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New Online Sister School Resource Kit

A NEW online resource kit, that helps schools establish overseas sister school partnerships and bring Victorian and overseas schools closer together, has been launched recently by the Minister for Education. The resource kit aims to support Victorian schools at different stages of their sister school partnerships including schools that want to take the first steps to establishing a partnership, those with established partnerships, as well as those with strong and effective sister school partnerships. It includes short video case studies of schools’ success stories, highlights some of the obstacles that may be encountered when establishing partnerships and strategies that can be employed to overcome these obstacles. Information on how to form sister school relationships, foster these, visit sister schools and how to host a visit are all available in the resource kit. The resource complements the Victorian Government’s Vision for Languages Education where all Prep classes will begin languages education from 2015, building a foundation of languages education for all students up to Year 10 by 2025. In addition to growing Victoria’s sister school program, the Government has invested $13 million to send 1500 Year 9 students to China over the next five years. The resource kit is informed by research commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in 2012 on effective practices in sister school partnerships.


Walk For Water appeal

THE internet viral sensation - the Ice Bucket Challenge - which saw people chucking buckets of ice cold water over themselves to raise money for a good cause, accidently raised awareness about the millions of people all over the world who do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) USA estimates that around 748 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, and that around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by drinking unsafe drinking water. The Women’s Friendship Group in Manningham has been raising money as part of the ‘Walk For Water’ appeal. The organisation aims to raise $40,000 to help provide the people of Kanthi village in Kenya with a safe, fresh supply of water. Currently the 250 families who live in the village have to search for fresh water every day. This task is dangerous and is often the duty of the women and girls in the village who walk up to 16km per day, bringing water back to their families on their backs or heads. The daily search for water also means many girls drop out of school and miss out on an education. The money raised from the ‘Walk For Water’ appeal will go towards a project to extend water pipes from a dam to the village, ensuring the village has a direct supply of water. The Women’s Friendship Group in Manningham has formed a close friendship with the people of Kanthi village, raising funds for many other projects including providing the school children with uniforms and helping to build a medical dispensary. For more information on how you can take part in fund raising initiatives throughout the year, and help the families in Kanthi gain access to safe, clean drinking water, click on the link below.


Information On Organ Donation Now Available in 18 Different Languages

INFORMATION on organ donation is now available in 18 different languages. DonateLife Victoria which coordinates organ donation in Victoria and Tasmania, has translated a range of resources to help culturally and linguistically diverse communities access information. The organisation aims to improved access for all Victorians, and ensure that families have all the information they need to help with the discussion and decisions around organ donation. The resources are now available in: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese (simplified), Korean, Dinka, Somali, Dari, Punjabi, Indonesian (Bahasa), Macedonian, Serbian and Croatian. The newly translated resources include the DonateLife brochure, which provides information on facts, myths and help with making donation decisions, as well as the registration form for the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Materials to support donor families after a loved one has donated have also been translated. These include the Understanding Death and Donation booklet which assists with understanding the donation process and supports their decision-making, and the In Reflection booklet, which provides information for donor families dealing with the grieving process. These resources are the latest initiative of the ‘DonateLife…the greatest gift’ community education campaign. This campaign, conducted in consultation with religious and community leaders, is a national strategic priority to ensure access to culturally appropriate and in-language resources for diverse faith and cultural communities in Australia.


Who Will Be Australia's Next Best Pianist?

OVER six hot days and starry nights, thirteen of Australia’s finest, young classical pianists aged 21 to 30 years will compete for recognition, applause and the top prize at this year’s Australian National Piano Award. This biennial piano competition is held during September 8 to 13 in the heart of Victoria, in Shepparton. The Award showcases Australia’s best rising male and female talent ranging in age from 21 to 30 years. They compete for $65,000 total in cash and other major prizes. Following this intense musical series they can expect to be recognised as they launch their solo careers here and overseas. Artists must perform masterworks by the likes of Beethoven, Bach, Schubert and Debussy, covering Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist music and music written after 1950. Plus they choose an Australian piece to complete their repertoire, in order to win. Three well known international judges will listen intently to every note played on arguably one of the best Steinway’s in the country. They select five pianists to perform in the semi-finals and then the field is narrowed to the top three competing in the grand finals on Saturday 13 September. Come and find out who will be Australia’s Next Best Pianist in 2014 – all 13 pianists will impress audiences with their beautiful classical interpretations.

