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2014 State election forum

With the Victorian state election fast approaching, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria invites the community to attend its 2014 election forum. The election forum will give the community an opportunity to learn more about the candidates’ positions on multiculturalism and issues that matter to us and ask questions. Guest speakers include: · The Hon Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship · Telmo Languiller, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs · Colleen Hartland, Greens MP, Western Metropolitan Region

When: Thursday, 23 October 2014 From 5.30pm arrival/networking, 6.30-7.30pm forum

Where: The Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street, Melbourne (Behind the Multicultural Hub)

Bookings: RSVP online by 21 October 2014 at

"Within my walls" film launch: Community education resource on elder abuse

“Within my walls" is a glimpse into the lives of older people in suburban Melbourne, who have been affected by mistreatment at the hands of their family. Part of the ECCV's elder abuse project, this film is a community education tool, designed to generate discussion about the topic of elder abuse. Available in seven languages, the stories show types of elder abuse commonly seen in the community and was developed in close consultation with our community advisory groups. The event includes a screening of the film and an information clip about elder abuse. There will be an opportunity to meet the film makers and hear about how the film was made, as well as speakers from the ECCV, Seniors Rights Victoria and the Victoria Law Foundation. You are encouraged to stay for networking drinks and snacks after the screening.

Phone Number: Fiona York, 9349 4122


Futures Project Brainstorm

We want to hear from you! Come to this brainstorm session to discuss the new operational approaches ethno-specific and multicultural organisations are adopting as a result of changes in the not-for-profit sector. How can ECCV provide the necessary opportunities for training and support for ethno-specific and multicultural organisations to become more sustainable?

When: 1:30pm-4pm, Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

Where: Level 2, Statewide Resources Centre, 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

Phone Number: Daniela Zatarakoska, 9349 4122


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NOW - Non-traditional Opportunities for Women

NOW (non-traditional opportunities for women) is a new and innovative role model training program. The program supports women to navigate male-dominated workplaces, and strengthen their leadership, communication, advocacy and media skills to become role models and provide support and encouragement to other women in their industry. The training focuses on leadership, legal rights, confidence, communication, how to prepare, present and engage with audiences, including media. The program is ideal for women working in areas such as building and construction, trades, engineering, science, transport and sport. Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

When: Training is over three days: 30 & 31 October and 12 November

Where: Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

Phone Number: (03) 9096 9746


Bookings: Applications close Tuesday 21 October 2014

Protect Yourself When Booking Holidays

A NEW campaign by Australia’s consumer protection agencies is reminding travellers of the simple steps they can take to protect their travel and holiday bookings. Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Dr Claire Noone says that increased competition and the growth of online bookings has changed the way people plan and purchase their trips. “For some people, booking a holiday might be a quick and simple process, while others put a lot of time and effort into planning their trips.” “We know that Australians love travelling, and many go back to their countries of origan to visit family and friends,” says Dr. Noone. Statistics show that Australians made nine million trips overseas in the past year. “It is easy to get too excited about a holiday and forget about the simple precautions you should be taking to protect your purchase.” Dr Noone says that apart from protections that all consumers have under the Australian Consumer Law, there are some basic steps they can take to protect their purchases. “Reputation and customer service is a really simple way of making sure that your holiday is going to be a great one,” says Dr Noone. “Look at reviews and ask family, friends and others in your community for their recommendations. If you are booking with a travel agent, check that they are accredited. Any business you book with, either in person or online, should have clearly stated refund and complaint policies.” Consumers can also protect themselves by choosing how they pay for their travel. “Credit cards can be a more expensive way to pay for purchases but do offer some protection as consumers may be able to seek a reverse payment from their bank if they book and do not get what they paid for.” Consumers can ask their bank to reverse a payment if it was made with credit cards or by selecting ‘credit’ on Mastercard or Visa debit cards, not if they paid by ‘cheque’ or ‘savings’ on debit cards, cash, cheque, money transfer, direct debit or BPAY. Holidaymakers are strongly encouraged to take out comprehensive travel insurance when they are travelling, and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by their policies. For more tips and information on how to book your next holiday safely, visit


