Big hART | PERFORMING | Songs for Freedom | Friday 15 September 2023 | 7.30pm

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An uplifting concert of original songs created by Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi artists in the Pilbara town of Roebourne WA. 

A moving and optimistic, family friendly, free concert, raising awareness of this urgent issue. Alongside the concert, Big hART is working with State and Federal Attorney Generals to change the systemic issues which lead to the damaging incarceration of young people like John Pat.

Alongside the concert is a campaign to highlight the high incarceration rates of Aboriginal children in Australian prisons. The concert and campaign is touring nationally in 2023.

Since 2010, supported by Elders, the project has delivered workshops in the community, the school and the prison, creating digital content, music, theatre and performance to change the negative stories told about Roebourne. Songs for Freedom has its foundations in workshops involving the family of John Pat, who died in custody in 1983 and triggered the Royal Commission into deaths in custody.
  • Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely than non-Aboriginal children to end up in jail.
  • Of the six hundred 10-13 year olds in jail in 2018-19, 65% were Aboriginal.
  • Aboriginal children spend on average 71 days in prison compared to 50 days for non-Aboriginal children.
  • Evidence doesn’t support the idea that Aboriginal children commit more crimes, rather it highlights systemic issues such as over-policing.
Songs for Freedom will work hand-in-hand with the community of Roebourne, to deliver a positive message to the country as a legacy to John Pat’s family by the 40th anniversary of his passing on 28 September 2023.

Touring Dates

  • Hobart – MONA FOMA – Thursday 23 February, 2023
  • Perth – Dyoondalup Point Walter – Sunday 5 March. 2023
  • Darwin – Darwin Entertainment centre – Friday 23 June, 2023
  • Sydney – Barangaroo Reserve – Saturday 2 September, 2023 @ 6pm – FREE Event
  • Canberra – Llewellyn Hall (ANU) – Saturday 9 September @ 7pm – BOOK TICKETS
  • Melbourne – Melbourne Recital centre – Friday 15 September, 2023 @ 7.30pm – BOOK TICKETS
  • Roebourne – Ngurin Cultural Centre – Saturday 23 September, 2023 @ 5pm – FREE event
Big hART has partnered with the Justice Reform Initiative to call for urgent change to halve the number of young Aboriginal people in jail.


Big hART

PPCfR | GATHERING | About the Voice to Parliament Referendum | Thursday 21 September 2023 | 6.30-8pm

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A free public event to learn about the vitally important upcoming Voice to Parliament Referendum.

Join outstanding speakers: 
  • Ian Hamm, Yorta Yorta man and Chair of the Board of Directors of the First Nations Foundation, 
  • Nerita Waight, Yorta Yorta and Narrandjeri Taungurung woman and CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and 
  • Amanda Young, Executive Director First Nations at climate advisory Pollination. 
Questions are invited in the Q&A to end the evening.


Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation (PPCfR)
Tel: 9699 8804 

ILF | UPDATING | News from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation | August 2023

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Yamandhu marang.

We invite you to celebrate First Nations peoples Stories, Cultures and Languages this Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) 6 September. We are pleased to collaborate with Sydney Opera House and present a 15-minute FILM showcasing the richness, diversity, multilingual and multi-literacy within remote Communities featuring ILF Ambassador, Jessica Mauboy!

The FILM is followed by a 45‑minute LIVESTREAM celebration of storytelling and song directly from Sydney Opera House with ILF Ambassadors and superstars Justine Clarke, Josh Pyke and Gregg Dreise. Please register your school, workplace, friends and family for this FREE national celebration and learn more about ILD.

Make the most of celebrating ILD at your school, library or workplace by hosting a Great Book Swap or your own fundraising event, purchasing the three ILD books featured in the film or by simply making a donation. Please ensure to spread the word about ILD within your school or workplace by using the ILD posters and across your social media by using the ILD social media tiles.

We can't wait to celebrate this special day with you! 

Mandaang guwu,
Ben Bowen, Chief Executive Officer

SPOTLIGHTING | Word of the Month

To celebrate UNESCO's second year of the Decade of Indigenous Languages, each month we encourage readers to learn a new word in either an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. 

This month's word is blue tongue lizard in Bundjalung language. Bundjalung Country is in the far North East Coast of NSW and the Southern Eastern coast of Queensland


CELEBRATING | Languages, Country and Elders this Indigenous Literacy Day | 6 September 2023

This years Indigenous Literacy Day FILM takes you on a virtual journey to three remote Communities to celebrate the launch of three books in three different languages; Shordi Krik in Barunga, Northern Territory, Country Tells Us When… in Rubibi (Broome), Western Australia, and We Look, We Find in Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. 

CALLING | “Mela langguj- Our language, Kriol”

Kriol in the Top End is one kind of creole, from around the world. In Northern Territory homes, Kriol is the most spoken language after English. And it is the most widely spoken Aboriginal language in Australia today. 

REPORTING | Byron Writers Festival

We are grateful to have been the charity of choice at this years Byron Writers Festival. Thank you to all of those who supported the ILF through donations and purchasing our tote bags and Gift of Reading cards! A special shout out to the volunteers who helped us to raise over $6,000 at the event!


The ILF attended the PULiiMA Indigenous Language and Technology Conference this month and we enjoyed connecting with inspirational people who share a common ambition of conserving and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

HIRING | Book Buzz Co‑ordinator

We are hiring a Book Buzz Coordinator! This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our small team based in Sydney’s CBD and to use your strong coordination and relationship building skills to work with the Book Buzz Manager to coordinate the Book Buzz Program for young children. 

First Nations candidates are encouraged to apply.

REPORTING | Over $40,000 Raised by Busking For Change!

Thank you to the incredible 145 schools who are participating in the first year of Busking For Change! The schools are all currently practicing Words Make The Word Go Around in English and Kriol and raising funds to publish books in First Languages. So far these incredible schools have raised over $40,000! 


We are pleased to be working with IndigenousX, an Indigenous owned media platform who are engaging ILF staff in cultural training. Be sure to visit the new IndigenousX job board which is a great way to find and promote job opportunities. 

CLICKING | For More Stories


 Work in Community  

Book Supply 2024 Submissions 

This month we sent our second release of Book Supply orders to the warehouse! We will be sending out an additional 27,342 to the first round of 88,050 books delivered so far this year. 

