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2014 Annual Information Statement Due 31 January - Do You Need Help?

THE Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has extended the 2014 Annual Information Statement deadline for charities that use a standard reporting period of 1 July – 30 June. These charities now have until 31 January to submit their 2014 Annual Information Statement. ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the extension would help charities that needed additional time to understand the requirements of the 2014 Annual Information Statement. “With the 2014 Annual Information Statement, charities are required to provide their governing documents, and some financial information. This is only the second time charities have had to report to the ACNC so we understand that some charities need a little extra time to prepare.” Ms Pascoe encouraged charities to still aim to submit their 2014 Annual Information Statement as soon as possible. “While we have extended the deadline to 31 January 2015, charities are still able to lodge online at any time,” Ms Pascoe said. By doing so, charities will have an up-to-date entry on the ACNC Charity Register. This is particularly important because the ACNC encourages members of the public and donors to check the ACNC Charity Register when considering making a charitable donation. If charities need extra guidance and support to provide their financial information, they can visit the ACNC website, or call 13 ACNC or email at Charities may face losing their charity status if they do not submit both the 2013 and 2014 statements. Help is available at the ACNC website and by calling 13 ACNC on 13 22 62 or emailing If you are more comfortable speaking a language other than English please phone the Translating and Interpreting Service for help on 13 14 50. Information about the ACNC is available in other languages at the ACNC website. For more information click on the link below.


B-informed - Addressing Hepatitis b within a community context

NEARLY two-thirds of people who live with chronic hepatitis B in Australia come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Nearly half of the people who have hepatitis B do not know they have it. Without treatment, up to 25 per cent will die from liver failure or liver cancer.Learning Outcomes · Understand the basic facts about Hepatitis B testing, transmission and treatment · Explore strategies that meet the needs of affected communities · Learn about resources, supports and websites that assist health workers and the affected communities to seek help. For more information about the workshop, to book a place in one of the sessions or to learn about other professional development opportunities at CEH, please go to the following website:

When: March to August, various times

Where: Training Room, North Richmond Community Health, 23 Lennox Street, Richmond, Victoria


The Welcome Dinner Project

ARE you new to Victoria and would like to meet people in your local area?  The Welcome Dinner Project connects newly arrived people with established Australians over a shared meal in a local home.  Newly arrived people as well as established Australians are invited to come along and make new connections in a supported environment. There is no cost to attend a dinner, all you need to bring is a plate of food to share with others.  The aim of these pot-luck-style dinners is to create a platform for meaningful connection, sparking friendships between people of diverse cultures who are living in close proximity to one another but have not had an opportunity to connect in a supported environment. It will result in significantly increased social cohesion by involving the broader community in building a welcoming Australian society, one which embraces and celebrates diversity. Its about 'changing the conversation' through real life encounters and connection.


Website: To register for a dinner in your local area go to

Volunteers Needed for Domestic Violence Support Service

Shakti Migrant & Refugee Women’s Support Group Melbourn Inc. is a non-profit, community organisation, providing domestic violence support services to Asian, African and Middle Eastern women in Melbourne. We are looking for volunteers for our new 1800SHAKTI crisis line, which will be based mostly in Rowville. Requirements: • Good telephone skills • Basic data-entry computer skills • Prior knowledge or experience of having worked in a call center preferable but not required • Counsellors, social workers and other community workers desirable • Spoken language skills in at least one Asian, Indian, African or Middle Eastern language, in addition to English, is a requirement for this role Rewards: • Increased awareness and understanding of family violence and issues in migrant communities • Better communication skills, counselling skills • Transport expenses, bedding, showering facilities will be provided • Being part of a multicultural team of women of colour, collectively working towards social change If you are interested please email your CV and a brief introduction of yourself to


MoneyMinded: Training for Community Workers

MoneyMinded is a FREE financial education program that helps people build their financial knowledge, skills and confidence. The program has successfully been operating since 2003. The program includes a two day practical workshop which provides tools and activities that will help community workers and their clients. Topics include setting goals, budgeting, dealing with debt, consumer rights and responsibilities, and financial planning for the future. Training can be delivered at your organisation with a group of eight or more.

