ECCV | UPDATING | eBulletin #39 | September 2023

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Australia is two weeks away from an historic opportunity to create practical, meaningful change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. 

ECCV has been hard at work with our campaign to engage migrant and refugee communities about the upcoming referendum, and raise awareness about why a First Nations Voice matters.
On Monday, we were proud to host a forum at Coburg Town Hall, where we heard from a panel of distinguished guests, including Aunty Esme Bamblett, Professor Mark Rose, Dr Shireen Morris, Sheena Watt MP and Carlo Carli, about what a First Nations Voice means to them and why achieving a successful referendum is vital to shaping a fairer, more inclusive Australia. The event was a testament to the strength of support for a 'Yes' vote within our diverse multicultural communities.
We are looking forward to co-hosting another forum next Sunday, 8 October to help local multicultural communities in Melbourne's south-east engage more deeply with the upcoming referendum. ECCV is partnering with the City of Greater Dandenong and Bunurong Land Council on the event, which will begin in Harmony Square with a Smoking Ceremony, followed by a panel discussion in the Civic Centre. Joining us on the panel, which will be moderated by Hana Assafiri OAM, are Jillian West, Aunty Irene Fisher, Rabecca Mphande and Dr Shireen Morris.
Submissions to the federal government's Multicultural Framework Review close tomorrow. The Review is a re-evaluation of how governments can better work with communities to ensure Australia's future remains diverse and vibrant. We have been busy preparing our submission, which we look forward to sharing with you soon.
Eddie Micallef, Chairperson


REPORTING | Why Yes? Why now? Multicultural Voice forum

ECCV hosted our forum 'Why Yes? Why now? Multicultural communities and the Voice' this week at Coburg Town Hall. The event involved a panel discussion about the meaning and significance of the referendum, with a focus on why a First Nations Voice would be a positive step forward for the country and how multicultural communities have a vital role to play in the referendum's success. 

GATHERING | Our Voice forum next Sunday in Dandenong | Sunday 8 October 2023 | 12.30–2.30pm AEDT 

In partnership with Bunurong Land Council and the City of Greater Dandenong, ECCV is hosting a forum at Harmony Square to discuss the referendum. Local migrant and refugee communities are invited to attend to learn more about the Voice to Parliament and hear from Aboriginal and multicultural leaders about why voting 'Yes' will benefit all Australians. 

PUBLISHING | Elder abuse in care relationships: new research

ECCV has released a paper examining the issue of elder abuse in care relationships where the carer and/or the carer recipient are from a migrant and refugee background. The paper outlines findings from our Recognising & Respecting Carers project, which include the importance of preventing elder abuse by ensuring carers, especially 'hidden' carers in multicultural communities, are supported. 

REPORTING | Multicultural experiences of flood

This month, ECCV published our joint report with Regional Victorians of Colour and Neighbourhood Collective Australia about the experiences of multicultural communities during last year's devastating floods. The report highlights the key issues migrant and refugee communities faced as a result of the 2022 floods and makes a suite of recommendations for improving disaster management. 

 Opportunities and Resources 

HIRING | Community Engagement Officer and Administration Support Officer | Expressions of Interest now open

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of Victorians from migrant and refugee backgrounds? ECCV is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from talented, proactive people to fill two roles: Community Engagement Officer and Administration Support Officer. Both roles require relevant prior experience and the ability to work as part of a team. 

HEARING | Your say: Improving reporting pathways for racism

Have your say on how to better support Victorians who experience racism. We invite you to take a short survey for a research project led by Victoria University in partnership with ECCV and the Islamic Council of Victoria, with funding from VicHealth. The project will inform recommendations on how to improve reporting pathways and support services for people who experience racism. 


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

CYMHT | GATHERING | ARUSI (The Wedding) – Cross-Cultural Dialogue: African-Australian Mental Health | Wednesday 11 October 2023 | 11am-1pm

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Join us for a captivating journey that combines storytelling with mental health awareness and stigma reduction.

Arusi (The Wedding) is an innovative theatre production that explores family dynamics, work pressures, cultural traditions, and identity. This performance will be followed by a panel discussion with performers.

Ubuntu Mental Health is dedicated to promoting mental health within African-Australian communities. Through theatre, and community dialogue, Ubuntu Mental Health aim to foster community engagement, encourage audience discussion, and inspire reflective practice. By attending this performance, you can be part of their mission to break down mental health barriers for African-Australian communities, and foster mutual understanding.
  • Where: Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
  • Cost: $0–$16.50
  • Bookings: online via Eventbrite


Child & Youth Mental Health Training (CYMHT)
Ubuntu Mental Health
Headspace Sunshine
Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road, Sunshine, Victoria 3020
Tel: (03) 9927 6222

VTMH | WEBINAR | Afghan Community Response Project: A Collaborative Approach to restore hope, create safety and increase connection in times of crisis | Wednesday 18 October 2023 | 3pm–4pm

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The Afghan Community Response Project (ACR) was established in August 2021 by Foundation House in response to the Taliban take-over of Afghanistan, which saw approximately 5,000 people evacuated from Kabul by the Australian Government, the majority of whom arrived in Melbourne. 

