VMC | UPDATING | Let's go back to Public Transport, staying COVID safe and more | Wednesday 18 May 2022

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Yesterday was International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). 

Message from the Chairperson

In recognition of this important day, our Conversations with Commissioners podcast features a conversation between VMC Commissioner Dr Judy Tang and Victorian LGBTIQ+ Commissioner Todd Fernando. We encourage you to listen to the podcast on our YouTube channel!

I'd also like to direct you to the Victorian government's statement today announcing the Rainbow Ready Roadmap. The roadmap supports regional and rural communities across Victoria to ensure all LGBTIQ+ members of their community are included in sporting clubs, health services, businesses, schools, and more.

I am also pleased to share that there has been an important development in the last week towards a more inclusive Victoria -  namely, the Summary Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol Prohibition) Bill 2022 which has been introduced into Parliament. 

The Bill recognises the continued significance of the swastika as a symbol of peace and good fortune for the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and other faith communities. It recognises that the Hakenkreuz is a distorted version of this symbol.  

The VMC is proud to continue to work with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Ro Allen and the Department of Justice and Community Safety to support the inclusion of Victoria’s multi-faith community.

If I can end on a note regarding community support and safety, I'd like to remind all of you that the flu vaccine for this winter is now available and is free to select groups of Victorians. I hope you are considering the flu vaccine, to protect yourself and those around us. You can find more information on the Department of Health website.

Until our next meeting, take care, and keep up the COVIDsafe measures. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

WEBINAR | Free small business wellbeing forum | Monday 23 May 2022 | 9.55am for 10am-11am 

Business Victoria, in partnership with Mindarma, is hosting a special webinar for small business owners and their employees with a focus on culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives.

An expert panel will share their unique experiences of wellbeing and discuss the available support for both business owners and employees.

This free event is part of Business Victoria’s Headway initiative. Headway brings together key support programs that are free for small business owners, their employees, and trusted advisers, including business advice, financial counselling, and mental health support.

CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Public Healthcare Awards 2022 | nominations close on 27 May 2022

The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards present an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our healthcare workers and public health services.

There are 20 award categories, including the Premier's Health Service of the Year Award and others to recognise volunteers. 

All organisations and individuals delivering public health services and programs are encouraged to share their stories of innovation, excellence and achievement. 

GRANTING | Victorian Rural Women's Leadership Program | applications close 29 May 2022

Women founders, entrepreneurs and business owners from rural areas face a range of societal, geographical and cultural barriers to accessing capital, networks and resources to support their business.

The Victorian Rural Women’s Business Leadership Program responds to these challenges, with a $50,000 investment to support 16 rural women of all backgrounds and identities to gain access to support, networks and training to start or grow their own business or entrepreneurial activity.

Applications from culturally diverse women, Aboriginal women, and women with a disability across rural and regional Victoria are strongly encouraged, recognising the additional challenges diverse women may experience in building a business.

Recipients will also access the Victorian Government’s ‘Business Victoria’ initiative, which offers free online business advice sessions to help Victorians to start or grow small business.

CALLING | Aspiring filmmakers with a multicultural background to enter Multicultural Film Festival 2022 | submissions close 20 June 2022.

Are you an aspiring filmmaker with a multicultural background? Do you produce short films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion?

If any of the above applies to you, then consider entering your film for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne in August. 

We'd like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for this event: Commonwealth Bank, Segemento and Jobs Victoria.

Translated guides helping us go back to public transport

It's great to be back and doing the things we love.

No matter where you need to go across Melbourne or Victoria - the train, tram or bus can get you there.

Visit family and friends, return to work, and be part of our community. 

The Public Transport Victoria website can help you plan your journey, with written guides and videos to help set up your myki card. The guides are available in 15 languages.

Wear a face mask for you and them

All Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when using public transport. This is for the safety of you, your loved ones and your community.

By wearing a fitted face mask you can help lower the spread of COVID-19.

You can find out more information and access translated resources on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Coronavirus hotline 


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

SCOPE | CALLING | Expressions of Interest from Community Organisations to have a resource translated into Easy English for FREE | EOIs now open, closing of business Tuesday 17 May

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COVID Help project enables community organisations to produce and distribute important Easy English communications for their clients.

Scope are passionate about supporting collaborative efforts that bring organisations together to shape systems and processes that make it easier for people experiencing vulnerability to access the support they need to thrive.

About the Partners:
  • Scope Australia produces best-practice Easy English communications to help 44% of Australians with low English literacy understand everyday information. 
  • Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP) is a not-for-profit organisation that brings business and people with lived experience together to ensure everyone has fair access to essential services in Australia. 
  • Transurban operates the Linkt tollways in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has a strong commitment to strengthening communities through transport.
Your involvement:
Community partners are invited to express their interest to be part of this project and have the chance to have one of five existing resources translated into Easy English free of charge.

Examples of possible projects your organisation might want to simplify information about include:
  • COVID vaccinations and booster programs
  • mental health supports
  • financial assistance
  • concessions
  • support services
Upon completion the Easy English resources will be promoted far and wide by the participating organisations. They will also be added to the TCP Online Knowledge Centre for easy access.

Lodge Expressions of Interest:
All you need to do is tell us about your project via this this 5-minute survey by close of business Tuesday 17 May to be considered. Expressions of interest will be reviewed based on the opportunity for impact. All organisations will be advised of the outcome by Friday 27 May.