When: 8 - 13 September 2014

Where: Eastbank Centre, Shepparton (Victoria)

Cost: $30 Adults, $20 concession, $10 students

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Need Help With Your Tax Return?

DO you need to fill out a tax return? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says that people will need to fill in and lodge a tax return during the last financial year (1 July 2013-30 June 2014) if they worked or ran a business. You may also need to lodge a tax return if you received a Centrelink pension or allowance. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers a range of information and services to help people from diverse backgrounds understand tax in Australia. Information is available in English, as well as in other languages. For some people, including those new to Australia, this year will be their first time lodging a tax return. One of the services the ATO offers is Tax Help - this is free service run by volunteers who can help people prepare and lodge a tax return. The service is available by appointment from now until October for people who earn around $50,000 or less and have straightforward tax affairs. Some centres can also provide volunteers who can assist in languages other than English. To find out if you are eligible for Tax Help or information on the centres in your area, visit or phone 13 28 61. People who don't speak English well, can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for help with their call. For general tax information in up to 25 languages visit

When: Now until October

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: 13 28 61


FREE Information Sessions For CALD Communities On How To Vote

ON Saturday 29 November 2014 Victoria will be holding a State election. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) is working with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to deliver seminars on how to vote. The FREE sessions will include information on how to enrol to vote, the three levels of government in Australia, who represents you in government and how to vote correctly. Your vote will help shape Victoria. Information is available in languages other than English.

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 8620 1185


Opportunities for Partnerships - Inaugural Biennial Multicultural Policy Development Conference for Local Government

REGISTRATIONS are now open for the local government policy development conference on Friday 12 September 2014.This free one-day MAV event will be hosted by Wyndham City Council. While it is primarily designed for local council managers and officers, organisers say the participation of interested councillors is most welcome. It is themed around opportunities for intergovernmental, NGO and community sector partnerships. Keynote speaker will be Fatima Shama, the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (via Skype). The conference will be facilitated by Myriad Consultants who will also produce a short report of the proceedings. Other plenary speakers include: Cr Bill McArthur, President, Municipal Association of Victoria Cr Gautam Gupta, Chair of the Cultural Diversity Strategy and Policy Development Committee, Wyndham City Council Bernadette Ryan, Victorian State Manager, Federal Department of Social Services Hakan Akyol, Director, Victorian Government Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Dr Irene Bouzo, Acting Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria The program has been developed to engage rural/regional municipalities, interface/growth councils and metropolitan local government areas. There will be a choice of two out of three breakout sessions featuring various council case studies and related initiatives. These concurrent sessions will be themed around partnerships in strategic settlement planning, achieving social cohesion, and effective access & equity strategies.

When: Friday 12 September 2014

Where: Werribee Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 9667 5544


Bookings: RSVP by Monday 8 September 2014

Conference Earth, Shaping The Future

CONFERENCE Earth aims to re-appraise what it means to be a human being, and seeks to create a new paradigm for survival. Australia is a reflection of the rest of the world. As an industrialised western, democratic, nation with a relatively small population and a high standard of living, it should be showing the way as an example to the rest of the world. But is it ? That's just one of the big questions tackled at this conference hosted by the Global Peace Centre. The various topics include socioeconomic and geopolitical issues, health and medicine and environment and education. Present economic, corporate and social policies are largely inconsistent with viable, long-term global development and are being made without the vision of a viable global future in mind. We are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history - a change in the actual belief system of global society. No economic, political, or military power can compare with the power of a change of mind. Held over three days at the Deakin University, Burwood Campus in Melbourne, speakers include Dr Michael Ellis, the President of the Global Peace Centre.