The ACR project was led and delivered by a team of mainly lived-experience practitioners from within the Afghan Community.

Two years have passed and the mental health and wellbeing of communities from Afghanistan continues to be heavily impacted by the ongoing human rights abuses perpetrated by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

  • Parwin Miazoi and
  • Zabi Mazoori (Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House))
An overview of the presenting challenges and psycho-social needs of newly arrived Afghans as well as exploring the innovations and strengths of the ACR model, which is a model that can be adapted and used by other communities arriving in Australia after a crisis.

This presentation will also offer reflections and learnings on the nuances and complexities that emerge for a team of mainly lived-experience practitioners working with their own community.
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.  


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

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

[Edited extract from public address]

Yamandhu marang.

On 6 September, our Foundation celebrated its biggest and most exciting day of advocacy, Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD). The day celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' stories, cultures and languages. We thank the 302,654 supporters for watching the ILD 15-minute FILM and 45-minute LIVESTREAM, and for your generous donations on this special day. 

The ILD FILM takes you on a virtual journey to three remote Indigenous 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. 

For the first time ever, our ILD celebrations from Sydney Opera House with over 50 First Nations primary school students was Livestreamed. The 45-minute LIVESTREAM was hosted by ILF Ambassadors Justine Clarke and Gregg Dreise who reminisced on their PlaySchool days by teaching the audience some dance moves, taught words in Aboriginal languages, and sung songs in English and Kriol. It's not too late to watch the ILD celebrations below. 
We would like to thank the Barunga, Rubibi, Napranum and Bidyadanga Communities who were featured in the ILD FILM for sharing their stories with us and inviting us into their Communities. And all the remote Communities we work with for sharing their stories.

As always, a heartfelt thanks to you, for making our relationships with remote Communities possible and for being a valuable supporter on our journey.   

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 an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. 
This month's word is porcupine in Wiradjuri language! Wiradjuri Country is located in central New South Wales.


CELEBRATING | Indigenous Literacy Day with 300,000 People!

We are so grateful that over 300,000 supporters joined in to celebrate ILD! Learn more about the ILD FILM and LIVESTREAM, check out the media coverage for ILD and find out what the students from Barunga school got up to in their visit to Sydney

ADVISING | A big announcement for Busking for Change 2024!

We are pleased to announce that Shordi Krik is the Busking for Change 2024 song! Schools across the country will learn to sing the Shordi Krik song in Kriol and English while raising funds for our Foundation next year. 

SHARING | ILF CEO Ben Bowen's connection to Country

ILF CEO Ben Bowen shares his connection to Gadigal/Wangal Country (Rozelle, Sydney). 
"It’s a place where I grew up, learning from my nan and Community about fishing, harvesting and the seasons" – Ben
Read Ben's feature alongside Latrell Mitchell, Magnolia Maymuru, Narelda Jacobs, Graham Bootsie Thorpe, Ruth Langford, Zaachariaha Fielding, and Alisha Geary in the Qantas magazine.

CALLING | Unpublished Indigenous Writers for Boundless Indigenous Writer's Mentorship 

Applications are now open for the 2024 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship! For you or someone you know if an unpublished Indigenous writer, have a manuscript in the works and would benefit from a year-long mentorship with a senior Indigenous writer.

PUBLISHING | In my Blood It Runs becomes a children's book!

Award-winning film, In My Blood It Runs, has been published as a children's book! This important story is about 10-year-old Arrernte and Garawa boy, Dujuan Hoosan. The book shares a story of history, love and resistance.

CLICKING | For More Stories


 Work in Community  

The Barramundi Song in Kunwinjku Language

This month, we received illustrations from Jabiru Area School and Jabiru FaFT for a new Barramundi book we're starting work on in Kunwinjku language. The Barramundi Song is a popular song in playgroups in remote Communities, and when finished, this book will be our fifth language edition! 

Tiwi Futures Expo

ILF Programs Manager Tictac and Regional Coordinator Bella attended the Tiwi Futures Expo in Wurrumiyanga this month where we had a stall giving out ILF books to the Tiwi Community. The expo was joined by students who have the chance to meet local employers in a relaxed, familiar environment, and learn about careers that align with their interests.

Pamela Lofts Workshop

We are very excited to be hosting our first Pamela Lofts workshop next month since 2018. The workshop will be held in Sydney with youth from remote Northern Territory and Western Australia who have shown an interest in digital technology, digital art and storytelling.

 Ambassador News 

Dr Debra Dank 

A big congratulations to ILF Ambassador Dr Debra Dank who won the Queensland Literary Award for Non-Fiction for her book, We Come with this Place!

Dr Anita Heiss AM

Congratulations to Dr Anita Heiss AM, a play is going to be based on her book Tiddas at the Belvoir St Theatre in 2024! The book is about five women who have been friends since childhood who come together for book club meetings. The season will run from 12-28 January 2024. 

