NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION

NCJWA | WEBINAR | Women Wage Peace Aust Meeting | Monday 26th Feb 2024 | 8–9.30pm AEDT

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Come discuss the Women’s Movement building peace across the middle east (and now we are building peace here in Australia).

A follow up event from our "how can we be peace activists" sessions.

National Council of Jewish Women Australia (National) invites you to get involved and join Yael, Shelagh and Angela this 26 February 2024.
  • Yael - current co-director of WWP; 
  • Angela - who coordinates the foreign relations team; 
  • Shelagh - a founding member 
Yael and Angela have a great deal of wisdom on how WWP operates now.
Where: online. Link will be provided upon registration
Cost: FREE – $180 AUD + BF
Bookings: essential, online via Humantix

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National Council of Jewish Women Australia (NCJWA)

ILF | UPDATING | New Book, New Board Members, New Wills | February 2024

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PUBLISHING | Moli bin git stak (Molly gets stuck) | Available Now!

Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) are so excited to launch Moli bin git stak (Molly gets stuck)!

One of our most beloved books and characters, Moli det bigibigi, is the first ever ILF picture book to have a sequel!

Written in Kriol and English and based on a true story, it follows the adventures of a real-life pig called Moli.

Looking for shade on a hot day in Binjari, Moli takes shelter under a local van, but ends up getting stuck!

Will she manage to get free?
“This is my second book and I think I’m the first one to write a second book – I just want to continue on writing books. It’s really important to me to share the Kriol language to help our Indigenous Children. It’s really important for our little ones and when they get older, they might, you know, do something like write a book too.” Author Karen Manbulloo and Molly the pig, 2023

INTRODUCING | New Board Members

ILF is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board Members commencing February 2024.

We warmly welcome these three outstanding individuals who each bring a wealth of experience and wisdom that will support the ILF in the next phase of our strategic vision.

Thomas Mayo
Thomas Mayo is a Kaurareg Aboriginal, and Kulkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He is a best selling author and Assistant National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia. Thomas has long advocated for social justice issues, including Indigenous and asylum seekers rights. Thomas is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has been a leading advocate since its inception in May 2017.
 
Amara Barnes
Amara is a proud Wiradyuri yinaa (woman). For the past decade Amara has worked across multiple sectors and industries, including in media, tertiary, community, non-profit and private organisations, towards meaningful and positive outcomes for First Nations peoples. 
Amara is an advocate for First Nations self-determination, through Nation re-building, including the preservation and practice of languages and cultures. She is passionate about re-learning Wiradyuri language and passing it on to her gudha-galang (children).
 
Nicole Abadee
Nicole Abadee was a barrister and then legal academic for 20 years, with a background in International Law and Human Rights Law. Nicole has worked in the book industry, working as a senior editor at Penguin Random House. She is currently the books writer for Good Weekend Magazine as well as a festival moderator, interviewing writers at writers’ festivals and Australian literary events.

Nicole was heavily involved in the Yes Campaign for the 2023 Referendum for a First Nations Voice to Parliament, and co-founded Writers for the Voice, an advocacy group with over 700 members. 

Strong governance is critical to the ILF to achieve aspirational Community led targets to enact Community literacy journeys. I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with Nicole, Amara and Thomas in their capacity as ILF Board members.


OFFERING | Write your Will online for FREE | Monday 18 March 2024–Sunday 31 March 2024

Supporters of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation have helped us to run our programs around the country – bringing books and literacy resources to children in remote Communities around Australia.

To show our gratitude, we would like to offer you the opportunity to write your will for free online, with our partner, Safewill – an Australian owned operation based in Sydney.

Safewill has made it easier and more affordable for the 70% of Australians that don’t have a legally binding Will to protect the people and organisations that mean the most to them.  

This offer to write your Will for free will only be available for 2 weeks.

Join the free webinar on Monday 18 March at 12.30pm to learn about:
  • the importance of making a will
  • the process of writing your online will 
  • dispelling the myths about making an online will.
We look forward to seeing you online!
 
Mandaang guwu,
Ben Bowen, Chief Executive Officer


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

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.

VTMH | HIRING | Evaluation & Research Assistant

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Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) currently has one (1) vacant position within our team. This role is for an Evaluation & Research Assistant in a full time, fixed term capacity (until 30 June 2024). 

If you or someone you know is interested in this role, please forward this email to them or click the link below for further information.

Alternatively, you are also welcome to contact the VTMH Manager, Adriana Mendoza, via email at adriana.mendoza@svha.org.au with any questions or comments you may have.

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

VTMH acknowledges it is located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We know this land has history, custodians and stories spanning tens of thousands of years. We celebrate and recognise the First Peoples’ continuing connection to the land and water, and pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.
In a spirit of reconciliation, we commit to walking the journey of learning and healing together.

VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 21 February 2024

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In reflecting on recent activities here at the Commission, I had the privilege of attending the Southern Metro Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meeting last week. 

I was truly inspired by the dedication and diversity of its members—PhDs, engineers, interpreters, scientists, directors, nurses, educators, diplomats, and more—all united in their commitment to supporting the VMC and ensuring the voices of multicultural communities are heard loud and clear. Their unwavering dedication serves as a beacon of hope and reminds us of the African saying, "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." That's the spirit of the RAC—a testament to the power of collective action and solidarity.  

As advocates in our respective spheres, we understand that the path to progress can be challenging and demanding. Yet, with the shared determination and collaborative spirit exemplified by the RAC members, I am confident that we will continue to move forward, overcoming obstacles and making meaningful strides towards a more inclusive and equitable future.  

On the horizon, we also have International Women's Day—a day to honour the achievements of women around the world and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality. Let us recognise the invaluable contributions of women from all walks of life and strive for a future where every woman can thrive and reach her full potential.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming IWD events and thank you for putting your shoulders to the wheels of gender equality.