Industry Skills Fund

In the 2014-2015 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced that it will provide $476.0 million over four years to establish the Industry Skills Fund (ISF). The Fund will commence on 1 January 2015 and will assist Australian industry to access training and support services and develop innovative training solutions so that Australia will have the highly skilled workforce it needs to take advantage of new business opportunities, rapid technological change and adapt to structural adjustment. The fund will prioritise SMEs, including micro businesses and will be delivered through the Single Business Service, making delivery and access simpler and more streamlined for business, reducing red tape and improving value for taxpayers’ money. Businesses will be required to make co‑contributions towards the cost of training on a sliding scale depending on the size of the enterprise. Further details on the Fund are provided in the Discussion Paper which was released in late July 2014 to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to submit feedback on the design and delivery arrangements. While the consultation period closed on 7 September, this paper still provides useful information about the how the Fund is likely to operate from 1 January 2015. Further information will be made available on the website over the coming months and stakeholders have the ability to register to receive updates via this website. Interested Stakeholders can also contact the Vic office directly via email: $44 million youth streams under the Industry Skills Fund In September, the Government also announced a $44 million youth stream under the Industry Skills Fund. The Government will invest in two new innovative training programmes to enable young job seekers in regional communities to successfully get a job and provide employers the skilled employees they need to grow their business. Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways will boost skills and economic activity in regional areas and improve the job prospects of more than 10,000 young people. Both initiatives will commence in March 2015. · Training for Employment Scholarships This is a new employer-led approach that will enable small businesses to access wholly funded government training that is tailored to the training needs of their business. Small-to-medium size employers in regional areas will be able to have the cost of up to 26 weeks of job-specific training for new employees reimbursed. The pilot will provide 7,500 training places for young people aged 18-24. Training can be tailored to the specific requirements of the job and needs of the young person. An employer will have flexibility to negotiate with the approved training provider(s) a training program of up to 26 weeks. It may deliver skills and capabilities such as: • Literacy, language and numeracy support • Soft skills such as working in a team • Business skills – such as budgeting, computer literacy • Short courses/licences · Youth Employment Pathways This pilot will assist young Australians in regional areas to identify and successfully start on the path to their chosen career by returning to school, starting vocational education training or moving into the workforce. The trial will provide 3,000 places for young people aged 15-18. Community service organisations will identify individual participants and their specific training needs. They will then get them the training they need and provide them with case management support to complete their training.


Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool

RESEARCH by Deloitte and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (2012) has found that business performance improved when employees felt highly included and thought their workplace was strongly committed to supporting diversity. Based on international best practice, this tool is a 'how to' guide to workplace cultural diversity, designed to help employers make the most of a culturally diverse workforce. The tool offers practical steps to effectively manage a culturally diverse workforce, lets organisations assess themselves against 30 measures of competence, provides a starting point for those considering a focus on cultural diversity and helps those committed to cultural diversity move towards best practice. Visit their website to find out more information or start an assessment.


Lecture Series for Asylum Seekers

THE University of Melbourne invites asylum seekers in our community to attend a lecture series. During October and November we will host lectures on important issues in modern and historical Australia, including education, human rights, equality, health and Indigenous cultures. We hope that this series will be an interesting introduction to Australian society and the University of Melbourne. Time will be set aside for discussion of topics and to talk with lecturers, students and others. This is not a formal course and will not lead to a recognised award. Participation will not impact on immigration status and we are unable to assist with immigration matters. All lectures will be conducted in English and are free to attend. No registration is required. Food and drink will be provided.

When: October 6 - 24 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Where: Melbourne Law School (MLS), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Phone Number: 0466 771001


Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards - Nominations Now Open For Campaigns Reflecting Diversity

Nominations are open for the Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards for this year’s best campaigns, to be announced 25 November. 2014 marks the awards’ 25th anniversary. The Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMA) are coordinated by the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural New South Wales (Multicultural NSW), and are now open to marketers and agencies nationally. Past recipients have included NRMA, Coles, Woolworths, Qantas, Western Union, the AFL and Cisco Computer Systems. AMMA rewards marketers who deliver campaigns that consider and reflect Australia’s community diversity. In NSW, where the awards began, about half of all residents are either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. Categories for 2014 include: Big Business, small Business, business innovation, arts and culture, communities, youth, communication, public sector, and education. This year, for the first time the awards will also include an SBS People’s Choice Award. In launching the awards this week, NSW minister for citizenship and communities, Victor Dominello said: “Over time both businesses and government agencies have come to understand the importance of targeting their marketing to meet the needs of our multicultural communities.” The AMMA awards will be announced at a gala presentation ceremony at Sydney Opera House on 25 November 2014.