 Special Thanks 

We extend our thanks to our Indigenous Literacy Day sponsor Lendlease, who are committed to sharing and celebrating the diversity and richness of stories, cultures and languages. 
Thank you to Studio Gilay who supported us with animations for the Indigenous Literacy Day FILM. 
We would like to acknowledge our friends over at Better Reading and Better Reading Kids for their continued support and promotion of ILF campaigns and programs throughout the year. 

Thinking of writing your will? The ILF has partnered with Safewill to provide our supporters with the ability to write their will for just $80 (half price).
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 

We are very grateful for the support of Readings who ran a match campaign for our Foundation on Indigenous Literacy Day which raised an incredible amount of over $20,000! This will allow us to gift over 2000 culturally relevant books to remote Communities. 

We are very grateful for the support of Mindshare who provided over $2 million pro bono advertising support for Busking For Change. Mindshare also dedicated their company-wide Impact Day to celebrate stories, cultures and languages on Indigenous Literacy Day, raising a further $4808 in donations and bringing their total funds raised so far this year to over $7,000!

A special thank you to Accenture (in partnership with Readings) for supporting the ILF for the last couple of years through their First Nations Voices Campaign. The campaign is an opportunity for Accenture to raise funds for the ILF while elevating the voices of First Nations authors and educating their staff about First Nations cultures. 

We would like to thank the team at Wishes by Wyndham who have not only spread awareness about the ILF at various resort locations but also raised over $8,000 by encouraging donations and through fundraising activities! We are very grateful for their support.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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GiveOUT | CALLING | Champions for your chosen LGBTIQA+ community

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There’s never been a better time to be the hero. LGBTIQA+ communities need us!

We are just over 3 weeks away from GiveOUT Day and now we need individuals to step up by encouraging their networks to GiveOUT. Today we highlight how everyday heroes can help to make GiveOUT Day the gift that keeps on giving! 

But first a reminder,
Meet this year's amazing projects!

Become a Fundraising Champion!

Matched-funding magic is just one half of GiveOUT Day’s uniquely impactful model. The other half of this abundance equation is Peer-To-Peer funding. 

Peer-to-Peer funding is when an individual seeks donations on behalf of their chosen organisation who needs support. By signing up as a GiveOUT Day Champion you will get a personal fundraising page and become a Peer-to-Peer fundraising hero!

As a Champion you will share your fundraising profile with your networks, amplifying the voice of your chosen community and ensuring the cause closest to your heart has its fundraising needs met. 

Check out one of our first Champions of GiveOUT Day 2023, Laura Cripps! Laura has chosen to be a fundraising Champion for The Pinnacle Foundation.
All donations made through Laura’s personal fundraising link will go directly to The Pinnacle Foundation and be matched by GiveOUT! 

Sign up early to win extra cash for your organisation!

The first three champions to raise $500 on their profile get a $500 boost, and champions who sign up before 5 October go in the draw to win a $500 boost. 
Your mission as a Champion can be as simple as sharing your personal fundraising link to your social media and encouraging your networks to donate to your chosen cause. 

Every donation is matched dollar-for-dollar so even a small handful of donations from your friends, family and colleagues can make a MASSIVE impact on the project you choose to Champion. 
  1. Pick a project close to your heart 
  2. Sign up as their Champion
  3. Encourage your networks to donate via your Champion page

Greg Gould: Champion In Honour Of Simon Dunn

Earlier this year, the world lost Simon Dunn, one of our community’s most beloved and powerful trailblazers. Simon used his voice to amplify the work of both GiveOUT Day and The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, acting as an Ambassador for the two organisations. 

Continuing Simon’s legacy of ending stigma and discrimination, his dear friend and GiveOUT Day teammate Greg Gould returns as a GiveOUT Day Ambassador and as a Champion for The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation’s GiveOUT Day fundraising campaign.  

Greg, one of the rainbow community’s most cherished performers, has written and recorded an original song, Save Me A Seat,  to celebrate Simon’s rich life and work and as the Official Anthem for GiveOUT Day 2023. All proceeds from the downloads of the track on iTunes will be donated directly to The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. 

You can help give Greg’s song Save Me A Seat wings to fly this GiveOUT Day by pre-ordering on iTunes. Proceeds from all pre-orders will be donated to BGF. 
"It was really important for me to be part of GiveOUT Day this year. I've been a proud ambassador for the past 2 years alongside the late Simon Dunn and I wanted to carry the torch for him this year in loving memory of our beautiful friend. GiveOUT Day is vital for our community and a great way to support our charities and organisations. 

I have written a song for Simon called “Save Me A Seat”... I hope it can help anyone grieving the loss of someone they love and connect them with their loved one. Like the lyrics of the song say… their ‘spirit lives on’."

On The Ground

Here we highlight two incredible GiveOUT Day participants and their vital work supporting Autistic children and vulnerable young people.

Aspect Australia is the country’s largest education service provider for children on the autism spectrum. Aspect is fundraising to provide much-needed LGBTQIA+ education regarding gender expression, sexuality and sexual education to autism-specific schools.

Open Doors Youth Service supports vulnerable young people aged 12-24 who identify as LGBTIQA+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy.  Supporting over 1000 youth in South East Queensland per year, Open Doors is fundraising for their largest annual event, Queerosity.

