VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 29 November 2023

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This week marked the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a worldwide campaign that urges us to confront and prevent violence against women and girls. 

Here in Australia, 1 in 3 women from a refugee or migrant background have experienced domestic and family violence, with this number increasing further for women on temporary visas. To stop this violence, we must address racism and discrimination based on myths and misconceptions about cultural differences to create an inclusive and gender equal society. 

As individuals, we must prioritise educating ourselves about the signs of gender-based violence so that we can better support the women in our families and communities. If you want to learn more and get resources in your language, please check out Respect Victoria.  

Next week, Victoria will kick off Human Rights Week, and I'm honoured to reflect on the fundamental principles that define our shared humanity - the rights and freedoms that belong to every person, no matter their background or beliefs.  

To mark Human Rights Week 2023, IPAA Victoria, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and Diversity Council Australia will hold a special panel discussion to contemplate and explore the theme 'Creating Safe Spaces for Staff in Troubling Times - Human Rights, Leadership, and Workplace Culture'.  This free panel discussion will run 12noon–1.30pm Thursday 7 December 2023.

In the same spirit, here at the VMC we are collaborating with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and five other commissions to share clear actions on what you can do to promote a more inclusive and respectful Victoria. I encourage you to visit VEOHRC website to engage in activities and start conversations about human rights.  

As we reflect on Human Rights Week, it's essential to acknowledge the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. I acknowledge the grief and pain that many Victorians of Jewish, Muslim and Palestinian backgrounds are experiencing due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. I also acknowledge that many are feeling anxious and fearful in their everyday life and I reiterate, as have many other leaders, an unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism, hate and vilification.

I also extend my appreciation to the many who continue to compassionately support each other in these challenging times, and thank you for your commitment to protecting our multicultural and multifaith society.

Together, we can ensure that everyone feels safe and secure, where everyone can feel that they belong and are accepted, and where everyone feels respected.

Together, we can create a future where everyone feels safe, regardless of background, beliefs and gender.  
Viv Nguyen, Chairperson

 News and Events 

VIC | GOV | ENGAGING | 16 days of activism events and activities

The Victorian Government, through Respect Victoria and Safe and Equal, is supporting 16 days of Activism to shed light on gender-based violence in Victoria.  

Over the 16 days, councils, women’s health services and prevention partners will run events and activities across the state. You can find toolkits, in language printable assets and safe and equals fast facts to start conversations with your community.  

VIC | VEOHRC | CAMPAIGNING | Rights in action! Human Rights Week 2023 

This year the  Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will partner with the VMC and five other independent commissions for Human Rights week 2023. This collaborative partnership will encourage Victorians to take part in a week of daily actions to challenge their knowledge of human rights and implement this knowledge in a practical way. 

Human Rights Week 2023 actions will be shared across all social media platforms from 3–10 December. To receive these actions directly, register on VEOHRC

Follow each commission's actions by using the #HRW2023

VIC | VEOHRC | HEARING | Your say: On racial and religious vilification and discrimination

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) seek community input on racial and religious vilification and discrimination through online consultations.

The feedback will inform three VEOHRC projects: research on drivers and prevention of vilification, workplace guidelines on preventing racial discrimination, and an options paper on a third-party reporting mechanism for vilification and hate crimes.

There will be five consultations conducted over Zoom.

VIC | GOV | CONNECTING | Bilingual kinders' kids to the world

The Victorian Government is providing more language education to help give early learners the best start to life. There will be 11 early learning services that will be offered a place in Victoria’s bilingual kindergarten program from Term 1, 2024.

The expansion is part of a $3.7 million investment to increase the diversity of children’s language skills in Victoria’s kindergartens, build stronger local communities and prepare children for an increasingly connected world.

VIC | GOV | DRIVING | Power bills down for social housing residents

The Victorian Government is partnering with Local Energy Networks to help drive down power bills for social housing residences and reduce Victorian's carbon footprint. This initiative will prioritise consumer fairness and support residents facing cost of living pressures. 

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Multicultural community infrastructure fund | closing Wednesday 6 December 2023

A reminder that the 2023-24 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) is closing on December 6. This fund aims to support Victoria’s multicultural community organisations in having safe and secure places to celebrate and share their history and traditions, build connections, and thrive.

Up to $400,000 in funding is available for community organisations to upgrade, renovate, extend or build multicultural community infrastructure. Funding will be available across eight categories. 

VIC | CFA | ADVISING | Summer fire safety

The VMC is encouraging all Victorians to prepare for the bushfire season using the CFA's Summer Campaign Communications Kit.  

The kit includes a range of resources in different languages to help you stay safe during a bushfire. The CFA has a range of resources to help you stay informed about bushfire risks. You can sign up for email alerts, follow the CFA on social media, and download the CFA app. 


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

IFD | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards LGTBIQA+ Channel

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I’m From Driftwood is kicking off its end-of-year fundraising drive right now. We have a goal of raising $25,000 before the new year and we need your help to finish the year strong.

I also wanted to pull the curtain back a little bit on the inner workings of I’m From Driftwood. Whenever I tell new friends about I’m From Driftwood, I’m always intrigued by their interest in having a more comprehensive understanding of what we do. So even if you’re familiar with IFD, I thought you might like to hear about the important and hard work that goes into collecting, sharing, and preserving LGBTQIA+ stories.

Storytelling Coaching - We provide one-on-one coaching with every storyteller which includes helping them think of which story from their life to share, ensuring every story has traditional storytelling elements and vivid scenes, and finally how to deliver their story on camera. This involves multiple phone calls, exercises and tips in our Storyteller Guide, and of course the filming and editing of the story. A recent storyteller shared of her experience, “This was AMAZING! Thank you so much for all your guidance and support. I am beaming. This is life changing!!!”

Weekly Video Stories - Every Wednesday, we publish a brand new professionally-produced Video Story, documenting the experiences–the joys, complexities, challenges, love, hardships, humor, and more–of what it’s like to be a LGBTQIA+ person. The stories have done everything from saving young lives to empowering elders to finally live authentically. Our stories save and change lives so it’s no wonder they’ve been viewed over 38 million times on YouTube alone.

