Soccer Truly is a World Game

Mansfield Soccer FriendlyarrivalOn Sunday, 16th of June, in glorious sunshine – Mansfield Soccer Club joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR), the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and the Shepparton English Language Centre (SELC) to enjoy a first combined fun & friendly day of soccer, lovely food and an abundant afternoon tea!

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Marita Taverner Speaks on World Refugee Day, June 2019

Marita TavernerI have been asked to speak about my experience with refugees, as a Christian. It is my Christian faith which motivates me to work with refugees, and those less fortunate than myself. I am a part of this Catholic Parish of St. Brendan’s, Shepparton.

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African Community – Business literacy and entrepreneurial skills training

African Community Action PlanEthnic Council officers attended the Shepparton Business Centre to hear about a program designed to assist and enable  the African community with business literacy and entrepreneurial skills training.  The project is  being run by RMIT School of Management, Program Leaders –  Dr Nthati Rametse and Dr Michael Muchiri and is expected to commence in Shepparton later this year.

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Back your neighbour

Back your neighbourThe government is withdrawing support services for people living in our communities who have fled war and persecution, including financial support and trauma counselling from victims of torture. Back your neighbour asks you to sign a petition for them, for when we back our neighbours, they give back.

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Australian Employers Guide to Hiring Refugees

Australian employers guide to hiring refugees

People are the single most important factor for an innovative economy. As Prime Minister Turnbull said recently, “Our greatest asset is not the rocks under the ground but it’s the people that walk on top”. Knowledge and skills circulating through a network of people builds to a critical mass where innovation can prosper. Silicon Valley didn’t pop up overnight, it took 60 years to build. People were and continue to be the essential component. Immigration is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering innovation policy.

The effect of migration on productivity is complex. On the one hand, productivity receives a boost because migrants are concentrated in the prime working age group and are relatively highly educated. Moreover, they are more likely to participate in the workforce and have higher levels of personal productivity.

Employment is a crucial step in the process of settling in Australia. Through work, refugees become self-reliant and empowered to build a future for themselves and their families. Hence, the Migration Council of Australia in collaboration with Friendly Nation Initiative and TENT have produced this Australian Guide to Hiring Refugees.

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Numurkah: Family Violence Community Information Sessions


The Goulburn Family Violence Executive will present free community information sessions in Numkurkah at 6:30pm on 18 July 2019. Come along to learn about the services locally available and how you can guide a friend or community member if they need to know where to go for help.

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Cobram: Family Violence Community Information Sessions

The Goulburn Family Violence Executive will present free community information sessions in Cobram on Friday June 27th. Come along to learn about the services locally available and how you can guide a friend or community member if they need to know where to go for help.

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Yarrawonga: Family Violence Community Information Sessions

The Goulburn Family Violence Executive will present free community information sessions in Yarrawonga on Monday, July 22 2019. Come along to learn about the services locally available and how you can guide a friend or community member if they need to know where to go for help.

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Cultural Diversity in the Law

Honourable Peter Kidd SC of County Court VictoriaOn the 13th of May, 2019, Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria, the Honourable Peter Kidd SC gave a speech at the Australian Intercultural Society to address the topic of “Cultural DIversity and the Law”. He began by discussing his time as a prosecutor for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the courts had representation from a vast number of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

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