ACT Multicultural Community eNews Bulletin 25

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ACT Multicultural Community eNews Bulletin 25
NEWSLETTER
ACT Multicultural Community eNews
26 June 2014 – Edition 25
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Events
new Lecture
Home Business Career Information Seminars
30 June / 21 July
new NewAccess
– Armenian genocide and Australia’s
humanitarian response
27 June
– a new way to access free
psychological services
1 July, 23 July and 1 August
GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
e [email protected]
t 133 427
w www.communityservices.act.gov.au
The ACT Human Rights Act Tenth Anniversary:
Continuing the Dialogue
1 July
2014 Festa Julina!
5 July
Notices
new Yellow Edge
and StudyCanberra scholarship
closes 30 June
A Winter Evening of Multicultural Entertainment
5 July
Midwinter Finnish Christmas in July
5 July
2014 NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony
7 July
new 2014
Older Persons Assembly – Consultations
10 July
ed-space (headspaceACT information seminars)
29 July
new Tracing
We want to hear what is important for children
and young people in the ACT
closes 30 June
Got a youth project idea? Apply for Youth
InterACT Grant Now!
applications close 4 July
Integrated Women’s Network (IWN) community
survey
closes 9 July
Participation (Multicultural) Grants Program
closes 11 July
your family in Europe – Genealogy
Workshop
1 August
Devdas – The Musical
16 August
Free training course: Engaging people to talk
about problem gambling issues
20 August
Free training course: Beyond smoke and mirrors
– dealing with problem gambling
28 August
Have your say – University of Canberra Public
Hospital Service Delivery Plan
closes 16 July
fusion14 – an explosion of cultural energy
EOIs close 11 August
Five CPA Australia Indigenous
Accounting/Business Scholarships on offer
applications close 30 November
new Government funded training
opportunities
new Young
2015 National Multicultural Festival
13-15 February 2015
Women’s Enrichment Grants –
applications close 15 August
New flexible bus system to improve service for
transport disadvantaged
NewAccess – a new way to access free
psychological services
Can you help promote careers as a TIS National
interpreter?
National Days (June/July/August)
Shiamak Davar Bollywood Dance Academy
NDIS registration now open for ACT service
providers
Free Drug and Alcohol Counselling Services
Free Diabetes Education Sessions
Around the Melting Pot
Development of a discussion paper on the new
ACT Multicultural
Framework/Strategy 2014-2018
Starting the conversation about advance care
planning
Consider Hosting an International Student
What’s on at Parliament House (Winter 2014)
My Time to Swim
Community Leader Scholarships
PhD Research on highly skilled migrant women in
Australia
Support available for seniors as part of SINC
Program
ACT microcredit program
What is the Women’s Return to Work Grants
Program?
Events
Lecture – Armenian genocide and Australia’s humanitarian response
Manning Clark House will be presenting a lecture this Friday on Armenian genocide and Australia’s
humanitarian response. The lecture will be given by an expert on the Armenian genocide,
Vicken Babkenian.
Nibbles and drinks will be provided.
Manning Clark House is very proud to present a talk by Vicken Babkenian, independent researcher for the
Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He will be speaking about his research for a new
book on Australia’s humanitarian response to the Armenian Genocide, coauthored by historian Peter
Stanley.
Vicken has written extensively about the Armenian genocide including “Edith May Glanville: Champion of
the Armenian Relief Fund,” Journal of the Ashfield and District Historical Society, 2008, and “A
Humanitarian Journey: the Reverend James Edwin Cresswell and the Armenian Relief Fund,” Journal of
the Historical Society of South Australia, 2009.
The talk will be held in the historic home of Manning and Dymphna Clark where an exhibition of
photographs and documents from the genocide is currently being exhibited.
When:
Friday June 27, 2014
Time:
5:30pm
Where:
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest ACT
Cost:
Entry: $10 ($7 concession, free for Manning Clark House members)
More info:
To avoid disappointment, please book by phone 02 6295 1808 or email
[email protected]
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Home Business Career Information Seminars
ACT Community Services through the Office for Women-Return to Work Grant and Lighthouse Business
Innovation Centre have joined together to help entrepreneurial women who currently are on low incomes
in the ACT plan for and develop their ideas for home-based businesses.
Join us for a free information seminar and learn more about:
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How to plan, start and grow business ideas and models
Business and marketing basics and resources
Support for women on low incomes through ACT Return to Work Grants and the ACT Microcredit
program including no-interest and low fee microcredit loans and mentoring.
Guest speakers include specialists in business areas and experienced entrepreneurs.
When:
Time:
Business Models - 30 June 2014 - 10am to 2pm
Our Stories - 21 July 2014 - 10am to 2pm
See above
Where:
Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City
Cost:
Free
More info:
RSVP: Bookings are essential! Email [email protected] or call
1300 365 514
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NewAccess – a new way to access free psychological services
About the program
NewAccess is an early intervention program which provides easily accessible, free and quality services for
people with mild to moderate depression or anxiety and who are currently not receiving treatment.
NewAccess is a beyondblue program administered by ACT Medicare Local.
What does the program involve?
NewAccess is a confidential and independent service offering up to six sessions of self-guided, low
intensity treatment and support. This treatment may be delivered face-to-face or over the phone. The
NewAccess approach involves the use of practical self-help strategies, which are designed to bring about
positive and immediate changes in the person’s quality of life, by looking at changing unhealthy thinking
habits, feelings and behaviours.
Each new client of the program will participate in an initial assessment, usually within 24-48 hours. This
will enable a tailored program to be developed to meet the individual’s needs. If the coach determines
that the client requires more intensive service and support (eg one-on-one therapy with a psychologist)
this will be arranged.