We are also a few weeks away from Cultural Diversity Week, a time when we are reminded of the beauty and strength that comes from embracing our differences. This provides us with an opportunity to come together, share our stories, and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that make our community vibrant and resilient. 

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson

 

 News and Events 

UPDATING | Cultural Diversity Week | Monday 18–Sunday 24 March 2024

Victoria's vibrant Cultural Diversity Week is happening with this year's theme, "Our Shared Stories - Celebrating Together," invites everyone to join a tapestry of experiences and celebrate the beauty of our diverse state. As part of Cultural Diversity Week, we are excited to highlight the diverse and vibrant events hosted by councils across Victoria. 

Digital resources are now available

If you're planning an event we would love to promote it on our website and social media! Please share your plans with us at communications@vmc.vic.gov.au

CALLING | Applicants to join the small business ministerial councils

Applications are now open for people who want to be part of change for Victorian small businesses by joining the Small Business Ministerial Council or Multicultural Business Ministerial Council.

ANNOUNCING | Finalists for Volunteering Awards 2023

Congratulations to all Volunteering Awards 2023 finalists!
The Volunteering Awards celebrate volunteers giving their time and talents to support their communities. 28 volunteers and 24 community organisations have been named as finalists in the 2023 Volunteering Awards.
From supporting children with disability to take part in adventure activities to helping newly arrived migrants get their driver licenses, this year’s finalists have shown that there are so many ways that volunteers contribute to their communities.

CALLING | Expressions of interest from Board Directors to Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) | applications close Saturday 25 February 2024

The Minister for Mental Health is pleased to invite applications for a Forensicare board director. The position starts on 1 July 2024 and the appointment would be for a period of up to three years. 

WELCOMING | Victorian Open Mosque Day 2024 

More than 35 mosques and Islamic centres across the state will be opening their doors to the Victorian community on Saturday 25 February as part of the annual Victorian Mosque Open Day with support from the Victorian Government.

CELEBRATING | Festival Africa | Sunday 17 March 2024 | 11am–5pm

Festival Africa invites you to experience the spirit of Ubuntu, where the beat of the drum and the aroma of African street food create an atmosphere of joy and connection.
  • Where: Space2b Laneway, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda
  • Read more
 

ADVISING | Police are drug testing across Victoria. 

Police are out there day and night to keep everyone in the community safe. If you drive with illicit drugs in your system, chances are the police will catch you. Police can be anywhere at anytime. 

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Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur 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.

THCO | UPDATING | Something new from The Conversation

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A few days ago, we let readers know that we are launching a newsletter featuring our Books & Ideas coverage, and the response has been terrific.

5,000 people have already signed up for the new weekly email that will feature longer reads on literature, philosophy and many of the things we hold most dear. If you haven't already, please sign up and tell us what you think.  And in the meantime, you can hear from our Books & Ideas section editor, Suzy Freeman-Greene, as she shares her plans for the newsletter below.

Thank you to the donors whose support enabled us to create the Books & Ideas section late in 2021. Your support of Books & Ideas is just one example of how our community of donors helps The Conversation grow and create new things. At a time when populism fuelled by misinformation is on the rise, it’s vital that people can access reliable information that brings people together and is essential for a functioning democracy.

Also below, please check out our latest Impact Report and take a few minutes to let us know how The Conversation might play a part in your legacy. 

Thank you so much for supporting our work and helping us make a difference.

All the best,
Misha Ketchell, Editor
 

Behind the scenes at The Conversation 


 

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Your commitment to quality journalism has played a crucial role in our mission to provide public interest news brought to you by experts. As we continue to meet the challenge of providing quality information that’s free to read and republish, we are exploring new ways to ensure the sustainability of our organisation.

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

PWR | UPDATING | The Year of Democracy, Women and Girls on the Frontlines of Climate Actions & More

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LAUNCHING | FOCUS24 Initiative with "The Year of Democracy" | Thursday 22 February 2024 | 12noon–1.30pm USA CST

On Thursday 22 February 2024, the Parliament of the World's Religions marks the official launch of the FOCUS24 | Faith, Democracy & Our Common Future: Shaping a Path Forward. FOCUS24 is a year-long paid interfaith series building capacity, fostering community, and advancing advocacy efforts in this critical election year.

The first event of the FOCUS24 series aptly named, The Year of Democracy, introduces attendees to the impetus for the year-long initiative committing our attention to the collective concern for human rights, freedom, and democracy.

Featured Experts
  • Ian Bassin, Co-founder & Executive Director of Protect Democracy
  • Rev. Jim Wallis, Co-founder & Chair of Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice
  • Dr. Azza Karam, President & CEO of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace
Join these leading experts in the democracy landscape, human rights, and the intersection of faith and justice in exploring current trends in the global state of democracy and calls to action in defense of freedom, democracy, and justice at a time when authoritarianism and extremism are on the rise.

SAVE THE DATE
Open to Registered Participants of the FOCUS24 Series
 
 

GATHERING | Women and Girls on the Frontlines of Sustainable Climate Actions | Friday 22 March 2024 | 2.30pm USA ET

On Friday 22 March 2024 the Parliament of the World’s Religions in partnership with the Green Tent Movement, The Chisholm Legacy Project, the Green Hope Foundation, and the Earth Child Institute presents Women and Girls on the Frontlines of Sustainable Climate Actions, a parallel event to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 

Featuring Great Grandmother Mary Lyons, Donna Goodman, Jacqui Patterson, Kehkashan Basu, Emily Echevarria, Patricia Fero, and Osprey Orielle. Join panelists representing environmental organizations on what they are doing and how others can help.
  • Where: UN Church Center 10th Floor & Online
  • Learn More


EXPLORING | Towards A Global Ethic

Fostering Opportunities for Students to Learn About, and Live Out the Parliament's Global Ethic

Enjoy a special feature of this newsletter exploring PoWR's signature document, Towards a Global Ethic. This essay was selected as the first-place winner of the 2023 Global Ethic Essay Contest and read on the main stage of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, USA.

