Extreme Hardship Support Program Sessions

Hardship Payments Increased

The Victorian Government is doubling an assistance payment for those experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a $50 million program to make sure people are not falling through the cracks.

The Government has commissioned the Red Cross to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to those doing it tough during the pandemic who are not eligible for Commonwealth support or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

Beginning 10th March 2021, 1.00pm, the Brotherhood of St Laurence will be holding weekly information sessions for Extreme Hardship Support Program for all community organisations across the sector, including Ethno-specific, multifaith and other stake holders. These sessions will be in English, however if you have a group that requires an interpreter, interpreter sessions will be arranged.

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Harmony Day Celebration

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is celebrated annually on 21 March in Australia. Harmony Day began in 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This year, Shepparton’s Harmony Day will be celebrated on Saturday, 20 March 2021, at African House, Poplar Road, Shepparton from 12:00pm with lunch and guest speakers. All are welcome.

Guest speakers include Chin Tan, Race Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; Dr Judy Tang, Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ali al-Battat, coordinator of Youth of Colour and Culture Program, and Paul Briggs, Executive Chair of the Kaiela Institute.

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Victorian School of Languages 2021

ictorian School of Languages logoThe Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a government school with a strong history of commitment to the provision of language programs for students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those languages in their mainstream schools. Saturday classes will commence at the Maguire Campus from February 6th. Online classes are also available.

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Impacts of COVID-19 in our region – Local research findings from the Department of Rural Health

UniMelb LogoThe University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invite you to our first Public Webinar for 2021 titled, Impacts of COVID-19 in our Region Local research findings from the Department of Rural Health online at 5:30pm – 6:30pm Tuesday 23rd March, 2021.

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An employer’s guide to working with refugees

Refugee employeeThe Refugee and Migrant Services Advisory Council and the Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services have collaborated to produce ‘An Employers Guide to working with Refugees‘. Not only do businesses that employ refugees help to ensure the success of Australia’s settlement program but they also reap the benefits that come from a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities

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Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) is a service provider to the CALD disability community and provides advice on negotiating plans for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. ADEC are offering sessions on understanding the Aged Care Royal Commission for CALD disabled peoples until June 2021.

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Response to Aged Care Royal Commission final report – FECCA

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FECCA – the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia today welcomes the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and acknowledges the Federal Government’s early commitment to systemic reform of aged care and additional funding for the sector.

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Migrant Women & Mental Health

Migrant women and mental healthThe mental health impacts of migration can be overwhelming. Factors may include adapting to a new environment, language barriers, and isolation. Shubhra Arora will be sharing her insights on ‘Migrant Women and Mental Health’. This webinar will be a 30-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q & A session online on Zoom on Tuesday, 9th March 2021.

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