What is the health requirement for Australian visa applicants and how could it affect you?

visa formSBS EXPLAINER: The controversial requirement is often the one thing standing between many migrant families and permanent residency in Australia. It affects nearly everyone with a disability or illness applying for an Australian visa, it’s been around for decades and has been labelled as discriminatory and ableist – but many people have no idea that the immigration health requirement even exists.

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Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

African Australian policemanVictoria Police is encouraging African-Australians to apply for the Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program. The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program seeks to increase the representation of African-Australians from refugee and other backgrounds in Victoria Police. This new program focuses on the challenges encountered by African-Australians who apply to Victoria Police. The program is designed to assist and provide support to applicants. 

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Multicultural Community Perspectives on Disability and the NDIS

The World is OursThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) consulted with migrant and refugee community members to identify what facilitates or hinders access to the NDIS and other disability services for them, their families, and their communities. ECCV wanted to better understand if and how the NDIS has improved the lives and wellbeing of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities. It was found that many community members face significant difficulties accessing appropriate disability services, lack adequate knowledge, and are currently prevented from participating and reaching their full potential in society.

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New paper to assist migration to regional areas

Regional Australia Institute LogoThe Regional Australia Institute has released a new paper aimed at helping regional communities to attract and retain migrants from Australia’s cities or overseas, new arrivals on skilled working visas, or humanitarian grounds.

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‘Clearly wrong’: Bruce Pascoe on what people get wrong about Australian Indigenous history

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Bruce Pascoe is an Indigenous writer from the Bunurong clan. Recognised as one of Australia’s most influential Indigenous historians, he thinks generations of Australians have been misled into the false belief that Indigenous Australians were a hunter-gatherer society prior to British colonisation.

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Violence Against Women in CALD Communities

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Violence Against Women occurs across the social spectrum and in all cultures. However certain groups of women are particularly vulnerable to being victimised, and men to perpetrating violence, owing to their greater exposure to known risk factors for this violence. Among these are some CALD communities. This report examines this issue from many perspectives and is a well-resourced overview for those entering the field of dealing with Violence Against Women in CALD Communities.

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Considering a Greater Shepparton Affordable Housing Policy

neighbourhood housingThe Victorian Government has amended the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to define affordable housing. This is to encourage an increase in affordable housing through local councils seeking a voluntary affordable housing contribution, as part of planning approval processes.

The City of Greater Shepparton has taken action to lay the foundations for a Draft Greater Shepparton Affordable Housing Policy. This policy will look at how issues around social housing, affordability and homelessness can be addressed at a local level.

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Homelessness on agenda at morning tea

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Homelessness is on the agenda at a networking event in Shepparton next month.

The morning tea, hosted by Hume Region Homelessness Network, is at Friars Cafe on August 6.

The network is made up of 14 homelessness funded agencies across the region which raise awareness for homelessness in communities and collaborate on relevant issues.

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