Afghan Community Consultation: Issues Impacting Shepparton’s Afghan Community Before and After the Beginning of COVID-19

Ethnic Council logoThis report presents the findings of a study undertaken by the Ethnic Council Shepparton and District on the issues impacting Shepparton’s Afghan community before and after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Year 2020. The study was conducted via community consultation with 84 Afghan community members in Shepparton through several Focus Group Discussions and an online survey. The Key Findings are presented below, and the full report is provided.

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Successful Settlement in Shepparton: A Case Study on the role of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton presented at FECCA 2022

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Successful Settlement in Shepparton – A Case Study on the role of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton in supporting settlement and social cohesion is a presentation by Board Chair Maria Brown-Shepherd and Manager Chris Hazelman O.A.M., at the FECCA 2022 Conference, Melbourne on June 17, 2022.

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Call for Volunteer Tutors


The Volunteer Tutor Scheme is where members of the Goulburn Valley community are trained in teaching English to new arrivals and spend 1-2 hours with GOTAFE students out of class times to help them, particularly with their spoken English which many say they struggle with.

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Messages from FECCA 2022

FECCA 2022 OpeningOn 16 June, newly-sworn in Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles gave his first speech at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference currently underway in Melbourne. The speech was warmly accepted by conference attendees. FECCA 2022 has issued a communique outlining the agreements reached during the conference sessions.

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Bukjeh at SAM: Beginning Refugee Week with the stories of Shepparton

 The SAM and Bukjeh team.

In Arabic, Bukjeh is the name for a small pack of belongings carried by travellers and refugees. These few objects paint an intimate portrait of their carrier, with each item holding memories and histories of places that were once home.

Led by artist and creator Aseel Tayah, Bukjeh at SAM will transport its audience on a journey through performances of music, dance, poetry and spoken-word depicting the stories of Bukjeh from the Shepparton community at Shepparton Art Museum on 18 June 2022.

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Victorian vegetable farm M&G Vizzarri fined $60k for using illegal workers

farm fined $60k for using illegal workers

Australia’s largest grower of asparagus and broccolini has been fined $60,000 for its role in engaging illegal workers. M&G Vizzarri Proprietary Limited, headed by Giuseppe Vizzarri, was convicted of breaching the Migration Act after pleading guilty to eight charges of allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work.

It faced one further charge of allowing a lawful non-citizen to work in breach of a work-related condition.

Last year the court jailed Sarith Kit for his involvement in the illegal worker scheme by hiring undocumented workers from Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.

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Arabic Language Resources – Rental Guides

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Tenants Victoria have produced a number of video in Arabic language as guide for renting. There are resources in Arabic including our Renting Hot Topics Guide and YouTube video on issues including bonds and minimum standards for rental homes.

فيما يلي مواردنا باللغة العربية بما في ذلك دليل الموضوعات الهامة للإيجار و فيديوهات على اليوتوب حول مسائل تتعلق بالسندات و معايير الحد الأدنى لتأجير المنازل

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