUN | HEARING | Your say: Aboriginal women in Victoria public sector workplaces

Macquarie University (MAUN) is seeking survey participants for a research project focussed on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who work in Victoria Public Sector workplaces. This includes cisgender and transgender women, and those with expansive definitions of womanhood.

The 15-minute survey invites participants to reflect on experiences of abuse, harassment, bullying or racism that they have experienced or witnessed as an employee.

The survey is anonymous, and is open to current and previous employees of Victoria Public Sector workplaces. 

Coronavirus hotline 


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

S2B | GATHERING | A Night Of Fun & Joy! Wine tasting, talks and festive shopping | Thursday 17 November 2022 | 6-8pm

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Enjoy this special evening and raise a glass to make CHEERS TO FREEDOM!

  • Listen to Farhad Bandesh' story
  • Bandesh Wine & spirits tasting
  • 10% off your shopping on the night
  • Meet some inspirational makers
  • Fashion show
  • Snacks
  • More ...

Talk and Taste with Farhad Bandesh

    Listen to inspirational speaker Farhad Bandesh who fled Iran in 2013 and was one of dozens of refugees who were rushed to Australia from Papua New Guinea and Nauru for emergency medical treatment. He was released from Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation on his 40th birthday in December 2020 after almost eight years in detention. Sadly, his journey doesn’t end there because last month he received a letter telling him “settlement in Australia is not an option”.

    Since joining our community here in Australia, Farhad has shared his skills as a guitarist, artist and now a winemaker.

    We invite you to this rare opportunity to hear his story and taste the freedom range from his newly launched business Bandesh Wine & Spirits
    • Where: Space2b 144 chapel St, St Kilda 3182
    • Considerations: Includes wine tasting, nibbles and responsible, feel-good shopping and an opportunity to meet some of Space2b’s makers
    • Cost: $15 
    • Bookings: online through Eventbrite 

    Come and taste a quality range of wine and spirits

    • Time to Fly Shiraz: "Dark cherries, plums, red cranberries, and raisins in this full-bodied, ripe Shiraz"
    • Game Over: Cabernet Sauvignon "Pure Cabernet Sauvignon created from grapes sourced from the beautiful Yarra Valley"
    • Chardonnay: "This crisp, clean and creamy Chardonnay is very easy drinking"
    • Rose: "Fruit driven and delicious, it is wonderfully balanced with a refreshingly dry finish and persistent acidity". 
    • Also available is their Kurdish Gin and an Australian first, Kurdish Arak also available.

    Meet The Makers

    • Rahila Zeeshan, New fashion range from Pakistan
    • Maryam Diba, Hand-painted jewellery inspired from Iranian traditional patterns and colours
    • Nayran Tabiei, Delicious array of sweets and Syrian herbs and spices
    • Maoko Carroll, Bags made from vintage Japanese fabrics, worker's aprons and sake sacks
    • Victoria, Beautiful beaded jewellery
    • Genet Fida, Delicious, strong coffee from her home country, Ethiopia


    Palais Theatre

    Shop Space2B Online

    Space2b Store Opening:
    Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

    Flavours of Syria Cafe Opening:
    Wed - Fri 9 am - 2pm, Sat - Sun 9 am - 4pm

    Together we make a difference!


    Space2b Social Design
    Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182

    ICM | GATHERING | Sacred Expressions of the Human Spirit: Sacred Music Concert | Sunday 20 November 2022 | 4pm-5:15pm AEDT

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    A concert bringing together Australia’s First Nations Didgeridoo master alongside some of Australia’s leading sacred music practitioners.

    "The mystics of the world have always loved music best"
    – Hazrat Inayat Khan
    This concert of the spirit will explore the yearning that our spiritual traditions offer with sublime artistry and the chance for deep meditative reflection. Starting with the oldest extant tradition of the world, our musical tradition of this country we pass the depth of Vedic chanting, the wealth of Jewish and Islamic sacred song, the ecstasy of the Sikh Kirtan and glorious Christian choral music. 


    The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne (ICM)
    Address: PO Box 18335, Collins Street East, Melbourne Vic 8003 Australia
    Enquiries: Rev Helen Summers OAM

    VMC | UPDATING | Get mental health support, learn about the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee, buy tickets for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and more | Tuesday 8 November 2022

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    Message from the Chairperson

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending the book launch for Undefeated, where I met the amazing mother and daughter duo, Ruchika and Saavan, who co-authored the book. Undefeated is a collection of stories written by 90 migrant women and women of colour, and it is both inspiring and captivating.

    Savaan (who is only in grade 5!) contributed an illustration to the book, entitled ‘Women and emoticons’. The illustration takes readers on a journey through the varied emotions and phases of a woman's life depicted through a mix of drawings and emoticons (emojis). I encourage everyone to read this book. 

    On the topic of books, I'd like to draw your attention to a community event on Tuesday 15 November at 6pm, hosted by the Turkish Heritage Society and Merri-bek City Council. The event launches the book Coburg Mosque - A Journey of Turkish Settlement. If you are interested in attending, please email 

    On the topic of powerful women, I recently took part in a podcast with Louise Grandville, CEO of Victoria Legal Aid. Our conversation was part of their Women’s Leadership Series which asks 5 questions of 5 women. You can listen to the podcast on their YouTube channel - my episode will be out soon! 