South Australia – Matched Funding Announcements

Do you know an LGBTQIA+ organisation based in South Australia? Give them a nudge and make sure they sign up for GiveOUT Day ASAP! This year, we are excited to have a total of $17,500 in matched funding specifically for South Australia organisations, thanks to a generous $10,000 contribution from Fay Fuller Foundation and $7,500 from The Wyatt Trust. 
“LGBTQIA+ projects are consistently under-supported within the philanthropic funding landscape. GiveOUT Day is such a valuable opportunity to not just support these charities and organisations but to raise awareness of the incredible value of the work they do with the Rainbow Community.”
– Niall Fay, Chief Executive, Fay Fuller Foundation
“The Wyatt Trust is pleased to partner with GiveOUT as a way of supporting the strength of LGBTIQ+ communities, and hasten the path to equity and financial inclusion.” 
– Stacey Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, The Wyatt Trust

Aurora Ignite Pride Grants | applications close 13 October 2023

For LGBTIQ+ organisations in NSW.
This year Aurora aims to fund five LGBTIQ+ projects with up to $10,000 and two with up to $20,000.

The GiveOUT team


The GiveOUT Team (GiveOUT)

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards VIC Farm Sanctuary, AUST metal detectors for Ukrainians

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VIC | CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Farm Sanctuary

Wow the support for John and Debbie of J&D's Farm Sanctuary has been phenomenal! They are just $1k away from being able to care for all of their special needs rescues for the long haul. 

Daisy the calf who has bowed back legs and was born into the dairy industry. She would have had a terrible fate without their sanctuary. 

After rescuing 6 male calves only a few days old who were due to be culled within 24 hours, sanctuary life has changed a lot! But with our help, they can expand to care for all their new arrivals.
“Sanctuary life has become unrecognisable, there is not a moment to stop at all – there are so many mouths to feed, medicine and special attention to be given, John and I are simply run off our feet – but we must go on for the sake of these animals who were simply born the wrong sex, species, or had something wrong with them – meaning they were not valued and were to be disposed of.”
Let’s make their day by helping them raise the last little bit they need! 

AUST | CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards metal detectors for Ukrainians

For all the western tanks and armoured vehicles given to Ukraine, the fate of the counteroffensive may well lie in the steady hands of sappers. 

They are the ones who are helping to find and deactivate land-mines, which involves unscrewing the mine’s fuse, the sappers have to avoid a gruesome array of Russian booby traps.

Here, paramedics carry an injured Ukrainian serviceman who stepped on an anti-personnel landmine. 

Nathan Burraston is urgently raising funds for a 7th shipment of metal detectors straight to Ukrainians on the ground to save lives.

The density of the minefields is now “insane”, according to Oleksiy Danilov, a senior Ukrainian security official, who estimated there were as many as four mines per square metre along the front line.

Be a part of the community of support for Ukrainians helping to make their country liveable again. 


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

S2b | CALLING | Artists, Upcoming Gala & Open Positions | Spring 2023

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We have a spring in our step!

With so much going on here at Space2b, there's plenty of creative-filled events to enjoy with family and friends!

CELEBRATING | Space2b Dinner Dance | Friday 27 October 2023 | 6.30-11pm

Secure your seat and celebrate 10 years with Space2b. ONLY 30 tickets left! This milestone occasion promises to be an evening filled with laughter, live music and captivating performances. Includes 3-course dinner and drinks are available for purchase.

GATHERING | Laneway Festive Market | Sunday 3 December 2023

Space2b is super excited to be partnering with the wonderful Jorge and Susana from The Urban Creatives. The pair are venturing Southside to run a not to be missed festive shopping market for you all to enjoy in our colourful laneway behind Space2b. For artisans and makers, book below.

SHOWING | See The Sky Exhibition | 5–30 September 2023

"See the Sky" is a focused exhibition celebrating the beauty of skies. Artist Tim Gallimany prompts viewers to reflect on their constant surroundings, emphasizing the allure of various sky shades. Whether through a window or a painted canvas, the exhibition offers a chance to experience this beauty even without a direct view.

CALLING | Artists for Space2b Affordable Art Show | submissions close 12 November 2023

IT'S BACK for another year! Open to both emerging and established artists, the Space2b Affordable Art Show is an exhibition that celebrates the power of creativity and the expression of joy, in the lead up to Christmas and New Year celebrations.

WORKSHOPPING | Nature & Ink | Saturday 14 October 2023 | 2–4pm

Led by artist Rahila, this workshop will encourage you to embrace the ever changing form of nature, exploring and experimenting with ink and organic objects.  Come and enjoy the time to creatively play with pattern and mark-making using ink. Materials provided.
  • Where: Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182 Australia
  • Cost: $30
  • Bookings: online via S2b

OFFERING | Volunteer Opportunities At Space2B

With training, learn new skills with our team & make a difference

We are looking for a series of volunteers who have a keen interest in being involved with Space2b, want to acquire new skills and share existing expertise with our team.

Volunteering is a flexible and great way to develop skills, connect with your local community, make new friends and be a part of something bigger.