When: 15-17 August 2014

Where: Deakin University, Burwood Campus, Melbourne.

Cost: For a FREE ticket, RSVP to this email address: and put FREE TICKET in the subject line when replying

Phone Number: 0414 543 397


Indian Essay Competition

DO you know a young person in years 5 or 6 of primary school who has a passion for writing? As part of Diwali celebrations in 2014, Celebrate India (a not-for-profit community organisation) is holding an inaugural Indian Essay Competition. Open to primary school students in years 5 and 6, the essay competition is designed to allow students to explore Indian culture and multiculturalism. The winner will receive one return airfare for themselves, an a return ticket for an accompanying guardian, along with 51,000 rupees of spending money. The school with the most entries will win a six week AFL Leadership Program To find out more contact Celebrate India

When: Closing date for entries is 15 August 2014



Irish Australian of the Year 2014

THE Irish Australian of the Year has been awarded to Jim Cusack for his work with the Irish community, his contribution to Irish culture in Melbourne and his passionate support for multiculturalism. At the Awards ceremony, Mr Cusack was described as a caring person who helped many Irish people in Australia, from those of his father’s generation who came to help build major projects such as the Snowy Mountain scheme to new arrivals. Marion O’Hagan from the Irish Australian Support and Resource Bureau said, “Jim is a generous man who gives freely of his time, offering support and sharing his knowledge whenever and wherever required.” The Irish Australian of the Year was first awarded 30 years ago with nominations sought from a wide range of clubs and organisations within the Irish community. Jim Cusack is serving his third term as a councillor with Moonee Valley, as Mayor in 2012 he initiated a meet and greet evening in the Council Chambers for national delegates to the Link Irish Australia Conference and representatives of Irish organisations in Melbourne. In 2012 the Spirit of Moonee Valley events also took on a distinctive Irish theme. There was warm applause for Cr Cusack’s significant contribution to Irish culture in Australia, including 16 years a convenor of the Connolly Association radio program on 3CR; ten years as a committee member of the Celtic Club with three years as secretary, membership of the Heritage and Building sub committees, preparation of the annual reports and production of several Irish plays performed at the Club. “As an Irish History Circle contributor, he prepared and presented various papers on Robert Emmett, Brendan Behan, early Sinn Fein and the hunger strikes of the 1980’s. He also participated in several Bloom’s Day Melbourne events,” Ms O’Hagan said. Mr Cusack ensured Council support for the Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal scheme and in particular, the formation of young African soccer clubs and the Australian Somali Football Championship, which drew loud applause from the crowded function room. Mr Cusack holds the Community Engagement portfolio at the Moonee Valley Council that covers all aspects of support and celebration its culturally diverse community.

India and Pakistan Meet in Dosti Cup

THE 2014 AFL International Cup clash between Pakistan and India on Saturday August 16 has been hailed the Dosti (Friendship) Cup. The sporting rivalry between Pakistan and India – usually waged on the cricket field or hockey pitch – is as fierce as any around the globe and makes Carlton v Collingwood look like a match between two old friends.   The clash is one of the highlights of the 2014 AFL International Cup (August 9-23) and will be the first ever Australian Football meeting between the two countries.   A huge crowd is expected to attend the game, scheduled for 4.00pm at Highgate Reserve, Craigieburn, which will directly follow the Essendon v Richmond Peter Jackson VFL match.   Both Essendon FC and Richmond Fc have strong ties with the Indian community but it’s the Tigers’ colours that the team’s players will wear during the tournament.   The Pakistan side will wear a traditional green strip and are known as the Shaheens, which is the Persian word for Falcons.   While India has competed at the International Cup in previous years, this is the first time Pakistan will be represented.   To celebrate this historic match, dignitaries from both country’s consulates and leaders of both communities have been invited to attend.   The day will also see Pakistani and Indian food on offer and include dancing, and an exhibition Kabaddi match (traditional sub-continent sport that involves aspects of wrestling).   AFL Victoria engagement manager Xavier Moloney said the International Cup match was another example of how football can break down barriers between cultures.   “To have a Pakistan v India game as part of the International Cup is really exciting and is part of an overall push from AFL Victoria to introduce the game to culturally diverse sections of Melbourne," he said.   “The support of Essendon FC and Richmond FC in this venture has been fantastic with both clubs embracing the chance to engage with the multicultural community.”   AFL Victoria Multicultural Coordinator Kashif Bouns, who was also the founder of the Pakistan team, said both sides would be desperate for victory.   “The Dosti Cup is about bringing the Indian and Pakistani communities together and generating positive relationships through football but victory is still vet much the aim for both sides,” Bouns said.   Twenty five teams, 18 men’s and seven women’s, will take part in the 2014 version of the AFL International Cup, the fifth time the competition has been held.   The majority of games will take place at Royal Park in Carlton before the men’s Grand Final is fought out at the MCG on Saturday August 23.