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

    VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Mental Health Support for those affected by 2022 Victorian floods

    Victorians across the state continue to experience significant flooding which has devastated communities.

    It is normal to experience a range of physical, mental, emotional and behavioural reactions following an emergency or distressing event. If you have been impacted, support for the wellbeing of you and your family is available.

    Services include:
    • Lifeline – 13 11 14 – crisis support available 24/7 via phone, text or online chat
    • Parentline – 13 22 89 – for parents and carers
    • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 – for kids, teens and young adults
    • NURSE-ON-CALL – 1300 60 60 24 – expert health information and advice
    • Australian Psychological Society Referral Service – 1800 333 497
    • Safe Steps – 1800 015 188 – family violence specialists available 24/7
    • Orange Door – for adults, children and young people experiencing family violence
    • Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs – 1300 375 330 – appointments for anyone feeling overwhelmed or in need of support with mental health.
    • DirectLine alcohol and drug counselling - 1800 888 236 - confidential drug and alcohol counselling and referral
    • More support

    VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Health Risks for those affected by 2022 Victorian floods

    Our state's significant flooding has created many hazards. This includes the spread of diseases through rodents, animals, mosquitoes and contaminated food and water.

    It also includes environmental hazards such as injury, asbestos and mould exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning (from portable generators or gas heaters) and animal hazards including snake and spider bites.

    The Department of Health has published a resource with health advice, to help communities recover from floods and manage related health risks. Information is also available on protecting yourself from disease carried by mosquitos and how to obtain relevant vaccinations against illness if you live in Northern Victoria.

    VIC | GOV | OFFERING | Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee

    The Sick Pay Guarantee provides 38 hours a year of sick and carer's pay at the national minimum wage ($21.38 per hour).

    It is available to eligible casual and contract workers in certain jobs, and helps workers when they need to take time off because they're sick, or need to take care of a loved one. You don't need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to sign up.

    Information about the Sick Pay Guarantee is now available in 19 different languages. 

    MELB | RMIT | GRANTING | Interpreter Scholarship program - applications close 30 November 2022

    RMIT university is now offering scholarships to students studying Interpreting in 2023.

    Qualified interpreters play an important role in our state, supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities to stay connected, and access crucial government services, such as health care and housing support.

    Your application for the preferred RMIT University course and the documentation required for the scholarship must be completed by 30 November 2022.

    MELB | MQFF | SCREENING | Melbourne Queer Film Festival | 10–21 November 2022

    Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) will showcase the latest and greatest in queer film from around the world and run special events over 12 exciting days.

    The festival venue partners include ACMI, Village Cinemas Jam Factory and Cinema Nova along with a new venue, the Victorian Pride Centre Rooftop, where MQFF will be holding an outdoor cinema.

    The full program will feature 49 feature films and documentaries, 12 short film packages, 35 Australian premieres and four Melbourne premieres.  

    Coronavirus hotline 


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

    VTMH | WEBINAR | Understanding the evidence and practicing cultural curiosity when working with children from CALD backgrounds | Wednesday 30 November 2022 | 3–4pm

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    Children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities represent a large and growing proportion of children in Australia. 

    Practitioners are frequently interfacing with families with CALD backgrounds who face unique challenges that can affect access to services or children’s mental health. Despite this, for practitioners working with these families, there is limited research on child mental health in Australian CALD communities to guide their practice.

    • Anagha Joshi, Senior Research Officer, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • Julie Ngwabi, Senior Child Mental Health Advisor – Health, Emerging Minds
    • Chris Dolman, Senior Practice Development Officer, Emerging Minds
    This presentation will focus on findings from a scoping review, conducted for Emerging Minds, to understand what factors affect child mental health in CALD communities in Australia. It will also provide key implications for practice when working with children and families from CALD backgrounds.

    VTMH seminars are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health.
    • Where: Online via Zoom — details to be sent to registrants in advance.
    • Cost: Free
    • Bookings: essential. Spaces are limited, please register early to secure a place. Online through VTMH


    Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
    Address: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Level 1, Bolte Wing, 14 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
    Tel: (03) 9231 3300

    TSF | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds Christmas Appeal 2022

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    1 in 6 children and young people in Australia are growing up in poverty.

    By the time they're 15, students living in disadvantage are on average 2-3 years behind in reading and maths.

    The Smith Family (TSF) uses innovative programs such as:

    Young ICT Accelerator Program

    90% of future jobs will required digital literacy skills. This highly innovative program provides groups of students with the opportunity to work together to develop digital skills, problem-solving abilities, creativity and presentation skills – ad use all they've learned in a national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) competition.

    Learning Clubs

    A safe, local out-of-school learning environment. Participants receive ongoing help with literacy and numeracy skills from dedicated and volunteer tutors. Individuals are helped to catch up with learning, improve aptitude and build personal confidence with schoolwork. 84% of students say that attending Learning Clubs helps them do better in class.

    Donate Today

    • Tel: 1800 024 069
    • Website:
    • Post: The Smith Family, Reply Paid 89074, YOUR CAPITAL CITY


    The Smith Family