Online Archive - The I’m From Driftwood website houses every story we’ve ever published, but even more, it acts as an archive of LGBTQIA+ history. Every story is categorized and tagged for ease of browsing and searching, and every story is transcribed for improved accessibility and searchability. Our website and archive has been used by educators, counselors, healthcare professionals, therapists, journalists, and more to aid them in their work.

Instagram Reels - Everyone consumes online content differently, so in addition to the full-length videos we post on our YouTube Channel, we also create short-form versions of our stories for our social media followers. On IFD’s Instagram page, we edit our stories down to a 90-second abbreviated version of the story, helping ensure the stories are being seen by those who need them most. 

Podcast - All 43 episodes of the I’m From Driftwood Podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts. Ranked in the Top 25% of Spotify’s Society and Culture category, each episode focuses on a theme within the LGBTQIA+ community, from gender identity, immigration, and love, to workplace discrimination, race, and aging.

Storyteller Spotlights - These in-person, free community events involve screening of our stories with a moderated follow-up Q&A with the storytellers themselves. The Spotlights have been held in NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Austin and provide a way for people to experience our stories in a shared community space.

Whew! I know that's a lot, but I also know the impact our stories have on our community which is why the work must continue. That’s also why I’m asking you to help us finish the year strong. If you're able, please consider donating today.
Thanks for all your support,
Nathan Manske, Founder, Executive Director


I'm From Driftwood (IFD)
Address: 144 North 7th St., 356, Brooklyn, NY 11249

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Activism for Animals, Climate & Culture

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VIC | LfF | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards keeping Greater Gliders safe from planned burns

These little animals keep their babies in their pouches for three months, all the while gliding over 100 metres between trees!

Lawyers for Forests (LfF) at Save Our Strathbogie Forest are so in love with these little cuties, and really need our help to make sure they don't go extinct from human actions.

The group is taking legal action to make sure that planned burns are as safe as they can be for this endangered cutie and the hollow trees that they call home.

Will you stand with these animal lovers to protect an animal with no voice of its own?

WA | DBH | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards helping us STOP the destruction of climate and culture

The legal system is yet again being weaponised against environmental defenders - the very people trying to protect the future of humanity, despite the risk to their freedom and their lives.

Two climate activists from Disrupt Burrup Hub (DBH) have this month been convicted and fined for failing to allow police access to their devices. 

Joana, who also works for the Australian Greens, was fined $1,200 after police admitted they raided her home in relation to "potential future offences". Jesse Noakes was similarly fined $1,000 plus court costs, but remained resolute in his commitment to protect the confidential information of people who bravely shared their stories with him.
“At its core it’s about maintaining the power structures in place. Smearing defenders as lawbreakers distracts from the cause and changes the narrative."
This criminalisation of environmental protestors is now the most common tactic used to silence and discredit defenders.

The real cost in all of this is of course, our planet. 

Here's how you can help:
  1. Donate today to stand with climate activists from Disrupt Burrup Hub. With the full force of the WA police against them, they need our support now more than ever. Your contribution will directly aid their fight to disrupt the largest fossil fuel project in Australia.
  2. Share this message far and wide! Let your friends and family know that the fight to stop Woodside's Burrup Hub is the fight for our only home, planet Earth.
  3. Join the conversation using the hashtag #DisruptBurrupHub and #NotTerrorists. Let's make sure this injustice doesn't go unnoticed!
Together, we can disrupt the Burrup Hub project and protect our planet for generations to come!

NSW | DPT | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Festive Giving to our Cherished Animal Family

Deep Peace Trust (DPT) is the largest animal sanctuary in Australia, every day we look after hundreds of animals and wildlife, all of whom have been through life-threatening circumstances. 

Despite the challenges, we find the joy that comes from giving every day is deeply nourishing and healing to both self and the sanctuary. 

With the festive season approaching, we wanted to ask if you could keep our animals on your giving list. 
Can you give a festive gift to our precious animal family this year?

Here's the sanctuary wish list for the rest of the year:
  • Buy Breakfast for Bessie the cow and her son Blessed 
  • Buy dinner for half of the brumbies in sanctuary 
  • Buy a large bale of hay for the sanctuary animals 
  • Buy the entire sanctuary breakfast 
  • Buy an entire truckload of hay for the sanctuary 
We’ve endured the challenges of unprecedented droughts, devastating fires, and major floods, but have always been anchored by the spirit of deep peace and our unwavering commitment to animals. With your support, we can continue to find the joy from giving each day to these precious beings. 

Please share our campaign with friends, family, and fellow animal lovers to help get out our message.
Your support extends beyond a donation; it's a testament to the profound bond humans share with all living beings.  It contributes to a different world of thinking about animals — with kindness, compassion and love. And this is vital today.


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

PWR | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards global interfaith movement

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This Giving Tuesday, Give $30 or $130 for 30 and 130 Years

2023 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Parliament of the World’s Religions as an organization and the grand celebration of 130 years since the global interfaith movement’s inception at the historic 1893 Parliament.

As we reflect on the remarkable journey that has brought us to this moment, we are filled with immense gratitude and excitement. This year has been a testament to the power of collective effort and a reminder of the rich legacy that binds us to the transformative ideals sparked at the Parliament of World Religions more than a century ago. 

Now, as we stand on the threshold of a new era, we look to you with hope and anticipation. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact on the world and carry forward the spirit of unity and understanding.

Your generous support is not just a contribution; it is a reaffirmation of your belief in the power of compassion, diversity, and shared humanity.

Make a donation of $30, $130, $300, or more today to support this work and affirm your continued partnership as we navigate the exciting chapters that lie ahead.

All donations today will be matched, doubling your impact!


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

HUMANITIX | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards The Life You Can Save

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Myth: Hard work determines one’s economic success.

