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Message from the Chair

Dear Members, Board Members and Friends of the ECC,
As another year comes to an end we reflect on the activities of our organisation and on the impact external events have had on the world and on multiculturalism in Australia. The year 2016 will be remembered as the year that Fidel Castro died, Donald Trump was elected, Brexit rocked the UK and the re-emergence of Pauline Hanson among the other changes. These occurrences have fundamentally altered our perception of ourselves and our view of multiculturalism.
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW has been hugely active throughout our state and Australia. 

Since the last newsletter, we have represented at the Multicultural Festival in Liverpool West Public School, the Filipino Festival, Pre-Hanukah celebrations and the Multicultural NSW Marketing Awards. We have held teleconferences regarding the protection of Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act and maintained our vigilance in defending the rights of people to come to Australia and feel part of the Australian story while preserving...
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On the 23rd of October we had our Annual General Meeting, in which we presented our Annual Review to ECC members by the Chair, Peter Doukas, our Annual Financial Audit Report by the Treasurer, Mr Abbas Alvi and the SBS Media Mentorship Project result with Macquarie University. The students who participated in the program produced a great video that shows what ECC does.
We also celebrated the Official Opening of the Lift which now makes our offices wheel chair accessible and even more welcoming.
We had the presence of Ernest Wong, Parliamentary Secreatry, Mehreen Faruqi member of the Greens NSW Upper House, Joe Caputo Chair of Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia and Margaret Meehan, the SBS NITV Media Mentorship Program Manager at Macquarie University.
Thank you to all our members and guests who shared the afternoon with us!
Watch the ECC Promotional video produced by the participants of the 2016 SBS and Macquarie University Media Mentorship Project
See AGM photos HERE

National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016

On the 3rd and 4th of Novermber, we participated in the National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016 – Influencing change: Vision and Impact.
This national event was organised by Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), with support from Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW.
It provided a holistic perspective towards shaping a shared vision and driving change.
The conference created a collaborative, inclusive and engaging platform to share knowledge, inform the national agenda, and recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution women from diverse backgrounds make to our society.
Practitioners, decision makers, community members and thought leaders, participated in a lively and productive national dialogue.
See photos HERE

Aged Care Symposium: Building on New Directions

On the 17th of November, near 120 participants, from Aged Care providers across Sydney, and in particular those funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages services, gathered to access expert opinion, evidence based research, and up to date information from the sector leaders and departmental officials.
The focus was on the following 3 key areas:
- Planning for the future and responding to changing demands – the journey beyond June 2017
- Implementing packages post Feb 2017
- Building capacity of aged care service workforce beyond 2017
The symposium was organised by ECCNSW, Burwood Council, Macarthur Disability Services (MDS), and integratedliving Australia at the 2016 Aged Care Symposium: Building on New Directions.
Watch this video to see what participants from Community Aged Care providers have to say about the changes that the sector is going through and the new challenges and opportunities that are coming up.
Video produced by ECCNSW
See photos of the Symposium HERE

Members' Forum 

In November, our Members' Forum attended an information session on Work Development Order (WDO's) at the Department of Justice in Parramatta.
This innovative program enables vulnerable people who have received fines to work off the debt in a voluntary capacity.
Some of our Organisational and Corporate members will have the opportunity to be part of this important initiative.

NEMBC Conference 

Our Youth Chair Glen Falkenstein took part in a panel discussion in the Youth Media Conference at the Nembc - National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters' Council.
Panel Discussion + Q&A: Taking youth issues to people who can make change. 
Our Multicultural Ageing and Disability Access Program Officer Terrie Leoleos, also offered a presentation on a plenary session surrounding identity.
The event brought together government representatives, community leaders, academics, multicultural organisations, radio station managers and broadcasters from across Australia. It was an opportunity for ethnic community broadcasters to network, discuss and debate key issues that relate to community broadcasting, the media and multicultural policies.

Grants to Support Volunteers

The federal government is providing $10 million in grants to community organisations to support the efforts of their volunteers.

The grants could be between $1,000 and $5,000 and used by community organisations to buy equipment that supports their work, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts. 

Applications for volunteer grants close 20 December 2016. For further information call the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on free call 1800 020 283 or email
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2017 NSW Seniors Card Discount Directory

The free 2017 NSW Seniors Card Discount Directory is out now.
The Discount Directory gives NSW Seniors Card members a year round guide to the best business discounts, services and information in their area.

The Directory is no longer delivered to households by direct mail. Instead seniors can pick up a copy from participating Australia post outlets, local councils and libraries, local Member of Parliament offices and community centres. The Directory is also available to download on the NSW Seniors Card website.

 Seniors Card is a free government program that gives members access to the Gold Opal transport concessions as well as discounts from thousands of participating businesses.
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2017 FREE English classes

UTS Insearch is offering English classes for 2017. 

Do you have family of friends who may be interested? 
The levels are: 

  • Beginner 
  • Pre-Intermediate 
  • Intermediate 
  • Upper Intermediate
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City of Sydney Grants Open

Round 4 of our 2016 grants and sponsorship program is now open for the following:
  • Environmental performance - Building operations grant
  • Environmental performance - Innovation grant
  • Environmental performance - Ratings and assessment grant
  • Matching grant
Applications for these programs close promptly at: 5pm, Tuesday 3 January 2017.
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FREE English classes for refugees

Weekly beginners English classes focusing on conversational English.
Every Wednesday 10am-12pm
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Training for refugees under Smart and Skilled

From 1 January, the NSW Government will change its Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements to support refugees and asylum seekers into training and jobs. 
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Advice for people who haven’t lodged their tax return yet

If you missed the October 31 deadline for lodging your tax return, it’s important you lodge as soon as you can to reduce the risk of penalties and interest.
You can still lodge using myTax or a paper tax return. If you plan to use a registered tax agent but haven’t yet contacted them, you need to contact them as soon as possible.
If you need help can call on 13 28 65. If you prefer to speak in a language other than English, you can call through the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for free language assistance. 
This information is also available in languages
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2017 Multifaith Calendar

Get information about the major holy days and festivals for Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity,

Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Whilst this list is not exhaustive it is comprehensive to represent each of the religions in good faith.
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Other News

NSW Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement for Community Languages Schools

ECCNSW Congratulates the recipients of the 2016 NSW Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement for Community Languages Schools.
We are very proud of these students who make time out of their normal schools hours to attend community languages schools to learn their heritage language and culture.
There were over 130 students on the evening who received Commended and Highly Commended Awards with 10 students receiving the Ministers' Award.
The Hon. Leslie Williams MP the Assistant Minister for Education; represented the Minister for Education, The Hon Adrian  Piccoli who couldn't be there, and gave a heartwarming address to all the students, teachers, volunteers and parents/carers praising them for their wonderful achievements and support for the Community Languages Schools Program.
Congratulations to all of them for this remarcable achievement!
Upcoming Events

16th Australian Hungarian Cultural Festival

On behalf of the Hungarian Federation of Australia, The Hungarian Council of New South Wales is organising the 16th Australian Hungarian Cultural Festival in Sydney. The Organising Committee has planned the six day festival program.
When: 4 - 9 January 2017
More info HERE

Christmas in Sydney

Get all the information on what Sydney has to offer for the Christmas season
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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