Scope Australia (Scope)
Address: Level 2,  302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Tel: 1300 4 72673

VMC | UPDATING | COVID-19 briefing and more | Tuesday 10 May 2022

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Message from the Chairperson

I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable start to their month. There are a couple of items in this week's update that I'd like to bring to your attention.

Firstly, I'd like to highlight Victoria Police's Diversity Recruitment Program which you can read about below. Similarly, last week I had the pleasure of attending a graduation ceremony led by AfriCause, for the pilot African Diversity Recruitment Program. It was a wonderful ceremony to be part of, and I was pleased to learn that it will continue beyond it's pilot stage, funded under the Victorian government’s budget. 

In addition to the recent budget announcement,  Victoria has made some changes to COVID-19 advice. We will be debriefing the latest developments tonight from 7pm-8pm in partnership with the Department of Health. You can register for the online briefing below.

As Victorians adjust to a COVID normal environment, you may also like to have these resources at your fingertips:
Until our next meeting, take care, and keep up the COVIDsafe measures. 
Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

VIC | VMC | WEBINAR | COVID-19 briefing | Tuesday 10 May 2022 | 7-8pm

The Victorian Multicultural Commission's next COVID-19 briefing will be held tonight. 
Join us to discuss the latest changes within the Department of Health, COVID-19 updates in school settings and other developments. 

This session will be held in partnership with Victoria's Department of Health and the Department of Education and Training. 

Once you have registered to attend, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for how to join the meeting on Zoom. 

VIC | GENV | MEETING | The people behind GenV Panel Talk | Thursday 12 May 2022

GenV is a research project supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Victorian Government and the Royal Children's Hospital

The project aims to advance health and wellbeing for all babies born in Victoria and their parents. The research has been designed to answer multiple questions about preterm birth, mental health and illness, obesity, learning, allergies and more.

This year, for Melbourne Knowledge WeekGenV is hosting a panel discussion Meet The People Behind GenV to meet the team and have questions answered about the project. 

Registration for this event is free. 

AUST | GOV | TRANSLATING | How to vote in Australian federal election to be held on Saturday 21 May 2022

The Australian Electoral Commission has translated their How to Vote guides into 36 languages. All translations are available on their website, including a plain English voting guide and translated video guides. 

Along with these resources, you can also call through to the Electoral Commission and speak to an interpreter.

VIC | BRLA | ENGAGING | AusLanka Yarning Circle | Sunday 22 May 2022

Bridging Lanka (BRLA) is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to bridge ethnic, religious and geographic divides with the goal of fostering peace in Sri Lanka. Their advocacy include initiatives that connect Sri Lankan people living in Victoria.

On 22 May 2022, Bridging Lanka in partnership with the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are hosting their inaugural AusLanka Yarning Circle with a panel of writers and artists of Sri Lankan heritage. 

The panel will narrate stories that reflect on the theme of a united Sri Lanka. 

VIC | CtCV | EXHIBITING | 30 years Anniversary anti-bullying, racism and prejudice education program | Tuesday 24 May 2022

Courage to Care Victoria (CtCV) is celebrating 30 years of providing its anti-bullying, racism and prejudice education program, Upstander, to more than 150,000 students across Victoria.

To mark the milestone, Courage to Care is holding a special two-week event beginning on 24 May 2022 at the Ark Centre in Hawthorn East, which includes a number of community programs and interactive tours.

The event seeks to look towards the future, and how we can create communities free from racism, discrimination and prejudice. 

VIC | GOV | HIRING | Sheriffs – officer jobs available | online information sessions held 19 and 24 May 2022

Step into a new career as a sheriff's officer!

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting sheriff's officers to work in dedicated local areas across metropolitan Melbourne.

A sheriff's officer is responsible for enforcing warrants and orders issued by the courts, making members of the public accountable for unpaid fines and contributing to a safer Victoria. 

To gain a better understanding of the role, you can register for an online information sessions. 

VIC | GOV | Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Grants | applications close Thursday 2 June 2022

The Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program provides grants for infrastructure upgrades that enable creatives to develop and present their work in improved and accessible workplaces.

The program seeks to increase the availability of these workplaces, through supporting the refurbishment and renovation of existing spaces, as well as the creation of new fit-for-purpose creative spaces.

Grants from $5,000 - $150,000 are available. 

VIC | VMC | SEEKING | Creative, original, non-formulaic short films to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | only six weeks left!

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne in August. 
Submissions are only open for another six weeks, and will close 20 June 2022.

AUST | GOV | GRANTING | Fostering Integration Grants 2022 | applications close 14 June 2022

The latest round of the Fostering Integration Grants program is now open, facilitating the participation, integration and social cohesion of both recently arrived migrants and multicultural communities in Australia.

Grants of between $15,000 and $100,000 are available for projects that include community events or festivals.

Grants of between $20,000 and $100,00 will be available for projects that enhance existing community spaces and amenities through fit out, upgrades or extensions.  

VIC | GOV | HIRING | Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program seeks to increase the representation of people from under-represented cultural communities in the police force.

This includes First Nations Peoples of Australia applicants, Maori or Pasifika applicants and applicants who are of Middle Eastern, East Asian, South Asian, South American and African heritage.

To apply for the Program, you will first need to meet the selection criteria. Applicants will later be assessed on criteria relating to the role applied for. 