Truth: The “birth lottery” plays the most significant role in determining our place on the “economic ladder”.
The Nobel prize-winning social scientist Herbert Simon estimated that around 90% of what people earn is based upon their social capital – the places, networks, and opportunities that make up their present circumstances. It’s a hugely uneven playing field, where some of us are much more empowered than others, from the moment we’re born, to solve our own problems.
At Humanitix, we believe that hard work is important to achieve our goals - but for the 719 million people living in extreme poverty, it takes hard work every day just to survive, and for many, that’s not enough to even cover basic needs. As a result, people are forced to choose between fundamental necessities like food and other important needs, such as education. However, we know that education is a powerful tool that can change the trajectory of a person’s life.

How we can change the odds

​The exciting news is that there are opportunities to make a difference in people's lives. The Life You Can Save, an organisation that researches and identifies cost-effective and high-impact non-profits, has a list of  education non-profits, grouped in the Education for All Fund:
  • Teaching at the Right Level: In the poorest areas, less than 1 in 5 children excel in basic literacy or numeracy. Challenges like large class sizes and unrealistic curriculum goals lead to poor outcomes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Teaching at the Right Level is addressing this issue with innovative pedagogy.
  • Educate Girls: Universal literacy is especially vital for women and girls, with studies showing that improved literacy rates help reduce child marriage and early pregnancies while also increasing workforce participation. Educate Girls is working to bridge gender gaps in India's education system.

​Double your impact

The Life You Can Save
‘The collaboration between Humanitix and The Life You Can Save has the potential to unlock millions of dollars to provide critically needed education to help individuals and their communities overcome the disadvantages associated with losing the “birth lottery.”’ 
– Charlie Bresler, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Life You Can Save
Humanitix is partnering with The Life You Can Save by matching the first $25,000 donated to their Education for All Fund. Let's work together to empower those who have the misfortune of living in the poorest parts of the world. 


Humanitix Limited
Address: Level 1, 1-5 Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW 2000 Australia

CoPP | GRANTING | Quick Response Grants extra round for 2023 | applications close Monday 4 December 2023

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The Quick Response Grant Program are small grants available at short notice to eligible organisations and individuals throughout the year. 

The grants support the establishment and delivery of valuable services, programs, activities, and events to the City of Port Phillip community. The Guidelines are available on the Port Phillip Council Funds, grants and subsidies webpage.


Are you a Port Phillip resident who needs support to participate in an educational, sporting, cultural, recreational, or artistic event at an elite and competitive level? You can apply for a Quick Response grant for up to $500.


Are you a community group or social enterprise that needs support to deliver a project quickly that will benefit the community? You can apply for a Quick Response grant for up to $2000.


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

THCO | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for helping make journalism more constructive

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Is Australia’s political system doing a good job of serving its citizens? If not, how can we help it work better?

These questions have become even more pressing in recent months. The war in Gaza has spilled over to Australia, bringing new animosity and a threat to our social cohesion. The defeat of the Voice referendum has shaken confidence in the capacity of our political system to meet the needs of Indigenous citizens for better lives and political recognition. Progress on climate change seems unacceptably slow. Meanwhile, fuelled by social media, a steady stream of populism is rushing our way.

In dealing with all of this, the role of the media is crucial. But is it really helping? Stan Grant quit the ABC this year when he came to fear that being part of the media made him part of the problem. In his new role at Monash University, he will be working on constructive journalism. Which makes you think: precisely when did we see the emergence of such a thing as unconstructive journalism? Why do we tolerate it? How much damage has it done? 

Since its creation in 2011, The Conversation has been dedicated to producing a style of journalism that swims against the tide of clickbait and hot takes. Our non-partisan articles draw on the expertise of academics to help inform public debate. We want to help our democracy work by making public deliberations more civil, more constructive and better informed.

In our own modest way, we are trying to contribute to a more cohesive society. It’s slow work, but it also feels like we are part of a movement of people who understand nothing is made better by a snarky social media post or an angry opinion article. 

Increasingly, colleagues in the media are republishing our thoughtful explanatory articles. Universities in Australia and New Zealand and across the world have embraced the idea of entering the public square to share research and help inform decisions. And our growing community of readers and donors is passionate and eager to help. 

That’s been the most encouraging thing in a tough year, the reminder that people do care and are willing to do something about it. Thank you to everyone who has helped The Conversation make a difference in 2023, from the selfless academic authors to the volunteers who serve on our boards, to the thousands of readers who respond to our surveys and call out and help us shape our editorial offering.

And finally an important request: we know you value what we do so please consider signing up to become a regular monthly donor. We are grateful for every donation, but monthly contributions are especially important because they sustain our independence and help us plan for the future. We need 600 more before the end of the year to reach our goal. 

Thank you for reading, and here’s to a more peaceful, kind and constructive 2024.
Misha Ketchell, Editor


The Conversation (THCO)
Address: Tenancy B, Level 5, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton Vic 3053

ILF | SHARING | The Gift of Reading this Festive Season!

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How donations to our Festive Appeal help send First Language books to Aboriginal kids in remote Communities.

Imagine the thrill of a First Nations child when they open one of their favourite books and it is written in the language they speak at home!

That’s exactly what we live for at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We have already translated books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where is the Green Sheep? into 14 Aboriginal languages.
"The stories that we have helped to publish are very special to their Community. Not only does it help engage the children to read, but it also preserves Language in places where it is not as widely spoken."
Reading is a human right and a skill that helps children to navigate the world around them. Abundant research shows that if you learn to read in the language you speak at home, you have more success learning a second language at school, like English. 

In remote Communities across Australia access to books is extremely limited. 

We need your help to make sure First Nations children in remote communities can access books, especially those that reflect their language, lives and culture

With gratitude,
David and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Team


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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MACNAMARA | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for Macnamara Christmas Appeal

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2023 has been another challenging year for all Victorians, especially for those who are spending the holidays in crisis accommodation. 

The annual Macnamara Christmas Appeal collects donations for local charities providing crisis accomodation to those in need: Launch Housing, inTouch, Sacred Heart Mission and Salvation Army Youth Services

Last year, the generosity of our community was incredible, and we are hoping to again make a difference to support those most in need this summer.

If you are able to do so, we would greatly appreciate donations of new toys, non-perishable foods, toiletries, skin care, and gift cards.

Josh Burns' office will be accepting donations at 219 Barkly St, St Kilda during business hours until COB Thursday 14 December.