Written by Audrey Ferrer, a Religious Education & Family Life Resource Teacher (K-12) at the Toronto Catholic District School Board in Canada, the essay explored how to bring the Global Ethic into the classroom and how it can help students engage with various moral issues.

RECAPPING | Did You Catch This?


STAYING | Up to date with the work of the Parliament

SUPPORTING | Our Work

  • Stay connected with the Parliament of the World's Religions, join us online across our social media platforms.
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Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Suite 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

CoPP | SERVING | Delivered meals to eligible residents (Meals on Wheels)

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City of Port Phillip delivered meals service is designed to assist eligible residents who are having difficulty preparing meals for themselves.

Meals are delivered to resident's homes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are delivered fresh to be consumed within three days or can be frozen for up to two months. The number of meals provided to each eligible resident is based on a needs assessment and can be up to seven meals per week.

The meals are delivered by Choice Fresh Meals who offer a great variety of nutritional food and can cater to many special dietary requirements including texture modified. Meals are three courses and include a soup/sandwich, main meal and dessert option. Meal packaging has been designed to be easily heated and is both microwave and oven safe.

A regular delivery time will be provided with a two-hour window depending on suburb of resident.

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

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 | PROVIDING | Hop-on hop-off free community bus

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Bridging the gap in accessible transport by providing reliable, sustainable transport options for the Port Phillip community.

Not everyone in our community can access public or private transport services. That’s why City of Port Phillip have reintroduced our Hop-on, Hop-off Community Transport routed service.

The service currently operates Monday to Friday 8.30am–3pm and has over 150 community transport bus stops between Caulfield Hospital, Elwood, South Melbourne Market, Alfred Hospital and St Kilda Library.

New Timetables and Route Maps Available Now!
Pick up yours on the Community Bus, at Town Halls or at The Library or online.

For more information 8.30am–2pm Monday to Friday, contact 03 9209 6223 or email commbus@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

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

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 | TUTORING | Local High School Students for Free

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The Emerald Hill Library in South Melbourne will be running a free Homework Tutoring Club for local High School Students during 2024. 

Its aim is to improve educational outcomes to students through providing learning assistance with volunteer tutors.

The homework assistance sessions will be held on Thursday evenings during school terms, from 6–7.30pm. There is also the option for tutoring on Tuesday evenings, from 6–7.30pm. Volunteer tutors will be on hand to assist students with their homework tasks such as Maths, English, Science and school projects around history, geography, social issues and other topics.

For more information please contact Peter Conlon on email homies@portphillip.vic.gov.au or on 9209 6611.

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

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 | GATHERING | Community Safety Forum - South Melbourne | Monday 26 February 2024 | 5.30–7pm

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Hear from South Melbourne Police Station Commanders and Prahran Highway Patrol Officers about important community safety matters in South Melbourne.

There will also be a Q&A session where you can ask questions and voice any concerns.
  • Where: South Melbourne Community Centre - 1 Ferrars Place, South Melbourne VIC 3205.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: are not required. Just turn up.

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

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.

AAV | CREATING | Future Reset - Maker Space

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Future Reset – Maker Space is a year of free in person and online visual and digital arts workshops and is for young Deaf and Disabled people aged 18–25 who live in Victoria. Beginners welcome!

This is a safe space for making art, socialising and creating community with peers. Workshops in visual and digital arts, professional development and free studio time, led by Deaf and Disabled artists.

All workshops are Auslan interpreted. Make 2024 a year of creativity and meeting new people.

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Arts Access Victoria (AAV)

CoPP | GRANTING | Port Phillip Community Grants 2024

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This year the Port Phillip Community Grants Program application timeline will be earlier. This is to allow enough time for Community Groups to apply before the Council elections caretaker period.

Grants will open on 27 February and close 4 April 2024. Information and guidelines will be available from Tuesday 27 February and can be found by visiting the Funds, grants and subsidies page of the Port Phillip Council website or attending one of the information sessions listed below.

Port Phillip Community Grants Information 2024 (in person) | Monday 4 March 2024 | 10–11am
Council’s Annual Community Grants are opening 27 February 2024 and closing 4 April 2024. This information session will support applicants to understand the Community Grants Program guidelines and application process. All potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.
  • Where: Community Training Room, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online via Trybooking


Port Phillip Community Grants Information 2024 (online) | Tuesday 12 March 2024 from 6–7pm
Council’s Annual Community Grants are opening 27 February 2024 and closing 4 April 2024. This information session will support applicants to understand the Community Grants Program guidelines and application process. All potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.

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

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.

VEC | EDUCATING | Democracy and Free voter education sessions

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Free voter education sessions about elections by Victorian Electoral Commission, delivered to communities including:

  • people with disabilities (especially people with intellectual disabilities)
  • people experiencing homelessness
  • people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • young people from all communities.
The sessions are delivered by people who have a lived experience or are part of these communities.

Voter education sessions can be delivered in some community languages and we can provide interpreters.

Free online education sessions to your community to help people learn about:
  • who can vote
  • how to enrol to vote
  • how to vote correctly
  • where to get help to vote.

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Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
Address: 530 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

The Victorian Electoral Commission acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land.

VOVI | TRAINING | Building an Inclusive Volunteer Program | Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 9.30am–12.30pm

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Volunteering has a powerful impact when it is accessible to all and reflects our diverse communities. However, developing and maintaining a truly inclusive volunteer program can be challenging.

An interactive workshop providing participants with the skills and knowledge needed to recruit, engage, and retain a diverse team of volunteers, including reviewing organisational procedures and workplace culture. 

