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New to Australia at Tax Time

July to October is tax time in Australia which means you may need to fill out and lodge your tax return to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Are you new to Australia and not sure what to do at tax time? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has a video series in different languages to help you understand tax and superannuation.

The short videos are called ‘New to Australia’, and there are two new videos available:

  • ‘Paying your tax and super’
  • ‘Completing your individual tax return’.

The videos are available in Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dari, Farsi, Hazaragi, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

The videos talk about:

  • getting a Tax File Number,
  • completing and lodging an individual tax return,
  • tax and super for those starting a business; and
  • how to get the most out of superannuation.

The videos can be accessed on the New to Australia page.

For more information

For more information, visit ato.gov.au/lodgeonline or call the ATO on 13 28 61.

If you don't speak English well, you can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for help with your call.

When: July to October

Phone Number: 13 28 61

Indian Cultural Precincts - Public Meetings

The Victorian Government is inviting all interested organisations and individuals to attend public meetings regarding the location of an Indian Cultural Precinct in metropolitan Melbourne and what such a precinct could incorporate.

The meetings will be an opportunity to provide your feedback on the suggested location for the Precinct and provide a unique opportunity to help shape a significant cultural precinct in Melbourne.

Three public meetings will be held across Melbourne.

The first public meeting will be held in Dandenong on Thursday 23 July from 6pm – 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Drum Theatre, Corner of Lonsdale and Walker Streets, Dandenong.

The second public meeting will be held in Werribee on Monday 3 August from 6pm – 7.30pm in the Wyndham Community and Education Centre, 3 Princess Highway, Werribee.

The third public meeting will be held in Melbourne City on Tuesday 4 August from 6pm – 7.30pm at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne.

All are welcome.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Multicultural
Affairs and Citizenship before Tuesday 21 July 2015 on the contact details below.

Alternatively, written submissions can be made by emailing omac@dpc.vic.gov.au. Submissions are due by midnight Tuesday 4 August 2015.

When: July-August

Where: Various locations throughout Melbourne.

Phone Number: 9651 0628

Employers - are you ready for the SuperStream

DO you own a business that employs 19 or fewer people? If so, then it’s time for you to get ready for SuperStream. To help you prepare, the ATO has information about SuperStream available on its website in nine different languages.

SuperStream starts for small employers on 1 July 2015.

It changes how employers make super contributions for their employees; under SuperStream these contributions must now be paid electronically. SuperStream provides a simple, consistent way of making super contributions, and in many cases, a single channel for dealing with multiple funds.

Every business is different and there are many ways to get ready for SuperStream. You could upgrade your business’ payroll software or you can talk to a bookkeeper, accountant, superannuation clearing house or your default super fund. You can also use the free Small Business Superannuation Clearing House to make super payments and meet SuperStream requirements.

Assess your options and choose a solution that best suits your business needs.

Rest assured, you don’t need to prepare for SuperStream alone – your accounting professional, super fund, payroll provider or clearing house can help.

You can find more information about SuperStream, including a factsheet and a step-by-step checklist to help you get ready, on the ATO website in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Spanish,Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

You can also find out more in English at ato.gov.au/SuperStream.

Community Safety Fund grants - Applications Now Open

LOCAL community groups and Victorian Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support local crime prevention initiatives.

Eligible projects can include:

  • crime prevention awareness and education activities
  • activities supporting communities to work together to identify crime prevention priorities and solutions
  • initiatives for vulnerable groups at risk of offending and victimisation, particularly young people
  • activities to encourage community use of public spaces
  • installation of security equipment such as locks, vandal proof security lighting, alarms and fencing.

Applications close 4.00pm on Friday, 10 July 2015.

Late applications cannot be submitted.

The grants are part of the Victorian Government's Community Crime Prevention Program which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.


Phone Number: 1300 221 249

Overseas Income and Tax Advice

Overseas income and tax

Do you have a bank account in another country or receive income from foreign sources?

If you’re an Australian resident for tax purposes, you must declare any income you earn anywhere in the world. This includes income from overseas bank accounts such as interest, rental income from overseas properties, and capital gains from selling an overseas property.

Even if you have already paid tax on the foreign income in another country, you still need to include it in your Australian tax return. You can usually claim a foreign income tax offset in your tax return so that you’re not double-taxed.