Available Positions:
  1. SEO Expert
  2. Call for Events
  3. Online Cafe Support
  4. Sewing Mentors
  5. Grant Writers
No skills required, just ability, desire & dedication
Minimum of 5 hours per week for 6 months
For more information please email us at
with a resume or a summary of your skills and experience.
Together we make a difference!


Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
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GiveOUT | SUPPORTING | Proudly for a First Nations Voice to Parliament

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GiveOUT supports Australia saying YES in the upcoming Referendum for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice

LGBTQIA+ people understand the significance of a public vote about their lives, and the importance of allies in advocating for change. It is time for the LGBTQIA+ community, and the Australian people as a whole, to stand in solidarity with our First Nations communities, including our Brotherboys, Sistergirls and other LGBTQIA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At GiveOUT, we know that there is no substitute for the wisdom of lived experience when it comes to designing policies and programs.
“As an organisation that exists to address systemic disadvantage, and provide impacted communities the resources they need to drive their own solutions, GiveOUT fully supports this much needed reform to ensure First Nations people are recognised in the constitution and are given a voice on the issues and interventions that impact them.” – Georgia Mathews, Chair of GiveOUT
Polls have demonstrated that over 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people support a Voice to Parliament*. We call upon our LGBTQIA+ friends and allies to join this historic movement and vote ‘YES’ in the Referendum. We must take this important step toward a fairer future for this country.

You can show your support by:


The GiveOUT team


The GiveOUT Team (GiveOUT)

VTMH | DEMONSTRATING | Solidarity In Context to the Upcoming Referendum

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At an important moment in history, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) strongly supports the upcoming national vote about adding an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice (The Voice) to the Australian Constitution.

VTMH aligns with the principles of unity and understanding promoted by Reconciliation Australia, and we also endorse the stance taken by St Vincent's Health Australia on this matter.

VTMH sees this as a big chance to bring people together and make things better. We know that health and wellness are connected to making things right between different groups of people in Australia. VTMH thinks this vote can make real changes and respect the different viewpoints of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


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

PWR | UPDATING | An Urgent Call for the Amazon, A Call to be Vigilant, Upcoming Events and more | 22 September 2023

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Leaders at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions Offer Urgent Call for the Amazon

On Wednesday 16 August 2023, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and the Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted a critical discussion on Indigenous peoples, their spiritualities and the shared moral responsibility across faiths to protect the Amazon and the rights and cultures of Indigenous peoples and traditional communities at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

Moderated by Lewis Cardinal and Zaya Guarani, this assembly featured keynotes from some of the most prominent Indigenous leaders of the Amazon sharing the urgent call to protect the forest and the traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, as well as highlighting the vital role of multilateral interfaith action to support the critical and often dangerous work of the leaders of the Amazon.

Explore the Main Stage Sessions at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions

At the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the voices of local and global luminaries answered the call to conscience to defend freedom and human rights as part of our Main Stage programming.

Hear keynotes from luminaries like Mayor Brandon Johnson, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Rev. William Barber II; enjoy performances from diverse cultures and inspiring ceremonies addressing the critical issues facing our world.

Media Coverage of 2023 Parliament Shares Call to Conscience to 2.5 Billion

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

Special Feature | A Call to be Vigilant: The Reverend James Lawson’s Message for Defending Human Rights and Freedom

by Prof. Veena R. Howard, Ph.D. Professor of Asian Religious Traditions in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno, she also holds the Endowed Chair in Jain and Hindu Dharma.
The late Congressman John Lewis offered the highest praise to the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. when he called him the “architect of nonviolent movement of the United States of America.” In a recent conversation with me, the Reverend Lawson reflected on the focus of the 2023 Parliament, “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights.”

Lawson praised the Parliament for this theme, which calls on people of faith [and no faith] traditions to defend precious freedom and human rights. He told me that in the United States, securing freedom and basic human rights required hard work, sacrifice, and millions of Americans’ defiance of the racist Jim Crow laws and other xenophobic and sexist systems. He reminds people to remain alert of the insidious structures of violence, what he calls, “racism, sexism, militarism, and plantation capitalism,” which hold the power to deprive fellow humans of their rights, dignity, and freedom.

Upcoming Events

Become a member and join fellow members for a special discussion sharing 2023 Parliament experiences and key takeaways for future programmings.

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

VTMH | GATHERING | Women Empowering Communities 'Deepening the Dialogue in Mental Health and Wellbeing' Forum | Thursday 26 October 2023 | registrations opening at 9am for 9.30am–4.30pm

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A full day, in person forum, will include dynamic presentations from a variety of community projects, a Q&A session, musical performance, and keynote speakers; Nyadol Nyuon, Sue-Anne Hunter, and Mary Crooks, all captured in stunning detail by graphic recorder Debbie Wood.

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), supported by the Darebin Intercultural Centre, invites you to join us as we showcase work undertaken by women to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in their communities.

Who should come?

Consumer, carer and community members, mental health practitioners, educators and leaders, and health and community workers with an interest in mental health are invited to register
  • Where: Preston Shire Hall, Entry via 286 Gower St, Preston, Victoria
  • Cost: $100 per ticket. Morning tea, lunch & refreshments provided
  • Bookings: essential. Spaces are limited. Registrations close Thursday 12 October 2023 or until sold out. Please register early to secure a place

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for consumer, carer, and community representatives. Please email to enquire.