Coronavirus hotline 


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

PHAAA | SHARING | Poetry Reading Afternoon Tea: War and Peace | Sunday 15 May 2022 | 3-5pm

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All are welcome, either to read out an original poem or the poem of another relating to the particular theme of War and Peace for this session or just attend as a listener. 

Afternoon tea and a microphone will be provided. 

Where: Mary Kehoe Community Centre, 224 Danks St Albert Park 3206 
Cost: free 

Bookings: Registrations essential as places are limited, via Eventbrite
For more information


Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia (PHAAA)
Address: 224 Danks Street, Albert Park VIC 3206

THCO | RAISING | Funds, Factual Awareness and Engaging Independence in Journalism | Monday 9 May 2022

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Support The Conversation. Your donation will help us combat the spread of misinformation through our unique model of journalism powered by experts.

The Conversation is the world's leading publisher of research-based news and analysis. It is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists. Free to read. Free to republish.

Whether we are covering an election, the climate emergency or the Russian invasion of Ukraine, our editors produce trustworthy journalism that helps you stay informed. We can’t do this work without your support. 

If you value The Conversation as a free source of trusted news, please donate today.

In the past year we’ve published more than 4,000 experts whose voices have become an essential part of public discourse. We do this work because we believe quality information should not be limited to a small elite. Everyone should have access to reliable information that can help them make better-informed decisions, whether it be choosing a government, navigating a pandemic or addressing the climate crisis.

Australians increasingly get their information from social media and other platforms that lack rigorous editorial standards. We work hard to get engaging fact-based content to these audiences, whether it be an article, infographic or podcast.

Please support this vital work with a donation and join the thousands of civic-minded people who are already helping us produce better journalism and a better-informed democracy.


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

PWR | UPDATING | The Call for Programs of the 2023 Parliament, National Day of Prayer, Indigenous Conversation & More | Friday 6 May 2022

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The Call for Programs Opens for 2023 Parliament Convening

The Call for Programs for the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions is now OPEN. Propose transformative opportunities for dialogue and inspiration from your unique faith perspective.

Do you have a bold idea for a program, performance, religious observance, art exhibit or film? Answer the call, submit a proposal today.

Save the Date: It's Time to Talk 

On Tuesday 24 May 2022 join the Parliament's Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Climate Change for the launch of It’s Time to Talk, an initiative of the that calls leaders and practitioners of the two traditions to answer the urgent need to respond to the climate crisis through reflection, dialogue, and action. 

The Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Climate Change is an initiative of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and its Climate Action Task Force

WATCH NOW: National Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace and Justice

On Thursday 5 May 2022 the Parliament of the World's Religions joined Religions for Peace USA, United Religions Initiative, the North American Interfaith Network, the Temple of Understanding, Faith in Public Life, and the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation for the 3rd Annual National Day of Prayer.

The National Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace and Justice was hosted via Zoom and streamed LIVE on Facebook.

WATCH NOW: All Our Relatives Live As One

On Wednesday 4 May 2022 the Parliament of the World's Religions joined partners at the Church Center for the United Nations, Tillman Chapel for a special faith-based side event and worship service during the United Nations Permanent Forum.

All Our Relatives Live As One: Faith-Based Indigenous Conversation and Multi-Faith Worship Service was hosted on-site at the Chapel and streamed LIVE via Facebook.

Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour Offers Unique Insight Into Chicago Faith Communities

On Sunday 24 April 2022 the Parliament of the World's Religions joined the Chicago Theological Seminary, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at Lutheran School of Theology, American Islamic College and the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council in hosting and sponsoring a Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour and Iftar, a tour of sacred spaces inspired by this month's convergence of Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Ridvan and Ram Navami.

Parliament Executive Director, Rev. Stephen Avino, joined faith representatives for this special tour of sacred spaces and offered a special primer of the upcoming 2023 Parliament Convening.


The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you.


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

COPP | THIS | The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network Resumes and more | May 2022

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Connecting and strengthening communities through inclusion and partnerships.

The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network Resumes Quarterly Meetings | Thursday 26 May 2022 | from 1-2.15pm

The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network (PPVCN) meets quarterly to discuss all thing volunteering. It's an opportunity for Volunteer Coordinators to offer and receive peer support, share resources, learn from guest speakers and build capacity in the volunteering sector of Port Phillip.

This meeting will be in held person and the theme is Better Together. The agenda items will include a round table introduction by members and a guest speaker from Volunteer Victoria to talk about membership and training.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall Training Room, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda (meet in the foyer)
Bookings: essential via Trybooking.

If you are interested in being a member of the network, please email Simone.

Ageism Awareness Session | Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 11am-12noon 

This session is part of the City of Port Phillip Community Training Calendar 2021-2022.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Prevention Day. Join members of The City of Port Phillip’s Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) to learn about ageism, a key driver of elder abuse. Now in its 22nd year OPAC works with Council to advocate on all matters relating to the health and wellbeing of older residents.

In August 2021, The City of Port Phillip formally endorsed a Notice of Motion to support the EveryAGE Counts campaign a grassroots campaign of individuals and organisations dedicated to highlighting the social, economic and civic impacts of ageism, and building an Australia that no longer tolerates it. Delivering Ageism Awareness Sessions for our community is one-way Council demonstrates its ongoing commitment to ending ageism. The session has been co-designed and by members of OPAC and is based on a session developed by Maroondah City Council.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall Training Room (meet in the foyer), Ground Floor, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Bookings: essential via Trybooking
Upon booking you will be provided a pre-session workbook and question sheet that will need to be filled out prior and brought to the session.