When: March to December 2015

Where: Various Locations

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 9445 2423



Bookings: Required

Adding Pimento: Caribbean Migration to Victoria, Australia

THE Caribbean Association of Victoria (CaribVic) and Victoria University (VU) collaborate to produce stories of migration from the Caribbean to Victoria, Australia Adding Pimento is a collection of 30 personal stories from and about members of the Caribbean community in Victoria. Published by Melbourne-based Breakdown Press the book documents Caribbean migration to Victoria from the 1830s. Adding Pimento reveals the relatively unknown and fascinating history of Caribbean (or West Indian) migration to Victoria; a vibrant, diverse community in Victoria made up of people from different countries, cultures, ethnicities and racial backgrounds, its contribution to the state and the choice of Victoria as a home (far) away from home. The title Adding Pimento alludes to the berry (also know as allspice) or the mild Pimento pepper added to Caribbean food for a distinctive, pungent flavour. The leaf and wood are used in the smoking process for enhancement to the famous barbecue jerk dishes. In this context, the Caribbean people and their stories of migration have added another layer to multicultural Victoria since the early 1800s. The stories reflect the different linguistic modes of the Commonwealth Caribbean with some people speaking in Standard English, some in Caribbean English, and a couple in a combination of English and patois. This wonderful account of a niche history in Victoria gives voice to the state’s Caribbean community, acknowledges its contribution and celebrates those no longer with us. All book sale proceeds go to The Caribbean Association of Victoria Inc. to support ongoing community projects. ADDING PIMENTO - a CaribVic and Victoria University collaboration. Assisted by grants from the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and Victoria University, donations and fundraising activities.

When: Published December 2014

Where: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton

Cost: $29.95


Volunteer with Young Refugees in the Ucan2 Program

VOLUNTEERS in the Ucan2 Program help newly arrived young refugees settle happily into a new life in Australia. Could you help young people make the most of opportunities while balancing some of the challenges of day to day life? We are seeking volunteers in 2015 for programs based in: · Dandenong · Noble Park · Collingwood · Preston · Box Hill Volunteers will volunteer for 2 ½ hours a week, between 12pm and 3:30pm, for 18 weeks. The Ucan2 program starts in February 2015 and finishes in June 2015, with interviews and training throughout December and January. You will be joining a fun and dynamic group to help with: • Living in Australia • Practicing conversational English • Setting and achieving goals • Getting around and making friends • Developing skills to find work • Exploring further education options • Having fun!!! Are you: • Over 18 • Interested in learning about different cultures • Want to make a difference in a young person’s life • Proactive, enthusiastic and fun • Able commit to 2 ½ hours, one afternoon a week • Able to start in February for 18 weeks?

When: February 2015

Where: Various

Phone Number: (03) 9340 3700



Volunteer For Piers Festival 2015

MULTICULTURAL Arts Victoria (MAV) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with Victoria’s greatest celebration of migration The 2015 Piers Festival. On Sunday 25 January 2015 The Piers Festival will bring the Port Melbourne piers precinct to life with a spectacular display of music, dance, markets, exhibitions, forums and more. This colourful celebration of Melbourne’s diversity will link in with Victoria’s Australia Day activities and highlight the state’s rich history of migration. The Piers Festival will run on Princes Pier from 12 to 9:30pm. If you would like to be involved, please send an email expressing your interest and briefly outline any relevant work experience to:


Asia Art Archive - Open Call For Material!

IN order to better document the contemporary Asian art ecology in Australia where many Asian artists are residing, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV)and Asia Art Archive (AAA) are collaborating on a call for material from this region. The organisation are happy to receive publications, exhibition catalogues, leaflets and brochures pertaining to activities of Asian art. Items collected will be delivered to AAA on a regular time interval basis, and then be made available free-of-charge to the public at AAA’s facility in Hong Kong. Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA’s collection is a dynamic, growing body of material intended to reflect contemporary artistic practice and developments of Asia within an international context. Built of 85% donated material, the collection is a community effort that has grown from a few bookshelves in 2000 to the current platform with over 50,000 records of both physical and digital items. Artists, communities & collectors interested in donating material are invited to contact us at or +61 3 9188 3681 with a description of their materials and to arrange a time to send the material to us. For enquiries about AAA please contact Kit-Long Lam at

Phone Number: (03) 9188 3681


Melbourne Language Picnic 2015

THIS event is organised entirely by volunteers from the Languages Action Alliance to bring together families from all walks of life and all language backgrounds to spend a day having fun with languages. The organisation would like your input to make it happen and to help shape the program - see below. Draft Activities Plan – additional ideas welcome! Language Trail – all day Families collect an activity pack from the registration table and follow a designated trail where animal names have been displayed in various languages. They can fill in a quiz sheet and collect a prize upon return. Grandparents’ Storytime – presentation at 15 minute intervals “Grandma and Grandpa” – names listed in different languages on the sign • read a story in their language (BYO book with pictures) • or tell a story about their childhood pets, a special animal in their home country, or their favourite animal Culture Craft – non-stop • Help children make an item relevant to your culture/country/community e.g. lantern, hat, mask, shakers, maracas etc. • Help children make special animals from playdough A Taste of Language – at 15 minute intervals • Teach a few words of your language to others, e.g. phrases like greetings, thanks, introduction etc. Language, Music and Movement – 15 minutes, intermittent in central location • Provide song texts (to be shown on big screen) and preferably live acoustics for interactive songs • Assist with translations of interactive songs into various languages • Performance on a traditional instrument from your country. Expressions of interest close 25 January 2015 A Community Representative Meeting is booked at Narre Warren Library for Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 6 pm.