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

GEIFN | AWAKENING | Peace in Gathering Times – Commemorating UN International Day of Peace | 21 September

In This Section

  1. UN | COMMEMORATING | International Day of Peace | 21 September
  2. UNHCR | UPDATING | Forcibly Displaced, Refugees & Stateless | Figures at a Glance | 14 June 2023
  3. GEIFN | Aspiring Global Engagement in Friendlier Neighbourhoods

 1. UN | COMMEMORATING | International Day of Peace | 21 September 

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more.

This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around. And even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization.”

2023 marks the mid-point in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2023 observance of the International Day of Peace coincides with the SDG summit (18–19 September) to mark the mid-point milestone.

The SDGs aim to bring us closer to having more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, free from fear and violence. But without the buy-in and contribution of a wide range of actors including the 1.2 billion young people alive, the goals will not be achieved. We invite you to join the United Nations’ call to take action for peace: fight inequality, drive action on climate change, and promote and protect human rights.

2023 is also the 75th anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. IDP 2023 encourages all youth to be ambitious in their engagement as positive and constructive social agents, to join the movement to reach the SDGs and contribute to building sustainable peace. Together we can help to lead our world towards a greener, more equitable, just, and secure future for all. More.


 2. UNHCR | UPDATING | Forcibly Displaced, Refugees & Stateless | Figures at a Glance | 14 June 2023 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, other forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

At the end of 2022 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order, 108.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced.
  • 35.3 million refugees comprising 29.4 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate and 5.9 million Palestine refugees under UNRWA’s mandate.
  • 62.5 million internally displaced people
  • 5.4 million asylum seekers

UNHCR personnel

UNHCR's workforce is the backbone of operations. At 31 December 2022, there were 18,879 employees, of whom around 91 per cent are based in the field.

We work in 137 countries and territories, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. Our teams work hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health.

How is UNHCR funded?
UNHCR is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, with 75% from governments and the European Union. 3% comes from other inter-governmental organizations and pooled funding mechanisms, while a further 21% is from the private sector, including foundations, corporations and the public. Additionally, we receive a limited subsidy (1%) from the UN budget for administrative costs, and accept in-kind contributions, including items such as tents, medicines and trucks.

UNHCR was launched on a shoestring annual budget of US$300,000 in 1950. But as our work and size have grown, so too have the costs. Our annual budget rose to more than US$1 billion in the early 1990s and reached a new annual high of US$10.714 billion in 2022. For up-to-date information about UNHCR’s financial needs visit our Global Focus website.

Our yearly budget supports continuing operations and supplementary programmes to cover emergencies, such as the Ukraine crisis, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the Pakistan floods as well as large-scale repatriation operations.

Mitch Tambo and friends - You’re the Voice

 3. GEIFN | Aspiring Global Engagement in Friendlier Neighbourhoods 

GEIFN exists to promote harmony and respect for faiths, values, cultures and traditions by global engagement in friendlier neighbourhoods.

GEIFN was formed in early 2011 with representation from many faith groups. Currently in caretaker mode with Carey Rohrlach attending.
  • Promoting harmony and respect for faiths, values, cultures and traditions in our shared community.
  • Providing opportunities for dialogue, understanding, harmonious interaction, co-operative community service and events that highlight positive contributions in the community.
  • Demonstrating respect for others belief’s, cultures and traditions. This desire arises from our common humanity and our being people of faith.
  • Recognising neighbours, that we have responsibilities to ourselves, community and the world.
  • Encouraging citizens, all to put aside intolerance, prejudice and divisiveness to attain peaceful and fruitful co-existence.
  • Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Port Phillip, Glen Eira and surrounds are the Boon WurrungBunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation.
  • Respecting past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savour and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully in our place called home.
This annual supplement is a curation from information in public domain. Thankyou to all the many exemplars who have shared their aspiration, experience and results to be the peace making they wish to see in the world. Received with gratitude.

In This Section

a) Badges
b) Photocards
c) Coffee Mugs
d) Contemplations
e) Inspirations
f) Sharing Downloadable PDF Statements
g) Update Your Contact Details 
h) Community Engages
i) Acknowledgments 
j) Dedicating Merit and Best Wishes for Less Suffering  

Consider obtaining and distributing from the growing range of collateral below. (Any receipts go towards production costs and ongoing service provision.)

a) Badges

For equity: YES, I am
Size: 56mm diametre, safety-pin clasp
Pack Contains: 20
Cost: $40 per pack
Includes Postage to Australian Addresses

OR download free digital version here for adding to your documents:

b) Photocards

What is reconciliation? “Of people spending 60,000 years wiped out by illness and violence in a land rich with creature and plant life, spirit forms and respect... The wish to say sorry, to honour, to respect land, ancestors, people... What is reconciliation? It is a beginning. A process. Healing.”
– Ajahn Thanasanti, Australian Buddhist nun