Victorian Pride Centre and Star Health Tour and Information Session | Monday 20 June 2022 | 2-3.30pm 

This session is part of the City of Port Phillip Community Training Calendar 2021-2022.

Join a member of the Victorian Pride Centre (VPC) team as they take you on a tour of the Pride Centre, which incorporates spaces that are not normally open to the public. Learn about the building’s design, the resident organisations inside the Pride Centre, and bookable event and work spaces, while also having an opportunity to explore the Pride Gallery.

The Star Health Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub on Fitzroy Street supports the increased demand for mental health services, and to relieve pressure on existing specialist and general practice services.

The service provides short to medium term support to anyone having a difficult time or feeling overwhelmed and is available to individuals of any age and is accessible for all Victorians, regardless of visa status.

Consumers can receive psychosocial and wellbeing support for up to 6 months. Generally appointments are weekly to fortnightly. Star Health have an assertive outreach approach where they can meet consumers in their office (Fitzroy Street, St Kilda), their home or the community

Where: The Victorian Pride Centre with Star Health, 79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Bookings: essential via Trybooking

LGBTIQ+ Training Sessions

Free online training sessions for healthcare professionals focused on creating safe and inclusive environments.

WHISE, in partnership with Thorne Harbour Health, is delivering two free, online capacity-building sessions for healthcare and community service professionals, to enhance the regional workforce capacity to respond to the unique needs of LGBTIQ+ clients and ensure service provision is inclusive.

The sessions are targeted at a wide variety of healthcare and community service professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice managers, other allied health professionals, Youth Service workers, Maternal and Child Health staff, and staff working in the prevention of violence against women, as well as response. It is encouraged that all partners and stakeholders share this important work, by promoting the events widely through social media, email communications and other network meetings.

There are two sessions available. Please note it is not a requirement to attend both sessions, although it is strongly encouraged:

LGBTIQ+ cultural sensitivity and awareness | Thursday 12 May 2022 | 6.30-8.30pm
The first session is focused increasing participants' understanding of the social determinants of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing outcomes, improving participants' understanding in meeting the needs of LGBTIQ+ consumers and creating an affirming and inclusive service environment.
Bookings: You can register via Eventbrite

Trans and Gender Diverse inclusive practice | Thursday 26 May 2022 | 6.30-8.30pm
The second session is focused on increasing participant's understand of and ability to apply the legislative and legal requirements to respect and recognise gender identity, increasing confidence in developing and implementing trans and gender diverse policy and practice recommendations and creating cultural safety for trans and gender diverse consumers.
Bookings: You can register via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Laura Riccardi (Sexual Reproductive Health Promotion Officer) 

Out & About SPARK Conversations

Out & About invites you to join a series of free events for trans and gender diverse people over 50.

The Out & About SPARK Conversations are an opportunity for skill-sharing and peer support around reconnection and story.

Public speaking & accidental activism (with Ben MacEllen) | 6 May 2022 | 2-3.30pm
Join Ben MacEllen (comedian, writer, public speaker and performer) as he shares with us his experience of public speaking and accidental activism as a transgender man from rural Victoria. Presentation and Q&A plus time for networking and discussion.

Connecting together in COVID times (with Hunter) | 13 May 2022 | 2-4pm
Brotherboy and veteran Hunter joins other trans and gender diverse people over 50 to share ideas and strategies for connecting with our peers in the context of COVID. This session will include time for networking and discussion as well as sharing techniques and skills.

Venue: Victorian Pride Centre (and online)
Bookings: Register online for one or all of these free sessions via Eventbrite or for more details call Meredith on 0466 218 921

Quirky Port | Thursday 19 May 2022 | 8-9pm, this is an online event

This event is presented by the City of Port Phillip Arts and Heritage team.

Join Janet Bolitho on this virtual tour and experience local creativity in art and design manifested on local streets, gardens, walls, balconies, doors and gardens.
Bookings: essential through Trybooking - Quirky Port

Urgent Call Out: Volunteering Opportunities in Port Phillip Community Group Programs

Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG) provide a range of centre-based and outreach programs and services to address complex issues. Services and programs includes information, referral and support; emergency relief, material aid and financial counselling; skill development and pathways to education and employment; social inclusion events and more.

There are many urgent volunteer roles that need to be filled at PPCG, so if you have volunteers who are looking for more work or know of any members of the community interested in volunteering please touch base with PPCG on the details below. The roles are:

  • Filling the roles for Front Desk Support Volunteers – up to 5 people across various morning or afternoon shifts throughout the week between 9.30am and 4.30pm at 161 Chapel St, St Kilda. Please see position description for more information.
  • Warehouse and packing support for our Share The Food program – up to 5 people to work on Mondays between 9.30am and 4.30pm at the Port Melbourne warehouse site. Please see position description for more information.
  • A volunteer role for Alma Road Community House (ARCH) Communications Support as - one person on Tuesdays at 200 Alma Road, East St Kilda. Please see position description for more information. 
Anyone interested in applying can fill in an Expression of Interest found on our volunteer web page, or by email or by calling us on 8598 6600.

The Young Carer Project for school aged children

Little Dreamers 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.

In every classroom across Australia, two to three students will have a caring role. The Young Carer Project (TYCP) believes in a school community where Young Carers have equal access to educational opportunities as their peers. We work in schools across Victoria and Queensland to deliver workshops and education around Young Carers and how we can best support them in their school lives.