Thank you so much, your generosity is much appreciated. 


Josh Burns MP, Federal Member for Macnamara
219 Barkly Street, St Kilda Vic 3182 Australia
Tel: (03) 9534 8126

PWR | STREAMING | A Global Premiere – 1st Time Available to the Public | Tuesday 28 November 2023 | 6am–11.30pm USA CST

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On the occasion of #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

Join us on Tuesday 28 November 2023 for a special live event featuring the premiere of the plenaries of the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions.

A Global Premiere – 1st Time Available to the Public

This live event provides the Parliament of the World's Religions the opportunity to fundraise with the support of our followers and their social networks. Help us spread the word!

Choose your preferred social media platform, share the LIVE events, and help us meet our fundraising goals this season of giving.

Join Us on YouTube

Saved on a dedicated playlist on the Parliament's YouTube channel, be sure to click the bell icon for all notifications and join us LIVE starting at 6:00 AM CST.

Join Us on Facebook

Listed as individual Facebook events, you can find all upcoming LIVEs pinned on our profile. Be sure to click "Going" and invite your friends!

Join Us on Instagram

Going LIVE at 6:00 AM CST on Tuesday, be sure to follow us at @interfaithworld and join us on the live chat and tag your friends.


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

WIKIPEDIA | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds so everyone can have equal access to knowledge, forever

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Support Wikipedia and a world where knowledge is free for everyone.

Every single donation helps us to improve people’s access to accurate and reliable information, especially in a rapidly changing world. I’m truly grateful for your support in enabling billions of people to experience the gift of knowledge through Wikipedia.

We are determined to extend this access as far as possible to make sure that no matter where you are born or where you live, the ability to access free knowledge is always within your reach. I hope you will continue to support us in building a future where Wikipedia exists everywhere, with people across the world contributing to the sum of all knowledge.

Each year, because of the 2% of readers who give to support our mission, The Wikimedia Foundation can expand the reach of free knowledge to new corners of the world. If Wikipedia matters and is useful to you too, please join them and donate $5, $20, $50 or whatever feels right to you today.

Wikipedia is different. No advertising, no subscription fees, no paywalls. Those don't belong here. Wikipedia is a place to learn, free from bias or agenda.

Today, we invite you to donate whatever feels right. Show the world that access to independent and unbiased information matters to you.

With gratitude, 
Maryana Iskander,  CEO


Wikimedia Foundation

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects.

S2b | GATHERING | Laneway Festive Market | Sunday 3 December 2023 | 10am–3pm

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CELEBRATING | Festive Season Makers Market and Affordable Art Show

From 10am, a sensational Makers Market in Space2b’s colourful laneway (at the back of Space2b) will showcase a wide range of multi-cultural gifts, homewares, food and fashion items.
  • Local Live Music
  • Delicious Syrian Food
  • Coffee Throughout The Day
  • Beautiful Handmade Ethical Products
  • Tick off your gift list early!

LAUNCHING | Affordable Art Show | 12noon-1pm

At 12pm join us at Space2b, 144 Chapel Street St. Kilda for the opening exhibition of the fabulous Affordable Art Show.

Not to be confused with a large Melbourne Affordable Art Show earlier this year where the maximum price for artwork was $10,000! The Space2b Affordable Art Show proudly supported by Bendigo Bank has a much humbler artwork maximum of $400. Not only is it affordable but you will be supporting established, emerging and many culturally and linguistically diverse artists.

Enjoy some light refreshments and meet the artists from 12pm-1pm
Together we make a difference!


Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
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VTMH | OFFERING | Reflections following the Referendum

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VTMH has taken some time following the Voice Referendum to reflect and attempt to find words to express our disappointment regarding this outcome.

We deeply acknowledge the courage and generosity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and leaders who extended this invitation to the Australian community to walk together in this journey for learning and healing together.

In the weeks since the referendum we have reflected on the impacts that colonisation has had in shaping practices in the mental health sector, including our service, and the continued challenges faced in providing culturally responsive care given the history of these lands.

VTMH deeply admires the strength and resilience of First Nations communities across the country. We commit to rising strong, leaning in, and to finding ways to honour our commitment to learning and healing together.

We encourage teams and individuals in all sectors to continue joining collective efforts to support a more culturally safe and humanistic system and society.

To learn more about what is happening in Victoria towards truth, treaty and voice, we encourage you to visit the links below:


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

PPLS | COMMEMORATING | International Day of People with Disability | Monday 4 December 2023 | 10am–10.45am

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International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) aims to promote community awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

Port Phillip Libraries are delighted to celebrate IDPwD with a morning of fun, laughter and music. We are hosting a drumming workshop for local families to learn to play and create music together, regardless of ability or experience.

This should be a very special and unmissable event. Grab your tickets via the link below.


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

PPLS | TALKING | Fairy tale princesses, women's struggles and men's violence with Author Jane Gilmore | Thursday 30 November 2023 | 6.30–730pm

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Jane Gilmore, the author of 'Fixed It' and 'Teaching Consent,' takes a critical look at fairy tale princesses, revealing how these tales contribute to women's struggles and men's violence. 

Through a blend of analysis and storytelling, Gilmore uncovers the hidden truths beneath the enchanting narratives that have shaped our culture for generations. By dissecting the history, context, and impact of these princess stories, she reimagines classic fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella to shed light on the perils of perpetuating these myths.


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

EQPR | GATHERING | Better Together 2024 announced | Friday 14–Saturday 15 June 2024

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The wait is over, Better Together 2024 dates are here.

Australia’s 6th National LGBTIQA+ Conference will take place in Djilang, Wadawurrung Country (Geelong, Victoria) at GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park.

Mark your calendar, buy your ticket, propose your session, and join us at GMHBA Stadium for Australia's LGBTIQA+ Community Conference.

The conference will explore the current issues facing the LGBTIQA+ movement in Australia, and celebrate where we've made progress.

We want to create opportunities to establish meaningful connections so we can work together, shape the narrative and drive positive change.

Launch price tickets are now on sale, session proposals are open and more information is available at The Equality Project website.

We don’t have all the answers, but we’re creating the space to ask the questions.