Tiwi College Fete

ILF Programs Manager, Tictac, and Regional Coordinator, Bella, attended the Tiwi College fete this month. They ran a stall with a game where everyone who won took home either a book, a family pack or a lucky dip. Some kids played a few times and took home a bit of everything. Thanks to Tiwi College for having us, and for putting on a wonderful event. We can't wait for next year's fete!

 Ambassador News 

Andy Griffiths 

Congratulations to ILF Ambassador Andy Griffiths on the last book in the Treehouse series with Terry Denton! This bestselling kids' favourite for 13 years has sold more than 7 million books in print, was the national No. 1 bestselling book a record-breaking 8 times, and has won a record 8 Australian Book Industry Awards. Available from 5 September!

Josh Pyke 

Congratulations to ILF Ambassador Josh Pyke on his new book Your Head's Not the Place to Store Problems, available from 1 September! The whimsical and wise picture book explores navigating life’s ups and downs from two multi-award-winning creators.

 Special Thanks 

We would like to thank Grace Group (Australia) who have been supporting us for three years with donations totalling $150,000 - a truly significant level of support for our work in remote Communities around the country.

Thinking of writing your will? The ILF has partnered with Safewill to provide our supporters with the ability to write their will for just $90 (half price) – or could be free during Free Wills Week between 4–8 September.

We are indebted to our partner Australia Post for their support with the delivery of Book Supply packs to remote Communities and their ongoing fundraising. 

 Community Fundraisers 

A big thank you to Freshwater Farm who are donating a percentage of sales to the ILF during the month of August from their limited-edition body bars, body wash and hand washes. The limited-edition products are designed in collaboration with Worimi Indigenous artist, Brittney Paulson. 

A big thank you to Endeavour College who have supported the ILF throughout the years with various fundraising activities including dress-up days for book week, book swaps, book sales at the school fair, cake stalls and even hot chocolate mornings! The College plan to raise $10K by 2025 and we are so grateful for the schools efforts and support!

Glamorama proudly supported the ILF as part of the venue's annual NAIDOC week event. During NAIDOC week, Glamorama programs its favourite First Nations DJs to take over the entirety of the lineup for the night. In conjunction, Glamorama matches the DJ fees towards a donation selected by the artists themselves. We are very grateful for Glamorama's support!


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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TJP | WEBINAR | Delivering the "Fuelling Hate" report to your MP | Tuesday 5 Sept 2023 | 7.30pm AEST

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Only a few months ago anti-trans lobbyists held a hateful rally on the steps of the Victorian Parliament. On 29 August 2023, equality groups stood there together to launch a groundbreaking new report into anti-trans hate [1].

This report proves what we have been saying for months, that our community is experiencing a rapid escalation in targeted hate, such as anti-trans abuse, harassment, and violence. 

We are now calling on our leaders to stand with the trans community by introducing State and Federal anti-vilification laws that will help protect the entire LGBTQIA+ community from hate.
We have already made national headlines, but we can’t stop there [2]. We need action.
We deserve to feel safe in our own communities. But right now LGBTQIA+ events are being shut down because of threats of violence, schools and libraries are under pressure to ban books, and we are seeing an escalation in harassment and online targeting. 

That’s why our movement is now going to make sure that MP’s all across this continent receive a copy of this report hand delivered to their office by one of their own constituents.

On the webinar you will learn about the report, meet like-minded others, and find out how you can deliver this groundbreaking report to your own local MP.
Doing this will help to put our community on their agenda and help them to understand that anti-trans hate is impacting people in their own electorate.

Trans people and our allies live in every community across the country - if we show a united and urgent call for action, we can put real pressure on our leaders to act.
We will tell you everything that you need to know and make sure you get supported every step of the way.
Together we can build a future where trans and gender diverse people have the freedom to be themselves.
In solidarity for trans justice,

Jackie Turner, (she/her), Director, Trans Justice Project

P.S. Help us get the word out about the report by sharing our latest post on Instagram, X/Twitter, and Facebook.


Trans Justice Project (TJP)

CoPP | SHINING | The ‘Power of Port Phillip’ this Welcoming Week 2023

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Welcoming Week is an annual campaign which runs Friday 8–Sunday 17 September and acknowledges the importance of fostering welcoming and inclusive communities, where everyone can experience a sense of belonging.

Celebrated in hundreds of communities around the world, Welcoming Week aims to connect community members from all backgrounds through community-led activities and events.

This year’s theme is the Power of Place. In our unique context, it's all about the Power of Port Phillip. This theme invites us to reflect on the locations and environments around us that nurture connection, harmony and belonging.

This year, we’re celebrating with three Welcoming Week events.

Join the celebration!

SHARING | Voices: belonging, harmony and spirituality | Sunday 10 September 2023 | 3–5.30pm

Sharing voices is presented by the Port Phillip Multifaith Network and friends. This event marks the celebration of Welcoming Week (8 to 17 September), the International Day of Peace (21 September) and the Season of Creation (beginning 1 September).

Sharing voices is set to bring together local artists and guest speakers who will explore a variety of themes related to power of place and spirituality.

The event promises a range of interactive experiences including:
  • art and music workshops
  • a children’s storytime with music and movement
  • guided neighbourhood walks
  • the sharing of conversations and stories
The afternoon event will showcase refreshments from local cafes Flavours of Syria, All Things Equal, and First Nations-owned Bunjil Catering. All catering will be vegetarian and there will be vegan, kosher, gluten-free and nut-free options.
  • Where: St Kilda Town Hall - 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: The event is open and free for all and will offer a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for attendees of every age. 
  • Bookings: not required.

SHOWCASING | Undefeated: Exploring the migrant experience in Australia | Thursday 14 September 2023 | 6–7pm

Join us for an enriching panel for the captivating book, Undefeated. The book weaves together 118 stories from 90 migrant women, each detailing their personal journey to Australia.

We're honoured to be joined by three of the book’s authors, Lina Orozco, Marcela Giraldo and Ana Anasovic. The evening is free and promises an in-depth exploration into the themes of migration, identity, and belonging and the challenges and opportunities that come with living in a diverse society.

Mayor Heather Cunsolo will be there to introduce the panel. There'll also be opportunities to ask the panel questions and to enjoy some light refreshments.
  • Where: St Kilda Library - 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free to attend. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 
  • Bookings: not required.

WALKING | Port Phillip Immigration Trail | Sunday 17 September 2023 | 2–4pm

Celebrate the multicultural heritage of Port Phillip with a guided walk along the Immigration Trail starting from Station Pier where many people began their Australian journey.

