Newsletter Feb 2016
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Message from the Chair

I would like to welcome all our members, friends and board back from an eventful break to what will be a busy year for ECCNSW.

Not only through our tireless work with our member organisations and associate members but also through our work as the only peak body truly representing multiculturalism in NSW.

Following from our incredibly successful year in 2015, we are charging ahead with the bold vision of implementing our Strategic Plan into the future. I have consistently maintained that we must not fall into complacency.
The Australian multicultural project is far from complete and current events show us all that the challenges remain within this delicate framework. These include:
  • The radicalisation of young Australians
  • Islamophobia
  • A resurgent Anti-Semitism
  • Social mobility among migrant communities
  • Challenges of increased racism among more established immigrant communities
  • The continued and illegal incarceration of children in Australian detention centres
  • The outward growth of the large metropolitan areas
  • Ever increasing economic disparity between rich and poor
  • Settlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees  
One key part of the interaction between ECCNSW, our members and the wider community is the Member’s Forum. This body, acting in its capacity as policy and strategic architect acts as the incubator of our core policies that we take to the wider community.

In recent years the Forum has been instrumental in establishing the parameters for the Strategic Plan 2015 as well as coordinating ECCNSW’s response to the proposed changes to s.18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. No other organisation, let alone any organisation in the multicultural space in NSW, can draw on the level of experience and diversity of members that ECCNSW can.

I am proud of the work of our forum and look forward to the policy issues to be deliberated in 2016. So far, we are planning forums to discuss:
  • Australia’s policy on refugees and the involvement of multicultural communities in this aspect of the national conversation
  • The exportability of the Australian multicultural model
  • Governance training for our administrative bodies
I look forward to seeing many of our members of associates at this year’s Premier’s Harmony Dinner to be held on 10 March 2016. ECCNSW is coordinating the bookings of our member organisations in order to have the maximum possible impact on the event and I am proud to say that our members have not disappointed.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events.

Thank you for helping the Ethnic Communities’ Council’s work in representing diversity in NSW.

Yours in multiculturalism,


Peter Doukas,

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How to successfully engage with business owners from Ethnic backgrounds.
We have produced an online resource to help agencies and institutions to successfully engage with small business owners from diverse cultural backgrounds.
In this short video, our team of bilingual assessors share their expertise and give tips on how to be successful when approaching CALD business owners.
The implementation of the BEST program was the framework in which they faced multiple challenges and overcame difficulties. 

Watch and share!

Bin Trim
The Bin Trim program helps small to medium businesses to make savings in their waste management. 

The first phase of the Second round of Bin Trim program of ECC has come to an end. The progress report will be submitted to the funding organisation EPA in the first week of March.

So far, 84 ethnic businesses have been recruited to the program. All have received the initial waste assessments and the follow-up assessments.

If you are a small to medium organisation that would like to reduce the costs on your waste bills, as well as your impact on the environment, profit or non-profit, contact us for this service that will cost you nothing but will achieve a lot.

To learn more click HERE
Friendly Grocery, Waitara: Super savings through being a greener grocer
The Friendly Grocery in Waitara is now diverting 7 tonnes of mixed recycling from landfill and saving $2,600 each year. An ECC Mandarin speaking Bin Trim assessor provided The Friendly Grocery with a free Bin Trim assessment and support to make changes.
Watch and Share!

Other News

Operation BRAVEHEART: Would you like to help kids with heart surgery?

If your child or a friends' child has undertaken heart surgery, the University of Sydney wants to hear from you.

Professor Cynthia L Hunter is conducting a social research to better understanding the implications of this hard experience for family members and loved ones.

Learn more HERE

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is hiring!

The ABS is seeking people to fill non-ongoing positions with employment opportunities across all parts of Australia.

You can contribute to make a difference in your community by connecting with your members and  making sure that they get counted.

Learn more HERE

St Vincent’s Hospital is recruiting volunteer Consumer Representatives

St Vincent’s Hospital is currently recruiting Consumer Representatives in a voluntary capacity to undertake valued roles that will assist the hospital in continually improving the quality and safety of healthcare for everyone.

St Vincent’s Hospital is keen to appoint members who can represent the diverse interests of the community including Aboriginal communities, multicultural communities, and young people.