Learning outcomes:
  • Review organisational procedures to identify opportunities for promoting inclusion in volunteering
  • Reflect on workplace culture and inclusion
  • Identify and develop strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion in volunteering.

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Volunteering Victoria (VOVI)
Address: Wurundjeri and Bunurong Country, Level 7, 443 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Tel: (03) 9052 4524

Volunteering Victoria acknowledges the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands, and we pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.

CoPP | WEBINAR | Grant Writing for Creatives 2024 (online) | Monday 18 March 2024 | 6–8.30pm

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A grant writing training session Debby Maziarz.

Sharing:
  • practical and transferable ways to approach grant writing for arts and cultural projects
  • developing and communicating your project idea and your project plan
  • developing budgets and funding strategy
  • working with an auspice organisation
  • finding project partners
  • presenting support material
  • evaluating your project
  • more information about City of Port Phillip 2024/2025 Cultural Development Fund grants.
  • Where: online. The link to this online event to be provided by the event organiser.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online via Trybooking

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

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 | WEBINAR | Grant Writing Workshop 2024 (online) | Thursday 14 March 2024 | 6–8.30pm

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This grant writing training session with Debby Maziarz will cover all aspects of grant writing. 

From where to find grants, understanding the guidelines and selection criteria, working through an application and budget and how to frame your project.
  • Where: online. The link to this online event to be provided by the event organiser.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online via Trybooking

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

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 | TRAINING | Grant Writing Workshop 2024 (in person) | Wednesday 6 March 2024 | 9.30am–12noon

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This grant writing training session with Debby Maziarz will cover all aspects of grant writing.

From where to find grants, understanding the guidelines and selection criteria, working through an application and budget and how to frame your project.
  • Where: Community Training Room, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online via Trybooking

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

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.

PESC | PUBLISHING | Pertame School 2023 Annual Report

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Werta Pertame friends and supporters. Arrangkerra marra? You all well? 

2023 was a pivotal year for the Pertame School, in which we launched the first total Immersion Language Nest playgroup in Australia. 

We are proud to say that we are watching our Pertame babies grow, thrive, talk and play in their endangered Indigenous language. We have run over 100 Language Nest Immersion playgroup sessions providing wholesome meals, social development, health, fitness and community connection to 27 Pertame 0-5 year olds. 

We have run over 400 hours of complete Pertame immersion sessions, employing 13 young parents, 8 Elders and 10 Pertame support staff. 

Our Pertame children have proudly sung in their language alongside Paul Kelly. Our Elders and staff have travelled and exchanged with First Nations communities in the Navaho Nation in New Mexico, the Yuchi Immersion School in Oklahoma and the Salish Immersion School in Montana USA. 

Lastly, we have started the construction of our On-country Learning Hub - a permanent home for our language, on the land the language originated from. 
 
However, this would not have been possible without the backing we have received from so many generous supporters and partners who have believed in our Elder's dreams to see our small grassroots program grow. 
 
It takes a village to raise a child, and we thank you all for being a part of our village to gift Pertame babies their heritage language for the first time in 45 years.  

We believe that by restoring our Pertame language as the living, breathing spoken word of our community, we can rebuild the critical Pertame structures to heal our children, community and country.  We will raise our next generation of Pertame children as secure, connected and healthy people immersed within their language. 

We aim to create an intentional community, a village to raise our babies together, where we will maintain the highest standards of health, education, care and wellbeing, straight from our traditional knowledge.  
 
Kind regards
Vanessa and the Pertame School team 

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Pertame School (PESC)
Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics (CALL)
Vanessa Farrelly, Arrernte Project Officer, 
Desert Peoples Centre Campus, Alice Springs
Tel: 0421 478 262
Website

VTMH | TRAINING | Mental Health and Cultural Diversity Community of Practice | Registrations open for 2024

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A space to critically reflect on cultural diversity and mental health. 

The Mental Health & Cultural Diversity Community of Practice (MHCD CoP) offers members an opportunity to explore contemporary practices and have robust and respectful conversations about ways we can make our practice more accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of local communities.

Facilitated state-wide by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), using a variety of formats to engage in these discussions, including holding reflective conversations, engaging in dialogue with guest presenters on a range of topics and panel discussions to name a few. 

The CoP:
  • Is a free program
  • Facilitated online via Zoom and/or Face to face
  • Meets quarterly throughout the year. 2024 dates are:
    • Monday 26 February 2024
    • Wednesday 29 May 2024
    • Monday 26 August 2024
    • Wednesday 27 November 2024
  • Each meeting runs for 2 hours, from 10am-12pm

The CoP is open to those working in Victoria’s publically funded mental health sector.  For your registration to be successful, please ensure that you register with a work email address.

Registering as member of the CoP is essential. Membership is renewed annually. For more information on becoming a member, visit our website below.
 

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

VTMH acknowledges it is located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We know this land has history, custodians and stories spanning tens of thousands of years. We celebrate and recognise the First Peoples’ continuing connection to the land and water, and pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.
In a spirit of reconciliation, we commit to walking the journey of learning and healing together.

NT | GWS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Women's Shelter

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The women and babies at Galupa Women's Shelter are blown away by the generosity of donors. 

Thanks to support, they can now begin upgrading the tin shed, installing the much needed security gate as well as purchasing washing machines, art supplies and new mattresses. Stay tuned, we'll make sure to show you their progress along the way! 

But the women at Galupa do have one final wish.

Gayili herself shared how urgent it is for the Community to have a dedicated vehicle to pick up girls at risk of domestic violence.
"When one of our girls or mothers is at risk of violence, we need to be able to go and pick her up right away. It is really urgent that we can get her and any babies or children as quickly as possible to our safe place, away from harm."
As you know, Gayili is a highly influential Elder in her Community who has shown time and time again the pathway to safety. She is credited for turning the suicide rate in the area from the then highest documented in Australia - to zero. 

