NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION

ECCV | UPDATING | eBulletin #47 | July 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

Last week, I attended the farewell for Hakan Akyol PSM, Executive Senior Adviser at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, alongside Gabrielle Marchetti, our Deputy co-chair and Victoria Kyriakopoulos, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications. 

It was a bittersweet occasion as many of us gathered to pay tribute to Hakan and the many contributions he's made to advance multicultural affairs. In addition to his two decades in the Victorian public service, Hakan also served a tremendous eight years at ECCV, where he was responsible for shaping multicultural policy at a vital juncture in Victoria's history. We thank Hakan for his passion, insight and expertise, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
 
We were also deeply saddened last week to hear of the sudden passing of Stefan Romaniw OAM, who was a selfless leader dedicated to the Ukrainian community, multicultural Victoria and a diverse, vibrant Australia. A state funeral will be held next Friday, 12 July to honour Stefan's remarkable life. His decades-long contributions to multiculturalism and social cohesion will forever mark him as one of Victoria's most fearless champions for change. 
 
As we embark on this new financial year, we are excited to begin recruitment for a new Chief Executive Officer. The CEO role is a unique opportunity for an inspiring and experienced leader to guide ECCV onto our next chapter of sustainability and growth. Our organisation has been the leading voice for multicultural Victoria since 1974, and we look forward to meeting candidates who have a vision for how ECCV can continue to support our members, partners and communities to shape a fairer, more inclusive society.
 
Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

 Highlights 

REPORTING | VCOSS CEO Juanita Pope at ECCV meeting

Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) CEO Juanita Pope delivered a presentation in June at ECCV's Statewide Disability Network. She provided an update on proposed changes to state regulation as well as the work VCOSS has been doing to advocate for the disability sector and people with disability, particularly through their submission on the Victorian Budget. 

ADVISING | New report on emergency machine translations

ECCV was pleased to contribute to a new report produced by a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne on understanding and improving machine translations for use in emergency communications. Supported by the Victorian government, the report found that there are a range of risks associated with machine translations, and makes a suite of recommendations to improve their efficacy for emergencies.

MEETING | Victorian Access & Support Network

At last week's meeting of the Victorian Access & Support Network, the Department of Health and Aged Care updated members about the rollout of the Single Assessment Tool by the new temporary assessment workforce. The Network has been convened by ECCV for over a decade, and is a valuable platform for sector stakeholders to share their issues and ideas with each other and government.

RAISING | The voices of youth with disability

Thanks to support from Inner North Foundation, ECCV is pleased to launch our Raise Our Voices Youth Project. This builds on the Raise Our Voices project, which empowered people with disability from multicultural backgrounds to self-advocate. Focusing on youth, this new phase will be co-designed with young people with disability. 
  • To find out more, contact Partnerships & Engagement Lead Surmeli Yesilyurt.

REDUCING | Stigma around disability

ECCV is working in a consortium with the Migrant Resource Centre North West and VALID to deliver Power Through Knowledge, a new project to reduce stigma in multicultural communities and support people with disability from migrant and refugee backgrounds to improve their autonomy. Over the next three years, the project will set up support groups across Victoria, and host a self-advocacy workshop series.

PRESENTING | Positive ageing information session in Bendigo

ECCV travelled to Bendigo last week to host an information session for a local multicultural women's group, where they discussed seniors' rights as well as how to identify, respond to and prevent elder abuse. The session was attended by participants of all ages and backgrounds, including people from the local Chinese, Burmese, Sudanese, Nepalese and Indian communities. 

 Opportunities and Resources 

HIRING | Are you ECCV's next CEO?

Are you experienced in community leadership, social policy and advocacy, and organisational management? We are currently seeking an experienced and inspirational CEO to build on ECCV's 50-year legacy in multicultural affairs and ensure we remain a leading voice for multicultural Victoria. This leadership opportunity is suited to an outcome-focused and purpose-driven leader. 

HEARING | Diverse stories of people with disability

ECCV is excited to continue collaborating with the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW in promoting the Speak My Language (Disability) podcast series. Featuring interviews in more than 20 languages, the series showcases the real stories of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds living well with disability, and highlights organisations and businesses advocating for disability inclusion. 

PUBLISHING | Hot off the press: Read the new Golden Years

The latest edition of Golden Years, ECCV's eMagazine for the multicultural aged care sector, is out now! In this issue, we take an in-depth look at elder abuse in honour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day last month. We also examine the contributions of older volunteers, how older people can reduce their risk of falls, and tips for supporting a culturally diverse aged care workforce. 

PARTICIPATING | In our mental health workshops

Do you work in the mental health sector and want to learn more about providing culturally safe care? ECCV is running workshops to help practitioners deepen their understanding of the factors impacting poorer mental health outcomes for multicultural communities. 
  • To arrange a workshop, contact ECCV Partnerships & Engagement Lead Surmeli Yesilyurt on 0481 589 664 or at syesilyurt@eccv.org.au.

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

ECCV acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we work. We pay respect to their Elders past and present, acknowledge their continuing connections to land, sea and community, and extend respect to Traditional Owners throughout Victoria.

MELB | FoS | SCREENING | Film "The President’s Wife" Fundraiser | Thursday 1 August 2024 | approximately 6-8.30pm*

[Edited extract from public address]

In The President’s Wife French icon Catherine Deneuve (8 Women, The Midwife) stars as a fictionalised version of former French first lady Bernadette Chirac, as she navigates stepping out of the shadows of her husband, one of France’s most popular presidents, to become an iconic figure in her own right.

All funds raised will support the work of the Covalima Community Centre in Suai to continue to implement community development initiatives including the successful scholarship program.

* Please note that we have a group booking for a 6-6.30pm start, and the exact time and cinema number will be confirmed a few days prior to the screening.
  • When: Thursday 1 August approximately 6 pm
  • Where: Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon St, Elsternwick
  • Cost: $27 each. 
  • Bookings: online via Eventbrite

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Friends of Suai (FoS)

VIC | CAVI | GRANTING | Connecting Carers in their Community Small Grants | applications close 4pm 22 July 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

Do you have a project idea that will improve the lives of Victorian carers? 

The Connecting Carers in their Community program will award grants to not for profit, community and local government organisations to assist with activities that:
  • Establish new carer support groups, including peer support groups and yarning circles
  • Support carers, including work readiness mentoring and support
  • Enhance and improve the reach of existing carer
  • Grants of $15,000 – $25,000 will be available for projects commencing October 202 and finishing by June 30, 2025.
This grant initiative is supported by the Victorian Government and administered by Carers Victoria (CAVI) .

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Carers VIC Australia (CAVI)
Postal: PO Box 13305, Law Courts VIC 8010
Freecall: 1800 514 845

Carers Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land and waters. Sovereignty was never ceded.

CoPP | GOV | GRANTING | Quick Response Grants round | closes Monday 5 August 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

The City of Port Phillip 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 Port Phillip community.

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 $2,000.

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

City of Port Phillip Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the people of the Kulin Nations. ​We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.

CoPP | LAUNCHING | HerStory Exhibition, honouring women’s stories and achievements | Thursday 25 July 2024 | 5-7pm

[Edited extract from public address]

The HerStory Exhibition honours women’s stories, and achievements. 

HerStory is a celebration of women’s stories and achievements. The City of Port Phillip has a rich ‘herstory’ of inspiring women who have made significant contributions to local politics, literature, the arts, sport, health, education and the wider community.
 
Earlier this year, the HerStory map was created which displays places in Port Phillip where women are commemorated in street names, parks and gardens, buildings, monuments, and public artworks. The HerStory exhibition dives deeper into their stories through images, artworks and objects.

Official proceedings from 5.30pm, including Welcome to Country with N’arweet Carolyn Briggs.
  • Where: Carlisle St. Art Space, 99A Carlisle St. St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: required, online via Trybooking
For more information and to find out about upcoming exhibition programs, visit the website

 

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

City of Port Phillip Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the people of the Kulin Nations. ​We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.

VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 10 July 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

I hope this message finds you well. As we enter this important time, I want to highlight a few key topics and initiatives that reflect our commitment to community, inclusion, and safety.

NAIDOC Week is a special time for all Australians to recognise and celebrate the rich culture and achievements of First Nations People.This year's theme, "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud," honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture. This NAIDOC Week Commissioners Mohammed Mohideen and Sylvia Coombe were featured in a video where they encouraged everyone to get involved in celebrating First Nations People and recognising their culture and achievements. 

The Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment has announced the key findings from the Map for Impact - Victorian Social Enterprise Mapping Project. The report reveals that Victoria’s social enterprises contribute at least $5.2 billion to the economy and generate around 60,000 jobs, including 12,000 specifically for people with disabilities. This highlights the sector's importance in creating jobs and fostering an inclusive economy. The VMC remains committed to supporting these enterprises as they continue to make significant social and economic impacts across Victoria

In Ballarat, we are embarking on a world-leading family violence prevention project. This four-year "saturation model" will integrate new and expanded programs, policies, and services across the community. By learning from various community touchpoints and implementing innovative approaches, including online initiatives, this project aims to create a comprehensive and effective prevention strategy. Additionally, it will strengthen referral pathways, ensuring early support for those experiencing violence or exhibiting initial warning signs.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to fostering a safer, more inclusive community for all.

Warm regards,
Viv Nguyen, Chairperson


 News and Events 

VIC | GOV | COMMEMORATING | Stefan Romaniw OAM with State Funeral service

A State Funeral Service to honour the extraordinary life of Stefan Romaniw OAM will be held at 10am Friday 12 July 2024 at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in North Melbourne. The funeral will be open to the public, and for those unable to attend, the Service will be live streamed online.

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | Rolling out ‘saturation’ model in Ballarat community

Ballarat will lead the way in family violence prevention thanks to a brand-new project to saturate anti-violence awareness and action – providing valuable learning for communities across our state and nation.

Respect Victoria will co-design the model with the Ballarat community and local services. The model will be based on international evidence of how best to change systems, policies, processes and ultimately attitudes and behaviours to bring down the rates of violence locally.
 

AUST | GOV | ASSISTING | 2024 Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

Influenza vaccines are free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for: 
  • children aged 6 months to under 5 years 
  • pregnant people at any stage of pregnancy 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • people 65 years or over 
  • people who have certain medical conditions which increase their risk of serious illness. 
Translated resources are available in 15 languages. You can also get more information from your doctor or clinic.   
 

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for 2024 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards | nominations close Sunday 11 August 2024

These important awards have celebrated the contributions and achievements of older Victorians. Translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are now available. 
 