When: Nominations close on 10 October.

Australia Day Parade - Expressions of Interest Now Open

THE Australia Day Parade will take place on Australia Day 2015 – Monday 26 January. The Parade encourages Victorians to come together on Australia Day to celebrate and promote our rich culture and diverse community. It has been a feature of Melbourne’s Australia Day celebrations for the last 13 years and involves around 60 groups and approximately 4,000 participants. Approximately 12,000 people line Swanston Street to view the Parade. The Parade starts at 11am following the Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall, and runs along Swanston Street. The 2015 Parade aims to continue the tradition of highlighting the breadth of activities in Victoria including hobbies, sports, special interests, art and culture, work, recreation and achievements. To participate in the Australia Day Parade you must complete the 2015 Australia Day Parade registration form and return it by Friday 3 October 2014.

When: The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 3 October 2014

Phone Number: (03) 9525 6932



Business Energy Smart Tips (BEST) Project

SMALL businesses in Melbourne and Sydney will get the opportunity to cut electricity costs and become more energy efficient through a new project rolled out by the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) and Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW. The Business Energy Smart Tips (BEST) project is targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by offering business owners from non-English speaking backgrounds free hour-long energy assessments and advice on how to become more energy efficient in six languages. "Simple changes to things like lighting and air conditioning cost very little - or even nothing at all - but can save businesses a lot of money," ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef said. "It's important for SMEs keep track of electricity bills, to choose energy efficient equipment and to find suppliers who understand energy efficiency." Bilingual representatives are visiting restaurants, grocers, butchers, bakeries, takeaway outlets and convenience stores across Melbourne. Community organisations, clubs and churches are also invited to take part in the project. Information is available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Hindi, Dari and Arabic. "Language shouldn't be a barrier to informed decision-making about energy efficiency," Mr Micallef said. "Now a range of ethno-specific small and medium enterprises across Melbourne will be able to receive free assessments of their businesses' energy use and accompanying information that will help them to achieve real savings in their energy consumption," he said. "We hope to reach 300 businesses and community organisations by October 2014 and a further 100 by February 2015." The Business Energy Smart Tips project is funded by the federal government’s Department of Industry as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program and will run until June 2015.

Phone Number: To find out more contact ECCV on (03) 9349 4122


New Australian of the Year - Nominations Now Open

THE New Australian of the Year is a new award introduced by the Australia Day Council for the first time in 2014, sponsored by Clark Rubber, to recognise the contributions of migrants and refugees in Australia. The 2014 inaugural New Australian of the Year awardee was ECCV board member Parsuram Sharma-Luital, refugee from Bhutan currently employed by Victoria Police as a community liaison officer. 'New Australian' is defined as anyone who have been in Australia 18 years or less, recognising that it takes around 7-8 years to fully settle in Australia, and another 10 years to engage and contribute meaningfully. The award is open any new Australian who excels in any field – academia, business, sports, community, and other. Selection Criteria Must be 18 years or older. Must be an Australian citizen at the time of nominationMust have been in Australia 18 years or lessSignificant contribution to the Australian communityAustralia Day Council For more information contact the New Australian of the Year subcommittee chairperson Wesa Chau.

When: Nominations close at 5.00pm Monday 3 November 2014.

Phone Number: 0408238208



FREE Basic Computer Course For Women Asylum Seekers

If you are a woman asylum seeker and want to learn about • Basic computer & internet skills • Setting up & using your own email account • Using word documents for letters & CVs • Exploring Facebook & Twitter ... then join us and learn at your own pace with only four women per class!