Learn more HERE

Thousands of charities could lose status

The national charity regulator has warned more than 2,000 organisations that they are facing losing their charity status if they do not update their paperwork immediately.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) said that the group of charities, known as “double defaulters”, had failed to submit two Annual Information Statements in a row.

Learn more HERE

Get involved in the expanded New Beginnings Festival line up

Following the success of New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival 2015, the 2016 program will feature a series of events to celebrate the talent and diversity of people from refugee backgrounds.

Expressions of interest are now open for performers, artists, stall holders and workshop facilitators. Go to the New Beginnings Festival website for more information and to download Expression of Interest forms.

Learn more HERE


Multicultural NSW. Settlement Portal 

Multicultural NSW has developed a Settlement Portal to help connect migrants with the information they need to successfully settle in NSW. 

The Settlement Portal links users directly with practical resources, and aims to help all migrants living in NSW including refugees and humanitarian entrants, skilled and family stream migrants, and temporary visa holders such as international students and seasonal workers.

To learn more, click HERE

Understanding the National Disability Insurance Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS and is a new way to help people with disability get the care
and supports they need. It is a free, national system so it will be the same for people all over Australia. 

Fact sheets in languages are available to provide people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with translated information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Learn more HERE

Do you know how to protect your personal information?

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) is an independent statutory authority that manages NSW's laws dealing with privacy and access to government information.
What do they do?
  • Tell you what your rights are 
  • Help you find the right agency that may hold the information you are looking for
  • Help you fill out an application form
  • Explain what to expect
  • Review an agency’s decision if they don’t give you the information you asked for in your formal written application.
You can find this information in languages

Learn more  HERE

Australia Post Community Grants

Australia Post’s latest Community Grants program is offering one-off cash payments of up to $10,000 to Not for Profit organisations working at the grass root community level.

The grants would focus on supporting local community groups that often get overlooked for funding elsewhere.

Applications close on Friday 1 April 2016.

Learn more HERE

Upcoming Events

Afro Latino Festival

Dive into a vibrant tapestry of smiles, beats, food, arts and dance moves when you join us at Australia’s only Afro Latino Festival.
Afro Latino Festival offers a unique and exciting showcase of African and Latin American cultures and history. It promotes their cultural diversity and celebrates their cultural roots.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Saturday 5 March
11am to 5pm

More details HERE
Adhika Gala Event

Adhika Inc, a network of community broadcasters and producers, will recognize NSW Filipino-Australian and community organizations in its ‘Community Builders Awards’ who through the years have inspired and have created positive change as we celebrate the 70th Philippine-Australia Diplomatic Relations (1946-2016).

Date: 13 March 4:00
PM / Formal Attire 
Venue: Dooley’s Catholic Club, Lidcombe 
24 John St, Lidcombe

More details HERE
Living in Harmony Festival

The countdown begins to the City of Sydney's annual Living in Harmony Festival. This is your opportunity to celebrate our city's cultural diversity and multicultural heritage. 

The program includes student forums, workshops, tours, exhibitions, cultural celebrations and much more!

Dates: 1-31 March 2016

More details HERE
CityTalks: People First with Mary Robinson

At this CityTalks event, hear from Mary Robinson – former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and one of Nelson Mandela’s eight Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.

Date: Thursday 17 March
from 6.30pm to 8pm

More details HERE
Comedy vs Racism

Expect an hour of laughs and Q & A with: 
  • Playwright Tasnim Hossain,
  • Comedian Suren Jayemanne,
  • Writer/actor Bjorn Stewart (ABC's Black Comedy),
  • Western Sydney University's Professor James Arvanitakis, 
  • Lawyer and speaker Pallavi Sinha,
  • Writer Ruby Hamad (Daily Life), 
  • Host Jennifer Wong (702 ABC Sydney's Thank God It's Friday)

Date: Tuesday, 8 March
from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

More details HERE
Refugee Expressions

The 17th annual exhibition in memory of Dario Palermo will include works by and of refugees who call Australia now home.
Its both an expression of trauma of being forced from ones homeland and a tribute to artistic excellence and human resilience, ranging from community through to professional practice.
The exhibition will include film, sculpture and painting.

Date: From 3 March 5-8PM

More details 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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