AUST | ETHNOLINK | WEBINAR | Beyond Translation: 3 Simple Ways to reach multicultural audiences | Wednesday 24 July 2024 | 2pm AEST

Join Costa and Rachael from Ethnolink for an insightful, free one-hour webinar designed for professionals in communications and community engagement roles within the government and not-for-profit sectors.
 

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Artists and Creative Organisations to Tour Productions | closing 3pm Thursday 1 August 2024

The Touring Victoria program provides grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 for artists and creative organisations to take their productions, performances and exhibitions to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria.
 

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Expressions of interest - Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability | closing Monday 19 July 2024

The Minister for Environment is seeking expressions of interest for the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. Expressions of Interest.
 

MELB | GOV | CELEBRATING | Six ways to NAIDOC Week in Melbourne | Sunday 7-Sunday 14 July 2024

Take time to embrace and deepen your understanding of Melbourne's Aboriginal history during NAIDOC Week from 7 to 14 July.  There are 6 free events happening across Melbourne.

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Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901

The VMC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

GLEN EIRA | GECC | WORKSHOPPING | Microaggressions: Tackling the Nuances of Subtle Racism Workshop 3 | Tuesday 9 July 2024 | arrive 5.45pm for 6-8pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Identifying subtle racism or microaggressions can be challenging, making navigation difficult. 

This workshop provides insight into the nature of subtle racism, explaining its causes and various forms. By understanding these dynamics, you'll gain strategies to effectively manage such experiences.
 
Who should attend?
  • People who have experienced racism firsthand
  • Direct witnesses to racist incidents
  • Indirect witnesses to racism (e.g., hear from friends or read in the media)
Facilitators: Wesa Chau and Nitha Prakash
  • Where: Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre, 169A McKinnon Road , McKinnon VIC 3204
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Spaces are limited so please register ASAP online via Trybooking

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Glen Eira City Council
Address: PO Box 42, Caulfield South 3162 

GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Community Information | Monday 1 July 2024

 Fast Facts: Community Responses Victoria & Australia

Topics List

  1. Highlighting
  2. Granting
  3. Employment & Training
  4. Engaging
  5. Collectivising
  6. Announcing
  7. Supporting
  8. Acknowledging


 1. HIGHLIGHTING 


 1.1  VIC | SBOC | SINGING | Dhungala Choral Connection Song Book Volume 2 | available now

The long awaited Short Black Opera Company (SBOC) Dhungala Choral Connection Song Book Volume 2 is available now.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced choirs of all ages.

Music by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon in the languages of the Yorta Yorta, Wadawurrung, Boon Wurrung and Gadigal nations.

Featuring the art of Minjaara Atkinson, Ally Knight, Steve Parker, BJ O’Toole, Tina King and Aunty Rochelle Patten.
  • Cost: $75 incl. GST and Postage
  • Shop Now
 

 1.2  AUST | GOV | CAMPAIGNING | Consent can’t wait

Most Australians agree that consent is key to healthy sexual experiences. But what does consent mean? What does it look like in action? 
When we think about sexual consent, many adults think of the negative side. How getting it wrong can lead to serious consequences. This is natural because we want to protect our kids and it’s how many of us were raised. But talking about consent doesn’t have to be something that only happens when things go wrong.

In fact, it’s something many of us aren’t talking about at all, so we don’t have a shared understanding. 

Before we can talk to our kids about consent, we need to talk to each other. 

Help Australian Government, Canberra get on the same page about consent. By talking with other adults first and sharing experiences, we’ll feel more confident about the topic. Then it will become easier to raise these ideas with the young people in our lives. 

Together we can help create a safer society and reduce instances of sexual violence. The first step is to check your understanding. 

 1.3  AUST | NAIDOC | COMMEMORATING | Keeping the Fire Burning! Blak. Loud and Proud | Sunday 7-Sunday 14 July 2024

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

This year's theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.

"Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Through our collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.


 2. GRANTING 

 

 2.1  VIC | RTIF | GRANTING | Regional Tourism Investment fund 2024 | application close on Friday 19 July 2024

The Regional Tourism Investment Fund (RTIF)  provides grants for new and innovative tourism infrastructure projects in regional and rural Victoria. 

Grants of up to $5 million per project for new and innovative tourism infrastructure projects.

Supporting projects to increase visitation and length of stay, as well as improve the quality of visitor experiences. 

 2.2  VIC | CAVI | GRANTING | Connecting carers in their community | applications close 4pm 22 July 2024

The Victorian government is helping Victoria’s unpaid carers, with grants for projects that aim to create social connections and improve their work and study opportunities. 

Carers Victoria (CAVI) will administer the program, providing grants of between $15,000 and $25,000 to grassroots and community groups delivering local support to carers. 

 2.3  VIC | MIDSUMMA | GRANTING | Victorian pride regional activation program | applications close Tuesday 6 August 2024

The Victorian Government is encouraging groups with ideas for regional activities and projects celebrating LGBTIQA+ inclusion to apply to be part of the 2025 Midsumma Victoria’s Pride Festival 19 Jan–9 Feb 2025. 

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 3. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING 


       3.1  AUST | WoCA | TRAINING | Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program | applications close on 1 July 2024

      Delivered in partnership with Women of Colour Australia, this program is designed for Women of Colour including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, who currently hold or aspire to hold senior leadership roles in their workplaces. It runs from August to November 2024 and is available to 16 participants. 

       3.2  VIC | GOV | CALLING | Members for Senior Victorians advisory committee | applications close 11.59pm Tuesday 2 July 2024

      Applications are now open for the new Senior Victorians Advisory Committee. Be part of a community voice to government and share your lived experiences.  

       3.3  VIC | JHREC | HIRING | Pastoral Care Member | applications close Wednesday 10 July 2024

      Justice Human Research Ethics Committee (JHREC) are looking for an individual who has specialist experience in a pastoral care role in a community.

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       4. ENGAGING 

          1. AUST | AFL | ANNOUNCING | AFL Rounds 28 June-21 July 2024 - Kids tickets free!
          2. CoPP | PPCG | SUPPORTING | City of Port Phillip Residents | every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday | 10am-1pm & 1.30-4.30pm
          3. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | English Conversation Cafe | Weekly, Every Tuesday | 1.30-2.30pm
          4. CoPP | PPLS | MAKING | Chatty Cafe | Weekly Thursdays | 11am-12.30pm
          5. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for 2024 Learn Local Awards | nominations close 11.59pm Monday 1 July 2024
          6. VIC | VTMH | WORKSHOPPING | Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings | Tuesday 2 July 2024 | 9.30am-4pm
          7. GLEN EIRA | GECC | WORKSHOPPING | Confronting Racism: Speak Up with Confidence Workshop 2 | Tuesday 2 July 2024 | arrive 5.45pm for 6-8pm
          8. AUST | PMW | WEBINAR | Elevate Your LinkedIn Game with Matt McGilton | Friday 5 Jul 2024 | 12noon-1pm AEST
          9. CoPP | S2b | SHOWING | Street Artists of Space2b | Saturday 6 July-Saturday 3 August 2024
          10. MONASH | MIG | GATHERING | NAIDOC Week | Saturday 6 July 2024 | 10-2pm
          11. CoPP | GOV | HEARING | Your say: on Port Phillip’s draft Urban Forest Strategy | submissions close 7 July 2024
          12. GLEN EIRA | GECC | WORKSHOPPING | Microaggressions: Tackling the Nuances of Subtle Racism Workshop 3 | Tuesday 9 July 2024 | arrive 5.45pm for 6-8pm
          13. MELB | PMW | TRAINING | IT & Telecoms | 3 sessions, Thursdays July 2024 | 5.30-7.30pm
          14. CoPP | PPLS | PLAYING | Amos Roach | Thursday 11 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm
          15. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Author Ann James | Tuesday 16 July 2024 | 6.30-8pm
          16. AUST | VTMH | WEBINAR | Tackling stigma in the news media: Our latest research findings | Wednesday 17 July 2024 | 3-4pm
          17. CoPP | MCBA | WALKING | Basketball at MSAC suitable for older adults | Thursdays starting 18 July 2024. then weekly | 10-11am
          18. CoPP | PPLS | SPEAKING | English as Another Language Reading Circle | starting Thursday 18 July 2024, then Weekly every Thursday | 1-2.30pm
          19. CoPP | GOV | WEBINAR | Want to know more about reusable nappies? | 7.30-8.30pm Thursday 18 July 2024 | OR | 10-11am Saturday 27 July 2024
          20. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for 2024 Victorian Disability Awards | nominations close 19 July 2024
          21. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Entries for 2024 Victorian Premier's Design Awards | submissions close 19 July 2024
          22. CoPP | PPLS | WORKSHOPPING | Bansuri and Crystal Bowl Meditation | Sunday 21 July 2024 | 11-12noon
          23. VIC | VOVI | CALLING | Nominees for Volunteering Awards 2024 | nominations close 5pm Monday 22 July 2024
          24. CoPP | SCLS | TALKING | Legal – Wills & Powers of Attorney Info Session | Tuesday 23 July 2024 | 10.30am-12noon
          25. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Footballer Peter Bradford and 150 Years of South Melbourne Football Club | Tuesday 23 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm
          26. MELB | VTMH | WORKSHOPPING | ‘Community engagement with purpose’: Approaches to consider in mental health settings | Wednesday 24 July 2024 | 9.30am-4pm
          27. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | No Pressure Book Club | Last Wednesday of the month, 24 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm
          28. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Authors Kate Mildenhall and Katherine Collette | Wednesday 24 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm
          29. CoPP | PLS | GATHERING | Community Connect Initiative | Friday 26 July 2024 | 12.30-2.30pm
          30. CoPP | PPLS | WORKSHOPPING | Travel Writing with Tim Richards | Saturday 27 July 2024 | 10-12noon
          31. CoPP | S2b | MENDING | Winter Knits Workshop | Saturday 27 July 2024 | 10.30am-12.30pm
          32. CoPP | PPLS | MAKING | St Kilda Queer Art Club | Monthly, last Sunday of month, Sunday 28 July 2024 | 11am-1pm
          33. CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | with Janet Bolitho on Heritage: Ten Years in Port Places | Tuesday 30 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm
          34. VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for Victorian Senior of the Year Awards | nominations close on Sunday 11 August 2024
          35. YARRA | YEF | TRAINING | Deploying Neighbourhood Batteries | Tuesday 13-Wednesday 14 August 2024
          36. AUST | ETHNOLINK | GATHERING | Annual Summit 2024 | Tuesday 27 August 2024
           

           4.1  AUST | AFL | ANNOUNCING | AFL Rounds 28 June-21 July 2024 - Kids tickets free!

          For Rounds 16-19, all kids aged 14 years old and under will get free access to 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership matches across Australia.  Check the nominated ticket categories in which junior tickets will be free for your club and venue. 
             