Case study: Moving to Australia

Feng and his wife Janet permanently moved from Singapore to Australia at the end of 2014. They have a joint bank account in Singapore which they decided not to close. The couple also rent out their apartment in Singapore and the rental income is deposited into their locally-held account.

Feng and Janet visit a tax agent in Australia - Sandra - prior to the end of the financial year. Sandra asks them about their earnings and assets and Feng tells Sandra about the rental property and overseas bank account. When preparing the couple's tax returns Sandra includes the rental income they received from the apartment in Singapore under the foreign source income label. She also lists each spouse's share of bank interest (i.e., 50%) from the joint account.

Feng and Janet already paid tax on the rental income in Singapore. There is a Double Taxation Agreement in place between the two countries and they are able to claim a tax offset on the tax already paid in Singapore. When the returns are processed they each receive a refund.

You might be an Australian resident for tax purposes even if you’re not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. If you’re not sure, you can use a tool available in English at ato.gov.au/residency to work out your residency status.

For more information in English about foreign income tax visit ato.gov.au/internationaltax or contact the ATO by phone on 13 28 61.

If you do not speak English well you can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 for help with your call.

Suitability Panel - Expressions of Interest

Appointment as Members

The Minister for Families and Children is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to appoint as members of the Suitability Panel in Victoria. The Suitability Panel, established under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005, conducts hearings, and makes findings as to whether or not an out-of-home carer who is alleged to have sexually or physically abused a child should be disqualified from being a carer or whether or not a carer who has been disqualified should have that disqualification removed.

Members will be chosen from a variety of relevant disciplines including law, social work, psychology and the treatment of sex offenders.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the composition of the Victorian community. This includes appropriate representation of women, indigenous Victorians, young Victorians, Victorians living with a disability and Victoria’s culturally diverse community.

The successful candidates will work sessionally as Panel members.

Further information, the position statement and application forms can be found at www.suitabilitypanel.vic.gov.au or by contacting Ms Julie Paxton at Julie.paxton@suitabilitypanel.vic.gov.au

Closing date for submitting an expression of interest is close of business 20 July 2015.


Phone Number: (03) 8608

Indian Essay Competition

CELEBRATE India Inc. is inviting all Victorian primary schools to enter this year's Indian Essay Competition.

This FREE competition is aimed at primary school students in year five and six and is designed to encourage young people to explore and share their experience of the Indian culture.

The top three entries will receive a prize, and the school who submits the most entries in the competition will win a six week AFL Leadership Program which includes a visit from an AFL player.

First prize is two return air tickets to India for the student and a guardian.

Students are enouraged to pen an essay or a piece of descriptive writing, between 300 and 350 words in length on this year's topic.

This year's topic is: "The 26 of January is a significant day for both countries, Australia and India. Describe its significance, similarities and differences in the ways that this event is celebrated in each country."

Key Dates

26 June: Enrol your school by completing the Enrolment form on the website.

13July: Start Essay writing as a classroom activity.

28Aug: Collect all entries from students of years 5 & 6 and assess the top 3 entries.

4 Sept: Post the top 3 entries to Celebrate India Inc. along Appendix 2, signed by the Principal stating the total number of entries received by their school.

4 Oct: Panel set up by Celebrate India Inc. will finalise the winners and notify the schools of the winning entries and the procedure for prize collection.

7 Nov: Winners will be presented with their prizes during Diwali celebrations at Federation Square, Melbourne.

Celebrate India Inc. is a not for profit community organisation which focuses on developing a better understanding of Indian culture among all Victorians.

The Indian Essay Competition 2015 is a part of the organisation's goal to promote community harmony and enhance cultural understanding and acceptance.

Aims of the competition include equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to participate effectively in Victoria's multicultural sociey.

For more information, including enrolment forms, a teachers' resource kit and tips on how to enter, 

Useful Resources from the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

THE Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) have produced a series of useful resources and publications.

The resources include a list of guides, including, Cultural diversity in the workplace - a guide for employers working with Muslim employees. This guide provides tips and things to think about when working with Muslim employees. It explains some common Islamic practices such as daily prayers, observances of Ramadan, wearing the hijab, beards and halal dietary requirements.

You can find the guide here

VEOHRC also have an extensive list of useful guides outlining your rights. Topics include your rights in the workplace, pregnancy and work, information guides in languages other than English, information for Muslim employees, mature-age workers rights and guides written in easy English.