When: Community Representative Meeting, Thursday 29 January 2015, 6.00pm

Where: Narre Warren Library

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: Brigitte 9733 0670


Grant Application Writing Workshop

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship is running a grant application writing workshop. The workshop will cover possible funding sources, strategies and tips for writing a successful grant application and a practical component with peer feedback. Please contact Gaby Wolkenberg for more information.

When: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Thursday 18 December 2014

Where: Level 1, 3 Treasury Place, Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 9651 0684



Communities Leaders In Sustainability Course 2015

The highly successful and popular Community Leaders Sustainability Course is being held again in 2015. Applications now open. This course gives participants the skills to lead inspiring sustainability initiatives in their own community. Course inclusions: · Training in project management, leadership, grant writing, effective marketing (including using social media), building partnerships, community group member recruitment and advocacy, as well as practical information on environmental sustainability. · 8 training sessions - participants expected to attend all 8 sessions · Darebin participants will need to be available every second Thursday evening from 6.00pm – 9.00pm (between February – June 2015) Sessions will be held in the Council Chambers High ST Preston We would love to hear from people who live, work or study in Darebin who have a vision to lead projects on · Food waste reduction / Composting /Food production · Reimaging and reusing old products · Consumption reduction / downshifting / simplicity · Energy efficiency and sustainable transport · Pollution or litter reduction · Habitat protection · And much more – your imagination is the limit! If you are interested in participating in the Sustainability Leaders Course, then please read and complete the attached application form, and return it by email or post to Sustainable Homes and Communities Program Coordinator care of: Email - Post - PO Box 91, Preston, VIC, 3072


Carols In All Nations

Carols In All Nations will be held on Saturday 13 December in All Nations Park, Northcote. Carols In All Nations is a celebration of Christmas, peace and community. The event features local choirs, carol singing and a market and attracts around 2500 people depending on the weather! The event is a great opportunity for local groups to hold a fundraising or food stall at the event. If your church or community group is interested, please contact Emily Fuller, Festivals & Events Officer on 8470 8593 or

When: 13 December 2014

Where: All Nations Park, Northcote

Phone Number: (03) 8470 8593


FREE Community Health Fitness Sessions

THE Healthy Lifestyle Lounge have been running free fitness sessions at Federation Square for the last year. We have been building a healthy active community in Melbourne for over a year now. As a Community Health Initiative, it has proved extremely successful. Free Fitness Sessions at Federation Square. The Healthy Lifestyle Lounge and Fed Square have teamed up to provide Melbourne city workers and visitors free workouts, yes FREE! Three times weekly you can join in the fun as the coaches and trainers from the Healthy Lifestyle Lounge put you through some fun group exercise. The exercises can be tailored to suit your ability, from couch potato to athlete, they have you covered.


Launch of New DVD Resource - 'Our Voices Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds'

A SERIES of five new short films which give a rare and profound insight into the lives of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are caring for family members with mental illness, are now available online. These beautifully crafted films, ‘Our Voices’, Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds, explore the lives of carers from Afghani, Egyptian, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese communities. The aim of these new films is to raise the profile of carers, as well as providing an important resource for carers, mental health workers, community health services and organisations and education providers. The project is a partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC), CarerLinks North, Medicare Local (Partners in Recovery), Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), the Mental Illness Fellowship, Merri Community Health, Mind Australia, NEAMI National, Tandem and Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH). The deeply insightful, courageous and poignant stories of the carers show the often overwhelming challenges they face when caring for a family member with mental illness. The films highlight the difficulties of navigating language barriers, the health system and local services, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health issues. VTMH Manager, Mr Daryl Oehm, said the filming was facilitated in a sensitive manner, over many hours, using a variety of techniques to gently draw out the true story through cultural interpretation and idiom to create a genuine narrative. “In their own voices the carers expressed challenges commonly faced by those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds,” he said. “Among the challenges are managing the distress related to communication difficulties, poor understanding of mental illness and mental health services, difficulties in negotiating appropriate care and managing stigma and social isolation.” The DVDs and narrative will be available in multiple forms: • Original language – Arabic, Vietnamese, Turkish, Dari and Somali. • Voice dubbing into the five community languages so that each community has access to all the stories. • English subtitles. • English voice dubbing.