             4.2  CoPP | PPCG | SUPPORTING | City of Port Phillip Residents | every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday | 10am-1pm & 1.30-4.30pm

            Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG) are back in Port Melbourne and can offer information, referrals and support, financial counselling, education and recreation activities for local residents.
            PPCG offer support that is free, confidential and is available for anyone in the City of Port Phillip.

            An appointment only service and cannot offer drop-in appointments.
            To make an appointment, please phone 8598 6600 or email Info-support@ppcg.org.au   

             4.3  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | English Conversation Cafe | Weekly, Every Tuesday | 1.30-2.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)'s Conversation Café where you can practice English in a fun and relaxed environment. 
            Whether you are studying English or just want to drop in for a chat, everybody is welcome.  

             4.4  CoPP | PPLS | MAKING | Chatty Cafe | Weekly Thursdays | 11am-12.30pm

            Come along to Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)'s St Kilda Library and meet some new friends over a cuppa. 
            Chatty Cafe brings the community together for friendly conversation and social connection.  
            • Where: St Kilda Library. 
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: No need to book, just come along and join the chat!  
             

             4.5  VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for 2024 Learn Local Awards | nominations close 11.59pm Monday 1 July 2024

            The Learn Local Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in pre-accredited adult community education. Learners, trainers, training organisations and programs are all eligible for nomination.   

             4.6  VIC | VTMH | WORKSHOPPING | Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings | Tuesday 2 July 2024 | 9.30am-4pm

            This advanced in-person Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) workshop is designed for all those working in mental health settings who work with interpreters.
            Using a variety of facilitation modes, and grounded in a reflective practice approach, the workshop provides learners with the opportunity to explore the challenges and realities in the interpreting environment, and to understand these within broader cultural responsiveness frameworks, including an intersectional lens. The workshop also invites and promotes strategies for adapting practice for working with interpreters in a variety of mental health settings.

            The workshop is informed by, and uses materials created as part of the VTMH Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings resource Project (VTMH, 2019). The resources developed through the Project used a co-design process, involving a variety of stakeholders including consumers, carers, interpreters, clinicians and academics, across the lifespan of the project. Find out more about this project.

            Participants will receive hard copies of resources developed in the project including a Practice Tips Poster, Resource Booklet and Full Report.

            The workshop is delivered face to face over one day and is complemented with some self-directed learning activities.
             
            VTMH workshops are open to and provided free to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services. Staff working in a range of roles within this workforce, including but not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, program leaders/project workers and administration roles, are invited to register.
            • Where: Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053
            • Cost: Free. Catering will also be provided.
            • Bookings: essential,  Spaces are limited. Please register early to secure a place online via VTMH
             

             4.7  GLEN EIRA | GECC | WORKSHOPPING | Confronting Racism: Speak Up with Confidence Workshop 2 | Tuesday 2 July 2024 | arrive 5.45pm for 6-8pm

            Discussing racism can be daunting, especially when the environment doesn't foster open dialogue 
            However, Glen Eira City Council (GECC) recognizes that racism affects your well-being and hinders your sense of belonging in Australia. This workshop is designed to equip you with effective communication skills to address racism, voice your disapproval, and assert your needs confidently in any situation.

            Who should attend?
            • People who have experienced racism firsthand
            • Direct witnesses to racist incidents
            • Indirect witnesses to racism (e.g., hear from friends or read in the media)
            • anyone who have been in racism conflicts with others
            Facilitators: Wesa Chau, and Falak Maan.
            • Where: Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre, 169A McKinnon Road , McKinnon VIC 3204
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: Spaces are limited so please register ASAP online via Trybooking
             

             4.8  AUST | PMW | WEBINAR | Elevate Your LinkedIn Game with Matt McGilton | Friday 5 Jul 2024 | 12noon-1pm AEST

            Ready to elevate your LinkedIn game and get noticed by recruiters?
            Join Professional Migrant Women (PMW) for an exclusive, one-hour online workshop with Matt McGilton, Managing Director at Kaizen Recruitment and learn how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.

            In this workshop, you'll learn:
            • Profile Optimization Tips 
            • Recruiter Insights 
            • Engagement Strategies 
            • Brand Building 
            • Q&A Session with Matt
            By the end of this workshop, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of how to leverage LinkedIn to its fullest potential, making their profiles more attractive to recruiters and enhancing their job search efforts. 

             4.9  CoPP | S2b | SHOWING | Street Artists of Space2b | Saturday 6 July-Saturday 3 August 2024

            Discover the vibrant world of street artists who have transformed Space2b with their stunning murals. These six talented creatives are coming together to present a special exhibition, showcasing a diverse range of their artwork. This exhibition celebrates artists who believe in the power of sharing their craft and building a supportive community. Don't miss this opportunity to experience their incredible talents and be inspired by the stories behind their art.

            Join the artists for Closing Night Thursday 1 August 5.30-7.30pm celebration by booking online via Trybooking

             4.10  MONASH | MIG | GATHERING | NAIDOC Week | Saturday 6 July 2024 | 10-2pm

            Invites you to take part in a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country with an Indigenous Elder. 
            Learn from Book Club members as they discuss books aimed for both adults and children that cover First Nations themes. 

            This is a partnership event between the Monash Interfaith Gathering (MIG) Intercultural Book Club and Monash Libraries for NAIDOC Week.
            • Where: Wheelers Hill Library - Monash Public Library Service, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: register online via Trybooking
             

             4.11  CoPP | GOV | HEARING | Your say: on Port Phillip’s draft Urban Forest Strategy | submissions close 7 July 2024

            Last year, City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Council asked community what they think our urban forest should be like in 2040. 
            Since then, Council have outlined how they’ll increase the quantity and biodiversity of greenery in our City, including how they’ll measure progress. Now, Council is seeking your feedback again so they know they’ve got it right. 

             4.12  GLEN EIRA | GECC | WORKSHOPPING | Microaggressions: Tackling the Nuances of Subtle Racism Workshop 3 | Tuesday 9 July 2024 | arrive 5.45pm for 6-8pm

            Identifying subtle racism or microaggressions can be challenging, making navigation difficult. 
            This Glen Eira City Council (GECC) workshop provides insight into the nature of subtle racism, explaining its causes and various forms. By understanding these dynamics, you'll gain strategies to effectively manage such experiences.
             
            Who should attend?
            • People who have experienced racism firsthand
            • Direct witnesses to racist incidents
            • Indirect witnesses to racism (e.g., hear from friends or read in the media)
            Facilitators: Wesa Chau and Nitha Prakash
            • Where: Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre, 169A McKinnon Road , McKinnon VIC 3204
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: Spaces are limited so please register ASAP online via Trybooking
             

             4.13  MELB | PMW | TRAINING | IT & Telecoms | 3 sessions, Thursdays July 2024 | 5.30-7.30pm

            Welcome professional migrant women eager to elevate their career in Australia
            Professional Migrant Women (PWM) upcoming events and workshops are designed just for you, no matter your industry or background. We offer tailored training sessions, expert-led workshops, and networking opportunities to help you thrive professionally.

            Join our supportive community and discover how we can assist you in achieving your career goals. Stay tuned for exciting events that will empower you with the skills, insights, and connections you need to succeed!

            We want to invite you to our exclusive Industry Training designed specifically for ambitious migrant women!

            What to expect?
            • Gain Insider Insights: Throughout three interactive sessions, delve deep into IT & Telecoms key industry insights, skill enhancements, and career advancement strategies. Learn from professionals and recruiters in the space as they share their firsthand experiences and invaluable perspectives on navigating the sector.
            • Network with Leaders and Recruiters: This is a unique opportunity to meet with industry leaders and recruiters in IT & Telecoms. Pick their brains, gain insights, and strategically expand your professional network, setting the stage for potential career opportunities.
            • Discover Your Career Path: Whether you're looking to re-establish yourself or elevate your career within the industry, our training equips you with the knowledge, tools, and connections necessary to confidently pursue and excel in your aspirations.
             

             Program Details 

            Session 1: Your unique value as a professional migrant (values, purpose, skills) | 11 July 2024

            Guest Speakers:
            • Dr Ruwangi Fernando - IT expert and AI specialist - Founder of STEM Sisters
            • Pravena Sofea Periasamy - Employment Support & Compliance Officer  - Jobs Victoria
             

            Session 2: Personal Branding and Storytelling | 18 July 2024

            Guest Speakers:
            • Diana Walsh - Team Lead - HubSpot
            • Tracey Evans - CTO - Virtus Health (former CIO Seek.com)
             

            Session 3: Discovering the hidden job market (how to develop professional networks) | 25 July 2024

            Guest Speakers:
            • Cecilia Gutierrez - Senior Data Consultant - Telstra
            • Payal Tiwari -Management Consulting IT Director
             

            Don't miss out on this transformative opportunity to propel your career forward.

             

             4.14  CoPP | PPLS | PLAYING | Amos Roach | Thursday 11 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) for a special music performance to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024.
            Amos Roach is a proud Ngarrandjerri/ Djab Wurrung/Gunditj Mara man. 

            His music presents a narrative of healing, told with song and dance. Amos’s voice travels between the Desert, the Riverland and the Saltwater to the city like smoke from a fire.

            Amos plays his own songs, founded in rhythm with the Didgeridoo and Flamenco influenced Rap music, family ballads and Rock that shakes the ground and compels us to dance. 

             4.15  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Author Ann James | Tuesday 16 July 2024 | 6.30-8pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) for an animated and colorful evening author talk with Ann James, an art teacher turned illustrator who has illustrated over 70 children's books since 1980.
            Ann co-founded the Society of Book Illustrators in 1988, served as a director on the Board of The Australian Society of Authors for 20 years, and was a founding director on the Board of
            the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation for 10 years.

            As an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Ann engages in creative projects in remote communities.
            • Where: Emerald Hill Library, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne Victoria 3205
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: 
              online via Trybooking
             

             4.16  AUST | VTMH | WEBINAR | Tackling stigma in the news media: Our latest research findings | Wednesday 17 July 2024 | 3-4pm

            The media is a key source of information about mental illness. 
            However, people living with complex mental illness, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, are most commonly portrayed in relation to violence, which negatively influences public beliefs about dangerousness and unpredictability and increases stigma.

