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Message from the Chair

Dear friends and members, Welcome to the new format of our ECCNSW Newsletter. After consultation with our Members’ Forum we have developed this new style. It is my and the Board’s aim to continue our ongoing improvement of all our communication tools with you, our most important asset. We look forward to your feedback on this and any other issue that you think is important. We have had a very busy April and May as member events took

on a major presence in the Board’s calendar. We also held a successful meeting of our Member’s Forum in which the dangers of elder abuse were discussed by a representative of Capacity Australia...
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ECCNSW response to Minister Dutton's comments on refugees

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW, as the state peak body representing communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, refers to comments made by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton MP. He recently said that unemployment would rise if Australia dramatically increases its refugee intake and suggesting that refugees were illiterate and innumerate and would take Australian jobs.
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ECCNSW at the International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia

This conference aims amongst other things, to strengthen collaborations of
ECCNSW representatives attended the Triennial and International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia in Melbourne 5-7th May 2016.  Close to 600 delegates attended over the three days. Issues addressed included 
settlement, human rights and active citizenship.
Listen to this interview with Peter Doukas on SBS radio about the conference HERE  

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Welcome to the students of the SBS & Macquarie University Mentorship Program

We are very excited about having a great group of Macquarie University Media students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, participating in the SBS Mentorship Program. 

ECCNSW will mentor them in the production of multimedia content and their access to ‪CALD‬ community organizations. 

Images: Macquarie University

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ECCNSW Members Forum

The 18th of May we celebrated a very interesting eye opening Members Forum meeting on Elderly Financial Abuse in ‪CALD groups. Sangita Bhatia from Capacity Australia, offered a very revealing presentation. ECCNSW will organise some advocacy initiative along with Capacity Australia to tackle this issue.
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FECCA Executive Meeting

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia, FECCA held its Executive Meeting in Canberra on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016. Over the weekend, committee members engaged in discussions on how the sector is working to promote harmony and community cohesion and strengthen multiculturalism in Australia.
Peter Doukas Deputy Chair and Siddique Panwala Treasurer of FECCA's committee, attended the meeting.
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We are urging the government to ensure all women receive crisis support when fleeing violence

ECCNSW has joined the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and 133 other organisations in an advocacy campaign, urging the Prime Minister to ensure that migrant women on temporary visas are supported when escaping violent relationships, as a minimum, through access to crisis payments.
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New Project: Loving Living KU-RING-GAI, Cultural Connections for Sustainability

The Loving Living KU-RING-GAI, Cultural Connections for Sustainability is a new project initiated and funded by Ku-ring-gai Council. This project is designed to engage Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean communities.
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New Ethnic businesses go green and  join the Bin Trim program

If you are a small to medium organisation that would like to reduce the costs on your waste bills, and reduce your impact on the environment, make sure to contact us for this free service. We also help applying for the Bin Trim government rebates.
Some member organisations of ECC and some community organisations have already been part of the program and started saving.
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Youth Settlement 

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network has released Australia’s first National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF).

It works to ensure that young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds reach their potential as active citizens and contributors to Australian society.
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Domestic Violence

The Australian Government has developed a Family Safety Pack for men and women coming to Australia.

It includes information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage, and a woman’s right to be safe.
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Smartphones to help refugee men in Australia

The New Roots Smart Phone App has been developed to build the health and wellbeing of men, aged 18-45, from Arabic, Farsi and Tamil-speaking backgrounds, who have recently arrived in Australia.
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Aged Care Complaints 

If you belong to a culturally and a linguistically diverse community, and need to raise a concern regarding aged care, you will find translated information here.
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Door-to-door sales: what you need to know

Door-to-door sales involve salespeople visiting your home to sell goods and services, including utilities.

Often, these salespeople use pressure tactics to influence you into buying something you may not need or can’t afford.

Get to know your rights!
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Cultural and Religious Dates

This Calendar focuses on countries' national days, significant multicultural festivals in Australia, and events that are widely celebrated by Australia's major ethnic and religious communities.
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Training Room Essentials

Do you successfully work for a community organisation and you’ve been asked to train other people?

This FREE training day will get you started and launch you into the world of training. You won’t just learn about how to run quality training – you’ll experience it throughout the day.
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Voting is different this Federal Election!

The Australian Parliament recently passed changes to the way you vote for senators and these changes will apply at the upcoming 2016 federal election.

This is the most significant change to Australia’s democratic system in some time and will affect all Australian citizens ages 18 years and over.

Learn more about these important changes in your language.
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Other News

National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016. 3 - 4 Nov

The National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016 – Influencing Change: Vision and Impact, will be held at the Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney, from 3-4 November 2016. 
This national event is an outcome of a partnership between Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), with support from ECCNSW. This conference will provide a holistic perspective towards shaping a shared vision and driving change for multicultural women. 
The Organising Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program.
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Premier's Multicultural Media Awards. Nominations Open

The PMMAs showcase the outstanding work of media professionals who connect people to their culture, identity and language. The 14 award categories recognise journalists, photographers and editors working across print,radio and digital media, no matter how big or small.
Two categories are now open to all media which acknowledge the meaningful contribution media makes to the multicultural debate. In addition, a new category to celebrate young talent supports students developing their skills in journalism.
Nominations close 19 June 2016
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FECCA's 2016 Satisfaction Survey

FECCA is conducting this survey to garner feedback from our members and stakeholders on our work. This includes our representation, communications, development and promotion of policy solutions and recommendations, and social media. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time and is completely anonymous.

Complete survey HERE
Upcoming Events

Australian Ally Conference, 27-28 June 2016.
This Conference will explore how best to encourage better communication between Higher Education Ally Networks from across the sector. It will also explore best practice for dealing with national and local issues regarding the Ally Networks, the latest research in LGBTIQA acceptance and equality and many other associated topics.
More info HERE

MASHRABIYA a glimpse into sacred architecture

This project offers a series of workshops to explore sacred art and architecture. It aims to expand our understanding of sacred spaces in Australian cities, and to celebrate their aesthetic, social and cultural value. The project invites you to a series of 4 workshops with artist Willurai Kirkbright in Penrith. Workshops are open to ALL ages and all levels of experience and are FREE!. More info HERE

New Beginnings: Refugee Arts and Culture Festival, 18th June

The New Beginnings: Refugee Arts and Culture Festival is a chance for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the talents, skills and cultural diversity of people from refugee backgrounds.
When: June 18, 10am to 4pm
Where: Tumbalog Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney
More info HERE

Alay sa Kalayaan, Philippine Festival, 13th June

The event will be an entry-free festival with a variety of activities to showcase Philippine culture and heritage. The festival will open with a parade of regional colours followed by cultural presentations (chorale singing, solo, bandurya) and performances.
When: June 13, 10am to 4pm
Where: Berala Community Centre

More info HERE

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

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