Here's a great 3 min video that dives more into the schools program.

Young Carers can apply for support by fill out this application form by themselves or with their trusted teacher or well being officer.

Carers Victoria Sector Seminar Network Series

An invitation to staff, volunteers and professionals working in the design or delivery of support services for Victorian carers.
Carers Victoria invites you to join them for our 2022 Sector Seminar Network series. These seminars are designed to provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and improve capacity in the delivery of carer services.

Each seminar will focus on a specific theme and will include “What’s New?” and “Let’s Network” sessions which provide an opportunity for participants to share and exchange ideas.

These free seminars are held via Zoom and are open to any paid or volunteer colleagues who are involved in the management, planning or delivery of services to carers.

You can book for the Carers Victoria e-newsletter.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement Training

This training is online and provided by Volunteering Victoria

Cost: FREE (supported by VMA funding)

This workshop guides participants through the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015), Australia’s best practice roadmap for volunteering professionals.

Topics covered include: developing and reviewing of organisational policies, attracting and retaining volunteers and how to gain recognition and commitment to volunteering across the broader organisation.

Two sessions available: 11 May 2022 or 17 August 2022.

Bookings: essential via Volunteering Victoria events calendar.

Linking Neighbours and Seniors Register

This program is funded by the City of Port Phillip.
This program aims to create links between over 55 Port Phillip residents, enabling you to get to know each other and so better support each other.

The Linking Neighbours Program organises a range of outings and activities throughout the year. ie trips, excercise groups, digital literacy workshops and neighbourhood catchups. Once a person registers, their details will be used to mail out information about the activities.

The Seniors Register is for residents who live in the City of Port Phillip. The Register is a confidential and secure list of people's emergency information held at the Port Phillip Council and St Kilda Police Station. The information provided will be used to help emergency services assist you in an emergency situation.

How to register?
Registrations can be completed using the seniors registration form (PDF 78 KB) by filling in the details you would like to have as your record. You need to download the form to your computer to be able to fill it in, then save the form in your name.

Email the completed form to Community Development and Liaison Officer in Diversity and Inclusion, or get in contact for an application form to be sent to you via email or calling 03 9209 6777 via ASSIST

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

EQPR | ANNOUNCING | Australia's 5th National LGBTIQ+ Conference: Better Together 2023 | 17-18 February 2023

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Since 2018, Better Together, has created space for LGBTIQA+ communities, organisations, and advocates to gather for a unique 2-day experience.

Attendees have described as "an extremely valuable and irreplaceable platform for LGBTIQA+ people and a "wonderful space for debate and critical thinking".

Our 5th National LGBTIQ+ Conference, Better Together 2023, will be back in Adelaide at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 17-18 February 2023.

We warmly invite you to join us for our biggest conference yet ahead of Sydney WorldPride!

Dedicated to The Equality Project's mission of bringing our diverse communities and allies together to share our ideas and experiences; Better Together is about creating opportunities for meaningful connections so we can learn from each other, forge alliances, and advance the LGBTIQ+ movement to create positive lasting change.

We're now inviting impactful individuals and organisations to be part of the conference by submitting their innovative and impactful ideas.

We invite advocates, leaders, educators, artists, social workers, researchers, and others in the community to attend and run workshops, host panel discussions, or take part in our new initiative Better Think.

Better Think

Introducing a new format: Better Think is a showcase of speakers presenting impactful and well-formed ideas that will help us “think better”.

Inspired by the short and powerful format of the TED Talk, the aim of Better Think is to share great ideas in under 20 minutes!

Do you have a new and surprising idea that we have not heard about? Or a basic idea but with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives?

If this sounds like you, we’d love you to be part of Better Think.

Propose A Session

Submit a proposal to run a session with the aim of exploring the current issues facing the LGBTIQ+ movement in Australia.

Register Early And Save!

Do You Need A Scholarship?

Up to 47% of conference delegates attend on a full or partial scholarship. If you need help with your 2-day conference ticket, we encourage you to apply.

We're passionate about this work and we'd like you to join us.


The Equality Project (EQPR)

VMC | UPDATING | Eid Mubarak and more | Tuesday 3 May 2022

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Message from the Chairperson
Eid Mubarak!

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I'd like to wish our Muslim communities in Victoria a blessed Eid. Eid al-Fitr welcomes the new month of Shawwal, and is a time to exchange sweets, food and gifts. We hope all those celebrating enjoy this important day of prayer and being with loved ones.

The many cultural and faith celebrations of the last month has shown us the importance of staying connected. As we connect with each other, it's also important to stay COVID safe. The VMC briefings are a great way to discuss the latest COVID-19 updates, and I invite you and your communities to join us on Zoom next Tuesday 10 May. You can find more details about this information session below.

I am constantly impressed with the level of care and diligence displayed in the organisation of the in-person community events we can now attend. These gatherings are not just a great way to connect - they are opportunities to share and deepen understanding and respect. It has been a pleasure to observe this throughout this year.

Until our next meeting, take care, and keep up the COVIDsafe measures.

Viv Nguyen AM, Chairperson

WEBINAR | Online COVID-19 briefing | Tuesday 10 May 2022 | 7-8pm

The Multicultural Commission's next COVID-19 briefing will be held to discuss the latest changes within the Department of Health, COVID-19 updates in school settings and other developments.

This session will be held in partnership with Victoria's Department of Health and the Department of Education and Training.