            This Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) seminar with Dr. Anna Ross (NHMRC Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne) will give an overview of the research we are undertaking to address media-based stigma. We will explore recent examples of media portrayals of mental illness, and the role we can all play in challenging stigma in the community. You will also be invited to reflect on your experiences of media portrayals of mental illness, both the ‘good’ and ‘not-so-good’.
            VTMH seminars are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health. 
            • Where: Online via Zoom — details to be sent to registrants in advance
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: essential, spaces are limited. To secure a place, please register early online via VTMH
             

             4.17  CoPP | MCBA | WALKING | Basketball at MSAC suitable for older adults | Thursdays starting 18 July 2024. then weekly | 10-11am

            Walking basketball is for participants across all ages, genders and abilities who are looking for low impact, social and fun basketball experience. 
            A new initiative from the Melbourne Central Basketball Association (MCBA) starting in Term 3 from Thursday 18 July 2024.
            • Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), 30 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: not essential
            • Download Poster
             

             4.18  CoPP | PPLS | SPEAKING | English as Another Language Reading Circle | starting Thursday 18 July 2024, then Weekly every Thursday | 1-2.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) for a free, fun reading program to improve your English language skills.  
            These free, informal sessions will run every Thursday afternoon, during school term.
            Please note: This program is aimed Intermediate-level English speakers and starts on Thursday 18 July.
            • Read aloud with others and practice pronunciation 
            • Improve your English comprehension and vocabulary 
            • Meet new friends in a safe, welcoming environment 
             

             4.19  CoPP | GOV | WEBINAR | Want to know more about reusable nappies? | 7.30-8.30pm Thursday 18 July 2024 | OR | 10-11am Saturday 27 July 2024

            Daunted by the idea of reusable nappies? Or want to make a more sustainable choice when it comes to nappies?
            You can choose to attend one of two FREE sessions. The workshop will run for one hour on Microsoft Teams.

            City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is partnering with Evia Collective to host two free webinars this July that will cover reusable nappy basics for Port Phillip residents.

            All attendees will receive five FREE cloth nappies and a free wetbag.
            • Where: online via Microsoft Teams, link provided after registration
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.20  VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for 2024 Victorian Disability Awards | nominations close 19 July 2024

            The Victorian Disability Awards celebrate those who promote the rights of people with disability. Victorians are encouraged to nominate someone they know that’s making a real difference. 

            There are four categories: 
            • Advocacy for People (including Self Advocacy)
            • Leadership in Co-design
            • Disability Pride Champion
            • Lifetime Achievement Award
             

             4.21  VIC | GOV | CALLING | Entries for 2024 Victorian Premier's Design Awards | submissions close 19 July 2024

            The Victorian Government is celebrating some of Victoria’s leading designers, creators and innovators. Entries and are free to enter for eligible Victorian designers, architects and businesses.



             4.22  CoPP | PPLS | WORKSHOPPING | Bansuri and Crystal Bowl Meditation | Sunday 21 July 2024 | 11-12noon

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) for a unique workshop that combines the soothing sounds of the bansuri flute and crystal singing bowls with guided mindfulness meditation. 
            Experience deep relaxation and inner peace through calming melodies and therapeutic vibrations.

            Suitable for all levels, this event aims to promote relaxation, mindfulness, and overall well-being. Discover the benefits of this holistic approach to self-care in a supportive, welcoming environment.
            • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
            • Cost: Free  
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.23  VIC | VOVI | CALLING | Nominees for Volunteering Awards 2024 | nominations close 5pm Monday 22 July 2024

            The Volunteering Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank Victorian volunteers for the incredible contributions they make to our state and local communities. Know an inspiring volunteer or organisation? Nominate them for the Volunteering Awards. 

             4.24  CoPP | SCLS | TALKING | Legal – Wills & Powers of Attorney Info Session | Tuesday 23 July 2024 | 10.30am-12noon

            An information session on the importance and benefits of Wills and Powers of Attorney followed by a Q&A session.
            Southport Community Legal Service (SCLS) is a small Non-for-Profit community legal service that provides free legal advice to citizens of the Port Phillip Local Goverenment Area (LGA). Its offices are located in Port Melbourne and open on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as Wednesday evenings.
            • Where: St Kilda Library Community Room, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
            • Cost: Free  
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.25  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Footballer Peter Bradford and 150 Years of South Melbourne Football Club | Tuesday 23 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) and Peter Bedford, winner of the 1970 Brownlow Medal and member of South Melbourne’s Team of the Century, to speak about club history and his captaincy 1973-76.
            South Melbourne Football Club was officially inaugurated in June 1874, being on one of the most successful teams in the early years of Australian Rules in Victoria. 

            Fortunes changed for South Melbourne after the second world war. They struggled as a team and barely made the finals for many decades. Playing their last game at Lakeside Oval in 1981, the team relocated to Sydney the following year.

            The Sydney Swans have won two premierships, in 2005 and 2012, and still boast a large number of loyal old South Melbourne fans among their supporters.

            Hear from football royalty in this intimate and unmissable event. Bookings essential.
            • Where: Emerald Hill Library, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.26  MELB | VTMH | WORKSHOPPING | ‘Community engagement with purpose’: Approaches to consider in mental health settings | Wednesday 24 July 2024 | 9.30am-4pm

            An advanced Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) workshop is designed for mental health practitioners looking to apply a community engagement lens to their work, or those working in mental health settings looking to engage with diverse communities around mental health and wellbeing.
            Participants will explore core concepts, practices and actions that underpin community engagement work in mental health settings, and consider organisational factors that can help and hinder community engagement efforts.

            This new workshop is designed around the Community Engagement with Purpose Resource Project (VTMH, 2023), which used a co-design process to develop a suite of resources to support practitioners and organisations engage with diverse communities around mental health. Participants attending the workshop will receive a hard copy of the Resource Booklet and Project Report, and explore videos and other materials created through the project.

            The workshop utilises a variety of facilitation modes, including small group work, grounded in a reflective practice approach.

            An intentional and responsive approach to community engagement creates the opportunity for more purposeful and inclusive participation by diverse communities, to shape mental health service design and delivery.

            Learn more about the Community Engagement with Purpose Project

            VTMH workshops are open to and provided free to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services.

            Staff working in a range of roles within this workforce, including but not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, community engagement roles, program leaders/project workers and administration roles, are invited to register.

            If you are unsure if this workshop might be relevant to your role please feel free to contact us via vtmh.learning@svha.org.au
            • Where: Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: essential.  Spaces are limited. To secure a place, please register early, online via VTMH
             

             4.27  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | No Pressure Book Club | Last Wednesday of the month, 24 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm

            Introducing No Pressure Book Club, where we talk all things books and reading.
            With no set theme or topic, No Pressure Book Club is designed for those who simply like to chat with fellow readers and share what they've been reading or listening to - whether it's books, short stories, poems, audiobooks, or podcasts.

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) community of readers to share your reading experiences and recommendations. Discover new books and authors or delve into old favourites. No Pressure Book club will be facilitated by one of our friendly library team members in a relaxed and informal setting at St Kilda Library.

            This is a Warm Winter Reads program and will be running monthly from June to August.
            • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.28  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | With Authors Kate Mildenhall and Katherine Collette | Wednesday 24 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) and Kate Mildenhall to discuss writing, getting published and her third novel, The Hummingbird Effect, with Katherine Collette, writer and co-host of The First Time Podcast.
            Kate is one of the Warm Winter Read ambassadors for 2024 and can help promote your reading journey and possibly inspire you to create your own manuscript. 

            Both of our guests have published multiple books and hosted The First Time Podcast, featuring interviews with Australian authors and over 200 episodes.
            • Where: Albert Park Library, 319 Montague St, Albert Park VIC 3206
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookingsonline via Trybooking
             

             4.29  CoPP | PLS | GATHERING | Community Connect Initiative | Friday 26 July 2024 | 12.30-2.30pm

            A special event packed with engaging segments including an insightful panel discussion, an introduction to Polaron’s Community Connect Initiative, the launch of Belle Kwan’s new website and the inspirational Hana Assafiri’s book launch: The Audacity to be Free.
            Hosted by Poloron Language Services and Space2b, connect with a diverse group of attendees including community leaders, politicians, translators, interpreters and more. This event is an excellent opportunity to expand your network, share your experiences and build valuable relationships.
             
            Register now to secure your spot for this exclusive event and indulge in Syrian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Don’t miss this opportunity.
            • Where: ArtSpace Gallery, Space2b 144 Chapel St St Kilda
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookingsonline via Polaron
             

             4.30  CoPP | PPLS | WORKSHOPPING | Travel Writing with Tim Richards | Saturday 27 July 2024 | 10-12noon

            Travel writing is a curious thing. Floating somewhere between the emotional lightness of lifestyle writing and the factual weight of news reporting, it tries to both inform and entertain those who love to travel.
            In this two-hour workshop, join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) and experienced travel writer Tim Richards in teaching participants how to write their own travel articles, with emphasis on how to catch the reader’s attention and convey to them what it was like to be there. 

            Attendees should bring pen and paper, or laptop, as this will be a hands-on session in which they’ll begin writing an article and will share ideas with their fellow would-be travel writers.
            • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182, St Kilda Victoria 3182
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.31  CoPP | S2b | MENDING | Winter Knits Workshop | Saturday 27 July 2024 | 10.30am-12.30pm

            Come and join Japanese sewer Maoko Carroll who will be running a winter edition sewing workshop at Space2b. Spend some time with like minded people, learn how to mend those pesky holes in your jumpers, brighten up a cuff on a cardigan or even felt a patch onto an old blanket.
            • Where: Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
            • Cost: $95 per Guest
            • Bookingsonline via ClassBento
             

             4.32  CoPP | PPLS | MAKING | St Kilda Queer Art Club | Monthly, last Sunday of month, Sunday 28 July 2024 | 11am-1pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) for Queer Art Club, a monthly art-making event for the queer community to come together to share experiences and stories.  These sessions will be facilitated by Don Fazliu, a queer arts therapist and community facilitator, and co-founder of Spaces of Play. Don has been hosting Art Club sessions for 2 years, bringing folks together through art-making and community.  

            The relaxed and casual art-making space sees individuals make art from a place of feeling, not aesthetics and is accompanied by good music and better company.  

