Coronavirus hardship payment for temporary migrants, refugees in Victoria doubled

migrants hit by job lossesTemporary visa holders, refugees and undocumented migrants in Victoria who are ineligible for federal government support can now access an emergency payment of $800 to assist with financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement on Thursday doubles the original $400 per-person hardship payment introduced earlier this year. People who have already accessed the original payment will also be eligible for the additional funds.

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Talk it Out – Free Helpline

Talk it Out - Free HelplineMurray Public Health Network has launched a new counselling service to help community members with a variety of emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, isolation and loneliness. Talk it Out is a free phone and online counselling service for people in the Murray Public Health region who are feeling the pressures and stresses of everyday life. The service, which is aimed at those aged 15 and over, is provided by professionally trained counsellors who will listen and help people develop strategies to manage what is causing them to feel stressed or overwhelmed.

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Virtual Australian Multicultural Festival

Virtual Australian Multicultural FestivalPresenting the Virtual Australian Multicultural Festival a package of incredible music, breath taking performances all from the comfort of your own home. Prepare your festival outfits, stock your fridge, gather your crew and get ready for #AustralianMulticulturalFestival2020. This festival will be online from 11:00 – 2pm on Saturday, 3 October, 2020.

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Calls to make bushfire warnings easier to access for Victorians who don’t speak English at home

the vic emergency appMore than 1.5 million Victorians do not speak English at home and many have trouble understanding bushfire information. The Victorian Government is being urged to make bushfire information more accessible for non-English-speaking people before the summer fire season begins. Linguistically diverse communities want the Vic Emergency app offered in languages other than English.

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Australian jobseekers could get incentives to work on regional farms

regional harvest workThe federal budget due on Tuesday will likely include measures to help plug labour shortages in the farm sector threatening the harvest of fruit and vegetables. Unemployed Australians could be offered financial incentives to take up regional harvest work in the federal budget to be handed down next week.

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Mental Health and Farmers

Mental Health Foundation of AustraliaThe Mental Health Foundation Australia cordially invites you to our National Symposium on Farmers Mental Health and Wellbeing. The mental health and wellbeing of Farmers’ is extremely important, not only because of the detrimental effect on Farmers and their families but also the direct impact on the nation’s vital agricultural industry.

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Migration must play a role in Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery

International arrivalsImmigration has long been an important foundation for Australia’s economic development and prosperity, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic slowing of overseas arrivals. The Morrison government has flagged that a “reset” of the migration program will feature in the October 6 federal budget. Now is the time to take stock of the current system and recalibrate for the future, to help Australia come back better.

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