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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the ECC NSW Newsletter for the September/October issue.
We are very excited about our upcoming Annual General Meeting. The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the last year, and to look forward to the year ahead. 

Trump and Hansonism 
The year 2016 will be remembered as the year that racism and isolationism reentered the world stage. From Brexit in the United Kingdom through to the gains made by the far right National Front in France and of course the racist vitriol touted by Donald Trump in the United States it is fair to say that the Western world

has made a dramatic inward looking turn. If we only looked at the dangerous rhetoric of Donald Trump – a nominated candidate of a major party in arguably the most important country in the world – calling Mexicans rapists and sanctioning for a ban on Muslims entering the country, it reads as though the United States was rolling the dice on closing its door to the world. Of course, we are not immune...
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Join us for our next Annual General Meeting on the 23rd of October

More details HERE

Members' Forum meeting with SBS Radio

We celebrated our Members' Forum with a very productive meeting with SBS Radio representatives. They are undertaking a public consultation with community leaders for the re-shaping of the radio schedule and its different languages.
Once the latest Census information is released with the new CALD community members percentages and their languages map, SBS will reassess its radio schedule. 
More photos HERE

ECCNSW at the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care, CALDWays forum

The ECCNSW NSW Multicultural Ageing and Disability Access Officer, Ms Terrie Leoleos, presented at the PICAC CALDWays forum held in Canberra on the 20 – 21st of September 2016.
Over 100 delegates across Australia attended national forum aimed to identify access barriers that culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers are currently experiencing with My Aged Care (MAC).
Terrie presented “on the ground solutions” on behalf of the NSW Multicultural Aged and Disability Network (MAPS), showcasing best practice models and strategies which need to be considered when engaging with our CALD consumers.
A final report with recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Health as part of the PICAC CALD Aged Care Accessibility Project in 2017.
ECCNSW congratulates the PICAC team for hosting another successful event. We encourage our CALD members and associations to contact the ECCNSW or the PICAC team to forward your experiences and recommendations so that they can be included as part of the final report.  


Visit of a delegation from the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China

We received the visit of a delegation of 25 people from the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China. In their visit they met with ECC’s Chair, Deputy Chair, various Board members, as well as ECC staff.
The delegation was interested in the development and role of ECC, how to deal with the relationship between cultural diversity and national unity, as well as how to protect human rights and freedom of religious belief and social stability in the multicultural space. 
There was a robust discussion held with the use of an interpreter and our Board member Suellyn Lin, who speaks fluent Mandarin and was able to convey the strengths and benefits of the ECCNSW as a peak body representing CALD communities.
This meeting presented an opportunity for ECC to exchange ideas and discuss the challenges as we both strive to achieve social cohesion and community harmony in our respected countries.
More photos HERE

FREE English classes

FREE English classes with CQUniversity Australia
Every Friday from 14 October for 9 weeks
Class 1: 9AM- 11AM
Practical English for beginners and post-beginners
Class 2: 11AM-1PM
Conversational English for intermediate levels
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Women’s Leadership Development Scholarships

This initiative provides women in the finance sector with grants for leadership development.
Grant applications are open for women at three levels:
1. Senior management and executive level women leaders 
2. Mid-level female managers 
3. Aspiring talent 
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Do you need help to lodge your tax return?

It’s tax time, which means it’s time to lodge your tax return.  In general, you must lodge your tax return by 31 October. There are a number of ways to lodge this tax time.

You can access information in languages HERE
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An online educational book for children about tuberculosis and in languages, it aims to teach children and their families that Tuberculosis is treatable and will potentially save countless lives. 
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FREE Courses

There is a long list of free skill sets at Ultimo, St George, Randwick, Eora, Loftus and Gymea colleges.
You can get a taste of a trade, an advantage in your apprenticeship or traineeship, or a career head-start. 
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Access and Equity survey: Feedback and complaints mechanisms

You can access feedback and complaints mechanisms for a vast array of government services, including health, employment, aged care or disability services.

FECCA is consulting to find out how well known feedback and complaints mechanisms for government services are to migrants, refugees, and culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.
Survey HERE

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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Other News

Symposium for Aged Care Providers on 17th November 

ECCNSW is the lead agency for the "Aged Care - Building on New Directions" Symposium to enable Community Aged Care providers  to access expert opinion, evidence based research, and up to date information from the sector leaders and departmental officials.
In particular, those funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages services in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
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National Multicultural Women’s Conference: 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. 
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New temporary sponsored parent visa  

The Government will be introducing a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will be valid for up to five years. The Government has released a discussion paper on the sponsored visa program and will undertake a series of community consultations.​
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Scholarships for refugees available

SSI and Allianz are offering scholarships to directly support people from refugee backgrounds in NSW to achieve independence. The scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the NSW education system. 
Applications close October 31, 2016


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National Carers Week 16 - 22 October

National Carers Week 2016 runs from 16 – 22 October and aims to raise awareness of unpaid carers and the caring role in Australia.
The central call to action is for people to visit the website and say Thank You to Australia’s carers via a few clicks of the mouse. All Thanks will be logged and listed on the site so we can demonstrate building community support.
Join the campaign and say Thank You HERE!

SBS National Languages Competition - Winners Announced

Nearly 20,000 students nationwide, aged 4 to18 years, entered the inaugural SBS National Languages Competition which aims to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.
SBS and Community Languages Australia (CLA)  announced six national winners across three age categories.
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On this issue we put the focus on the Jewish Community, who recently celebrated the Jewish New Year. Image: slgckgc

Upcoming Events

Walk Together, 22 Oct

Walk Together 2016 will be a huge celebration of diversity and a loud declaration that thousands of Australians believe we can become a nation known for our compassion, generosity and welcome.
Faced with increasing instances of fear and prejudice, it’s more important than ever for values of compassion and welcome to reign.
When: Saturday, October 22, at 11:00 am
Where:  Starting at: Belmore Park (next to central station) Walking to: Victoria Park
More info HERE

Migrant Information Day, 27 Oct

Information on Housing, Education, Health and much more. Cultural Stalls, live performances, sausage sizzle and settlement information for migrants.​
When: Thursday, 27th October from 10am to 1pm​
Where: Rockdale Town Hall, 448 Princes Hwy

More info HERE

Indian Festival of Lights, 23 Oct 
The most widely celebrated festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the whole world, Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. ​
When Sunday, 23 October 2016, from 11:00 to 21:00 
Where Parramatta Park
More info HERE

National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters' Council Conference

The NEMBC annual conference brings together government representatives, community leaders, academics, multicultural organisations, radio station managers and broadcasters from across Australia, offering networking opportunities for ethnic community broadcasters.  
Venue: Novotel Sydney Central
More info HERE

Multicultural Mass 27th November

Celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady
When: Sunday November 27th, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Where: St Mary's Cathedral
For more information contact: 
Kylie Cullen on 02 9390 5923

More info HERE

Connecting Women from CALD Communities 29th November

Guest Speakers, Information Stall, Art Performances. Organize by NSW Spanish and Latin American Association NSW SLASA
When: Tuesday 29th November 10 - 2​
Where: Bonnyrigg Av., Bonnyrigg Community Centre, Bonnyrigg Plaza Shopping 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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