You can access this list of guides here

The Commission can also help you with your rights in different ways. Services provided by the Commission include:

  • a telephone Enquiry Line providing free information on discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment, racial or religious vilification, equal opportunity and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter).
  • online delivery of comprehensive information about the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • education, training and consultancy services on equal opportunity and human rights and responsibilities under the law
  • a free, fair and timely dispute resolution service for people who may have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification or victimisation
  • seminars that debate and explore issues and developments in equal opportunity and human rights law

Multicultural Cinema - Greek language with English subtitles

Christos Iaonnides and band, Greek Orthodox Community Women’s Dance Group and a movie screening

When: Sunday 3 May 2015

Where: Yan Yean Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres, South Morang

Phone Number: 9407 5913

Multicultural Concert

Featuring ten different performances Greek and Chinese Dance groups, Italian singing, African drummers, Koorie Didgeridoo, Mandarin Fashion Show, Srilankan comedy act.

When: Tuesday 21 April 2015

Where: Yan Yean Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres, South Morang

Phone Number: Bookings 9407 5913

JCMA School Workshops Presenters Required

THE Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) Schools Program is seeking expressions of interest for new schools presenters for the Primary and Secondary School Workshop Program.

The JCMA schools program aims to positively counter stereotypes and religious discrimination. The workshops provide a forum to promote acceptance of diversity and difference encouraging greater understanding, respect and empathy for people different from ourselves in our schools and wider community.

People of Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith background who are confident public speakers, dynamic and articulate are advised of this unique opportunity to share experiences of their beliefs and practices with young people.

As a JCMA presenter you will need:
· Strong knowledge of your faith and willingness to share your story
· Capability to engage and connect with young audiences
· Knowledge to convincingly respond to questions and work collaboratively
· Confident presentation skills including role play (Primary Program is largely performance-based)

To apply forward you CV by email by 4.00pm, Thursday 23 April 2015.

When: Thursday 23 April 2015

Phone Number: 9287 5571

Youth Ambassadors Wanted!

ARE you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and are passionate about sexual health issues?

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) are looking for young leaders to be part of the Multicultural Health and Support  Service (MHSS) Youth Ambassadors Project. As a Youth Ambassador you will help engage, support, educate and empower other young people from multicultural communities on sexual health matters and relationships.

You will have the opportunity to be a voice for change, support young people's right to participate, take action on varied and interesting community development health projects and lead the conversation on youth sexual health issues.

You will receive training in sexual health and leadership opportunities, as well as networking opportunities.

Contact Hope Mathumbu, Community Engagement Officer, CEH, to register your interest.

You can read the flyer HERE

Phone Number: 0437 365 943

The 2015 Darebin Community Awards Are Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Darebin Community Awards which recognise individuals, groups and business contributions that have helped to make Darebin an inclusive and harmonious place to live.

The 2015 Darebin Community Award - Better Neighbourhood Awards is open to not-for-profit organisations or individuals. This Award focuses on promoting intergenerational harmony. An example of an intergenerational project is a seniors group creating a community garden together with the local primary school.

Winners can receive up to $5000 to help implement or continue their project.

When: Submissions close Friday 1 May 2015

Help Needed For Research Project On Multicultural Arts

ONE of the first major research projects to focus on how multicultural arts impact on Australia's areas of emerging population growth is currently underway. The project, Multiculturalism and governance: evaluating arts policies and engaging cultural citizenship, is funded by the Australian Research Council and examines how multicultural arts can promote a sense of belonging within culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Held in collaboration with partner organisations the City of Whittlesea, Arts Victoria, the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) and the Australia Council, the project will assess how cultural citizenship takes place through cultural participation. It will also develop a set of cultural indicators and generate best practice models that will benefit policy professionals, arts organisations and multicultural advocates. As part of the project, researchers at the University of Melbourne are conducting a survey to better understand people's cultural activities and to ensure that cultural policies reflect community priorities. The survey is open to everyone and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is available in English, Chinese and Arabic. To access the survey click on the link below.