Join our local walk leader in retracing their footsteps and learn about the remarkable stories which continue to shape our community.

See you there

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Welcoming Week and that we’ll see you at one or all of our upcoming events.

If you would like more information about our events, please email Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.


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

CoPP | GRANTING | "Love My Place" program is accepting applications now | applications close 11.59pm 10 September 2023

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The Love My Place grants program seeks to activate public spaces within the City by funding a wide range of creative projects with the purpose of supporting our local high streets and activity centres.

Ultimately, the aim of the grants program is to encourage applicants to push the boundaries and trial new creative ideas that highlight our amazing public spaces and excite and inspire our community to get involved.

Eligible projects can apply for up to $15,000.

As well as providing financial support, we can also facilitate marketing, permits, road closures, parking controls and other policy related processes to help deliver projects.

Successful applications will be notified in November.

What we're looking for

Funding is available for a whole range of creative projects.
Examples of what can be funded as part of the program include, but are not limited to:
  • experimental projects
  • public art and interactive installations
  • events and performances
  • games-related activities
  • creative lighting installations, including projections
  • public space improvements and activations
  • temporary urban agriculture and greening initiatives
  • community health and wellbeing activities.
If you can dream it, you can apply for us to fund it!

2022/23 recipient spotlight – Dance Dance

Recipient: Shalome Pinto
Last year, we funded a project called Dance Dance which aimed to get people moving and grooving outdoors by transforming Acland Street Plaza into a public dance space. Guided classes were also provided to encourage and inspire participants and passers-by.

Could your creative project be the next to be funded?

Submitting your application

The first step is to pick the idea or ideas that you would like to apply for.

There is no limit in the number of projects that can be submitted by each applicant, however, a new application must be generated for each initiative.

The only projects that are ineligible for the funding are those that have been funded during previous Love My Place grant rounds.

The next step is to read our 2023/24 guidelines and check your eligibility against all eligibility criteria. You can do so via our Love My Place Grants Program webpage.

Last, but not least, it’s time to submit your application.

If you have any questions about the Love My Place grants program, please email the Economic Growth and Activation team.


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

VMC | CALLING | Help to amplify regional multicultural voices and ambitions | Monday 28 August 2023

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Representation and recognition are at the heart of the VMC.

This is a special edition newsletter to raise your awareness of two very important dates. 

Our Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) are a big part of representation and our Multicultural Awards for Excellence are how we recognise your amazing efforts.

This week is your last chance to apply for these programs.

CALLING | New Members for Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) | expressions of interest close Thursday 31 August 2023.

First off, we're recruiting new members to the RAC and expressions of interest close this Thursday.

Please pass this information around to your networks, family and friends.

The VMC is dedicated to representing all of Victoria.

Regional Victorians have their own unique set of challenges and ambitions and we know that!

We want to grow our connection at regional grassroots level and amplify their voices to government. But we need your help!

CALLING | Nominees for Multicultural Awards for Excellence (MAE) | nominations close midnight 3 September 2023!

On the point of recognition, nominations for our Multicultural Awards for Excellence (MAE) close this Sunday night!

These awards are about more than trophies and individual honours, they highlight incredible work of the community and they change the story about Multicultural Victoria!

I urge you to resist your tendency to be too humble to nominate yourself or your organisation.

The MAE's bring with it an opportunity to highlight positive community work and show government what works!

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson


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

TLW | CALLING | Those Interested to Lace Up Your Shoes and Come Walk with Michael Long in support of the "Yes" campaign | August-September 2023

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Michael Long is once again setting off from Melbourne to Canberra in support of the "Yes" campaign.

Michael Long is one of the most recognisable Aboriginal figures in AFL football. He played for the Essendon Football Club between 1989 and 2001, was a member of two premiership sides and the winner of the 1993 Norm Smith Medal.

Michael championed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cause within the AFL. In 1995, Michael made a stand against racial abuse, following an on-field incident with another player, asserting that racism had no place in sport.

Ultimately this lead to Michael being one of the pioneering forces behind the racial abuse code that was adopted by the AFL in the 1990s. Michael retired from football in 2001.
"Lace Up Your Shoes and Come Walk with Me. We walked in 2004 for a Voice and a Vision.
This year I have decided to bring forward my 20th Anniversary Long Walk to support the campaign for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament."
Walk with Michael Long in support of the "Yes" campaign on one or more legs of the walk from Melbourne to Canberra.


The Long Walk (TLW)
Postal: PO Box 17, Essendon VIC 3040

PWR | UPDATING | A Call to Conscience, A Call to Action Beyond Our Bubble and more | Saturday 26 August 2023

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A Message from Our Executive Director

There are not enough ways to express my gratitude for what was made possible last week in our home city of Chicago. From the 1,000+ representatives of more than twenty diverse faith organizations who walked in our Inaugural Parade of Faiths, to the 7,000+ attendees that explored the halls of the Lakeside Center during the week, to the hundreds of presenters and exhibitors that shared their unique contributions to the global interfaith movement, to the hundreds of Sikh volunteers who shared Langar - the gift of sevā (selfless service), and to the incredible work ethic of our trustees, staff, volunteers, and vendors, my gratitude knows no bounds.