The Equality Project (EQPR)
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CoPP | ENCOURAGING | Where do you stand this 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence?

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Everyone deserves to be safe, equal and respected. And we know disrespectful attitudes are a driver of men’s violence against women.

This 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, we're encouraging our community to be active bystanders and providing the resources you need to call out disrespect.

We are encouraging our community to call out disrespect when they see it in their everyday lives and online.

Active bystanders have a powerful role in helping to change attitudes and behaviours that allow to occur disrespect, harassment and violence towards women.

How the campaign started

16 Days of Activism runs each year, beginning on UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November until World Human Rights Day 10 December. 
25 November is especially significant as it serves as a reminder of the legacy of The Mirabal sisters, three young women who risked their lives to fight for peace in their country, the Dominican Republic. 
On 25 November 1960, sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, three political activists who actively opposed the cruelty and systematic violence of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, were clubbed to death and dumped at the bottom of a cliff by Trujillo’s secret police.

The Mirabal sisters became symbols of the feminist resistance, and in commemoration of their deaths. In 1980, the 25th of November was declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America. This international day was formally recognised by the United Nations in 1999.

Suggested Reading from Respect Victoria

We all face unfair assumptions and treatment based on gender. Ideas and beliefs about gender limit us, drive this harm, and can lead to violence against women. What we read can help us challenge our attitudes and create a future where we are all safe, equal and respected.

Respect Victoria has put together a suggested reading list of books for people of all ages. The list includes books for young readers as well as adult fiction and non-fiction.

You can see the full list via the further reading link below.

Always remember that our Port Phillip Libraries are happy to purchase books based on your suggestions and we have many of these books in our collection.

#16DAYS4KIDS | Colouring Your Conversation

#16DAYS4KIDS is the 2023 campaign created by WHISE, in collaboration with the Promoting Respect and Equity Together (PRET) Regional Partnership.

Teaching children about respect and gender equality is crucial for their personal and social development. It equips them with essential life skills, fosters positive relationships, and contributes to a more compassionate and harmonious society.

WHISE and artist Nea Valdivia have designed a range of colouring in sheets for younger kids which create an opportunity to talk to children about the campaign.  

By doing these activities, we create an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with children about these topics. You can download these via the link below and we will have copies of these sheets available in our libraries for everyone to collect.

Help and Support

If you are worried about someone, or need to seek help yourself, please contact one of the support services below.

In an emergency or if you are or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 000 for Police and/or Ambulance assistance.

The following crisis and counselling services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:


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

CoPP | GROOVING | Balaclava is set to Boogie | 24–26 November 2023

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Balaclava Boogie will take over the Carlisle Street precinct in a fun-filled weekend of live music and entertainment.

The inaugural festival will bring some of Port Phillip’s most talented artists to Carlisle Street venues, giving everyone another reason to enjoy all that Balaclava has to offer.

City of Port Phillip Council is proud to support the initiative, led by the Carlisle Street Traders Association, by providing $20,000 through our Cultural Development Fund and a further $5,000 through our Locals Playing Locals fund.

The festival will provide an entertaining weekend of live music while boosting foot traffic for traders on the eve of summer.

The weekend culminates with Amos Roach, Synthotronica, Delsinki, JAZZPARTY and more performing as part of Sunday Service, a five-hour live music fiesta hosted in the carpark behind St Kilda Police Station from 2 pm, Sunday 26 November.

Artists involved in Balaclava Boogie were selected from our Live N Local Featured Artist Database which encourages venues and event organisers to feature the best talent on offer in Port Phillip.


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

PHAAA | GATHERING | Annual General Meeting (AGM) | Saturday 18 November 2023 | 11am

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The AGM will have reflections on our accomplishments, discussions of future plans, and celebrating the collective efforts that make our organization thrive.

To add a bit of excitement to our upcoming gathering, we're thrilled to share a visual recap of our recent successful St Kilda Peace Festival. We've just uploaded a highlights video on YouTube.
Enjoy the video, showcasing the vibrant moments and achievements from the festival. It's a testament to the incredible support and enthusiasm of our community. Any of the performers in the video if you have a YouTube channel, please give us your address and we can tag you.

Where: 224 Danks Street, Albert Park VIC 3206


Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia (PHAAA)
Address: PO Box 1638, St Kilda South VIC 3182
Tel: 0415 552 488

ILF | GIVING | The Gift of Reading this Festive Season!

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Yamandhu marang!

Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for friends and family
this Festive Season?

  • Donate $20 and receive a beautiful card with illustrations from Purlka ngamaji Kakaji (Big Fat Mummy Goanna) or Jarrampa (cherabin).
    This card puts two culturally relevant books into the hands of a child in a remote Community. 
  • Donate $50 and receive a beautiful card with illustrations from ILF non-commercial book Ngaripirtangaya (Listen).
    This card puts five culturally relevant books into the hands of a child in a remote Community.
  • Donate $100 and receive a beautiful card with illustrations from ILF non-commercial book, Fish Usmob Gettem.
    This card puts ten culturally relevant books into the hands of a child in a remote Community.
  • Learn more ways to support the ILF this Festive Season


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn

TJP | UPDATING | Gender-affirming healthcare at risk

[Edited extract from public address]

In the last year we have seen a rapid escalation in the amount of anti-trans disinformation being published by mainstream news outlets.

In September, Channel 7’s appalling ‘Detransition’ episode engaged with known anti-trans conspiracy theories, misinformation, and platformed a number of anti-trans activists whose comments were aired without correction. Not only that, Liberal Senator Alex Antic introduced a bill to ban gender-affirming care for those aged under 18 and cancel the registration of health care providers who offer it.

These actions are scary and cause immeasurable trauma and harm. Unfortunately, I know that this is just the beginning. 

That's why I urgently need your help to continue to expose the lies of these hateful anti-trans campaigns before it's too late. 