If you can support Gayili and the other women and babies at Galupa, they would be forever grateful.

The Community at Galupa was offered $3 million by the neighbouring mining company, Rio Tinto to leave their homeland. 
"If we leave Galupa we would be disrespecting our Lore and we would have nothing."
Instead, they are raising funds to STAY on their homeland and create a place of safety for women and babies. 

In addition to a donation, you have the option to purchase fine art photographs & Community paintings to support the Women and Children of Galupa.  

With your support Galupa Women's Shelter can continue its irreplaceable work across the region protecting First Nations Women and their Children, who like anyone else in this country are entitled to live safely and with dignity.

QLD | ECoCeQ | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Protecting our #LivingWonders by mounting Climate Cases

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The volunteer group Environment Council of Central Queensland (ECoCeQ) is taking the Environment Minister to court for failing to do her one job - to protect our environment from harm.

Her refusal to properly assess the climate impact of two huge new coal mines is unacceptable.

We can’t let her get away with it.

They need our help to fund this landmark court case that starts in less than 2 weeks! Will you help them hold her accountable?

"There’s no time left to avoid the science or the reality. We cannot simply wait, and hope, that governments will listen to the science and do the right thing.  

The science is clear. Burning coal and gas fuels dangerous climate change."

Let's make sure the Minister has a legal obligation to act on climate harm.
 

QLD | BEPE | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Defending Environmental Activism

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After three and a half years of harrowing multi-million dollar litigation affecting my family, I’m grateful the Supreme Court will now examine whether parts or all of Adani’s case should also be dumped. 

Ben Penning (BEPE) is in the midst of a very encouraging 2 day Supreme Court hearing.
"In a very exciting development, my legal team will be arguing why Adani’s remaining allegations should be ‘Struck Out’ or declared an ‘Abuse of Process’

Some of my supporters have offered to match donations to my legal defence fund. 

I haven’t got 100 BILLION DOLLARS like Mr Adani so I need your help!"
All Donations Will Be Matched By Prominent Supporters

Adani twice tried to raid Ben's home and has attacked him in the Murdoch press. Since then they’ve dropped their damages claim from $600 million to $17 million. 

People power MUST match Adani’s billions. 

Ben needs our help to finance his defence in this unprecedented court case for the right to peacefully protest.

VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 7 February 2024

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With the joyous arrival of the Lunar New Year, heartfelt greetings to all Victorians! May this year bring prosperity, good health, and boundless joy to you and your loved ones. 

As we embrace the Year of the Dragon, its powerful energy symbolises strength, courage, and transformation – reminding us of the potential for positive change. Lunar New Year is a time not only for celebration but also for reflection and unity. 

Did you know Victoria is home to a vibrant tapestry of cultures? More than 50% of Victorians have at least one parent who was born overseas, we speak over 290 languages and dialects and practise 130 different faiths. This diversity is our strength, and it's moments like this that remind us to learn from each other. 

Just like all cultural moments, it's an opportunity to build bridges of understanding across our state. Together, we can harness the dragon's spirit to foster greater cross-collaboration and build a more inclusive and harmonious community. A multicultural society, multiculturalism is at its best when we are all active contributors to a harmonious society.

While Victoria boasts a vibrant and multicultural society, there is always room for improvement. Now, more than ever, we need to foster cross-collaboration and strengthen social cohesion. Our collective efforts can create a more harmonious community, where every Victorian feels proud to live here. 

Let's make this Lunar New Year a catalyst for change. Let's reach beyond our immediate circles, embrace diversity with open arms, and actively engage with each other. 

Wishing you all a prosperous and joyous Lunar New Year! 
Viv Nguyen, Chairperson
 

 News and Events 

UDPATING | Data Protection

The VMC is updating its Multicultural Communities Database. We are requesting that you update your contact information so we can better inform you about relevant resources, events, and opportunities. By now many of you will have received an email from database@vmc.vic.gov.au. Please action that email.

Updating your information will take about 2 minutes and the VMC is committed to protecting your privacy.

If you have any questions, please email the VMC at database@vmc.vic.gov.au

VIC | VMC | SHARING | Your Cultural Diversity Week event with us 

Victoria's vibrant Cultural Diversity Week is happening from 18–24 March 2024! This year's theme, "Our Shared Stories - Celebrating Together," invites everyone to join a tapestry of experiences and celebrate the beauty of our diverse state.

As part of Cultural Diversity Week, we are excited to highlight the diverse and vibrant events hosted by councils across Victoria. 

If you're planning an event we would love to promote it on our website and social media! Please share your plans with us at communications@vmc.vic.gov.au

AUS | GOV | ADVISING | Health information for multicultural communities

MyMedicare is a new, voluntary and free way to register with your regular doctor or clinic. These are government-funded telehealth consultations with your regular doctor and it gives your doctor more resources to treat you.

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Expressions of interest

Multicultural Business Ministerial Council | applications close Thursday 14 March 2024

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is seeking applications from suitably qualified and interested individuals to be considered for appointment as a chairperson or member to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council (MBMC).

Small Business Ministerial Council | applications close Thursday 14 March 2024

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is seeking applications from suitably qualified and interested individuals to be considered for appointment as a chairperson or member to the Small Business Ministerial Council (SBMC).

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | Investing in community sports to change the game

The Victorian Government has announced its backing more women and girls from all backgrounds to get involved in the sport they love, right across the state. Grants up to $10,000 are available to support community sport and recreation clubs. 

MAKING | Autism friendly workplaces

We all deserve a workplace that works and sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Find out how you can start to make your workplace more autism inclusive by learning more at amaze.com 

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Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur 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.

PPLS | TALKING | With Authors Alexandra Collier and Katia Ariel | Wednesday 6 March 2024 | 6.30–7.30pm

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The Truth about Memoirs: What are the ethics of writing about those that you love, while also revealing your most personal and tender flaws?