Website: http://

French Xmas Market & Open Day

COME and experience a special slice of Christmas in France at the French Xmas and Market & Open Day, held at the Alliance Française de Melbourne in the heart of St Kilda. Held at the beautiful Eildon Mansion, this two-day family-friendly event features market stalls selling French products, including food, wine and traditional crafts with a festive flavour. You can pick up a special Christmas presents at the many French products market stalls, enjoy French food and wine under an umbrella while listening to groovy French tunes, and experience the many free activities on offer for children and adults throughout the weekend long event. You can also find out about the language classes and cultural activities held regularly at the Alliance Française de Melbourne. Now in its 11th year, the French Xmas Market and Open Day has become an annual festive rendez-vous not to be missed.

When: 6-7 December 2014, 10.00am-5.00pm

Where: Eildon Mansion, Alliance Française de Melbourne, St Kilda

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: (03) 9525 3463



Raising Children In More Than One Language

A FREE seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, grandparents, teachers and others interested in bilingualism and multilingualism for children at home and elsewhere. Raising children in more than one language is a very important process. There are many positive strategies that can be employed. The sessions in this seminar discuss issues in raising children bilingually, show you how to recognise your child’s needs in the language and provide you with important tools to foster your child’s language learning and maximise the advantages available to you.

When: Sunday 7 December 2014, 12.30pm-5.00pm.

Where: Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Cnr Swanston Street & Monash Road, University of Melbourne

Cost: FREE



Social Cohesion Report 2014

THE Victorian Multicultural Commission welcomes the Scanlon Foundation's survey on Social Cohesion as an important tool in promoting a dialogue about harmony in our multicultural society. Strong public support for Australia’s immigration intake, and the benefits of multiculturalism are two of the findings of the 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion Report, released today. Surveying more than 24,000 people since 2007, the Scanlon Foundation’s report, produced in partnership with Monash University and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, is the largest study of its kind. It monitors public attitudes on issues including immigration, multiculturalism, discrimination, and belonging. According to the results, Australia’s public sentiment toward immigration intake is possibly the most positive in the western world. In 2014, 58% of people agree that the immigration intake is about right or too low. Just 35% of people consider that the immigration intake is too high.


Cultural Leadership Workshops 2014

MULTICULTURAL Arts Victoria (MAV) has developed free cultural leadership workshops in consultation with local governments in Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong and with MAV’s 2014 Emerge Ambassadors. Culturally diverse artists and community leaders are invited to participate in this series of workshops in Melbourne’s west to share ideas and develop skills in community leadership and cultural management. The workshops will take place in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and will provide unique opportunities for participants to network, build leadership and management skills, get to know their local governments and cultural sectors, and discuss common issues with peers and experts. Lunch will be provided each day in between workshops. VENUE LOCATIONS Limited places, booking essential: Trinidad Estay, T: + 613 9188 3681 E:

Greek Breast Cancer Information Day a BCNA First

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is delivering a free breast cancer information day entirely in Greek in Melbourne on Sunday 30 November. This is the first time that BCNA has held a breast cancer information day in a language other than English. Reaching out to people affected by breast cancer from non-English speaking backgrounds is one of the strategic priority for the organisation and the first forum in a language other than English is a key achievement for BCNA’s cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) program. Greek-speaking women are invited to attend the free Breast Cancer Information Day at The Greek Centre in Melbourne on Sunday 30 November 2014. All information will be presented in Greek. The information day has been designed especially for women and families from Greek-speaking backgrounds. Around 100 women, and their partners, friends and supporters, from across Melbourne are expected to attend the event. Health experts will provide the latest information in breast cancer care and address some of the common emotional, social and physical issues associated with a breast cancer diagnosis. The event will also provide an opportunity to meet and share stories with other Greek-speaking women. Professor John Boyages, head of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie Cancer Institute and one of Australia’s leading oncologists, is travelling from Sydney to speak at the forum. Greek-speaking social worker Voula Kallianis from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne will also be speaking. Event information: What: Breast Cancer Information Day for Greek Women When: Sunday 30 November 12:00 - 4:00pm Where: The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne To register call the Australian Greek Welfare Society on (03) 9388 9998

Phone Number: To register phone: (03) 9388 9998

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