High quality high gloss 1 sided on photographic paper
Individual Size: 15x10cm
Pack Contains: 10 cards
Cost: $6 per pack
Includes Postage to Australian Addresses

OR download free digital version here:

c) Coffee Mugs

View 1: Lost Piece in the midst of Desire, Envy, Anger, Pride and Confusion? 
View 2: Found Peace: If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.
Coffee Mugs
  • White ceramic 325ml mug with wrap-around image
  • Pack Contains: 1 Mug
  • Cost: $25 ea until stocks last
  • Includes Postage to Australian Addresses

d) Contemplations

Take Away Contemplation:
(Daily, before meals or anytime)

We give thanks for the precious nature
of life.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of the lives of those we care for
and who care for us.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of the many interconnected conditions
that come together today
to allow us to enjoy this place, 
this company, 
this purpose, 
this potential, 
this time.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of all Teachers, Teachings and Opportunities to Share.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of my/your/our life. 

May all beings enjoy such benefits
or if not, have less Suffering until planting the seeds for growth. 

For the benefit of all, thankyou.

Contemplating Departure:
(Daily, after meals or at the closing)

Please forgive me 
For anything I did or said 
Or failed to do or say, 
That hurt you or upset you, 
Whether I did them intentionally or unintentionally

I forgive you
For anything you did or said
Or failed to do or say
That hurt me or upset me,
Whether you did them intentionally or unintentionally

May all live in Peace, Wellbeing and Happiness


High quality laserprinted 2 sided leaflet
Individual Size: 21x10cm
Pack Contains: 12 leafs
Cost: $6 until stocks last
Includes Postage to Australian Addresses

OR download free digital version here:

e) Inspirations

Be Aspiring, Change View:
Found Peace. If it was easy then everybody would be enjoying it.

Beat Time, Check Source:
Re:lig:ion = again/back : join/unite : energy

High quality laserprinted 2 sided leaflet
Individual Size: 21x10cm
Pack Contains: 12 leafs
Cost: $6 per pack
Includes Postage to Australian Addresses
OR download free digital version here:

Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach
Tel: 0438 371 488


i) Acknowledgments

Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon WurrungBunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin NationRespect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

Invitation to Support Content Creators
The music/stories/videos have been sourced from public domain. If you like any of the content, please consider buying directly from online marketplaces to support creators and truth telling in the public interest.

Caretaker Disclosure
Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

This curation is an interpretation of the universal basis of re:lig:ion (Latin = again:uniting:energy) or bodhicitta (Sanskrit = Awakening Consciousness). This email invites a sharing of countless thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across the 3 times and 10 directions. Or not. As each case may be.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.

j) Dedicating Merit and Best Wishes for Less Suffering

Tinna Tinh gives a modern interpretation of Vajrasattva (Diamond Mind or Enlightening Attitudes) mantra

 May all beings have happiness, 
 May all beings be free from suffering, 
 May all beings feel an ocean of happiness and joy 
 And may we live with the good heart 
 Feeling close to all. 

PPLS | CELEBRATING | Seniors Festival at the Library | 1–15 October 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival is an annual celebration running through October. The festival recognises the valuable contribution people aged 55+ have made and continue to make to our community. 

All events listed in this program are free of charge unless stated otherwise.

To celebrate, our libraries have a range of events for seniors to explore and enjoy. Our library programs are designed to get you into writing and sharing your stories with the world.

All of the events are FREE, but we ask you all to make a booking for catering purposes.

How to get involved and make a booking?
If you would like more information or to make a booking for any event, please contact:

Phone: ASSIST 03 9209 6777 or Cathy 0481 053 536 

 Explore the Seniors Festival 

Elvis is back in the building for Seniors Festival Launch Party | Sunday 1 October 2023 | 1–3pm

Rohan Hammit is famous for his Saturday afternoon residency at Claypots in St Kilda. He sings and shakes through the fabulous Elvis era paying homage to the king with songs including Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, Polk Salad Annie and many more!

Backed by a group of superb musicians and wearing the famous elaborate jumpsuits of the Vegas years, Rohan and band re-defines the word excitement with a high energy show that is simply electrifying. Celebrate positive ageing with an afternoon of live music. Come dressed in your best rock and roll look.
  • Where: Middle Park Bowls Club, Canterbury Road, Middle Park

Art Attack | Monday 2 October 2023 | 10am–12noon 

Bring out your inner creativity! In this introduction workshop you will have the opportunity to create art by learning different techniques. No prior art experience necessary. This Art Attack workshop is delivered by Creative Arts Therapist Zoe Arnott.
  • Where: Port Melbourne Library, 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne

Memoir Writing | Thursday 5 October 2023 | 10–11am 

Susan-Gaye Anderson, who worked as a presenter in the early pioneering days of television, will share her skills and tips on writing to help and motivate you to create your own lasting memoir or personal fiction.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Getting Your Writing Out There | Thursday 5 October 2023 | 11.30am –12.30pm 

Image Join established authors Elizabeth Quinn and Graeme Simsion (author of the Rosie Project) in exploring the avenues available for older emerging writers in getting their voices heard.