Alexandra and Katia will discuss their individual writing practice, and their raw and honest memoirs that deal with family, grief, betrayal, motherhood, sexuality, and desire.

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

CoPP | GATHERING | Community Marine Reserve Clean Up Day | Sunday 3 March 2024 | 9–10.30am

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Join City of Port Phillip's Clean Up Day event at Marine Reserve near St Kilda Skate Park.

Help keep our city beautiful and prevent litter reaching the bay by coming along to the City of Port Phillip’s Clean Up Australia Day event.

Where: Marine Reserve near St Kilda Skate Park
Landmark: Meet near the Skate Park/Car Park at the round sculpture

Please register to make sure we know you are coming and we have enough gear. Click the link for more information on how to get involved.

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

PPLS | SUPPORTING | Finding Jobs Advice from Killara

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Come along and meet James from Killara, who can help you to find work. 

James can help you find work and access to a range of services. He can provide information, advice, and support in person, online, and on the phone.

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

PPLS | TALKING | With Author Robyn Annear | Tuesday 27 February 2024 | 6.30–8pm

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Come and hear Robyn speak about her latest book, Corners of Melbourne at our Emerald Hill Library. 

Robyn Annear is author of eight books of history, including Bearbrass, A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Adrift in Melbourne and, most recently, Corners of Melbourne: The great orange-peel panic & other stories from the streets. She appeared in the award-winning 2022 documentary, The Lost City of Melbourne. In her podcast, Nothing on TV, Robyn presents stories from Trove historical newspapers.

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

PPLS | TALKING | St Kilda Unplugged Panel Discussion | Thursday 15 February 2024 | 6–7pm

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Join us for an unforgettable evening with icons of the Australian music industry.

Hosted by Sally Moore, we will have panel discussion featuring the incredible Paulie Stewart (Painters and Dockers), Fiona Lee Maynard  (Have a Nice Day) and Fred Negro (I Spit on Your Gravy). There are also two walking music tours the next day with Paulie and Fred of St Kilda's music venues with a live music performance from the Folk Bitch Trio.

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

PPLS | MAKING | Smartphone Stories - Stories of Positive Aging | Saturday 24 February & Saturday 2 March | 10am–5pm

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Learn how to make short films using your smartphone! 

Whether you’re a complete novice, or you already have some film-making experience, this workshop will equip you with the skills necessary to craft compelling films using your Smartphone.
 
Over the course of two days, you’ll learn how to write, plan, shoot, and edit your own film, all exclusively using your very own smartphone. Acquire new skills, boost your digital confidence, create your debut film, and forge connections with your community!

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

BACC | EXHIBITING | Unfinished Business | Tuesday 5 December 2023–Tuesday 21 April 2024

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Unfinished Business in an exhibition of photographic portraits revealing the stories of 30 First Nations people with lived experience of disability from across Australia.

Each participant’s story is complex and intertwined with Australia’s political and social history, which has resulted in today’s high rates of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.

Through their involvement in the project, each participant’s self-narratives accompanying their portraits contextualise and draw much-needed attention to critical issues that impact on their lives.
  • Where: Birrarung Gallery, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
  • Cost: included with museum entry 0 to $15
  • Bookings: open 9am–5pm (Closed Good Friday And Christmas Day). Online through Melbourne Museum

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Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre (BACC)
Melbourne Museum

NGVA | EXHIBITING | Wurrdha Marra – Many Mobs

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Welcome to Wurrdha Marra – meaning ‘Many Mobs’ in the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung language. 

The National Gallery of Victoria 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.
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  • 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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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (NGVA)
Fed Square, Melbourne

FCCV | PUBLISHING | Multifaith Calendar 2024

 [Edited extract from public address]

Victorian Faith communities have published their annual multifaith calendar outlining major holy days and festivals for Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Sikhism.

Whilst this list is not exhaustive it is comprehensive to represent each of the religions in good faith.

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The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Care of Victorian Council of Churches
Address: Level 6, West Tower, 608 St.Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

ECCV | UPDATING | eBulletin #42 | February 2024

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Welcome to Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) first eBulletin for 2024. We hope that, like the team here, you enjoyed a restful break and are energised for the year ahead. 

In addition to our flagship projects, we have embarked on a number of new projects, which enable us to deepen our strategic partnerships and cross-sector collaborations with
our members and stakeholders. This includes our work in improving emergency preparedness and mental health outcomes for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, which you can read more about below.
 
We are delighted to welcome on board several new staff members, and look forward to continuing to grow our team and our capacity throughout the year.
 
Last week saw the publication of our Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25, which makes a suite of recommendations to the Victorian and federal governments about the urgent priorities facing migrant and refugee communities. A focus was the need to address the rise in racism and vilification in recent years, and its impact on our communities. While we commend the state government for spearheading the Anti-Racism Strategy, we call on them to commit priority funding for its implementation as well as the implementation of other measures to combat institutional racism.
 
We are also currently developing ECCV's new Strategic Plan, which we are excited to publish in April. We have been consulting widely with our members, stakeholders and communities as part of this process to ensure ECCV remains the leading voice for multicultural Victoria. 
 
The Strategic Plan 2024-34 will provide a clear roadmap for the next decade, with the goal of clarifying our purpose, vision, and mission, and detailing measurable objectives to guide our actions and effectively measure our social impact.
 
This year also marks a half-century since ECCV was first established in 1974. The organisation, and the diverse communities we represent, have come a mighty long way since then, and we are excited to celebrate our milestone 50th anniversary with you in the coming months.
 
Eddie Micallef, Chairperson

 Highlights 

Pre-budget submission

Australia is in the worst cost-of-living crisis in over 20 years, and migrants and refugees have been hit particularly hard. ECCV’s Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25 calls for targeted investments across a range of areas including employment, emergency management and mental health to support our diverse communities through this crisis.