When: 4.00pm, Saturday 16 August 2014

Where: Highgate Reserve, Craigieburn

Website: Visit for more information.

Working Title 4: A Youth and Media Monitoring Project

DO you have an original and exciting idea for a documentary film and would jump at the chance to make it? Then Working Title at Channel 31 want to hear from you. Working Title are looking for young people from diverse cultures and faiths, aged between 18 and 25, to take part in a free documentary filmmaking program. The successful participants will be selected on the originality of their ideas and their willingness to be involved. Starting at the end of September, the program runs until December and is run over eight sessions. Over the course of the program participants will meet with industry professionals and mentors, and get the opportunity to learn the basic skills of documentary filmmaking. The weekly sessions held on Saturdays will involve writing, use of camera, lighting, sound and pre-production techniques. Participants will be put together in small groups and given support to help them produce four short documentary films, which will be aired on Channel 31 and screened at ACMI at the end of December 2014. For more information contact the project manager, Kelly West.

When: The deadline for applications is Friday 29 August 2014.

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 9660 3131



FREE Forum on Population and Migration Statistics for Policy and Service Planning

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Victorian Government Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) would like to invite you to a free forum on Population and Migration Statistics for Policy and Service Planning. The forum presents statistics which assist in planning and provision of services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially at a local geography level. Presentations will cover the latest products available from the ABS including the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset and the Australian Census and Migrants Integrated. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship will discuss the need for data in light of recent policy developments in Victoria, including the Victorian Government’s new multicultural policy, Victoria’s Advantage: Unity, Diversity, Opportunity (2014), and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Report (2014) Access to Services for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. There will also be a panel discussion with representatives from government departments and service providers on data issues and gaps in program planning and service delivery. If you are interested in knowing what information is available, how organisations currently use this data in their decision making, or what the ABS has planned for the 2016 Census, then this forum is for you.

When: Tuesday 19 August 2014

Where: Level 5, Theatrette, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: Ban-Lian Ng (03) 9651 0669



Bookings: Please register your interest in attending.

AMCS One Day Conference - Volunteering Within Ethnic Communities

Find out more about volunteering within ethnic communities at this one day conference. Organised by the Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc, this one-day conference aims to acknowledge and promote volunteering with ethnic communities. Participants will discuss the benefits, challenges and best practice examples experienced by volunteers and organisations. Speakers include George Lekakis AO, CEO Fronditha Care and Wesa Chau, inductee of the 2012 Victorian Honour Roll for Women.

When: Thursday 14 August 2014, 8.30am - 4.15pm

Where: Grand Star Receptions, Cnr Grieve Pde & Dohertys Rd

Phone Number: (03) 9689 9170


Bookings: Book or register before Friday 8 August

Lord Mayor's Student Welcome

The City of Melbourne would like to welcome all international students and other new students living and studying in Melbourne to be part of the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome event.   The Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome is a special event that recognises and celebrates students’ contributions to the cultural life and diversity of the City (including nearly 36,000 international students who live and study in Melbourne’s central city.)    This FREE event, produced by young people for young people, gives students an opportunity to meet performances, interactive activities, roving entertainers, workshops and information stalls.