Get advice on working with blogs, to newsletters, to news outlets, publishing companies and more.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Create a Digital Story | Wednesday 11 October 2023 | 10am–12noon 

In this online workshop, learn new skills like how to capture and upload images, add images to Word documents and other digital techniques using your phone or computer.

Please bring a memento or photo with a story in mind that you would like to capture and share.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Friends with a Firie and Coffee with a Cop | Wednesday 11 October 2023 | 2–4pm

Join us for a session with representatives from Victoria Police and Fire Rescue Victoria who discuss feeling safe in public spaces and other tips for older people to be prepared for emergencies and home security.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Seniors Festival Writing Awards | Friday 13 October 2023 | 3.30–5pm

Join us for this enjoyable session of literature including the announcement of the of the Judges Awards. Special guests will read selections of writers’ entries.
Light refreshments included.
  • Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street St Kilda

One on One Device Advice

Need some help getting started with your new phone, laptop or tablet? Or just need some help navigating the latest apps?

Book in a 30-minute appointment and have your tech questions answered by our friendly digital team! We can assist you with basic troubleshooting, tricky questions and set-up of your devices.

Where and Where:
  • Port Melbourne: Mondays, 11am–12noon
  • St Kilda: Wednesdays, 1–2pm 
Give us a call on 9209 6655 with any questions or use one of the links below to make a booking directly.


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

VMC | UPDATING | A big announcement about the future of Victoria's housing and the latest on grants, events and community news | Wednesday 20 September 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

On Wednesday 20 September, the Premier made a big announcement about a landmark package to boost housing supply and affordability in Victoria.

The report Victoria’s Housing Statement – The Decade Ahead 2024-2034 sets a bold target to build 800,000 new homes across the state over the next 10 years. 

There is a link to the detail of this program below and I encourage you to read this statement - the VMC will do the same.

We'll hold discussion sessions to increase understanding of how this will impact multicultural communities, particularly those people and larger families on the wait list for housing.

Back in our Lonsdale St office, we hosted our first community of practice session for the 2022/23 recipients of the community support fund.

This means that fourteen organisations making a difference in multicultural communities came together to collaborate, share knowledge and build networks.

The Victorian government is currently offering the following grants, which you might be interested in "Free from violence local government program" and "Making accessible places".

Please click on the link and check out the websites for more information. And stay tuned for the upcoming Festivals and Events grants for the January to June 2024 period.

At the VMC, we always look to improve how we support the community and inform the government. This includes how we communicate and what we communicate about. If you can help us, we have created a survey for feedback on this newsletter.

Finally, some of you may be aware that the Refugee Communities Association of Australia is hosting their annual conference this week.

The event puts the lived experience of refugees front and centre. It amplifies their voices and increases their influence and advocacy. Thank you, RCAA, for continuing to share the voice of refugees.

Please keep reading below for the latest VMC news and events. Remember to sign up for the VMC database below.

Warmly, 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 | SBS | SCREENING | MFF films on SBS on Demand

If you did not attend VMC's 2023 Multicultural Film Festival, don't worry! You can watch all the Official Selection films on SBS on Demand! 

Mark your calendar, as a majority of the films will be available to watch in early October.

AUST | GOV | CALLING | Last days to make a submission to the Multicultural Framework Review | Submissions close Friday 29 September 2023 

The Multicultural Framework Review is asking for submissions to help the government on how to best build Australia’s multiculturalism over the next decade and meet its needs. 

You can put in a submission on behalf of an organisation you represent or as an individual.

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | Building 800,000 new homes in the next ten years.

Victoria is the fastest-growing state in Australia, with our population set to hit 10.3 million by 2051.

We need 2.24 million homes built, including 425,600 across regional and rural Victoria, to ease the housing pressure.

The Victorian Government plans to address this over the next ten years.

Click on the link for further details, including how this plan relates to housing affordability, renters' rights, and social housing.

DANDENONG | GOV | SUPPORTING | Afghanistan's Got Talent at this years' Youthfest | Friday 29 September 2023 | 6–10.30pm 

The Victorian Afghan Student’s Association (VASA) will be hosting its first Afghanistan’s Got Talent. 
Celebrate the talents and passions of young Victorians with roots to Afghanistan, as they will perform and showcase their art to the community.

VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your say: About Women's Health in Victoria | survey closes Friday 29 September 2023

Women and girls make up more than half our population, and yet women's health continues to be overlooked and underdiagnosed.

The Victorian Government wants to change this and wants to hear from you. 

Share your opinion and experiences about women's health care through the Engage Victoria survey.

By completing this survey, you are helping the Victorian Government to improve in delivering better women's health care.

Share this survey with your family and friends to break down the stigma about women's health care and women's experiences in the health system.

VIC | VEOHRC | LAUNCHING | New resources kit helping LGBTQA people of faith to live authentically and with pride

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) have created a resources kit to explain the recent law that affirms that faith and LGBTQA identity can coexist. 

This resources kit includes a short animated explainer and factsheets that you can share with your community and networks. 

MELB | STME | ENGAGING | International Students Upcoming Events

Study Melbourne (STME)  has many free or low cost events for international students who are studying and living in Victoria.


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