It was a week of joy and celebration:
  • 7,000+ Attendees
  • 95+ Countries
  • 210+ Traditions
We celebrated the importance of the Parliament of the World's Religions in its home city, a legacy still bringing people to the shores of Lake Michigan together 130 years on. We celebrated our shared call to conscience, engaging diverse voices of faith, spiritual, and political leaders working at the epicenter of threats to freedom, democracy, and human rights around the world. We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Parliament’s foundational document Towards A Global Ethic.
"It was impressive to see how, thirty years on, the Parliament's 1993 document, "Towards a Global Ethic," generated a lot of buzz during this year's convening. Whether in casual conversations or on social media, a lot of people talked about how, although most of us don't share the same beliefs, we agree on the basic values and principles expressed in the document. They appreciated how this clear statement can serve as a conversation-starter and help people connect, whether they come from different religions or the same religion, or are not religious at all." – Dr. Myriam Renaud, Principal Investigator and Director of the Global Ethic Project
During those 5 days, we lived in a shared joy for what the world can be when people of faith committed to justice, peace, and sustainability come together made possible by our amazing sponsors and partners.
But it was also a week of recognition of the threats facing our communities and the world. The call to conscience of the 2023 Parliament is not just a public service announcement, it’s a flashing emergency light affirming, to the world, that faith and spiritual communities are vital partners and first responders in this fight for justice, for freedom, for a healthy environment, for human rights, and for democracy. 
“Today we are all standing at a pivotal moment where history seeks to repeat itself. It is a moment of urgency - an existential global scourge has returned…It is a stark reality that transcends borders, cultures and faiths. A reality that demands our collection action and moral courage. As people of faith and spirit we have a singular responsibility. Here is the truth we must all confront and change. Despots are misappropriating religions to justify the unjustifiable. Tyrants proclaim themselves saviors posturing with religious symbols and exploiting language to affirm their power. And tragically, there are religious leaders who stand beside them and religious communities who cheer them.” – Rev. HPs. Phyllis Curott, 2023 PoWR Program Chair
As the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions came to a close at the McCormick Lakeside Center in Chicago, USA it was clear to me, to the Parliament team, and to the thousands of attendees that shaped the 2023 Parliament that in order to make actual change in the world, we have to reach the people outside of our bubble.

We can't expand beyond our bubble without funding, I invite you to support our ongoing work by becoming a supporting member or donating today!

My great hope for this 9th global convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is that it becomes clear for us as a community that this is not a time to rest or self-congratulations, it’s time for action. We are powerful - together we are something special.

Join us in defending freedom and human rights by sharing the bold wisdom, talks, and projects supporting the ongoing impact of the Parliament of the World's Religions worldwide.

*Become a Supporting Member and enjoy access to our library of content including main stage recordings, pictures, and b-roll coming soon to the Member Hub.

Rev. Stephen Avino

Stories with #2023PoWR

Across social media platforms, attendees are sharing their stories and experiences of the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions. Explore their feedback with the hashtag #2023PoWR and help us spread the message of the Parliament of the World's Religions by sharing our content.

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Sikh Community for Langar

Answering the Call, Highlights from #2023PoWR

#2023PoWR In the Press

Seen and covered across the world, the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions also captivated the news and religion sections of powerful news brands as a global media event. The internationally reaching newspaper, TV and radio from reporters covering for distinguished news names included the Associated Press, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Religion News Service and prestigious national and religious media from Chicago Tribune to the Times of India.

In numbers? The 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions is named through a thousand unique news links, known now to a a million new readers of prestige journalism and a global reach of 2.5 billion puts into incredible context how to understand the newsworthiness and impact of the 2023 convening.
Stay in touch with the Parliament of the World's Religions to unpack these stories and most importantly, co-author those to come. 


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

S2b | UPDATING | Father's Day, Space2B Dinner Dance and more | Friday 25 August 2023

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Gifts for Father's Day | Sunday 3 September 2023

What better way to shop for Father's Day than getting something from our Space2b shop or treating your dad with a voucher.

Let's honour fatherhood and paternal bonds, browse our men's collection or pop in-store and let us help you find that perfect gift!

Space2B Dinner Dance & 10th Anniversary Gala | Friday 27 October 2023 | 6.30–11pm

Final Call For Early Bird Ticket | Book before August 31st & save $20 off
Book now to get a better price; secure your seat and as comedian Judith Lucy says herself “What the people at Space2b do is really top shelf, so please come along to this wonderful milestone event and laugh, dance and basically feel less like an asshole!”

Welcome To Space2b | New Retail & Gallery Coordinator

Welcome Maryam! A multi-talented and skilled artist from Iran.

She brings with her a wonderful energy, breath of knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm for Space2b and life!

Pop by and say '"Hello"

Opening Hours

  • Space2b Store: Tues–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–2pm
  • Flavours of Syria Cafe: Tues–Thurs 10am–2pm, Fri–Sat 10am–3pm 

Together we make a difference!


Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

VMC | CALLING | Nominations for the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2023 | nominations close midnight 3 September 2023

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Don't miss your chance to formally recognise your local champion of multiculturalism! 

Now in its 22nd year, Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence are proudly coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) to recognise people and organisations who have fostered cross-cultural understanding and supported those with migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

There are 15 award categories covering every area of Victorian life, including arts, business, media, community innovation and refugee advocacy.

These awards play an important role in creating social cohesion and community harmony and we need your help to reach the people who have helped make Victoria's cultural diversity it's greatest asset!

If you know a person, business or organisation that deserves recognition, please nominate them for the Multicultural Awards for Excellence or Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll.


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

VMC | UPDATING | Creating a safer, more inclusive Victoria, Multicultural Film Festival and more | Thursday 24 August 2023

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Next week has the premiere of our Multicultural Film Festival!

This years’ program is amazing as it explores diverse voices and gives a platform to so many talented story tellers.

If you can, join us ACMI in Federation Square for this fun and important event, I look forward to seeing you at Multicultural Film Festival

The Victorian government is seeking your inputs into the anti-vilification protection reforms.

This includes amending the Racial, Religious and Tolerance Act, one that is very dear to multicultural and multifaith communities, but one that has had limitations since its establishment in 2002. 

The VMC will be holding engagement sessions with the communities, but your voice is central to making Victoria a safer, more inclusive state.

Please visit Engage Victoria’s website and provide your feedback, be it in 50 words, 500 or 5000 words.

The VMC greatly values your perspectives and views.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the VMC and we've developed a research project aimed at better understanding the VMC’s impact over time, while also seeking your views on expectations into the future.

The Social Research Centre (SRC) is leading the project and they're asking for your input.

We would like to invite you to complete an online survey designed by the SRC which will take between 8-10 minutes to complete. This is the link to the survey. 

Participation is voluntary so you do not need to participate if you do not want to. 

Please feel free to email SRC if you have any questions. 

Thank you and please keep reading below for the latest on VMC news and events and remember to sign up for the VMC database below.

Viv Nguyen. Chairperson

 News and Events 

VIC | VMC | JOINING | The VMC database!

In the last couple of years, the VMC has played a significant role in supporting, engaging and informing the multicultural and multifaith communities during extremely tough circumstances, like the floods, fires and the pandemic.

In order to continue this effort, we need a robust and up-to-date Multicultural Communities Database.

Please help us by providing your organisation's contact details.

There are two questionnaires - please only fill out ONE. 