            A quickly booked out event not to be missed. 
            • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street St Kilda, VIC 3182
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: 
              online via Eventbrite
             

             4.33  CoPP | PPLS | TALKING | with Janet Bolitho on Heritage: Ten Years in Port Places | Tuesday 30 July 2024 | 6.30-7.30pm

            Join Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) to delve into the history, present and future of Port Melbourne, Fishermans Bend, the Port of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.
            Hear from one of our local experts in this upcoming talk. For more than ten years, former Mayor Janet Bolitho has been documenting the rapidly changing places on her weekly Port Places Blog.

            Janet loves showing people around Port Places and sharing what she has learned after 30 years of deep immersion in the area.
            • Where: Emerald Hill Library
            • Cost: Free
            • Bookings: online via Trybooking
             

             4.34  VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominees for Victorian Senior of the Year Awards | nominations close on Sunday 11 August 2024

            Nominations are now open for the 2024 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. These important awards have celebrated the contributions and achievements of older Victorians who share their skills, experiences, time, and energy with our community. 

             4.35  YARRA | YEF | TRAINING | Deploying Neighbourhood Batteries | Tuesday 13-Wednesday 14 August 2024

            Registrations are now open for Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) 2-day Neighbourhood Battery training. After two sold-out sessions in March and April, we are thrilled to be running this course again. 
            The Victorian Government's Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action and Yarra Energy Foundation are co-subsidising tickets. Check your eligibility and how to access NFP tickets on the event page.

            The course provides participants with the knowledge and capabilities to:
            • plan a neighbourhood battery project
            • develop a business case that enables you to pursue funding opportunities for your project.
            The training is designed for industry practitioners, community groups, governments, and businesses that want to deploy neighbourhood batteries in Victoria. In particular, those who are seeking assistance to prepare to apply for grant funding under Round 2 of the Victorian Government’s 100 Neighbourhood Batteries program, which opens in August. 

            Please note, DEECA may open additional training sessions depending on demand. If you are unable to attend in August but would like to attend at a future date, please email: tim.shue@yef.org.au
            • Where: Yarra Energy Foundation offices, United Co (co-working space), 425 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
            • Cost: $579.70 – $1562 + BF
            • Bookings: online via Humanitix
             

             4.36  AUST | ETHNOLINK | GATHERING | Annual Summit 2024 | Tuesday 27 August 2024

            Ethnolink Summit is Australia's leading event on multicultural communications. Diverse voices unite in common passion to making multicultural communications mainstream through exploring innovative tools and strategies to reach and engage multicultural audiences.


             5. COLLECTIVISING 

                1. CoPP | BASP | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Refugee Week | Monday 10 June-Friday 5 July 2024
                2. CoPP | PPLS | RAISING | Awareness for Homelessness Week 2024
                3. VIC | ECCV | UPDATING | eBulletin #46 | June 2024
                4. NT | PESC | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for Pertame School | June 2024
                5. AUST | CUIN | UPDATING | Unfinished Business and more | June 2024
                6. WORLD | PWR | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Parliament of the World's Religions Ongoing Work

                 5.1  CoPP | BASP | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Refugee Week | Monday 10 June-Friday 5 July 2024

                Support families in need in the City of Port Phillip community by donating food and/or funds!
                The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP)has been working in Albert Park since 2001. With support from people in the Port Phillip community and wider Melbourne, BASP have provided food, housing, English classes, employment assistance, legal and medical support, and donations of money.

                Assist BASP to support refugees in our community by providing them with much-needed household items and funds.

                What can I donate?
                • Long-life pantry or canned items:
                  • Tinned tuna, fruit, peas, corn, and tomatoes, long life milk, oil, sugar, herbs, spices, salt, & pepper; noodles, honey, basmati rice, red jam.
                • Household goods:
                  • dishwashing detergent & cleaning supplies
                Where can I donate?
                Drop your donations at any Port Phillip Library branch, or deliver directly to BASP - 54 Beaconsfield Pde, Albert Park

                Donate Money 
                All money donations can be given via the BASP website. 

                 5.2  CoPP | PPLS | RAISING | Awareness for Homelessness Week 2024

                Patrons at St Kilda Library are invited to help Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS) fold origami houses to display in the library during Homelessness Week. 
                From Monday 1 July, a drop-in station will be set up with paper and instructions on how to fold and decorate your houses. 

                In 2024, Homelessness Week runs from August 5 to 11, and the origami houses created in the lead-up will be used in an interactive project/display is designed to raise awareness about homelessness and create a welcoming space for those experiencing homelessness in our community.


                 5.3  VIC | ECCV | UPDATING | eBulletin #46 | June 2024

                On 3 June 2024, it was wonderful to mark Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)’s 50th Anniversary with a special event at Parliament House.
                Many of our members and friends, from diverse communities and across the political spectrum, gathered in Queen's Hall to celebrate this important milestone and the multicultural society that, together, we have created.

                ECCV is proud of our 50 years of advocacy and the leading role we have played in the achievement that is multiculturalism. Across the past half-century, we opposed assimilation and championed integration, lobbied for Australia’s first refugee policy, fought for better settlement policies and services, helped deliver the Multicultural Victoria Act of 2004, and championed – and continue to champion – reconciliation with our First Nations people.
                 
                The event was an opportunity to acknowledge the many people who have dedicated their time and energy to ECCV’s success; from the post-War migrants and leaders who built the ECCV out of nothing, to the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly over the past five decades to make ECCV what it is today – Victoria’s peak advocacy body for migrant and refugee communities. We were honoured to have ECCV co-founder George Papadopoulos join us and speak about his pride in seeing the organisation he helped establish in 1974 not only “survive, but flourish” in its mission to advocate for Victoria’s migrants and refugees.  
                 
                It was inspiring to hear our political leaders acknowledge the trailblazers who built ECCV and made it a bastion of strength for multicultural and multifaith communities. As the Chair of ECCV for close to a decade, it was an honour to celebrate our past achievements, but to also look ahead at how we can continue to support multicultural Victoria in the years to come. As part of our 50th Anniversary commemoration, we are undertaking a Digital History project to capture our story and we look forward to launching it at a special member celebration later this year.
                 
                This week, it is with sadness and gratitude that we farewell our CEO Mo Elrafihi. We thank him for his outstanding contribution during his time at ECCV, which included the development of our Strategic Plan 2025-30, building stronger relationships with the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, securing the Hon. Steve Bracks AC as ECCV’s Patron, and putting ECCV in a stronger financial position. We wish Mo well in his future endeavours. Recruitment for a new CEO to lead our organisation into the next chapter will begin later this month.
                 
                Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

                 Highlights 

                Celebrating 50 years of advocacy

                ECCV's 50th anniversary at Parliament House last week brought together representatives of state and national peak bodies, ECCV members and former Board Directors, regional and metropolitan ethnic councils, multicultural organisations and MPs from across the political spectrum.  

                Meeting the First Peoples' Assembly

                In May, ECCV met with the co-chairs of the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, Ngarra Murray and Rueben Berg, to discuss how we can work together to empower our state's migrant and refugee communities to walk with First Peoples on the path to Treaty. Representing ECCV were Eddie MicallefGabrielle MarchettiJill Morgan AM, Mo Elrafihi and Victoria Kyriakopoulos 

                Bicultural educator training on elder abuse

                Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ECCV and Seniors Rights Victoria hosted a 2-day training session for bicultural educators on how to identify, address and prevent elder abuse. Participants are now equipped to hold in-language sessions for members of their community. This flagship ECCV program has helped build the capacity of hundreds of diverse Victorians to respond to elder abuse. 

                Supporting migrants into employment

                Representatives from SSI attended a meeting of ECCV’s Policy Advisory Committee on Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education & Training (PACEEET) this week to speak about the Billion Dollar Benefit campaign, a project aiming to reduce employment barriers for migrants and refugees so they can achieve their full economic potential.  

                 Opportunities and Resources 

                Hear diverse stories of people with disability

                ECCV is continuing its collaboration with the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW to promote the Speak My Language (Disability) podcast series which showcases the stories of migrants and refugees living well with disability. The series features interviews in more than 20 languages highlighting an individual, organisation or business advocating for disability inclusion.  

                Participate in our mental health workshops

                Do you work in the mental health sector and want to learn how to provide culturally safe services? ECCV is holding workshops to help practitioners understand the factors impacting poorer mental health outcomes for multicultural communities. To arrange a workshop, contact Partnerships & Engagement Lead Surmeli Yesilyurt on 0481 589 664 or via email at syesilyurt@eccv.org.au.


                 5.4  NT | PESC | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds for Pertame School | June 2024

                Arrangkerra marra? I hope you are all going well.
                Pertame School (PESC) is excited to share our mid year Newsletter report for 2024, reflecting on and celebrating the incredible year so far of growing the next generation of proud Pertame speakers in the first total immersion Language Nest in Australia. 
                 
                Our Language Nest creates the one space in the world where our young children can be raised in their severely endangered Indigenous language through meaningful interaction with fluent Elders, family and community educators. We leave English at the front door, and fill our children's ears with their language all day. 
                 
                So far this year we held 67 Language Nest sessions and 15 after school program sessions for a total of 298 hours of language teaching. We have taught 12 Pertame 0-5 year olds and 32 school aged children, while employing 3 Elders, 9 young parent educations and 3 grandmother supporters. 
                 
                We have hosted First Nations visitors from across America, including Diné, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Cherokee and Bemidji Minnesota First Nations in our Language Nest. Then in return we have been hosted by the Māori people in Aotearoa, graciously sharing with us the most successful Indigenous language revival movement in the world, that all started with Language Nests.  
                 
                We have made significant progress on our on-country classroom build from the generous donations of our crowdfunder campaign. And now, we have just won a grant that will allow us to complete a fit-for-purpose building that will be a lasting legacy for generations of Pertame children to come.  
                 
                We have created a bush tucker garden, reintroducing important food sources and medicines of our ancestors into the daily lives of our children. Finally, we brought 65 Pertame Elders, leaders and community members together to create a united ambitious 5 year plan for where our language, school and community will be by 2030. 
                We could not have achieved this without the beautiful partnerships and collaborations that support our work everyday. We thank you deeply for believing in our dream, and supporting grassroots community development work. 
                 
                Kela marra,
                Vanessa and the Pertame School team


                 5.5  AUST | CUIN | UPDATING | Unfinished Business and more | June 2024

                Everything is a work in progress but some business is particularly unfinished. 
                This month Cultural Infusion (CUIN) offers brief reflections in the wake of Sorry Day. We also highlight some upcoming programs, share the excitement and value of taking our holistic diversity data tool Diversity Atlas into the world, and more. Plus we continue our fantastic offer of 3 months’ free educational resources from our Learning Lands platform when you book a program with us.
                     