Since the Trans Justice Project launched in April, we have 
  • Briefed 50+ organisations on anti-trans lobby's tactics
  • Trained over 600 individuals to identify anti-trans disinformation
  • Developed and shared a strategic messaging guide for trans justice; trained 60+ leaders on its usage
  • Released 'Fuelling Hate' report, an extensive investigation into anti-trans hate based on 3000+ survey responses
  • Supported 100+ community leaders in 85 electorates to hand-deliver the report to their local MPs
Donations has been invaluable in getting us this far. And we are just getting started.

As we continue defending our democracy from hate, we would be deeply honoured if you would consider supporting us again. Your donation will go towards campaigning to ensure journalists, commentators, leaders and advocates have accurate, fact-checked analysis related to anti-trans disinformation.

Thanks again,
Jackie Turner (she/her), Director


Trans Justice Project (TJP)

VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 15 November 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

It is a pleasure to share the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) Annual Report 2022-2023. Our annual report is a requirement to publicly disclose our operating and financial activities over the past financial year.

The Commission's acknowledgements of the communities are included in the report. I want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to multiculturalism and a harmonious society where we can cooperate with each other to thrive in all aspects of life.

This week, we also marked the 40th anniversary of the VMC's establishment. Victoria's multicultural composition and diversity is considerably more culturally diverse than when the Commission was first established in 1983, following the passage of the inaugural Ethnic Affairs Commission Act in 1982.

Since its inception, the VMC has played a vital role in promoting and celebrating cultural diversity within Victoria. It provides the missing piece of the policy puzzle, forging connections and giving voice and visibility to communities that might be otherwise marginalised in policy debates and developments.

Through the Social Research Centre's analysis of 40 years of action and advocacy, we have mapped out the impact of the VMC's work on the community.

This report explores the pillars of making a multicultural Victoria and highlights the diverse community impact we have had, especially during challenging times.

Thirdly, there is way too much conflict and grief overseas, and as you all know, overseas events have real impacts on our local communities. We feel and empathise with Victorians who are grieving and suffering from these overseas events.

Victoria is a proudly successful multicultural and multifaith society that has and continues to deliver immense social, cultural, and economic benefits for all Victorians.

Together, we have built a society where people from every corner of the world can live and work side by side in peace, a place where we can all belong.

But these events are testing the fabric of our social cohesion.

In these difficult times, it is essential that we treat one another with respect, even when we disagree. Victoria must always be a safe place for everyone, free from vilification, racism, hate, or discrimination, and we express our sympathy and support for those who experience abuse, harassment, and vilification.

Thank you for your continued support and readership.

Thank you,
Viv Nguyen, Chairperson


 News and Events 

VIC | VMC | LAUNCHING | VMC 40 year anniversary research report

We are celebrating 40 years of Victoria's multicultural journey with the launch of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Impact Report!

This report explores and celebrates the VMC's role in making multiculturalism a reality in Victoria. It draws on extensive interviews, a survey, and research to provide insights into the VMC's impact on communities, government, and the wider Victorian public.

VIC | VMC | ANNOUNCING | Annual Report 2022-23 

We are thrilled to share that our Annual Report for the year 2022-2023 has been officially tabled at the government, marking another year of growth, achievement, and impact.

In this comprehensive report, you'll find a detailed account of our collective efforts and operating and financial activities over the past financial year. 

MELB | MUVI | CELEBRATING | Immigration Museum 25th anniversary | Wednesday 1–Thursday 30 November 2023 | 2.30–3.30pm 

Museums Victoria (MUVI) celebrate the Immigration Museum's 25th anniversary with special guided tours in November.

Discover the history and insider tales of this historic former Customs House, which has showcased Victoria's diverse communities for a quarter-century.

Join the museum each afternoon as knowledgeable hosts reveal how the museum has touched countless lives through the years. A must-visit gem for friends, family, and Melbourne visitors.

AUST | BERG | HEARING | Your say: on the future of the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector | submissions close 20 December 2023.

Australian Government's Blueprint Expert Reference Group (BERG), a group of sector representatives, is developing a Blueprint for the future of the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector. The BERG has released an issues paper for public consultation and invites your feedback.

Feedback on the issues paper will inform the development of a NFP Blueprint which will provide a strategic vision for the sector for the next 10 years.

Your feedback is important, as it will help the BERG understand what is needed for NFP organisations and charities to continue to support communities and vulnerable people. 

VIC | GOV | WEBINAR | Skilled Visa Nomination Program information session | Friday 17 November 2023 | 11am–12noon AEDT

The Skilled Migration Program plays an important role in addressing skills shortages and attracting individuals with specialised, in demand skill sets.

This online information session is presented by the Victorian Government’s Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR), Skilled and Business Migration Program (SBMP) and the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Learn about the program, ask questions, and get valuable information to share with your network.

AUST | AWAU | CALLING | Nominees for Young achiever award | nominations open 

Awards Australia (AWAU)'s Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promotes the positive achievements of all young people throughout Australia in every state. Up to and including 30 years of age as of 31st December each year.

No achievement is too small (or big!) and ALL young people should be applauded for their positive impacts on our local and wider communities.
  • Nominations Open: Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Nominations Close: Tuesday 13 February 2024 

VIC | GOV | WEBINAR | Change our game conversation series |  Thursday 30 November 2023| 12noon–1pm

Join our panel discussion and Q&A with Change Our Game Ambassadors as they share their experiences and perspectives on what's needed to make sport and recreation welcoming and inclusive for all women and girls.  

Facilitated by Sarah Loh, CEO of Softball Australia, our panel includes:  
  • Paralympian and gold medallist, keynote speaker and author, Carol Cooke AM PLY 
  • Paralympian and gold medallist, and motivational speaker, Elle Steele PLY 
  • Head of Deaf Women’s Cricket with Deaf Cricket Australia, Melissa Hale, and  
  • Social impact and sustainability manager at Richmond Football Club, Rita Nehme
An initiative of Victorian Government's Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, the  Change Our Game  movement aims to increase the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to senior leadership roles.
  • Where: online via Zoom
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: learn more and register, online via Zoom


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

PWR | WEBINAR | An Urgent Call to Protect the Amazon: Online Event Ahead of COP28 | Friday November 17 | 11am Central Standard USA

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At the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions, The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative brought Indigenous leaders from the Amazon across the world to share an urgent plea to protect the Amazon Rainforest.