You can complete a questionnaire on behalf of an organisation you represent OR as an individual.
If you have any questions, please email VMC

You must complete the above questionnaire and consent to the VMC having information about your organisation to be among the first to know of relevant Governmental or community resources, awards, grants, news, events, programs, and other opportunities, including VMC-hosted events such as the Multicultural Gala Dinner. 

The VMC and DFFH will contact people on the database from time to time to ask for their views on important issues.

AUST | FECCA | CALLING | Expressions of Interest for membership of FECCA Advisory Groups | applications close Friday 25 August 2023

The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) is calling for expressions of interests to join their advisor boards.

FECCA is creating  the following three Advisory Groups:
  • Ageing and Aged Care
  • Regional and Remote
  • Women.
The first Advisory Group meetings will be scheduled for early September.

AUST | RCAA | AMPLIFYING | Voices of Victorian refugee communities

The Refugee Communities Association of Australia (RCAA) are holding their inaugural conference in Melbourne in September 2023.

This will bring refugee communities together with various stakeholders to begin a conversation, share knowledge and advance the capacity of people with lived experience to join with RCAA in achieving our vision.

The conference theme is "Building on the Foundation of Lived Experience".

The RCAA invites delegates from multicultural communities, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, governments, settlement services and businesses from across Australia and internationally to register for this significant event.

 Education and Training 

MELB | STEMsis | SHARING | Sisters' scientific stories on soapbox

Members of the public will be able to hear from 12 women leaders in STEM this Friday in Melbourne’s State Library Forecourt as part of National Science Week, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Organised by STEM Sisters (STEMsis), Melbourne’s second annual free Soapbox Science event is designed to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM – featuring leaders from diverse backgrounds who will share their research discoveries and experiences in the field of science.

The Victorian Government is backing the event as part of $400,000 in funding announced earlier this year for the Investing in Women’s Grassroots Grants Program. The program is supporting 44 organisations throughout Victoria with up to $10,000 for their work to advance gender equality.

STEM Sisters was founded by Ruwangi Fernando six years ago to break through the barriers that prevent women of colour from pursuing and excelling in STEM fields. It offers programs to support women at every stage of their career, from students to leaders.

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | Vamos! Spanish green tech company sets up in Melbourne

A Spanish company helping to drive the take-up of electric cars has established its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne, attracted by Victoria’s innovation culture and advanced tech workforce.

Wallbox is a pioneer in bi-directional technology, allowing the use of an EV battery or a fleet of connected EVs for energy storage and use.

New investments facilitated by Invest Victoria in 2021/22 are expected to create almost 3,700 jobs and generate more than $420 million in wages.


VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Victorian African Communities Committee

Established in late 2022, Victorian African Communities Committee (VACC) is the new advisory committee for Victoria’s African communities. The VACC builds on work of the former Implementation Committee and is led by 13 members, including two Community Deputy Co-Chairs, and chaired by Pauline Richards MP.  
  • Find out more about the 13 members of the Victorian African Communities Committee (VACC)

VIC | GOV | BOOSTING | Support for South Sudanese young people

The Victorian Government is continuing to invest in Victoria’s South Sudanese community, supporting young people and encouraging prevention and diversion away from the youth justice system.

This month, six grants worth $500,000 for community programs have been announced and an additional round of community grants worth $400,000 has been opened.

Applications for the new $400,000 grant round will focus on programs that fund and support projects that strengthen South Sudanese Australian young peoples’ connection to community and culture through sports, arts, education, training, and pathways to employment.


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

ILF | CELEBRATING | Indigenous Literacy Day | Wednesday 6 September 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), is an opportunity to share and learn about the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ stories, cultures and languages, and celebrate books and literacy.

We encourage you to engage your workplace, friends and family by registering for the FREE 15-minute FILM followed by the 45-minute LIVESTREAM.

This online celebration of Stories, Cultures and Languages will take you on a virtual journey to three remote Indigenous Communities. Viewers will gain a deeper appreciation for Indigenous books, songs, Elders and Country. It's an engaging and joyful adventure for early learners, primary students and adults alike.
  • Available from 10.30am (AEST), 15-minute FILM
  • Followed by 45-minute LIVESTREAM directly from Sydney Opera House

Ways To Celebrate ILD in your Workplace, Bookshop or Library

Don't forget to promote ILD on your social media channels and around your workplace with the ILD posters and social media tiles!

Indigenous Literacy Day 2023 is proudly produced and presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and sponsored by Lendlease and supported by Studio Gilay.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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PPMN | SHARING | Voices: belonging, harmony and spirituality | Sunday 10 September | 3-5.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

A community event brings together many voices from our community to share experiences and come together in joy.

The event promises a range of interactive experiences including:
  • art and music workshops
  • a children’s storytime with music and movement
  • guided neighbourhood walks
  • the sharing of conversations and stories.
The afternoon event will showcase refreshments from local cafes Flavours of Syria, All Things Equal, and First Nations-owned Bunjil Catering. All catering will be vegetarian and there will be vegan, kosher, gluten-free and nut-free options.

The event is open and free for all and will offer a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for attendees of every age. Bookings are not required.
Presented by the Port Phillip Multifaith Network, the event is part of Welcoming Week and coincides with International Day of Peace and the Season of Creation.

Port Phillip Multifaith Network
City of Port Phillip
Postal: Private Bag 3, St Kilda, VIC 3182

WRITERS | ENDORSING | The Voice as a major reform leading to better outcomes for First Nations Peoples

[Edited extract from public address]

It’s only fair.

Writers for the Voice accept the generous, modest invitation of First Nations Peoples in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with them towards a better Australia. 

We support their call for recognition via a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament because we believe passionately that this major reform, the product of broad grassroots consultation and supported by the great majority of First Nations Peoples, will lead to better outcomes for First Nations Peoples.


Writers for The Voice (WRITERS)

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Aussies Knitting for War Affected NW Syrian Kids, NSW Hen Rescue Relocation, TAS FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary Equipment Essentials and VIC Wombat Action Group Protecting Endangered Habitat

[Edited extract from public address]

WORLD | Aussies Knitting for War Affected NW Syrian Kids

Previous donations have generously contributed to children suffering from displacement and conflict and helped ease them through a bitter winter. 

We are now in the final stage of this project, getting 2,000+ packs completed for the kids in NW Syria this upcoming winter. This year it is so much worse. The February earthquake has devastated people and made life so much harder, it that’s possible to imagine.