Multicultural leaders honoured on 26 January 2024

Many multicultural leaders were recognised as part of the Australia Day Honours List 2024. We would especially like to congratulate our members and friends: former ECCV Board Member Zeynep Yesilyurt OAM, longstanding ECCV volunteer Con Pagonis OAM, Dr Francis Acquah AM, Loc Huu Lam OAM, Peter Gaspar OAM, Lesley Gaspar OAM and Florence Tafadzwa Mauwa OAM. 

First 2024 meeting of the MEMP

ECCV was pleased to attend the first Planning Meeting of the year for the Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership (MEMP), which is supported by our Multicultural Emergency Management Initiative. The Meeting, which was held on 24 January, was a fantastic opportunity to come together with the community leaders, emergency service representatives and organisations involved in the MEMP.

Revisit highlights from our AGM

ECCV's 2023 AGM was one of our most well-attended in recent years, with over 100 members and friends joining us on 30 November, when we announced ECCV's new patron, the Hon Steve Bracks AC. Watch the highlights in our AGM wrap video. You can also watch Mr Bracks' full keyote address, and ECCV CEO Mo Elrafihi’s speech

Have you read our latest Annual Report?

ECCV's Annual Report 2022-23 is available online now. The Report offers an overview of what ECCV has achieved over the last financial year through our policy, advocacy and project work with a focus on our strategic collaborations. Thank you to all our members, partners and communities who helped shape our work.

Learn more about financial elder abuse | Thursday 8 February 2024 | 4–5.30pm

ECCV has partnered with Financial Counselling Victoria to hold an online workshop next week about financial elder abuse and how to support seniors to identify and respond to the issue. Speakers at the workshop include Lyn Dundon, Project Coordinator at FCV and Michele Padbury, Financial Counsellor at VincentCare. 

 Opportunities and Resources 

Browse ECCV's new Policy Library

ECCV is pleased to share our new online Policy Library, which makes it easier to search our reports, submissions and position papers about key advocacy areas, including anti-racism, aged care, disability, and employment. Our research and policy publications are a vital part of our work to advance the rights and wellbeing of Victoria’s migrant and refugee communities. 

Join 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, please contact ECCV's Partnerships & Engagement Lead Surmeli Yesilyurt on 0481 589 664 or syesilyurt@eccv.org.au.


Raising voices of diverse people with disability

In partnership with the Migrant Resource Centre North West Region, ECCV is delivering workshops to empower people with disability from migrant and refugee communities. The Raise Our Voices program will support people with disability from multicultural backgrounds to understand what self-advocacy is, why it's important and how they can improve their self-advocacy skills. 

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

ILF | UPDATING | News from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation | February 2024

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Yamandhu marang, Happy 2024 and we hope you all had a safe and relaxing break.

On 26 January, we took the time to reflect on the incredible strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities across Australia throughout our shared history. On this day, and every day, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation acknowledges First Nations Peoples' unbroken connections to land, sea and sky and pay our respects to Elders and all First Nations peoples. 

Our thoughts are with Far North Queensland, Wujal Wujal and surrounding Aboriginal Communities needing support as a result of the ongoing devastating floods. 

We would like to thank all of our supporters who donated to our Festive Appeal, as a result we raised over $20,000 which will go towards our programs in remote Communities for 2024. These include: 
  • gifting 136,800 culturally relevant books into 430 remote Communities 
  • strengthening our relationships with the 107 playgroups we are working with through our Book Buzz program 
  • publishing 30 books representing 21 languages through our Community Publishing
  • and hosting two Create Initiatives and one Pamela Lofts Bequest project
In regard to events, it's not too early to save Wednesday 4 September for your Indigenous Literacy Day celebration and we are currently planning our two key fundraisers, the Great Book Swap and Busking for Change. More to come!

Mandaang guwu,
Ben Bowen (Wiradjuri/Gandagarra), Chief Executive Officer


SPOTLIGHTING | Word of the Month

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

This month's word is are you well? in Wiradjuri language! Wiradjuri Country is located in central New South Wales.


PARTICIPATED | Yabun Festival | Friday 26 January 2024 

The ILF participated in Yabun on Gadigal Country. Yabun is the largest, annual, one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people. We are so grateful to be able to connect with other First Nations people and organisations on this important day. Thank you to everyone who supported our stall.

Connecting Up this 26 January 2024
Learn about the importance of January 26th, ways to engage and how the ILF uses this day to connect with other First Nations people and organisations on Gadigal Country.
 

ANNOUNCING | New Tote Bags - Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that we have four new tote bags with illustrations from Country Tells Us When…. The totes showcase the ngamagarri (white cockatoo), the yari (humpback whale), jurru (snake), and an illustration of Buru (Country). Read more about the illustrations here. 

SEEKING | Book Buzz Co‑ordinator

The ILF is seeking a Book Buzz Coordinator to join our small team based in Sydney’s CBD! The position requires strong coordination and relationship building skills to work with the Book Buzz Manager to coordinate the program for young children in remote Communities. First Nations candidates are encouraged to apply.

CLICKING | For More Stories

 

 Work in Community  

ANNOUNCING | Can You Dance? Book Buzz Kit

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Book Buzz kit available to remote playgroups this year. The Can You Dance? kit was chosen as this kit focuses on gross motor skill development including dance and movement elements. It also includes other fun elements such as finger puppets, musical instruments and a parachute!

COMING | Something exciting...

One of our most beloved books and characters, Moli det bigibigi, is the first ever ILF picture book to have a sequel!. Stay tuned for Moli bin git stak which will be available to purchase next month!

 Ambassador News 

Jessica Mauboy

Congratulations to ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy on her brand new single, ‘Forget You’ which is out now. We would also like to congratulate Jess on her new album, 'Yours Forever' which will be available soon. 
 