When: N/a

Where: N/a

Darebin City Council Community Support Program Grants

The Darebin City Council makes available grants towards programs and activities that benefit the Darebin community. Communities of faith in Darebin and surrounding suburbs are encouraged to apply. If you are a not-for-profit community group or organisation you might be eligible for the Darebin City Council “Community Support Program Grants” Community Support Program Grants “can assist with a wide range of projects and activities which enable Darebin residents to participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the Municipality”. “Community grants can be used by community groups and organisations to implement projects and activities that support Council priorities”, like arts and culture, sporting and recreation, community festivals and celebrations, education and learning, the environment, healthy living and safety”. The primary activity must be within Darebin and open to the general public. 2015/2016 funding round provides the following grants: 1. Annual Cash Grants for up to $6,000 2. Facility Hire Subsidy Grants for up to $6,000. 3. Combined Cash Grant and Facility Hire Subsidy Grants for up to $6,000. Only On-line Applications will be accepted. A Community Information Session will be held on Date: Thursday 26 March Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Location: Council Chambers, 350 High Street, Preston. The funding program will open on 2nd March 2015 and the closing date for applications is at 12.00am (end of Day) on Monday 27th April, 2015. For more information on Darebin City Council’s grants program, please call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504. Community Support Program’s Information Booklet with comprehensive information on the program is available from www.darebin.vic.gov.au/communitygrants or hardcopies can be obtained from our Customer Service Office at 274 Gower Street, Preston.

When: 26 March 2015

Where: Council Chambers, 350 High Street, Preston.

Phone Number: 8470 8504

Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC)

Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC) is a not for profit Community Centre situated in Box Hill. We offer many different courses and activities for people of various ages and backgrounds. Our students come from over 30 different countries. Our courses offer you an opportunity to communicate with others and to learn new skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our programs include but are not limited to ESL English classes (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) , Computer & iPad, Mandarin, Migrant Friendship Group and Book Buddies. LMCC also provides a range of volunteer opportunities to assist in the areas of tutoring, office duties and short projects. We offer practical placement/work experience for secondary and tertiary students. Embracing the LMCC philosophy of “learning together” through guidance, mentoring and hands-on training, many volunteers have gained further skills development which help them obtain permanent employment in their chosen field.

When: Ongoing

Where: Suite 8, Town Hall Hub, 27 Bank Street, Box Hill

Phone Number: 03 9285 4850

Multicultural Youth Forum in Dandenong - Women Only Event

THE Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has held two successful Multicultural Youth Forums in Ballarat and Shepparton. The Multicultural Youth Forums are part of the VMC's annual Community Consultations. The VMC knows that young people's voices are important and should be heard and is encouraging young people aged 16-25 to get involved. By holding these Youth Forums the VMC is starting a conversation about what really matters to Victoria’s multicultural youth. The next Multicultural Youth Forum will take place on 4 March in Dandenong and is a women only event. A participant at a recent Youth Forum held in Gippsland had a positive experience and would encourage others to get involved: "The VMC forum was definitely something worth attending. I strongly encourage young people to attend and get involved. I'm so glad I went. The VMC is the main link between government and cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Victoria. Every year the VMC holds a series of state-wide Consultations to determine the needs of Victoria's diverse communities. The information gathered at the Community Consultations is then fed back to government departments.

When: 4 March 2015

Where: Dandenong

Phone Number: (03) 9651 0605

Women’s Federation for World Peace in the Hills - Workshops

WFWP is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local chapters aim to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.

When: 1st Sunday of the month

Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave

Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664

Women’s Federation for World Peace in the City - Her Story

Come along and share in the stories of extraordinary women. Women’s Federation for World Peace is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local Chapters seek to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.

When: 3rd Sunday of July and October

Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664

The 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women — Nominations Now Open!

Each year the Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises and celebrates the great achievements of inspirational women in the community. The search is now on for 20 outstanding women to be inducted into the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of their vision, leadership, commitment, hard work and exceptional contribution to their communities or areas of expertise. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, now is the time to nominate. It could be someone you work with, a family member, a good friend or someone in the community that you hold in high esteem.

When: Nominations are now open and close on 5 September 2014.

Phone Number: For more information call (03) 9096 1384

Events Calendar

  • 06 Sep

    The Indonesian Food and Trade Festival 2015

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  • 06 Sep

    Shir Madness Melbourne Jewish Music Festival

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  • 12 Sep

    What colour is your roots?

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  • 19 Sep

    The Chilean and Latin American September Festival

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