Last year we were able to kit out nearly 2,500 kids with huge “winter survival packs” for children in 2 schools, 7 large IDP camps, a neo-natal hospital and a mother/baby clinic. These are the kids who benefit directly from your donations, helping them so very much.

Please help us show these kids they matter.

NSW | Hen Rescue Relocation

Catherine from NSW Hen Rescue has dedicated over a decade to rescuing, healing and loving ex-battery hens and other animals that society has forsaken.

They have had to move between rentals eight times all the while rescuing thousands of animals. They are absolutely devastated to find out they have been evicted yet again and face another massive move. 

"Some people have asked why we don't just re-home the animals we are caring for now, but these are our family members. Many of the souls we care for have faced terrible horrors and have seen enough torment; they're yearning for a stable, loving home.

The news of our eviction left us devastated. The move is 730km and we desperately need funds to move all of the animals and their enclosures.

Stressful? Absolutely. But we will never give up on our animal family and the many more individuals that we will be able to help."

Can you help Catherine re-build after this massive blow? They can't do it without you. 

TAS | FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary Equipment Essentials

You are not going to believe this! This sanctuary has saved over 120 animals from neglect, mistreatment and killing…

But for thirteen years, Jules has been cleaning the paddocks BY HAND! 

As you can imagine, it has taken a serious toll on her body. She is in urgent need of equipment for not only her health but to make sure she can keep rescuing animals. 

“It’s getting so much harder to do as I get older. Soon, I don’t think it will even be possible anymore. It’s overwhelming because I can’t imagine having to say no to an animal that needs us.”

FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary has done incredible things for old horses like Beau and Dorothy. When 32 year old Beau was rescued, he hadn’t seen another horse in 10 years! But the moment he met Dorothy, they have been inseparable.

Can you chip in to make sure they can keep the paddocks open to animals with nowhere else to go?

VIC | Wombat Action Group Protecting Endangered Habitat

Unbelievable! Last year, the government announced that native forest logging would end in Victoria. They failed to mention this would NOT apply to the Wombat Forest, or anywhere else in Western Victoria!

The forests at risk are some of the last remaining habitats for animals like powerful owls, koalas and southern greater gliders that have been pushed to the edge of extinction by logging and bushfires.

The Wombat Action Group is doing everything they can to protect this precious habitat. But they need your help to ramp up efforts and fast.

“Honestly I don't know what to do. Unless we can somehow get this message out to everyone directly, let them know what's really happening here, I'm not sure Wombat's been left with much of a chance.”

Can you help this determined group to do all they can to protect the Wombat Forest?


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

THCO | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for empowering future generations with a gift today

[Edited extract from public address]

Good journalism is vital for democracy but it does more than help us decide how to vote. 

It also helps us decide what to eat to stay healthy, or how to keep our children safe online, or how to protect ourselves against a highly contagious virus. Reliable information makes market economies more efficient and it helps us understand our environment, our culture, and our history. It underpins the health and well-being of society.

Unfortunately, the media has become increasingly compromised and disfigured by social media. Algorithms serve up outrage and opinion with no regard to accuracy. Quality information is harder to find.

For 12-years now, the Conversation has been a bulwark against this trend. We provide evidence-based coverage written by academics to give readers the information they need to make better decisions. We are independent and unbiased. We work hard to take the heat out of issues and focus on solutions to make the world a better place. It's vital work which will only become more essential in the future.

We have been able to do this due to the support of donors like you. Donors who understand that a world where quality information is freely available, helps everyone. If you would like to extend your impact, please consider supporting the Conversation with a gift in your Will. You can learn more about what’s involved here and if you are ready to leave a legacy gift, you can do so here.
We want to make a lasting difference in the world around us. We hope you will join us in leaving a legacy that can make our society stronger, fairer, more informed and more empowered.

Best wishes,
Misha Ketchell, Editor

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The Conversation (THCO)
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EQPR | CALLING | Join Us on The Long Walk 20th Anniversary for The Voice | Monday 28 August 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

Remember the powerful YES we all stood for in 2017 for marriage equality?

Back in 2017, the nation said YES to marriage equality, showcasing the power of unity. It took our allies having many conversations with their friends, families and colleagues to get us over the line.

Today, we need to be allies.
Your voice, support, and presence can make a significant impact.

We call on our amazing LGBTIQA+ communities to join us on Monday 28 August at Windy Hill, Essendon.

Join us in walking together and showing our unwavering support for The Voice.

Let's step up and have the conversations that will see the nation voting YES once again to support a First Nations Voice to Parliament.


The Equality Project (EQPR)
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ILF | UPDATING | Last Chance To Order Indigenous Literacy Day Books

[Edited extract from public address]

Indigenous Literacy Day is Wednesday 6 September 2023

These books celebrate songs, cultures and languages and pay homage to Elders and Country, reflecting what life is like in remote Indigenous Communities.

We Look, We Find

From Napranum in Cape York, Queensland, We Look, We Find showcases what it means to be on Country with Elders. The book teaches children the importance of learning about Country and shares words in Thaynakwith language. 

Country Tells Us When…

Country Tells Us When… is a story from the Yawuru Community in Rubibi (Broome) that explores the seasonal changes of the Kimberley. The story was created by educators from Cable Beach Primary School because they felt that there weren’t enough story and language resources like this for their children and Community. 

Shordi Krik

Written by students from the Barunga Remote Community School and supported by ILF Ambassador Justine Clarke, Shordi Krik shares the joy of being at a nearby creek (Shorty Creek) where the children play, swim, sing and speak in their First Language, Kriol.

Indigenous Literacy Day | Wednesday 6 September 2023

Order Shordi Krik, Country Tells Us When… and We Look, We Find by 17th August COB to guarantee you receive these three books in time for Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 6 September.
Indigenous Literacy Day 2023 is proudly produced and presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and sponsored by Lendlease and supported by Studio Gilay.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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ECCV | ADVOCATING | Victorian Multicultural Voices for ‘Yes’ campaign

Harnessing the power of multicultural communities to raise awareness about why the recognition of our First Nations People in the Constitution is important and how voting ‘Yes’ will achieve that.

The Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) joins forces with Yes23 and the Multicultural Australia for Voicealliance for Victorian Multicultural Voices for ‘Yes’.

Multicultural and multifaith leaders, along with First Nations Elders, attended the launch, with guest speakers Aunty Esme Bamblett, CEO of the Aboriginal Advancement League and a member of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Colin Brooks, and the Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams.