                REPORTING | Tech Diversity 

                Our CEO and Founder Peter Mousaferiadis recently delivered a popular talk at Big Data & AI World London that touched on the lack of diversity among the dominant tech developers and the limited datasets they rely on, magnifying biases that perpetuate inequities and disharmony. 

                Tech Diversity is a social enterprise devoted to the vital work of growing a diverse, inclusive and equitable technology workforce across all industry sectors. 

                Last month our diversity data platform Diversity Atlas mapped the collective culture of participants at the TechDiversity Awards for the third year running, with our Education and Experiences Leader Nicola Diomides and Diversity Atlas Cultural Attaché Quincy Hall delivering the results.  

                Note that Bengali and Gujurati were both in the top 10 languages spoken at advanced proficiency in the room. Few if any other available diversity data tools would reveal this information or identify that 3.8% of the room hold a self-defined spiritual worldview.  

                Diversity Atlas was recently cited in an article for top American political publication The Hill by leading race theorist Dr Sheena Mason as a tool that can help ‘create a future without as much of the injustice, inequity, sameness and exclusion that we all maintain, even if unintentionally.’ 

                Do you want to know how Diversity Atlas would enhance cohesion and intercultural competence in your school or organisation?      

                ANNOUNCING | fka Children’s Services (fkaCS) Partnership

                Cultural Infusion is proud to partner with fka Children’s Services (fkaCS).  

                Established in Melbourne in 1908, fkaCS advocates for children’s cultural and linguistic rights and provides support for educational and care services to provide culturally rich environments. 

                Join fkaCS today and receive the following benefits from us: To use your discount, quote your membership number when contacting:  
                • Tel:  03 9412 6666 
                • Email: info@culturalinfusion.org.au 
                • Website
                 

                CALLING | Bookings for NAIDOC Week! | 7-14 July 2024 

                NAIDOC Week begins on 7 July this year with the theme KEEP THE FIRE BURNING! BLAK, LOUD AND PROUD.  

                Our brilliant presenters have many offerings. We can even tailor a program specially for you. These programs are popular so book NOW to avoid disappointment!
                 
                Our brilliant presenters have many offerings. We can even tailor a program specially for you.      

                CALLING | Bookings for New Touring Program for New South Wales! | available Monday 22-Wednesday 31 July

                Last month we announced First Nations Educator Djarrin’s new touring program for New South Wales to help you extend your NAIDOC Week celebrations.  

                With his deep connection to his Barkindji heritage, Djarrin offers unique insights and stories. Spots are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to engage with culture in a meaningful and immersive way! 

                CALLING | Bookings for Bastille Day!

                Celebrate Bastille Day with Chris, available in Victoria. A renowned variety performer, Chris takes students on an exploration of the culture, history and significance of France’s national day. With puppetry, charades, magic tricks, juggling and more, Bastille Day with Chris brings history to life in a highly interactive and engaging workshop. 
                ‘It was an absolute hit with our Year 8 students! From start to finish, Chris wowed the audience with his mesmerizing tricks and delightful performance, leaving everyone in awe and wonder. The students were eager to participate in the magic tricks, and Chris skillfully incorporated audience participation, making the experience even more immersive and exciting. Bravo et merci beaucoup!’ – Toorak College 
                Our other terrific French programs include Mime Magnifique!  and  Les Bâtons Français(both programs available in Victoria), Les Chansons Françaises  (available in Queensland)  and Classic French Music (available in New South Wales).  

                REPORTING | Unfinished Business

                Sorry Day is an annual Australian commemoration on 26 May to mark the anniversary of the 1997 tabling of the Bringing Them Home report, which contained revelations that shocked most Australians and included 54 recommendations, many still unmet. This year’s theme was ‘Bringing Them Home – the unfinished business’.  

                Our Founder and CEO Peter Mousaferiadis has worked with members of the Stolen Generations since the 1990s. In June 2024, Peter and esteemed colleagues Uncle Paul and Aunty Gabby facilitated the first of a series of workshops with Western Health, in Melton on the western outskirts of Melbourne, exploring identity with members of the Stolen Generations. 

                Here are some of Peter’s reflections from the day: 
                ‘It was a day of deep listening, learning, healing and fun … Multiculturalism is viewed by many Aboriginal people as something that has overshadowed the existing cultures of the land, potentially diminishing the prominence of Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal culture, with its rich history spanning more than 60,000 years, is for everyone to understand and appreciate. It emphasises the importance of looking after the land that has provided such a beautiful place for all of us.’ 

                Professional Development

                Aunty Gabby and Aunty Dawn facilitated a professional development session for teachers at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, winning us this endorsement:  
                ‘The presenters were amazing! The session was highly educational and relevant to our school RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) program. Our vision recognizes that we work on stolen land and strive to reconcile this reality; we were not here first, and sovereignty was never ceded. It is crucial to remember this as a fundamental motivation for our vision. This was well explained and presented.’ 

                Do you know we also offer corporate programs?

                Aunty Gabby recently completed a magnificent framed artwork with and for Incitec Pivot Limited in Melbourne.     

                PARTICIPATING | June Events and Appearances

                • 5 June: Our Marketing & Communciations Coordinator Marios Chatzidamianos participated in Product Led Hub’s DEI Summit in Athens, Greece. 

                • 17 June: Our Diversity Atlas team is participating in myGwork’s WorkPrideonline event. 
                • 29 June: Marios Chatzidamianos is participating in the 26th International Symi Symposium in Somos, Greece. 
                 

                HIGHLIGHTING | Calendar Spotlight: Nelson Mandela Day | 18 July

                ‘It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.’ – Nelson Mandela
                While July in Australia is indisputably NAIDOC Week, our calendar spotlight is on Nelson Mandela Day, a day that commemorates his birthday and inspires cultural celebrations around the world. 

                Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918–2013) was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and eventually South Africa’s first democratically elected president, serving between 1994 and 1999, admired worldwide for his commitment to peace and reconciliation.  

                From 1964 to 1990, Nelson Mandela was famously incarcerated after standing trial for plotting to overthrow the apartheid government. His imprisonment and the apartheid system he opposed inspired global protests and popular songs that became rallying cries. In 1993, Nelson Mandela was awared the Nobel Peace Prize.  

                Check your local area for details on how to participate in Nelson Mandela Day celebrations.      

                GIVING | Freebie

                Remember that booking a program with us entitles you to 3 months’ free educational resources from our
                Learning Lands platform comprising six innovative resources including lesson plans, internationally award-winning apps, games and activities to support and encourage intercultural competence. 

                 5.6  WORLD | PWR | RAISING | Awareness, Funds and Support for Parliament of the World's Religions Ongoing Work

                After an extraordinary Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) Convening in Chicago last August on the theme "Defending Freedom and Human Rights," our team has been reflecting on that remarkable achievement.We have been dreaming about the bold, sustainable and impactful future of the Parliament of the World's Religions – guided by the vision, values and commitments that we share.

                We are delighted to announce the publication of our 2023 Annual Report. Our Annual Report is an important moment in which we show our donors and other supporters how their contributions have helped us fulfill our mission of cultivating harmony among the world's religions and fostering engagement with the critical issues of our time.  It includes a detailed and substantial recap of our Chicago Convening. You can view and download the 2023 Annual Reports and also see past Annual Reports directly on our website.
                As we reflect on the past we are also inspired as we look ahead to the next chapter of the Parliament, which is filled with new possibilities. 

                Launching 2024 program "FOCUS24: Faith, Democracy and Our Common Future: Shaping a Way Forward"

                As our world faces an ever-increasing number of escalating crises, the need for our faith and spiritual communities to work together to find the way forward has never been greater. The interfaith work of the Parliament is more urgently needed than ever. Please know how immensely important your support is – and how deeply appreciated.  

                Help us jumpstart our Spring Fundraising Appeal: any amount you can give today will allow us to dream bigger as we work towards a future of peace, justice, and sustainability.Thank you to continuing supporters as we strive to build a world guided by compassion and understanding.

                Onwards,
                Nitin Ajmera, Chair of the Board
                Rev. Stephen Avino, Executive Director

                 6.1  VIC | GOV | FUNDING | Support for newly arrived Palestinians

                The Victorian government announced that funding of $125,000 will be provided to Palestine Australia Relief and Action(PARA) to support people who have arrived in Victoria since October 2023. 

                 6.2  VIC | CCV | ADVISING | Free cancer information and resources in Community Languages

                Each year more than 35,500 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer. For people who speak a language other than English, the complexities of a cancer diagnosis are exacerbated.
                To improve access to much needed support there are now free in-language cancer information and resources for you to share with Arabic and Vietnamese speaking people affected by cancer.

                Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides free cancer information and support services to all Victorians affected by cancer through the  13 11 20 support line staffed by experienced cancer nurses.

                You can download the following cancer information in Vietnamese and Modern Standard Arabic:
                • You’re not alone’ poster for display in your health or community centre.
                • Cancer information and support’ brochure to give to people.
                • What is cancer?’ and ‘Treatments and side effects’ animated videos.
                • Social media tiles and newsletter content.

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                 7. SUPPORTING 

                1. AUST | MANY | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way
                2. AUST | MULTI | Supporting Voices, Treaty and Meaningful Reconciliation with First Peoples, Settlers, and Those Who Come After
                3. VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Coronavirus Response
                4. AUST | MULTI | UPDATING | Coronavirus Response
                 

                 7.1  AUST | MANY | Helpers and Reliable Sources Along the Way


                Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
                Ageism
                Climate, Environment & Emergency
                Community, Connection & Belonging
                Difability & Disability
                Employment
                Family & Neighbourhood Violence
                Health, Sickness & Wellbeing
                Kids, Youth, Parenting & Education
                • Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is the main way the Australian Government is helping families with the cost of early childhood education and care. For translated materials
                • Couch International Student Centre is a safe and free lounge space in Melbourne for international students to socialise, relax, study, and seek assistance
                • Courage to Care Victoria (CTCV) has launched a set of six digital ‘How to be an Upstander’ lesson plans for years 9&10, complementing their existing face to face Upstander Programs. Find more here
                • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 – for kids, teens and young adults
                • Little Dreamers (LIDR) is Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people who provide unpaid care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age. Watch 3 min video
                • Parentline – 13 22 89 – for parents and carers
                • Parenting courses by Relationships Victoria (REVI) offers free 6 to 12 week courses for parents to learn better ways to connect with their children and family in a culturally sensitive way.
                • Red Earth (REEA)'s School Immersions are all-inclusive, comprehensive programs designed to open the hearts and minds of students to the beauty and realities of life in remote Indigenous Australia. Find out more
                • Refugee Council of Australia (RCA) – Face-to-Face program involves presentations to students from a speaker with a refugee background. Learn more
                • Study Melbourne (STME)  has many free or low cost events for international students who are studying and living in Victoria. Find student events near you 
                • Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) online community VMConnect is home to a dedicated Group for multicultural young people living in Victoria
                • #16DAYS4KIDS | Colouring Your Conversation
                • 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. Download Colouring Sheets
                • Youth and Family Support Network (YFSN) delivering activities and initiatives that empower local African-Australian communities to tackle racism and support social cohesion. Watch video (2 mins)
                 

                LGBTIQA+

                 

                Men

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

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                   7.2  AUST | MULTI | Supporting Voices, Treaty and Meaningful Reconciliation with First Peoples, Settlers, and Those Who Come After


                  AUST | GOV | OFFERING | Resources and Translations on The Voice and Referendum 2023

                  Australian Government advises 
                  in late 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
                  The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body. It would give advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have called for members of the Voice to be chosen by First Nations peoples based on the wishes of local communities.