Anita Heiss

A big congratulations to ILF Ambassador Anita Heiss on the success of Tiddas, a play based on her much loved novel which was held at the Belvoir St. Theatre as part of the Sydney Festival's Blak Out Program.


 Special Thanks 

Thinking of writing your will? The ILF has partnered with Safewill and will be hosting a webinar for Free Wills Week commencing on 18 March 2024 - save the date!

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

Every year the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation runs a Final Hour Appeal offering the opportunity for their staff to donate the final hour of their working day for the year to their major charity partner, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Staff were also given the option of giving their work Christmas gift to the ILF. The combined donation raised over $18,328 which will support our Book Supply program. 
 

 Community Fundraisers 

We would like to thank Francesca who are supporting our Foundation by generously donating $20 from every purchase of their Awareness Bracelet to the ILF for the next 12 months. “We really wanted to raise funds for a charity that was supporting First Nations Communities and making a difference, especially in young peoples’ lives.”

An enormous thank you to Kinokuniya Books for providing us the opportunity for the second year in a row for Festive Gift Wrapping during the festive period. It was a fantastic result where we raised over $16,800 while engaging with the delightful customers of Kinokuniya. We would also like to thank our incredible 248 volunteers who were amazing to work with every step of the way!

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Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.

CUIN | UPDATING | Diversity Atlas and A Vibrant Start to 2024 | January 2024

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Happy New Year from Diversity Atlas!

Welcome to our 1st newsletter of 2024! The past year has been eventful, and as we embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, we are excited to share some incredible developments at Diversity Atlas in the months to come. Get ready for a year filled with engaging events, new and improved platform features, and an enriching webinar series — all of which will serve as a platform where the community can come together to learn, explore, and engage in transformative discussions on fostering better diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). 

BENCHMARKING | Kick off the year of where your DEI Strategy sits

New year is the time for starting fresh — and if you’re looking to start on a DEI plan, the best way to kick off is with our free Diversity Atlas Healthcheck - a free survey we’re offering online to help you come to terms with where your organisation is at currently with diversity, equity and inclusion. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes, which gets you a report with a score out of 100.  You will find out where you’re doing well, and receive advice to rectify potential gaps in your practice. Not only does this help your organisation, but the Diversity Data Health Check is great for the DEI community.
     

FEATURING | Our latest blog on DEI Backlash

Our latest blog post delves into the complex landscape of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, exploring the nuanced topic of DEI backlash. 

The article also sheds light on the challenges organisations may face when implementing these crucial initiatives and provides valuable insights into understanding, addressing, and ultimately overcoming resistance. 

Discover practical strategies for fostering a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and learn how effective communication and commitment from leadership can make a lasting impact. Join us in exploring the keys to navigating DEI backlash and building a more inclusive environment for everyone.

INTRODUCING | 2024 Webinar Series

Diversity Atlas is proud to announce that 2024 will be the year in which we’ll continue developing our pool of Cultural Diversity thought leaders, and our first step is a series of webinars to be launched from February 2024 onwards. Our series of webinars will be themed under the following categories of using Diversity Atlas: for events, for research in universities, for building Gender Equality Planning (GEP) blocks and reporting under the Horizon Europe context, for fundraising, for benchmarking, and of course for reporting Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators.

Likewise, if you consider yourself a cultural diversity champion or even an entry level employee, you may benefit from our training programs, adjusted to serve your needs from general information to detailed strategies development. Stay tuned for more updates!

ELABORATING | Inclusive strategies & datasets (in Greek) – Allilon 13th edition

Diversity Atlas CEO and founder, Peter Mousaferiadis, and our Cultural Ambassador Mario Chatzidamianos are elaborating on the UN’s Right to Development and SDGs resolutions, based on Diversity Atlas’s inclusive datasets, on the 13th edition of the 'Allilon' magazine in Greece, produced by AllilonNET Non-profit Company.

In a world dominated by fourth-generation technology services and tools, individuals attempt to put these developments at their service to achieve socio-economic upliftment. The United Nations resolution on the Right to Development mandates this principle, which also becomes clearer when met under the Resolution on Achieving the SDGs.

The problem lies in the fact that governments lack comprehensive and inclusive data sets through which they could design and implement relevant policies. This article uses the world's first inclusive diversity data tool, Diversity Atlas, as an example for designing social innovation policies that leave no one behind. The article is published in the 13 edition of the ‘Allilon’ magazine, a periodical dedicated to social and solidarity economics to be published in March 2024.
     

BRINGING | Diversity Atlas around Pakistan

Mashood Qureshi, our Client Experience Director, hosted a string of engaging events in Pakistan’s major northern cities. Titled ‘Diversity Data for Bottom-Line Growth,’ these roundtables convened C-Suite and HR leaders from top national companies, covering eighteen industries. The focus was on leveraging precise diversity data to drive profitability and inclusivity in the workplace. 

The interactive sessions, underpinned by Diversity Atlas’s insights, emphasised the urgent need for enhanced belonging among workers through data-driven diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. The events featured deep conversations on advancing DEI and were capped off with actionable insights for embracing a truly diverse and inclusive business landscape in Pakistan. 

The series was part of Mashood’s road trip to Future Fest, Pakistan’s largest tech expo – where he connected with tech leaders from Pakistan and abroad to discuss the way forward for measuring diversity and how it can help companies take their best step into the future. It was great to connect with so many new people along the way, and spark some great new projects that we’ll keep you posted on through the course of this year.
     

HIGHLIGHTING | Calendar Spotlight: Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, marks the beginning of the lunar calendar and is celebrated by numerous Asian and other communities around the world.

This year heralds the arrival of the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of strength, courage, and good fortune. As we embrace the dragon's auspicious energy, families gather for joyous festivities marked by colourful parades, traditional dances, and feasts symbolising prosperity.

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year from all of us at Diversity Atlas!

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