Victorian Multicultural Voices for ‘Yes’ will be organising community town hall forums and community workshops in the lead-up to the referendum. These engagements aim to empower and equip multicultural communities with how to have conversations about the referendum and why it matters.

ECCV Members will be hosting their own community forums to inform members of their communities about why voting ‘YES’ matters, including the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Greek Community of Melbourne.

The launch follows the success of a national multicultural town hall forum at Springvale City Hall with Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney, which was attended by more than 700 people in August 2023.

The ECCV is the peak body for multicultural Victoria, with over 220 organisational members.


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

PWR | INVITING | Luminaries Are Joining the 2023 Parliament Virtually, So Can You!

[Edited extract from public address]

The Plenaries, Assemblies, and the Sacred Music Concert of the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, USA are streaming online for ticket holders. Here are a few luminaries joining us virtually*

  • Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
  • Rainn Wilson
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
  • Dr. H.E. Sasa
  • Senator Raphael Warnock
...and many more live on the main stage answering the call to conscience. Join us ONLINE with the Virtual Admission ticket.


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

ToYES | ENGAGING | Listen and learn together through kitchen conversations. It’s time to say yes

[Edited extract from public address]

Together, Yes (ToYES) is a kitchen conversations movement in support of a YES vote in the 2023 referendum on a First Nations Voice to parliament. It’s a powerful way you can participate in the upcoming referendum to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in our constitution.

In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. – Uluru Statement from the Heart, May 2017
By voting YES in the upcoming referendum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will finally have a say on the policies and laws that affect their communities.

But voting ‘yes’ isn’t enough. We need to unite to ensure it’s a resounding YES from every corner of the country.

Is Together, Yes working with First Nations people?
Yes. The Victorian Women’s Trust (creator of Together, Yes) have been working in partnership with Koorie Women Mean Business for more than 30 years, which has guided much of our work since.

Since October 2022 we have been in close collaboration with indigenous-led campaigners to ensure Together, Yes helps achieve a positive referendum outcome.

Together, Yes uses ‘kitchen table conversations’, a model designed by the Victorian Women’s Trust more than twenty years ago. Tried and tested, it arose from a powerfully simple idea: engaging people in respectful and honest dialogue creates real and lasting change.

This civic engagement model is built on a set of important values. People are encouraged to:
  1. Help create a safe place for thinking, talking and taking action
  2. Acknowledge the experience and wisdom each person brings to the table
  3. Enter discussions in good faith with an open, constructive spirit
  4. Engage in respectful discussion, even in the face of dissent
  5. Be prepared to listen, gain new insight, and test one’s own opinions
Together, Yes invites people from all walks of life to gather in small group discussions and engage in an honest reckoning of the harm and injustice of our colonial past; Australia’s history of constitutional indifference; and how a Voice to parliament can make a difference.


Victorian Women’s Trust
Address: 137A Queens Parade, Wurundjeri Country, Clifton Hill VIC 3068
Tel: (03) 9642 0422

VMC | UPDATING | The rising cost of living for multicultural Victorians and more | Wednesday 9 August 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

I take this timely opportunity to express our congratulations to Professor Margaret Gardner AC on the occasion of the inauguration as the 30th Governor of Victoria today.

The new Governor wants to listen and learn from all voices and I hope we all will take note and take action to ensure our voices are heard.

For now, across the world, countries are dealing with high inflation and interest rates – and Australia is no different.

We know this has been a real challenge in Victorian households, and the issue is commonly raised with our engagement team and through forums like our Regional Advisory Committee meetings.

Foodbank is reporting 1 in 4 Australian households struggled to access food in the last year.

It’s no surprise that Foodbank has also seen a 27% increase in their food distribution programs.

The Victorian Government has funded initiatives to help with the pressure of the rising cost of living, including the $250 Power Saving Bonus Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action’s website

The VMC will continue to advocate and provide information for our multifaith and multicultural communities during this shift in our economy, so keep talking to us and we’ll keep talking to Government.

We’ll also continue to provide information to help everyone understand the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

This month, the VMC and the Australian Electoral Commission will hold information sessions on the Voice of Parliament.

This will be for the Regional Advisory Committee, Multicultural Advisory Group, Multicultural Youth Network and other key community organisations in Victoria. There will be further sessions in the coming weeks.

I'm excited to share that this year marks 40 years of the establishment of the VMC, from its early days known as the Ethnic Affairs Commission to present day’s Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).

Since 1983, we have seen great leadership through the Chairs, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Commissioners who have overseen significant changes for Victoria’s growing diverse communities.

We have asked The Social Research Centre to do some research to help us understand the impact we’ve had in Victoria.

We know you and your communities have played a big role in the VMC’s journey and so I'm asking for your kind assistance in this research project. 

Please participate in a quick online survey to help us better understand our impact and create a vision for the future.

Lastly, I am excited to announce that public sales tickets for the 2023 Multicultural Film Festival are now open.

The VMC is proud to showcase the stories from our diverse Victorian filmmakers, and to share this with the public for the very first time, so please come and join us for the premiere!

For more information, visit our website.

Thank you and keep reading below for the latest on VMC news and events and remember to sign up for the VMC database below.

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson

 News and Events 

JOINING | The VMC database!

In the last couple of years, the VMC has played a significant role in supporting, engaging and informing the multicultural and multifaith communities during extremely tough circumstances, like the floods, fires and the pandemic.

In order to continue this effort, we need a robust and up-to-date Multicultural Communities Database.

Please help us by providing your organisation's contact details.

There are two questionnaires - please only fill out ONE. 

You can complete a questionnaire on behalf of an organisation you represent OR as an individual.
If you have any questions, please email the VMC 

You must complete the above questionnaire and consent to the VMC having information about your organisation to be among the first to know of relevant Governmental or community resources, awards, grants, news, events, programs, and other opportunities, including VMC-hosted events such as the Multicultural Gala Dinner. 

The VMC and DFFH will contact people on the database from time to time to ask for their views on important issues.

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Applicants for 2024 Victorian Government graduate program | applications close 1159pm AEST   Sunday 27 August 2023 

The Victorian Government graduate program is a 12-month opportunity to experience the Victorian Public Service, grow potential and gain new skills.

Applications are open now for people with a range of skills, backgrounds and lived experiences.  In round 2, the program is recruiting graduates into the generalist stream.