Once you have registered to attend, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for how to join the meeting.

CELEBRATING | Eid al-fitr and keeping our loved ones safe

As we come together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, please remember to stay COVIDSafe.

That means meeting and greeting outside when possible, keeping homes well ventilated with windows and doors open, and getting tested if you have any symptoms.

VIctoria is proud to be home to a strong, kind and compassionate Muslim community, and we hope Eid brings you and your family health and prosperity.

CALLING | Aspiring filmmakers to enter the Multicultural Film Festival | submissions are due by 20 June 2022

Entries are open for the 2022 Multicultural Film Festival, run by the VMC in partnership with Swinburne University.

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity created by Australians with a multicultural background or filmmakers of any background who produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion.

Select films will be shown at the premier screening at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne in August.

WEBINAR | Multicultural Rental Rights Forum | Wednesday 11 May 2022 | 7-8.15pm

Tenants Victoria is the state's peak body to promote and protect the rights of all tenants in Victoria.

This month, Tenants Victoria's expert lawyer Ben Cording will be hosting a helpful forum to explain rental rights to multicultural communities. You will have the chance to ask questions, learn about your rights, understand how to challenge a rent increase and minimise your costs.

People from all multicultural communities are welcome to attend , including renters whose first language is not English, new arrivals to Victoria, and international students.

CONFERRING | 2022 Welcoming Australia Symposium | 10-11 May 2022

The Welcoming Australia Symposium brings together international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, business innovators and civic leaders to share and discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion.

The Symposium will be held in Canberra over two days from 10 - 11 May 2022 and features guest speakers, including Victorian Multicultural Commission Deputy Chairperson, Bwe Thay.

Tickets are now available.

HIRING | 100,000 jobs available

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will be employing 100,000 people across Australia for the federal election on Saturday 21 May.

Available jobs include working in polling places on election day and at early voting centres, counting votes and managing election materials.

If you would like to be considered for these jobs, you can submit an online registration of interest. The AEC will assess your registration and contact you if suitable opportunities become available.

SPEAKING | 2022 Tamil language competition | applications close 12 June 2022

The Australian Society of Graduate Tamils (ASGT) will be holding their 28th Tamil language competition this year. More than 600 students participate every year.

The competition is held annually to encourage young people to learn the Tamil language and celebrate the culture.

State and national language competitions will be held, with competitor age groups ranging from 4-25 years old. Prizes are available for all participants at a state level, along with medals awarded to the top ten competitors nationally.


In partnership with the Australian Islamic Centre (AIC), Human Appeal and Blueprint Studios, the Australian Federal Police has co-produced an award winning short documentary.

Fired Up tells the story of AIC volunteers who travelled to areas impacted by the devastating 2019-2020 bushires to provide essential supplies to communities in critical need.

The film is about breaking down barriers and building relationships with multicultural communities around Australia, a key priority for the Federal Police.

SAVING | On your energy bill

From 1 July 2022, you can visit the Victorian Energy Compare website to seek out a better energy deal and receive a $250 bonus payment.

The Victorian Energy Compare website is the only free and independent online energy price comparison service available to all Victorian energy consumers.

User data shows that seven out of every ten users can save money by switching energy offers, with a typical annual saving of $330 in the first year.

Coronavirus hotline 


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

ECCV | UPDATING | CALD NDIS Readiness Bulletin | Tuesday 3 May 2022

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Disability matters at the upcoming federal election

The NDIS has been a major focus during the federal election campaign, as Australians prepare to go to the polls on 21 May. Both major parties have committed to supporting the NDIS, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg saying the NDIS would always be fully funded under the Coalition, while Labor's NDIS spokesperson Bill Shorten, pledged a sweeping review if elected.
Disability advocacy groups have been putting election promises under scrutiny and raised highlighted issues with the system. Every Australian Counts, the grassroots campaign that led to the introduction of the NDIS, held a national day of action on 28 April as part of its ‘Defend our NDIS’ campaign. People with Disability Australia, presented its 2022 Federal Election Platform, while the National Ethnic Disability Alliance survey is a part of its upcoming 2022 election platform. 

AEC guide to voting for people with disability

In the lead up to the federal election, the Australian Electoral Commission has set up an online hub for people with disability or mobility restrictions. The hub includes information on alternative voting processes, accessibility of polling places and how to get support to ensure you cast your vote on 21 May.

Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on People with Disability

ECCV’s Statewide Disability Network is holding an online forum on Tuesday 24 May to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of people with disability from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The forum will bring together experts including mental health care providers, practitioners and people with lived experience.
The Statewide Disability Network will also be holding its monthly meeting tomorrow, where guest speaker Daniel Stubbs, Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner and Head of the Commission, will be presenting on the importance of regulating the conduct of disability workers across the state. 

Empowering people through sport and English skills

The Speak My Language podcast series shares inspiring stories from people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, highlighting the different aspects of living with disability.  
An anonymous Nepali storyteller, who founded an inclusive football club so people with disability who are interested in sport can connect socially, tells his story in Nepali here. In another episode, ECCV Traveller Charmaine Chan interviews Yuli Liang about her work at Melbourne Polytechnic providing support to migrant students through the free AMEP English course. Listen in Cantonese here.

