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'Cool Relief' Community Arts Project

‘COOL Relief’ is a community arts project which reaches out to refugees and ESL (English as a Second Language) students, to teach them about the importance of Australia’s waterways. The project was aimed at students and refugees from the Albury Wodonga areas of Victoria and New South Wales. Participants worked with local artists to produce a series of booklets, using collage and simple text, as a creative way to express what they had learned about the waterways. Auspiced by Murray Arts and funded by Wodonga City Council, ‘Cool Relief’ was designed to give culturally and lingusitically diverse (CALD) community members an opportunity to be creative, while strengthening their links within the community and creating partnerships amongst local organisations. ‘Cool Relief’ participants went on water sampling excursions to Willow Park, and watched a presentation given by the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) about the about the wildlife in the area’s rivers and creeks. Melanie Ruth, a local artist and the founder of the project explained: “I love working with multicultural groups and felt the project would be a wonderful way to help recent arrivals integrate into their new surroundings, as well as helping to inform them about Australia's nature. “For all of these students, English is their second language, so the creative outlet of making a booklet was a great way to consolidate their learning. "Participants made new friends and established connections in the community.” The booklets will be launched at Wodonga Library on Thursday 23 October from 6.00pm-7.00pm. For more information click on the link below

When: Thursday 23 October 2014

Where: Wondonga Library

Cost: FREE


Welcome to Australia's 'Walk Together' Parade Melbourne

WELCOME to Australia is holding its annual ‘Walk Together’ event across the country on Saturday 25 October 2014. Walks will take place in cities and regional centres all over Australia and will take on the feel of a parade, with people from across the nation from diverse cultures and backgrounds joining together in a positive and uplifting show of unity. The organisation is inviting everyone to join in this celebration of diversity, and is encouraging people to go online to find out the details of their local walk. Welcome to Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation which aims to engage everyday Australians in the task of cultivating an inclusive and welcoming culture in Australia. They run a wide variety of programs and events which aim to connect new arrivals with their communities. This event hopes to spread the organisation’s core message to all those in Australia that “you are welcome here”. The ‘Walk Together’ parade in Melbourne will begin at 1.00pm at the State Library of Victoria and will make its way through the city, ending at Treasury Gardens. Speakers at the Melbourne event include Father Bob Maguire, comedian Tom Ballard and local radio and television personalities. The parade will be led by colourful Chinese lion dancers, and everyone who attends is encouraged to wear national costumes, play a musical instrument and display banners featuring a welcoming and positive message.

When: 1.00pm

Where: State Library Victoria

Cost: FREE public event



ECCV 2014 Election Forum

It’s election time – have your voice heard! With the November 2014 Victorian State election fast approaching, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria invites the community to attend its election forum. Community members will have the opportunity to ask the political candidates questions on issues that matter to us. Speakers include the Hon Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Telmo Languiller, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Multicultural Affairs and Colleen Hartland, Greens MP, Western Metropolitan Region. The politicians will present their stand on multicultural policies. Places are limited. Register online by the 21 October 2014.

When: Thursday 23 October 2014

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

Cost: FREE public event

Phone Number: (03) 9349 4122


Bookings: Essential

Audition Call - Ragtime

RAGTIME is a powerful portrait of life for America at turn of the 20th century. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score draws upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlour songs and expansive anthems. We are currently seeking people to audition for the role of Coalhouse, Sarah, Booker T. Washington, Sarah's Friend and ensemble members. We feel that you might be interested in this rarely performed musical and encourage you to audition. Performances will be on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th (matinee and night performance) of March at Rivergum Theatre, Parade College, Bundoora. Singing auditions will take place on; Friday 26th October 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday 27th October 7:30pm - 10:30pm Movement auditions will take place in two sessions; Wednesday 28th October 8:30pm - 9:30pm and 9:30pm - 10:30pm Callbacks will take place on Thursday 30th of October 7:30pm - 10:30pm All auditions will take place at the WATERDALE Factory, 5/11 Brand Drive Thomastown. To book auditions please go to First rehearsals will be held on Sunday the 9th November at 5/11 Brand Drive Thomastown. Rehearsals will be on Sundays 12:a30pm - 5:30pm, Mondays 7:30pm-10:30pm and Wednesdays 7:30pm-10:30pm. The FB event is here:

When: Auditions 26 30 October 2014

Where: Waterdale Factory, 5/11 Brand Drive, Thomastown



Be Part Of The Refugee Communities Advocacy Network

THE Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) invites people from refugee backgrounds to be part of the Refugee Communities Advocacy Network. Meet other people from refugee backgrounds, discuss issues that are important to you, stand up and make your voice heard. RCOA is looking for people to join the Network who are passionate and keen to participate in advocacy with local council, state and federal ministers and MPs, and international bodies such as UNHCR. The first regional forum for the Eastern and South-eastern Region will be held on: 25 October 2014 10am – 4pm at DANDENONG CASTLE Hemmings Park, Princes Highway, Dandenong A bus will be available to take people from Ringwood. Lunch will be provided, with halal and vegetarian options. Interpreters will be available if required. Contact: Asher Hirsch, Phone: (03) 9600 3302 Mob: 0435 281 160

Phone Number: (03) 9600 3302


Aged Care Information Available In Wide Range of Languages

When Maria’s husband passed away, she felt lost and wondered how she would manage the house on her own. She spoke to her family and together they decided the best thing for her was to move into an independent living unit in a nearby aged care village. Maria didn’t want to give up her independence so having her own home was great for her, while at the same time she was able to join in on a range of social activities, keep active, and has found a new community of friends. Maria only needs a small amount of help around the house at the moment, but she knows that she’s in the right place if she does need more support or care as she gets older, such as help with washing, shopping and cooking. For people like Maria, and for Australians all around the country, access to the right kind of care is important. The Australian Government is working to ensure people have greater choice and flexibility when it comes to aged care and support. You can get all the information you need about the services and help available for older people by visiting the My Aged Care website at, or by calling 1800 200 422 where you can speak to a real person to get the information you need. If you need an interpreter, you can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and let the operator know what language you need. Once the interpreter comes on line you can ask them to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. You can also watch older people talk about their experiences with aged care by visiting:

Phone Number: 1800 200 422


Young Girls Leadership Course

OCTOBER 11 is the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. The day promotes girls' human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. Events and initiatives will be held across Victoria which coincide with the UN day. One example is the Young Girls Leadership Course in Darebin, which will run until 18 November 2014. Organised by the City of Darebin and the Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC), the course will explore concepts such as society, culture and identity. The course will feature a strong focus on community leadership; understanding that women’s rights are human rights; emphasis on assertiveness, power and self-awareness; an introduction to the processes involved in advocacy and lobbying; an introduction to the preparation and techniques required for public speaking and an opportunity to learn from, and liaise with, public speakers. The course organisers are keen to hear from young women from a multicultural background who are interested in gaining skills on human rights and becoming a young leader in their community and the wider Victorian community.

When: Until 18 November 2014

Where: Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59A Roseberry Avenue, Preston

Phone Number: (03) 9654 1243



October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year more than 15,000 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer. BCNA works to ensure women with breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs. BCNA is currently working to increase information and support available to women with breast cancer from diverse cultural backgrounds. Following research and consultation within the cancer, breast cancer and multicultural sectors BCNA identified the greatest need for breast cancer information and support is amongst the Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic communities. Mikayla Rose, Cultural Diversity Manager at BCNA, said “We spoke to women from each of these communities and they told us women need more information about breast cancer in their language. “In close consultation with women and health professionals we have developed a series of four booklets which have been translated into the five priority languages.” The booklets are, About Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatments, Messages of Hope and Support, Support That May Help. The booklets, along with audio files in each of the 5 languages, will be available late 2014. BCNA continues to work collaboratively with women from diverse cultural backgrounds and with the organisations who support and represent them. In November 2014 BCNA will be partnering with key organisations in the Greek community to present the first ever breast cancer information forum delivered entirely in Greek. The forum will be held in Melbourne and will provide Greek-speaking women with information on the latest treatments, care and support available for people affected by breast cancer.

When: October 2014

Phone Number: 1800 500 258



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



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