The program also has graduate pathways, with tailored support if you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant or applicant with disability.

As a graduate in the program, you’ll work in 3 roles across different departments, with access to future career opportunities that are only available to people who work in the Victorian Public Service.  

Apply  your skills to work  that  really  makes a difference. Don’t miss out – apply today! 
For graduate stories and information about the program, including eligibility and how to apply, visit the Victorian Government Graduate Program website.

AUST | GOV | SUPPORTING | The work of local community organisations inclusion and awareness 

Volunteer Grants support the work of local community organisations by enabling the inclusion of vulnerable people and promoting awareness to increase participation in volunteering.

The 2023-24 Volunteer Grants Opportunity is expected to open for applications in the second half of 2023.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be available to assist eligible not-for-profit community organisations support the efforts of their volunteers. 

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines are on GrantConnect with other supporting documentation to be published when the opportunity is open for application.

To receive the latest information for this upcoming grant opportunity, please subscribe to the Community Grants Hub  or GrantConnect.

AUST | ABS | HEARING | Your say: 2023 Census topic review directions | phase two consultation open 27 July–8 September 2023

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently published the 2026 Census topic review: Phase one directions. The publication will provide outcomes from the consultation undertaken earlier this year, including the topics shortlisted for inclusion or change and topics being considered for removal from the 2026 Census. It will also outline where more information is needed to inform our recommendation to the Government on the topics in the 2026 Census. 

Phase two consultations is seeking information on the benefits and impacts of topics being considered for change or removal from the 2026 Census. 

You can provide feedback during this consultation via the ABS Consultation Hub 
The ABS will also be hosting a live webinar on 3 August 2023 at 2pm – 3pm AEST. This webinar will provide an overview of what information the ABS is requesting on the shortlisted topics and guidance on how to prepare a high-quality submission. 

More information on the 2026 Census topic review is available on the ABS website. 

 Gender Equality 

VIC | GOV | More support for diverse women to thrive at work

The Victorian Government is helping women from diverse backgrounds reach their leadership goals and overcome barriers to economic security.

More than $1 million investment has been announced for initiatives aimed at helping women find work and for programs to enhance leadership opportunities.

For women locked out of the labour market, initiatives including education, mentoring, training, small business and employment opportunities are crucial inroads to employment and financial security.

These leadership programs will help First Nations women, women of colour and women from multicultural communities to identify and navigate barriers to advancement, including discrimination and poor workplace culture. They will also support women to use their skills and connections to progress their leadership journey.

The investment supports recommendations made by the Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women and will help drive the large-scale cultural change needed to tackle the systemic barriers that hinder women’s economic security and leadership advancement.

VIC | GOV | SUPPORTING | Women leaders in sport and recreation | applications for program close  5pm AEST Monday 28 August 2023

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation's Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program is now open, and we would love your support in attracting applications from across the sport and active recreation sector. 

This program aims to increase the number of women leaders in the sport and active recreation sector, and provides a valuable opportunity for women to participate in specialised skill development and training. 

The program is designed for women at different stages of their career and leadership journeys, offering four different streams: learning, next generation leaders, executive, and governance.

Grants of up to $5,000 and $10,000 to complete professional development courses are available through the Learning and Executive streams. 

Please note that applications for these streams must be submitted by organisations on the behalf of eligible individuals.

Information on the program and eligibility is attached to this email (including posters), together with social media tiles. We would be most grateful if you could share this information with your networks and through your communication channels where relevant.

 Education and Training 

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | First Nations names selected for new Victorian schools

The Victorian Government is ensuring better representation of Aboriginal culture and language across the state, with Aboriginal language names to be used for all 14 new government schools set to open their doors next year.

For the first time, the 2024 new school naming process consulted on a short-list of Aboriginal language names, receiving more than 7,000 submissions.

For more information, a full list of the translation of the Indigenous school names can be found on the Victorian School Building Authority website.

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Eyes On The Prize – Students To Share In Anzac Spirit | entries close 5pm AEST Wednesday 6 September 2023

Secondary school students in Victoria will be given an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the Anzac legacy and Australia’s connection to Türkiye with the 2023 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize competition.

Today, Minister for Veterans Natalie Suleyman announced the opening of the prize - an annual award program for Victorian students in Years 9 to 12.

Supported by the Andrews Labor Government, this year’s Prize is a celebration of Türkiye’s Centenary of Independence and the significant ties between Australia and Türkiye.

Ten students will be selected to embark on an unforgettable journey to battlefields and commemorative sites in Türkiye, retracing the experience of Australian men and women at war on the Gallipoli Peninsula and surrounds and learning about the making of the Anzac legend.

The Spirit of Anzac Prize also offers students the opportunity to participate in a unique educational program that fosters understanding and appreciation for our nation's Anzac spirit.

By entering the competition, students can convey their interpretation of the Anzac spirit via written, creative, or digital formats.

Students are encouraged to seize this opportunity to explore the Anzac legacy and strengthen their connections to Australia’s veteran community.

 Family Violence 

VIC | GOV | SUPPORTING | Community-Led Family Violence Programs

The Victorian Government is supporting multicultural and faith organisations with extended funding to prevent family violence using innovative approaches across the state.

23 multicultural and faith organisations will share in $1.61 million to continue programs under the Supporting Multicultural and Faith Communities to Prevent Family Violence Grants Program.

Organisations will be able to build on existing community projects which address the gendered drivers of violence by challenging harmful gender stereotypes and strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships. 

The funding will strengthen community-led approaches to prevent family violence and violence against women, including engaging with men and boys, and faith and community leaders to create positive change.

 Health and Wellbeing 

AUST | NARI | SUPPORTING | Carers of people with dementia in CALD communities

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) are looking for dementia family carers, professional care workers and health care professionals to participate in a user testing study for the e-DiVA Virtual Assistant research project.

This will be a great tool to support carers of people with dementia, especially those from Vietnamese and Indonesian communities.

 Justice and Community Safety 

AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Improved security at faith-based settings so communities can be free from harassment

The Securing Faith-Based Places program is a grant opportunity is to support religious schools, pre-schools, places of worship and faith-based community centres to reduce the risk of crime and violence motivated by religious or racial intolerance.

Successful applicants will benefit from up to $500,000 that can go towards the installation or upgrade of security infrastructure and/or the engagement of security guards for their site.


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