Raise Our Voices program back to face-to-face sessions

ECCV's Raise Our Voices program is excited to return to face-to-face workshops after almost 12 months of holding online workshops due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The first in-person session was held by the Dandenong peer support group on 20 April, which welcomed new facilitator, Nyrob Majak, and focused on addressing professional boundaries and the challenges of coming back to the office after a long period working from home. 
The Broadmeadows peer support group also held an in-person session today, focusing on self-advocacy and navigating the NDIS. 
  • To find out more about peer support groups and ECCV workshops, contact Project Officer Youssif Assafiri on 0466 448 315.
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NDIS | ANNOUNCING | Changes to Supported Independent Living

A series of changes to NDIS home and living supports, which aim to improve the delivery of services and reduce red tape, were announced by the Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds on 6 April. The changes include a simplified claiming process to reduce administrative burden, payments in limited circumstances, where a participant unexpectedly leaves shared accommodation, as well as clear and transparent processes when supported independent living needs and funding levels change significantly.

NDIS | ANNOUNCING | New NDIA Engagement Framework

The NDIS has presented a new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Engagement Framework, co-designed with disability sector representatives. The new Framework has been developed to make sure the views and experiences of people with disability underpin the NDIA’s decisions.

NDIA | APPOINTING | Denis Napthine as Chair

Former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine AO has been appointed as Chair of the NDIA Board, and will serve a three year term. As Premier, Dr Napthine led the state government to sign the NDIS Agreement with then Prime Minister Julia Gillard. 

NDIS | GUIDING | Understanding employment supports

The NDIS has launched a new guide for understanding employment supports, designed to help participants, their families and carers think about what employment supports might best suit their individual needs. Developed in partnership with participants and disability groups, the guides covers seven key areas from "Thinking about your career" to "Changing jobs". 

WWDA | ENGAGING | Women with disability focus groups

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Harmony Alliance and National Ethnic Disability Alliance have joined forces to conduct a focus group series for women, girls, and non-binary people with disability, who are willing to share their stories, experiences, and ideas about what can be done to improve access to disability supports and services. 

ADEC | ENGAGING | NDIS education workshops in Melton

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) is holding a series of NDIS education workshops in Melton. Specifically designed for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, the workshops aim to help participants, their family and carers to improve their knowledge and skills around NDIS. 

VIC | GOV | CALLING | Nominations for Victorian Disability Awards 2022 | nominations deadline has been extended to midnight Thursday 5 May 2022

Now in their 11th year, the Victorian Disability Awards aim to honour the achievements and contributions of individuals, teams and organisations that promote the rights and inclusion of people with disability. 

SARU | RELEASING | Live Our Lives: a catchy hit

We love the 'Live Our Lives,' music video that Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) has made with Queensland-based band, The Outsiders, about coping with the stresses of COVID-19. SARU supports Victorian self-advocacy groups that are run by and for people with intellectual disability, people with acquired brain injury and people with complex communication support needs. 

ABC | REPORTING | People with disability severely underpaid

A Victorian man with intellectual disability who was paid $2.50 per hour for work in a warehouse was among the Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) employees who appeared before the Disability Royal Commission to share their experiences. ADEs provide supported employment for people with moderate to severe disability, and can legally pay their workers as little as $2.27 per hour, a practice that has been described as modern slavery. 

VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Getting your #thirddosedone

COVID-19 can make anyone sick, but if you’re living with disability, the risk of serious illness is much higher. If it's been three months or more since your second dose, it's time to get your third dose now to stay COVIDSafe this winter and protect yourself against serious illness and long-term health effects. 

AUST | GOV | HEARING | Your say: transport reform

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on proposed reforms of public transport standards. The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) require all of Australia's public transport networks and infrastructure to be fully accessible by the end of 2022 (2032 for trains and trams). 

BTBT | PRESENTING | Back to Back Theatre in The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Geelong-based Back to Back Theatre (BTBT) are back in Australia after a tour of the USA and Europe, where they won the prestigious 2022 Ibsen Award. The groundbreaking theatre company, which features an ensemble of actors who all live with disability, will present their new play The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes this month. 

WEBINAR | Information session for NDIS providers | Wednesday 18 May 2022

The NDIS is holding an online information session for new providers. The session will cover NDIS Pricing Agreements and Pricing Limits, using the myplace provider portal, service agreements and bookings, and more. 


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

CUIN | UPDATING | New Cultural Calendar - C.I. News and more | May 2022

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Welcome to May! This month we are showcasing our Cultural Calendar and Sound Infusion for libraries. 

We explore an interview with SBS Persia, discuss our CEO and Founder Peter Mousaferiadis' participation in the Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network Conference and are proud to present Sheng Shen Shimmer's up coming event.

Plan your Year with our New Cultural Calendar

Cultural Infusion's Education team has officially launched our extensive online Cultural Calendar. Our Cultural Calendar is designed to assist schools with organising cultural incursions throughout the year. 

Upon interacting with the calendar dates, the user is given information on the selected holiday. We offer a diverse variety of presenter programs which are linked to the corresponding dates.
The search function provided on the online calendar allows the user to look up specific dates and events. Schools will be able to click and book specific programs on event and festival dates.

Sound Infusion for Libraries

Cultural Infusion is pleased to announce our library package, allowing libraries to provide borrowers with codes to login to Sound Infusion either on site or at home. A workshop providing a guided tour is provided to library staff for professional development purposes. 

Additionally, Cultural Infusion presenters will be visiting libraries to celebrate intercultural community events such as Chinese New Year and Harmony Day. 