When: Saturday 2 August 2014

Where: Various locations

Bookings: For more information find them on Facebook

2015 Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship Program is Now Open

Women serving on boards of Victorian Government funded not-for-profit organisations can now apply for the 2015 Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship program. The program offers 34 Victorian women the opportunity to hone their leadership and decision-making skills by undertaking training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Successful applicants also receive a year’s free membership to the institute. This initiative is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

When: Applications close Monday, 18 August 2014.


Privacy, Discrimination and Viral Hepatitis Seminar

Come along to a seminar presented by Hepatitis Victoria, in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Footscray Community Legal Centre Inc to find out more about laws and guidance for professionals working with people affected by viral hepatitis. The seminar will cover discrimination and how it affects people with hepatitis, recently developed privacy guidelines developed for health practitioners, and options for addressing discrimination, using examples from the law and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s conciliation processes. The seminar will also cover work being undertaken by Hepatitis Victoria in relation to discrimination and the Footscray Community Legal Centre’s work projects around employment, advocacy and discrimination.

When: Thursday 7 August 2014

Where: Reception Room, Maribyrnong City Council, Cnr Hude and Napier Streets, Footscray


Bookings: RSVP to

The Business & Investment Opportunities in Egypt Seminar

ORGANISED by the Australia Arab Chabmer of Commerce and Industry (AACCI), this high profile event will provide an insight into the current political and economic climate, as well as the expanding business and investment opportunities in The Arab Republic of Egypt. Don't miss this opportunity to network and meet His Excellency, Dr Hassan Hanafy Mahmoud El-Laithy, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Australia, AACCI members, stakeholders, and the business community.

When: 4 August 2014, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Where: Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

Phone Number: (03) 9014 8111 or 0404 442 311


United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards 2014

NOMINATIONS are now open for the United Nations Association of Australia National Media Awards 2014. The Awards were initiated as a National Program in 1978 and recognise the role of the media in promoting social justice and humanitarian issues as well as generating awareness within communities that leads to public debate and policy change.Journalists and producers whose work has appeared in the Australian public media between 1 September 2013 and 1 September 2014 are encouraged to nominate now. Categories include Best News or Feature in print media, Best Television, Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation, and the Promotion of Multicultural Issues. Winners of the 2014 Media Awards will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne on Friday 24 October 2014. The organisation invites the Australian community come along to this gala event and celebrate the outstanding achievements of this year’s winners and finalists. Nominations close 5.00pm, Monday 1 September 2014 For more information including entry criteria and nomination forms please visit: or contact the UNAA Victoria office on (03) 9670 7878 or

When: Now until 1 September 2014

Phone Number: (03) 9670 7878



Pacific Climate Warrior Benefit Pacific is a not-for-profit, youth led network with teams in fifteen Pacific countries. The organisation is building a response to climate change that draws on the cultural strengths of Pacific Islanders. This year, a team of “Pacific Climate Warriors” carrying traditional style canoes will sail from islands all over the Pacific to Sydney. While in Australia, the Warriors will draw attention to the links between Australian fossil fuel exports and climate change, calling on our leaders to stand up for the Pacific by taking bold action on climate. The Pacific Climate Warrior Benefit will raise funds for this important project. The benefit will feature performers from all over the Pacific, including dance and voice performances, a Samoan slap dance troupe, a Tama Tatau, Polynesian dance group and a Fijian singer and guitarist. There will also be information about the fight to stop climate change in the Pacific through short videos and storytelling. Food and drink will be available on the night, with Kaindia Fijian Restaurant holding a food stall. This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event.

When: Friday 22 August, 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Where: Clayton Town Hall, 264 Clayton Road, Clayton

Cost: $20 or $15 concession

Phone Number: (03) 9419 1662



Bookings: You can book tickets online or buy them at the door.

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