For the first time, we are releasing this incredible event online for you to watch! As we prepare for COP28, the UN Climate Change conference taking place this December, we hope this plea reaches all of those gathered in Dubai who hold the fate of our planet in their hands. We urge our global leaders to hear this call to action and take concrete steps to protect the Amazon and its guardians.
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.

And now it's your turn, we invite faith, spiritual, and civic leaders and the global interfaith movement to answer the urgent call to protect the amazon!
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is a founding partner of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI), a United Nations Environment Programme-convened alliance that is bringing moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to halt and reverse tropical deforestation and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

The Parliament of the World Religions and IRI, are committed to fostering new relationships between religious leaders and indigenous peoples, and to have religious leaders learn and understand first-hand about the relationship between indigenous spiritualities, traditions and cultures and the protection of forests, particularly in the Amazon.


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

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Environmental Defending, Animal Sanctuaries, Metal detectors for Ukrainians and Birth Certificates for Aboriginals

WA | DBH | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Disrupt Burrup Hub's legal defence fund

In a shocking turn of events, the decision to hand over confidentially shot footage of activist group Disrupt Burrup Hub (DBH) by ABC Four Corners to WA police.

Disrupt Burrup Hub is pushing the boundaries of activism to save our environment. This move by the ABC and WA Government threatens their vital work.

The Four Corners investigation was an exposé into the lengths the WA government, police and media will go to protect the interests of Woodside’s Burrup Hub. It followed the Disrupt Burrup Hub campaign leading up to a protest by 19-year-old campaigner Matilda Lane-Rose outside the house of the Woodside CEO, where Ms Lane-Rose was ambushed by more than a dozen counter-terror police lying in wait.
"I am a campaigner with Disrupt Burrup Hub as well as leading campaigns on other issues that affect my First Nations people such as deaths in custody, homelessness and protection of our sacred tribal lands. I was filmed by Four Corners on multiple days as part of the program they produced about police repression of climate protest in WA. I did not consent at any point to have my footage handed over to WA police. I consented to be filmed for a Four Corners investigation. I never consented to be filmed for a WA Police investigation.

As a First Nations justice campaigner with lived experience of incarceration, I am deeply concerned that the ABC may cause the imprisonment of vulnerable people by surrendering source material to police. Given that I work on a number of other social issues affecting my First Nations community with other campaigners involved with Disrupt Burrup Hub, it is quite possible that confidential discussions that have no relevance to the Four Corners story were still captured by the ABC. I do not consent to WA police being given any of this footage, and if the ABC hand over any footage it will be a deep betrayal of people who trusted the ABC to give them a voice.”
It's time to take a stand for freedom of the press and the future of our planet!

Here's how you can help:
  1. Donate today to support Disrupt Burrup Hub's legal defence fund. Your contribution will directly aid their fight to protect our Earth and journalistic integrity.
  2. Share this message far and wide! Raise awareness about this critical issue. Let your friends and family know that the fight to stop Woodside's Burrup Hub is the fight for our only home, planet Earth.
  3. Join the conversation using the hashtag #DisruptBurrupHub and #NotTerrorists. Let's make sure this injustice doesn't go unnoticed!
Together, we can disrupt the Burrup Hub project and protect our planet for generations to come!

NSW | NHR | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Rescued Hen Enclosures

NSW Hen Rescue (NHR)'s Catherine has had to move between rentals eight times all the while rescuing thousands of animals. While she was devastated to face another massive move, they have finally made it to their new home!!

Here's an update from Catherine:
"All the donations so far have brought my husband and I both so much relief, to see so many people supporting us and our attempts to help the animals.
My husband David has been in and out of hospital with a 13cm blood clot, including a piece that got into his lungs which has added a lot of stress. It was so hard being 8 hours drive apart. 

We Made It: Finally, I was able to pay the deposit for the last removal truck and we have arrived at our new location! 

The Roosters Are Stoked: While we have finally arrived at the new location, we still have A LOT of enclosures to set up. Right now I have to bring 10 of the roosters in the house at night until I have funds for their houses. It makes for very noisy early mornings as I'm sure you can imagine! 

Despite the challenges, we are so pleased to have landed in our new property, knowing that it's a place where we can make an even greater impact on the lives of animals in need. We won't give up on them, and we know you won't either."
Can you help Catherine set up the last of the enclosures? Your donation will go towards housing those noisy roosters, and ongoing veterinary care.
  • Make a donation
  • Share: Please help us spread the word by sharing this update with your friends and family.

NSW | CPI | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Pig Sanctuary Bushfire recovery

Last week, this incredible non-profit animal rescue Contented Pig Inn (CPI) was hit by a bushfire. Thankfully they were able to protect the animals - but the damage to their property is overwhelming.

"What a day Tuesday was. We knew things were getting dire and the chance of the fires getting to our doorstep was likely. It happened sooner than anticipated and I had raced onto town to get our fuel restocked after the pump and vehicles were filled. No sooner than I was done, I got the call from a neighbour. It was on us. I've never driven so fast. On getting home, the RFS were there with advice to leave. Dave had notified the he was staying and so did I. We had pigs to protect and keep alive. There was never a chance we would leave the pigs.

We worked as a team, we worked hard, and we had 24 hours of the fight of our lives.

And we prevailed. No lives were lost. It was miraculous.

We still haven't slept properly. The smoke has been horrific, but we are alive, and so are the animals.

Thank you to everyone who was cheering us on from afar. We are so grateful for you. We could feel the battle being fought from the sidelines too. You're all wonderful.

It's going to take some time to recover. Physically and mentally I'm sure will have a moment of "wtf just happened" in a few days. For now we are ok, maybe a little wheezy and definitely tired, at worst.

We got this.

If you are able to, we would be so grateful for any and all help with our recovery efforts. The fire has taken its toll on the sanctuary, leaving a costly trail of destruction and a huge cleanup job.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Their small team of volunteers and supporters have worked so hard to create this refuge, which provides a happy and safe life for pigs who have been rescued from neglect and abuse. 

Let's show them some love to get through this scary and challenging time.

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

Nathan Burraston is working tirelessly to find another way to send essential metal detectors to the region.