Where: WIRE Women's Information, 372 Spencer Street, West Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Phone Number: 1300 134 130



October is Safe Work Australia Month

This October is Safe Work Australia Month (safety month) – a time to promote the importance and raise the awareness of work health and safety in Australia. As part of safety month Safe Work Australia is hosting the first Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy Virtual Seminar Series (VSS)—a free online event aimed at those with an interest in work health and safety. The VSS supports the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022—the ten year framework for improvements in work health and safety—and its vision: healthy safe and productive working lives. Each weekday in October the VSS will showcase some of the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research by work health and safety regulators, experts, business leaders, and academics. The themes for the VSS are · leadership and culture · responsive and effective regulation · agriculture and road freight transport industries, and · small business. Safe Work Australia encourages you to get involved and spread the word about the VSS and work health and safety. This can be done by: · sending an all staff email or posting something on your intranet page (see the content attached) · forwarding this information onto your contacts who might be interested in the VSS · mentioning the VSS in your social media conversations using #virtualWHS, or · requesting an information kit–containing a printable information sheet, poster and website button

When: October

Phone Number: 1300 551 832



Australia and its Others - Fear and politics in a multicultural nation

A symposium, "Australia and its ‘Others’: Fear and politics in a multicultural nation" - will be held in November 14-15 November 2014. The symposium is conceived as a discussion forum bringing together researchers, public commentators, policymakers, NGOs and those with personal experience of being Othered. Through presentations by invited speakers and by allowing time for discussion, the symposium will offer in-depth analysis of the current Australian state of play in terms of nation and Othering and reflect on key issues to do with national belonging, nationalism and exclusion, racism, xenophobia, Australian asylum policies, ‘border protection’ and human rights.

When: 14-15 November 2014

Where: RMIT City Campus, The Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne.

Website: http://;ID=4ze4yb4jtezi1

New Australia-China Achievement Awards

THE Australia-China Achievement Awards is a new initiative by the Australia-China Council which celebrates the successes of Australian organisations and individuals in advancing Australia-China relations. The Awards will profile and promote the leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity of Australian organisations and people in building stronger and broader economic, cultural and education ties between Australia and China. The Awards will be presented in three categories; Education, Entrepreneurship and the Arts. An award of $5,000 and a framed winner’s certificate will be presented in each of the three categories at a ceremony held towards the end of 2014. Nominations will be accepted from, and on behalf of, Australian organisations and individuals, and may relate to projects, activities and achievements in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Australia. Nominations can either focus on a specific project by an Australian organisation or individual in China, or this organisation or individual’s overall achievements in engaging with China. In the case of individual nominations, the nominee must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. In the case of organisation entries, the organisation must be a legal entity that is head-quartered in Australia. Nominations can be made in only one of the three categories of Awards. Nominations must be submitted online by 10.00am (Eastern Standard Time), 6 October 2014.

When: 6 October 2014

Website: http://

What Do Older People, Families and Carers Need to Know About The Recent Changes to Aged Care?

It’s important that all older people, and their families and carers, are aware of the changes the Australian Government introduced to aged care from 1 July this year. To help create an aged care system that will cater to a growing number of older people in the future, there have been changes to the fee arrangements for aged care. Some things people should be aware of include:The Government will continue to meet the majority of costs for both home and residential aged care but, where people can afford to, they will be asked to contribute. If taking up a home care package, people will pay a basic daily fee, and may also be asked to pay an income-tested care fee.If entering a residential aged care facility, people will pay a basic daily fee for their care (set at 85 per cent of the Age Pension), and may also be asked to pay a further means-tested care fee (based on their income and assets) if they can afford to. For their accommodation, people will have the choice to pay through a lump sum; a daily payment; or a combination of both. To ensure aged care remains affordable for all older people there are caps (limits) on the maximum costs they may have to pay and no-one will be denied the care they need because they can’t afford to pay. The yearly caps for fees in home care are $5,000 for a part-pensioner and $10,000 for a self-funded retiree. The yearly cap on means-tested care fees in residential care is set at $25,000. There is also a lifetime cap of $60,000 for an individual, which covers both home and residential care. So, once a person has paid $60,000 in means-tested fees in total, they will not be asked to pay any more means-tested care fees in either home or residential care for the rest of their life. The best way for older people, families and carers to find out about the choices available to them is to contact My Aged Care, by calling 1800 200 422 where they can speak to a real person to get the information they need. If they need an interpreter, they can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask for 1800 200 422. They can also visit for information, and use an online fee estimator for an idea of what they can expect to pay for their care. A brochure, Let’s talk about changes to aged care, is also available in ten different languages and can be ordered by calling 1800 200 422.

Phone Number: 1800 200 422


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.


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