                  AUST | AICR | ENCOURAGING | YES23. Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through a Voice 
                  Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition (AICR) asks all to consider voting Yes. It’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through a Voice.

                  What is the 2023 Referendum?
                  This vote will give all Australians the chance to come together and consider a change to our constitution that will honour and celebrate the rights, history, and ongoing relationship of Indigenous Australians with this land. It’s a rare chance to make a major positive impact now and for future generations.

                  Australia has been considering constitutional recognition for more than 15 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have asked that the form of recognition come through a Voice to Parliament, which will give advice on laws and policies that affect Indigenous people. 

                  This is what the Australian people are now being asked to decide: Should we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in The Constitution, with a Voice? 

                  A Voice will provide advice to the Federal Parliament about laws and policies, through a consultative policy making process that delivers meaningful structural change.

                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know and understand the best way to deliver real and practical change in their communities. When they have a say through a Voice, we can finally start to close the gap that still exists between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians on practical issues like life expectancy, educational outcomes, and employment. 

                  This is why a “Yes” result is important.
                  AUST | LWB | TRANSLATING | Resources in 45+ community languages on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
                  To encourage participation in the Referendum for all Australians, Polaron Language Services with Life Without Barriers (LWB) and several partner organisations have developed accessible translated resources in more than 45 languages.

                  These are free to download and aim to break down language, literacy and communication barriers among Australia’s diverse communities. This includes:
                  AUST | REAU | EXPLAINING | Voice to Parliament and Referendum 2023
                  Reconciliation Australia (REAU) advises First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

                  The Bill to enable the referendum became law in mid-June, but we are waiting for the referendum date to be announced.

                  The referendum question contained in the Bill is:

                  A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?

                  What is a referendum

                  Find out more at Australian Electoral Commission.

                  Or click the following Reconciliation Australia links that interest you: 

                  Why do we need a First Nations Voice?

                  A Voice to Parliament will give Indigenous communities a route to help inform policy and legal decisions that impact their lives. Giving people a say will lead to more effective results.

                  Embedding a Voice in the Constitution would recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history, but importantly would also mean that it can’t be shut down by successive Governments.

                  This is important because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and bodies have called for voice for close to 100 years. 


                  AUST | RJfV | ISSUING | An Open Letter to the Australian Public: The Voice to Parliament would enhance Australian governance 
                  We are individuals representing no political party or political interest. We speak, rather, as retired judges (RJfV) who spent our professional lives listening to, and seeking to evaluate, contending arguments.

                  We have since considered carefully both the case for, and the case against, the proposed Voice to Parliament. Having done so, we confidently believe that, by raising the quality of our public debate, the proposed Voice will both enrich our democracy and increase the likelihood of governments making correct decisions about matters that affect Indigenous peoples. It will also, and very importantly, give Indigenous Australians their due recognition in our Constitution as this nation’s first peoples.  

                  Democracies are at their best when decisions are made after informed and respectful debate to which all may contribute. Life being what it is, the rich and the powerful have and will retain that privilege to a greater degree than most. Some, among them Australia’s First Nations peoples, have continually battled to be heard at all.

                  If successful, the referendum on the Voice will not diminish the influence of anyone. But it will help to correct an historic wrong. It will give recognition, and a voice, to those who for thousands of years owned and lived in balance with this land, only to have their rights to it disregarded during the centuries which have followed settlement from other lands. No consideration was given to the deep connections with country which the original inhabitants have incorporated into their very being; and the newcomers who now occupy their land listened, if they listened at all, with none of the empathy to which everyone should be entitled.

                  Constitutional recognition of the Voice in a successful referendum will acknowledge these facts, and do much to rectify a long-existing injustice. It will not, in our opinion, divide our nation. On the contrary, it will heal a wound which presently divides us. Nor will it disrupt government or destabilise the presently stable and appropriate division of power between the parliament, the executive and the judiciary.

                  The possibility of disruption and instability is a concern which nevertheless deserves respect (although not when it descends to ridiculous fears such as that Anzac Day will be ‘cancelled’). It is also reasonable to have doubts about the detail of the arrangements which will follow a successful referendum. We nevertheless firmly believe that these are not reasons for voting ‘No’. First, Australia can draw upon its wealth of common sense and its capacity for sensible compromise. The Voice will not waste its time, energy, finances or goodwill with silly claims that have no chance of political or judicial support. And secondly, detailed arrangements must allow for a degree of flexibility which is impossible if incorporated into a less than flexible constitution. The details are properly to be determined by the parliament of the day according to the changing circumstances of the day.

                  Advocates for the ‘No’ case point to the proposed amendment’s inclusion of a power in the parliament to make laws with respect to the powers of the Voice. The referendum if passed does not confer powers on parliament that it does not already have to pass such laws. We believe that the likelihood of parliament acting inappropriately in this respect is small. In our opinion it fails to justify a ‘No’ vote.  

                  Advocates for a ‘No’ vote also claim that the Voice is a creature of Canberra. That is untrue. The call for the Voice was made in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which is the product of the widest survey of the views of First Nations peoples ever undertaken and which is a deeply respectful call “from all points of the Southern Sky”. 

                  It includes an invitation to all Australians to create a better future. We think this invitation should be accepted.

                  Signed:
                  • The Hon Mary Gaudron KC, Former Judge of the High Court of Australia
                  • The Hon Carmel McLure AC KC, Former President of the Supreme Court of Western Australia Court of Appeal
                  • The Hon Stephen Charles AO KC, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal
                  • The Hon David Harper AM KC, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal
                  • The Hon Robert Redlich AM KC, Former Commissioner of the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC), former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal
                  • The Hon Paul Stein AM KC, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW Court of Appeal, former President of the Anti-Discrimination Board
                  • The Hon Anthony Whealy KC, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW Court of Appeal
                  • The Hon Margaret White AO, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland Court of Appeal
                  Thank-you for reading the open letter supporting the Voice. Please forward this letter to anyone you think would be interested to read it.


                  AUST | TLW | CALLING | Those Interested to Lace Up Your Shoes and Come Walk with Michael Long in support of the "Yes" campaign 
                  The Long Walk (TLW)'s Michael Long is once again setting off from Melbourne to Canberra in support of the "Yes" campaign.
                  Michael Long is one of the most recognisable Aboriginal figures in AFL football. He played for the Essendon Football Club between 1989 and 2001, was a member of two premiership sides and the winner of the 1993 Norm Smith Medal.

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

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

                    AUST | WRITERS | ENDORSING | The Voice as a major reform leading to better outcomes for First Nations Peoples
                    It’s only fair. 
                    Writers for The Voice (WRITERS) accept the generous, modest invitation of First Nations Peoples in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with them towards a better Australia. 

                    We support their call for recognition via a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament because we believe passionately that this major reform, the product of broad grassroots consultation and supported by the great majority of First Nations Peoples, will lead to better outcomes for First Nations Peoples.
                    AUST | GiveOUT | SUPPORTING | Proudly for a First Nations Voice to Parliament
                    The GiveOUT Team (GiveOUT)
                     supports Australia saying YES in the 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: *Source: https://www.unsw.edu.au/news/2023/06/ten-questions-about-the-voice-to-parliament---answered-by-the-ex 


                    VIC | ECCV | ADVOCATING | Victorian Multicultural Voices for ‘Yes’ campaign
                    The Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) joins forces with Yes23 and the Multicultural Australia for Voice alliance for Victorian Multicultural Voices for ‘Yes’.

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

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

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

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

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

                    The ECCV is the peak body for multicultural Victoria, with over 220 organisational members.
                    VIC | VWT | ENGAGING | Listen and learn together through kitchen conversations. It’s time to say yes 
                    Together, Yes is a kitchen conversations movement by Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) in support of a YES vote in the 2023 referendum on a First Nations Voice to parliament. It’s a powerful way you can participate in the referendum to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in our constitution.
                    In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. – Uluru Statement from the Heart, May 2017
                    By voting YES in the referendum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will finally have a say on the policies and laws that affect their communities.

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

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

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

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

                    This civic engagement model is built on a set of important values. People are encouraged to:
                    1. Help create a safe place for thinking, talking and taking action
                    2. Acknowledge the experience and wisdom each person brings to the table
                    3. Enter discussions in good faith with an open, constructive spirit
                    4. Engage in respectful discussion, even in the face of dissent
                    5. Be prepared to listen, gain new insight, and test one’s own opinions

                    Together, Yes invites people from all walks of life to gather in small group discussions and engage in an honest reckoning of the harm and injustice of our colonial past; Australia’s history of constitutional indifference; and how a Voice to parliament can make a difference.
                    VIC | VTMH | DEMONSTRATING | Solidarity In Context to the Referendum
                    At an important moment in history, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) supports the national vote 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.
                    AUST | GEIFN | HOW | To Accept No: Contest of Binaries | Sunday 15 October 2023
                    With any adversarial system where only 2 options (aka binary) are offered, part of informed consent is accepting that for every winner there has to be non-winners.

                    Binaries (this OR that) is Absolutism. It takes time for people to realise that there are no lasting Absolutes.

                    To explore further, every thing with a beginning has also got within the seeds of its end. As daybreak begins it has ended night. As night begins it ends daylight. But when we understand fully we understand that the sun is always shining, it is just our personal vantage point that moved while individually we might be standing still. The spherical planet we all call home is spinning on its own axis as it revolves around the sun. It is only the side facing the sun that gets the sun at any given time. The half in darkness hasn't lost, it is just waiting again for its time in the sun. So dark does not exist without light.
                    "To be or not to be – that is the question." – William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet and actor (1564-1616 CE)

                    And when that gets easy, consider "To be AND not to be – that is the answer."