A staggering one-third of Ukraine is thought to be littered with millions of unexploded mines. The vast minefields have not only bogged down Ukraine’s military counteroffensive. They risk the lives of children and have rendered the nation's most valuable farmland unusable, impacting both Ukraine's economy and the global food supply.

Despite the challenges, Nathan remains persistent in his efforts to send metal detectors straight to Ukrainians on the ground to save lives. But he needs our help to fund the next shipment via a shipping container on a boat.

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

AUST | PNABCP | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for Sponsoring Birth Certificates for Aboriginals as a Human Right

Donations have helped Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program (PNABCP) to offer the basic human right of a birth certificate to more than 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we wanted to say thank you to donors. The impact of donations is so much more than a piece of paper. It is finally being recognised and included as a member of society.

We firmly believe that every family who desires a birth certificate should have access to one. That's why we continue to do the work we do each day. 

Thanks to your overwhelming support, we are so close to reaching our goal for this year! 

We would be deeply honoured if you would consider sponsoring another birth certificate. Together, we can support Aboriginal families to get their birth certificates for free. 

The work we are able to do with your support is not always simple, but we never give up. Our team of Indigenous staff know how important this program is – for enrolling in school, applying for a job, starting a business, the list goes on. 

We'd like to offer thanks for continued support. We are just getting started with all that we would like to achieve! 
Pathfinders Team


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

VTMH | PODCASTING | Community Engagement with Purpose – A Guide For Approaching Community Engagement Work In Mental Health Settings

[Edited extract from public address]

Just launched is new podcast episode 'Diversity Of Communities: Who Is Left Behind?'

This is the fourth and final podcast for our inaugural Conversations about Community Engagement in Mental Health Podcast Series is now available.

This episode explores themes around diversity and person-centred care, the role power plays in decision making and the significance of pluralism in community engagement work.

The Conversations about Community Engagement in Mental Health Podcast Series aims to foster open discussions on Community Engagement in mental health, encouraging sharing, reflection and critical dialogue. This series is an extension of the VTMH Community Engagement with Purpose Resource Project. To read more about the Project, including other episodes in this Podcast series, click the button below.


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

CUIN | UPDATING | Navigating Diversity through InnovAI-tion | November 2023

[Edited extract from public address]
Welcome to Cultural Infusion (CUIN)'s November newsletter, where we're delighted to bring you a diverse tapestry of events that celebrate the intersection of technology, innovation and diversity. 

In this edition, we explore how Diversity Atlas is shaping the landscape of tech innovation at two significant events i.e. Tech Week Singapore and CultureCon Sydney. We also share our experiences and insights from a recent virtual conference and podcast where we talk about fostering diversity, equity and inclusion. It's an inspiring journey for our community so far, so let's dive right in!

REPORTING | All about Big Data & AI World 

As part of the VGTI SEA—Victorian Government Trade and Investment Southeast Asia and Global Victoria's trade mission to Singapore, Diversity Atlas was one of 16 start-ups that represented Australian tech and innovation at this year's Big Data & AI World Conference.

It was a huge week filled with connection-building, insights and networking where we got to meet some fantastic key industry players from SGInnovate, Goodwins Law Corporation, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IMDA, and learnt about the entry strategies into the Singapore tech ecosystem. 

At the conference, which was part of Tech Week Singapore and saw over 22,000 attendees, Diversity Atlas was part of Global Vic's pavilion on the day. The Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Allaster Cox also paid us a visit on the first day. 

We also had the opportunity to run our Diversity Atlas survey, with visitors  to our pod across the two conference days. 

A big thank you to the Global Vic team for organizing such an eventful trade mission!

PRESENTING | Diversity Atlas at CultureCon™ Sydney

Speakers usually prepare days in advance before presenting but our CXO Michael Walmsley & CTO Rezza Moieni mapped the diversity of CultureCon™ Sydney in less than an hour and presented the results live. 

It is always fascinating to see how technology enables us to reveal the hidden level of diversity in a cohort and to celebrate it. Our hope is to have people experience this at their events, all over the world. 

A future-focused conference, CultureCon™ showcases innovative people practices, technology and solutions proven to effectively tackle the organisational culture needs of today and tomorrow.  

PRESENTING | AHRI DEI Virtual Conference

The Australian HR Institute (AHRI) hosted a truly engaging, insightful and heartwarming DEI Virtual Conference last month, which drew an audience of 350 attendees.

Our colleagues Roman Ruzbacky and Rezza Moieni co-presented at this online event delving into the world of Data Analysis and Reporting, shedding a light on how informed decision-making can nurture a more equitable workplace. Their presentation embraced a traditional approach with some informative slides and collaborative facilitation which explored various aspects including data comprehension, addressing data resistance, upholding data integrity, navigating data laws, and building inclusive datasets — all with practical applications in mind. 

INTERVIEWING | Jack Campbell of HR Leader

Ongoing and comprehensive training and education are crucial in the modern workplace. Our Founder and CEO  Peter Mousaferiadis spoke with Jack Campbell from HR Leader about diversity in the workplace, what's needed to understand diversity in its entirety, some of the pitfalls of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work and the importance for organisations to understand the very specific needs of the communities they serve. 

PRESENTING | World Forum for Democracy

Peter presented Cultural Infusion’s innovation Diversity Atlas at the Palais de l’Europe on Tuesday, 7 November as part of Lab 8: Freedom of expression and information.
Launched in 2019, Diversity Atlas is the world’s most sophisticated and simplest diversity Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tool. It gives organisations a nuanced, multifactorial understanding of their workforce’s rich cultural diversity, ensuring that everyone is counted as the multidimensional person they are.

The World Forum for Democracy is a platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies. By identifying and analysing initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.

HIGHLIGHTING | Calendar Spotlight: World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day 2023 is a global observance dedicated to promoting and celebrating acts of kindness. This day serves as a reminder of the positive impact that kindness can have on individuals, communities, and the world at large. It encourages people to perform intentional acts of kindness and foster a culture of compassion and generosity.

The day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGO’s. The day is observed in many countries including Canada, Australia, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy and India.


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