Sound Infusion allows people to connect and share their cultures via music, with no prior musical training or experience needed. 

With over 5000 quality instrument samples from 100 countries, users can explore wonderful sounds and create their own music in the arranging studio.  

The platform is ethnomusicological in it's scope, situating a world map of images, sounds and information. Sound Infusion promotes intercultural understanding and builds cross cultural relationships within communities. 

Diversity Atlas and global scalability

Our CTO, Rezza Moieni, was invited to participate in an interview with SBS Persia this month, detailing his work with Diversity Atlas and its impact on a global scale. The interview conducted by Peyman Jamali highlighted Diversity Atlas's ability to provide unique insight into a company’s cultural makeup. 

Fostering diversity in the workplace affords the ability to measure a wide array of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and develop strategies for inclusion.

Diversity Atlas began it's journey in 2014. Today, in 2022, Diversity Atlas is internationally recognised, with multinational corporations to small businesses incorporate the systems within their team. 

Diversity Atlas provides the most comprehensive database of ethnicities, religions and languages seen around the world.

Rezza is scheduled to speak at the Global Inclusion Online Forum, following the publication of three peer reviewed scientific research papers.

Community Business’ Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN) Conference

Our CEO and Founder, Peter Mousaferiadis, participated as a speaker in Community Business’ Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN) Conference. Community Business is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to lead businesses to have a positive impact on people and communities. 

In the conference, Peter discussed the importance of unpacking diversity in order to make meaningful progress towards solving multifaceted issues, asking the question,
‘How can we address race if we cannot agree on what racism in Asia is?’. 

Peter proposed reframing the conversation to address intersectionality in race and racism, providing an ethnicity approach to race in Asia.

Sheng Shen Shimmer: Concert Event | Saturday 4 June 2022 | 8.30-9.30pm

We are proud to present and support our Project Coordinator, Duncan Foster, and Wang Zheng-Ting's two-hander concert, Sheng Shen Shimmer. This event is made possible by the support of the City of Melbourne Arts funding program. Sheng Shen Shimmer expresses the coming together of cultures, of dissimilar musical genres, instruments, techniques, and most importantly, of two quite different musicians.

Wang Zheng-Ting, Australia’s top authority on Chinese traditional music and accomplished exponent of the sheng, and Duncan Foster, a well-travelled intercultural composer intent on exploring the latest electronic music gadgetry, team up to present a dynamic intercultural exploration of new work. 

Where: Museum of Chinese Australian History, 22 Cohen Place Melbourne CBD
Cost: $20 tickets


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

REEA | IMMERSIONS | For Schools connecting students with remote Indigenous Homelands in a safe and meaningful way

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Since the first immersion in 2011: the ongoing mission is to connect people with remote Indigenous Homelands in a safe and meaningful way, and to provide economic opportunity, sustainability, and empowerment to those who live there.

Traditional Owners in remote Australia relish the means to welcome and open the hearts of others to their country, culture and way of life.

These remote Indigenous Homelands are inaccessible outside of this setting. This a school trip you will remember for the rest of your life.

We take care of everything from A-Z so all you need to do is turn up at the airport! From the parent information evening to the final reflection and debrief, we take the stress out of running an immersion at your school. Flights, ground transfers, food, camping equipment and all of the logistics are organised by us to reduce the load on school staff and ensure everyone gets the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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, including:
  • A comprehensive risk assessment and risk-mitigation strategy prepared for the school
  • A personalised itinerary designed to meet the school’s desired outcomes and to maximise time spent on Country
  • Pre-departure sessions for parents and students to ensure everyone is prepared for the experience
  • An online portal with learning resources, important information, and a blog for everyone back home to stay up to date with the immersion
  • A Red Earth journal, hat, t-shirt, and hoodie for all participants
  • A 10 day cultural immersion like no other! 
  • 2 Red Earth Leaders who will help each group maximise their learning outcomes
  • All flights, transfers, accommodation, food, equipment, permits and more looked after by us
  • A reflection evening once the group returns to debrief and talk about the group’s experiences with friends and family


Red Earth (REEA)
Level 3, 223 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Tel: (02) 9223 3833

PPCfR | ENGAGING | Reconciliation Writing Competition 2022 | entries now open, closing Friday 9 September 2022

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Victorian adults and students in Years 9-12 are invited to submit entries - fact, fiction or poetry.

1500 words for adults, 600 for students or 50 lines of poetry for all, referencing this year’s NAIDOC theme, Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! 

Prize money of $1000, $600 and $300 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in each category.

Entries close Friday 9 September, so there is lots of time to start writing.

If you would like more information about this Competition, please email Deb Stewart.


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

PPCfR | COMMEMORATING | National Sorry Day | Thursday 26 May 2022 | 12.30-2.30pm

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A lunch to commemorate National Sorry Day after a two-year Covid-induced break

This year’s event includes an official Welcome to Country and entertainment from well-known singer/songwriter/guitarist Monica Weightman. Our group Co-Chair, Dennis Fisher, as MC, keeping things moving along and chatting to guests. 

Boxed lunches and individual soft drinks will be provided and there are some great door prizes up for grabs. Covid protocols will be respected. 

Everyone is welcome, however numbers are limited.

Where: South Melbourne Community Centre cnr. Ferrars Place & Park Street South Melbourne
Cost: There is no charge although a gold coin donation is always appreciated. 
Bookings: RSVP: 18 May 2022. or more information contact via tel: 9699 8804 or email:


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