                    Accepting No majority means you're ready to continue the national conversation reconciling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' (aka First Nations') existence with Colonialism and those who come after. A No majority result is an acknowledgment that this conversation has now began in earnest. And also being just another day in a functioning civil democracy finding its way, steady as we go, full steam ahead.

                    When this proposition gets easier to understand, the opportunities for an outcome that benefits everyone becomes self realising. So if not now, then take comfort in the old wise saying "a journey of a 1,000 steps begins with the first but made realisable with the 2nd and subsequent."

                    AUST | GEIFN | WHY | To Accept No: Contest of Timing | Monday 16 October 2023
                    With big gains come the potential for big setbacks, obstacles and arguments. With practice, patience and perseverance, wisdom, compassion and non-selfish generosity always prevails.
                    "Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me."
                    Sojourner Truth, American abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights, women's rights, and alcohol temperance (died 1883 CE)

                    A No majority doesn't mean "never" it just means "not now". For 235 years there has only been 1 resounding No: Terra nullius (nobody's land). Countering this false fact, has now formally recognised a resounding 40% yes to preexistence, a marked improvement from its 0% starting position. Meaning Australia is now ready to begin a conversation reconciling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' (aka First Nations') existence with Colonialism and those who come after. 

                    A No majority result is an acknowledgment that this conversation has now began in earnest. While also being just another day in a functioning civil democracy finding its way, steady as we go, full steam ahead.

                    When this proposition gets easier to understand, the opportunities for an outcome that benefits a greater number until including all becomes self realising. So if not now, then take comfort in the old wise saying "a journey of a 1,000 steps begins with the first but made realisable with the 2nd and subsequent."

                    AUST | GEIFN | WHEN | To Accept No: Contest of Terra nullius | Tuesday 17 October 2023 and beyond
                    Terra nullius is a
                     Latin expression meaning "nobody's land".  It was a principle sometimes used in international law to justify claims that territory may be acquired by a state's occupation of it. Denying the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' existence by the British gave the British permission to land, stay and colonise.

                    Reconciling this falsehood in Australia's birth began 265 years ago and continues in our minds, hearts and actions. As testimony to this, the Australia today was unimaginable to our forebears. If we accept what we do today influences the future, it is also how brighter futures for a greater benefit is made possible – the real work being undertaken in the majority of ordinary days between the extra-ordinary milestones.
                    "I am my ancestor’s wildest dreams" – Maxine Beneba Clarke, Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent (1979- CE)

                    Accepting No majority means you're ready to continue the national conversation reconciling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' (aka First Nations') existence with British Colonialism and those who come after. A No majority result is an acknowledgment that this Australian conversation has now began in earnest. Celebrate just another day in a functioning civil democracy finding its way, steady as we go, full steam ahead.

                    When this proposition gets easier to understand, the opportunities for an outcome that benefits everyone becomes self realising. So if not now, then make comfort by applying the old wise saying "Conquer anger through gentleness, unkindness through kindness, greed through generosity, and falsehood by truth."

                     

                    AUST | VTMH | OFFERING | Reflections following the Referendum

                    Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (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:  

                    CoPP | PPCR | STRIVING | Towards Meaningful Reconciliation

                    Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation (PPCR) is a voluntary, not for profit community group. 
                    It began in 1997 at a public meeting, at St Kilda Town Hall, convened by Jacki Willox and attended by hundreds of people, including politicians, councillors, indigenous musicians and general public.

                    Objectives
                    • To maintain local awareness of the reconciliation agenda, recognising that information, understanding and community discussion are integral to the process.
                    • promoting an understanding of the history of Aboriginal people, particularly in our local area.
                    Mungo, our monthly newsletter, continues to be a good news source for events, circulating annually to over 3,500 as well as members of other networks.

                    AUST | CHGR | BUILDING | First Nations kids learning and loving to learn. Their families walking beside. Seeing hope for the future

                    Children's Ground Limited (CHGR) introduces you to our ongoing bold vision for change – a future in which every First Nations child can experience a lifetime of opportunity, entering adulthood strong in their identity and culture, connected to their local and global world, and economically independent.

                    Children’s Ground vision includes:
                    • First Nations people across Australia having self-determination and enjoying social, cultural, political and economic justice.
                    • First Nations' next generation of children knowing and celebrating their culture and identity, having freedom of choice and expression and living with opportunity, peace, harmony and wellbeing.
                    • Australians recognising our shared history and celebrating First Nations' culture and strength.


                    AUST | YSS | EDUCATING | Aboriginal Pedagogy, Social Justice and Self-Determination

                    Yarn Strong Sista (YSS) has over 20 years of experience and excellence in Aboriginal pedagogy, social justice and self-determination.


                    YSS is a National Indigenous Educational Consultancy and Training Provider. Indigenous owned and run specialising in Aboriginal Pedagogy, providing authentic Aboriginal training for early childhood professionals, primary school teachers and corporate teams.

                    YSS are specialists with offering a range of services including:
                    • visits to Early Childhood environments to facilitate storytelling and arts workshops with children, 
                    • hosting Professional Development training for Educators
                    • facilitating arts experiences and face-painting at festivals and events, and 
                    • providing First Nations-designed resources and educational tools on our website.
                    Working beyond Early Years, customising our programs to meet the curriculum needs of Primary and Secondary students, and work in community contexts supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Resources include: Artefacts, Dolls, Children’s Music, Children’s Books, Games, Felt Hand and Finger Puppets, Felt Mats for Storytelling, Puzzles, and Teachers Resource Guides.

                    Other projects include:
                    • Foregrounding Anti Bias Perspectives
                    • Yarn Strong Brutha
                    • Enterprise for Empowerment.
                    Providing relevant resources and books that assist parents, teachers and organisations to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal Ways of Being. All our resources are ethically made and sourced, in collaboration with Indigenous artists and Fair-Trade partners.

                    AUST | EVCO | BUILDING | Stronger, more inclusive organisation through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence Training Programs

                    Be part of the big 10 year goal to inspire 10 million Allies to create a kinder, more inclusive Australia.

                    Build a stronger, more inclusive organisation through Evolve Communities Pty Ltd (EVCO)'s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence Training Programs.

                    When it comes to cultural awareness training, there isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all solution for education, reconciliation and allyship training. 

                    That’s why Evolve Communities offer different training courses and programs to suit any team’s size or style and let you choose the cultural competency training that is the best fit for your business including:
                    • 7 Steps Online Course
                    • Yarning Circle Workshops
                    • Ally Accreditation
                    Evolve Communities is a NSW-based Trusted Authority for Australian Indigenous cultural awareness, ally & facilitator training.

                    MELB | NGVA | EXHIBITING | Wurrdha Marra – Many Mobs

                    Welcome to Wurrdha Marra – meaning ‘Many Mobs’ in the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung language. 
                    The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (NGVA) is a home to Australian art, presenting First Nations and non-First Nations art from historical to present day. The name comes from the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, supporting the purpose of this space in sharing the work of First Nations artists, from emerging to senior figures, and across time and place. 

                    For First Nations peoples around the world, art and design are part of a continuum where the past intersects with the present, different materials converge, and diverse perspectives come together. The central role of art in passing down important cultural knowledge is celebrated in this display through the diverse approaches that artists take to maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography while also creating new forms of expression.

                    Wurrdha Marra is a dynamic exhibition space in which familiar works from the NGV’s collection of First Nations Australian art and design are displayed alongside new acquisitions. Presented through a series of changing thematics, the works on display offers a series of visual dialogues as a way to explore how parallel innovations and continuities can continue to inspire new ways of thinking about art.

                    The works included in this inaugural hang are by emerging artists as well as senior figures across both time and place. Each of these artists has in their own way been at the forefront in creating new forms of expression, and in maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography. Great individual artists, working in Aboriginal-owned art centres or independently after studying at art school, continue to shape and transform art in Australia, inspiring many others to follow their example.
                    • Read More
                    • Where: NGV Australia (NGVA), The Ian Potter Centre, Fed Square, Melbourne
                    • Cost: Free entry
                    • Bookings: no booking required. Now showing 10am–5pm daily

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                       7.3  VIC | GOV | UPDATING | Coronavirus Response

                      Stay up to date on the latest health advice and please consider both the COVID-19 and flu vaccinations if eligible. If you need access to food or financial relief, there is information available for how to get this support.

                      UPDATING | COVID safe and vaccination information to support CALD people with disability

                      The COVID safe and vaccination information to support CALD people with disability translated fact sheets are now obsolete and will not be updated or maintained.

                      The following links are currently being used to promote COVID-19 resources in language (via the translations icon): 

                      Free RATS Now Available to everyone through your local council

                      The Victorian Government has now made Rapid Antigen tests free and available at more than 200 local council distribution sites such as libraries and council customer service centres. The program is open to all Victorians, with all eligibility requirements removed.

                      Individuals can collect up to two packets for themselves plus up to two packets for each household member per visit. People with a disability or their carer can collect up to four packets of tests.
                      To learn in other ways about Victoria's responses: 

                       7.4  AUST | MULTI | UPDATING | Coronavirus Response

                      • Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
                      • Coronavirus in-language information
                      • If you are an NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080.
                      • Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about Coronavirus: Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 634 787. 
                      • If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
                      • Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
                      • Testing locations: Find a testing location near you.
                      • Call-to-Test-at-Home service, providing in-home coronavirus testing to Victorians who would otherwise be unable to get tested, call the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
                      • Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

                      Other Resources

                         8. ACKNOWLEDGING 

                          1. Acknowledgment to Sources
                          2. Bye bye to Essentialists
                          3. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound
                           

                           8.1  Acknowledgment to Sources

                          This is a consolidated account of information current at time of issuance, sourced, collated and provided by Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria, various Government Authorities, community organisations, public domain and individuals, received with gratitude.

                           8.2  Bye bye to Essentialists

                          Us non-essentialists will endeavour to manage our expection of miracles and do our best to follow rules while staying out of the way. 

                          Contact your closest friendly non-essentialist if you need anything that can be done remotely. Bye bye to Essentialists for now, please leave to attend to the essential work. That is all from the Caretaker at this time.

                           8.3  Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound

                          Meanwhile, if with a surplus of time, this and the following is offered. Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round about. And again. Or not.

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