How to access the program
There are a number of ways to access the program. Interested individuals can self-refer or alternatively
the referral pathway can be through the employer, community services representative, a GP or other
health professional.
When:
Free information sessions on NewAccess are being held on:
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Tuesday 1 July 2014 (Belconnen Library)
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Wednesday 23 July 2014 (Tuggeranong Library) and
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Tuesday 12 August 2014 (Woden Library).
For session times, please go to the below website.
Cost:
Free
More info:
For further information, please go to: www.act.gov.au/newaccess.
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The ACT Human Rights Act Tenth Anniversary: Continuing the Dialogue
This year is the tenth anniversary of the enactment of Australia’s first human rights act. To mark this
occasion the ACT Human Rights Commission is partnering with the Australian National University to
present a symposium on the Human Rights Act 2004 to be held on Tuesday 1 July 2014—ten years to the
day that the Act entered into force.
Speakers include the former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, Chief Justice Helen Murrell, Attorney-General
Simon Corbell, Professor Hilary Charlesworth and Professor Andrew Byrnes.
When:
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Cost:
There is no charge for attending this conference, but registration is essential as places are
limited.
More info:
Please send your name, any affiliation, contact details and any dietary restrictions to
Ms Nicci Coad at [email protected] by Friday 20 June.
2014 Festa Julina!
The Brazilian Association of Canberra Inc presents Festa Julina!
This fundraising party is a feast of Brazilian food, music and traditional dance.
Great typical Brazilian food and drinks, such as:
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Vinho quente, quentao, guarana, etc
Coxinha, kibe, cachorro quente, croquete de carne com milho, caldo de feijao, etc
Canjica, arroz doce, curau, diversos tipos de bolo e muitos outros…
When:
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Time:
5pm to 9pm
Where:
Brazilian Embassy, 19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla
A Winter Evening of Multicultural Entertainment
The Canberra Multicultural Artists Association Inc presents “A Winter Evening of Multicultural
Entertainment”.
When:
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Time:
6pm to 10pm
Where:
Macedonian Community Hall, 266 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost:
Adult $20 (food included) / Children (under 10) free
More info:
Contacts: Ron 0419 229 298 | Denzil 0418 265 535 | Vedant 0431 318 025 | Terry 0404
827 416 | Chander 0421 820 275 | Ravi 0414 859 758
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Midwinter Finnish Christmas in July
If you are a lover of Gingerbread Cookies, mulled wine and all things Christmas, then you are cordially
invited to join us for a Midwinter Finnish Christmas in July celebration!
We will be serving Karelian stew, baked ham, hot smoked Atlantic Salmon, casseroles filled with winter
vegetables, golden syrup and spices, winter salads and rice pudding with coffee and plum tarts to round
off!
There will be music and other fun things to fill the night with Christmas cheer, BYO alcoholic drinks, soft
drinks available at the venue.
When:
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Time:
5pm to 10pm
Where:
Senior Citizens Club, 10 Watson Street, Turner
Cost:
Tickets $25 Members, $15 Juniors,
$35 members’ guests and $20 their children
Bookings with payment need to be made by Thursday 3 July
More info:
Mirja Virenius 0409 830 831, [email protected] | Anita Salonen 6231 0361 | or
Liisa Jormanainen 6292 2678
2014 Week flag raising ceremony
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Shane Rattenbury MLA invites you to attend the
ACT Government’s Official Flag Raising Ceremony, Celebration and Reception.
When:
Monday, 7 July 2014
Time:
11am
Where:
Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City
Cost:
Free
More info:
RSVP by Friday, 27 June 2014 on 6207 9348 or email [email protected]
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2014 Older Persons Assembly – Consultations
TUGGERANONG
Members of the public are invited to attend a community consultation forum to provide input into the
second ACT Older Persons Assembly which is to be held in October 2014.
By popular demand, the four forums held in June are being supplemented with an additional forum in the
Tuggeranong area.
To RSVP call 6205 0303 during business hours. You do not need to be a Tuggeranong resident to attend.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Nomination forms for the Assembly can now be filled in online at the above web address, or forms can be
sent to you by emailing [email protected] or calling 6205 0303.
Priority will be given to nominees who have attended one of our consultation forums.
When:
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Time:
1pm to 3pm
Where:
Tuggeranong Seniors Centre, 101 Cowlishaw Street (on the bend), Greenway
Cost:
Free
More info:
For more information on the ACT Older Persons Assembly on 1 October 2014 go to
http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/wac/ageing/OPA or call 6205 0749.
ed-space (headspaceACT information seminars)
headspace ACT runs free information and education seminars about mental health and wellbeing
(ed-space). Topics include: Anxiety, Depression, Eating and Body Image, Sleeping difficulties, etc.
Presentations are designed for parents and carers of young people between the ages of 12 to 25 years,
and are informative and practical. All welcome.
Upcoming 2014 topics:
Tuesday 29 July Self Harm
Tuesday 26 August Borderline Personally Disorder
Tuesday 30 September Abuse, Trauma and PTSD
Tuesday 28 October Enhancing family life – coping with changes (Substance Use)
Tuesday 25 November Psychosis
When:
On the last Tuesday evening of the month.
Time:
Arrive 5:30pm (tea & coffee provided) for 6pm presentation. 1 hour presentation (with time
for questions).
Where:
At headspace ACT, University of Canberra, Bruce.
Cost:
RSVP encouraged (via phone or email), however you are most welcome to just turn up on
the night.
More info:
RSVP via phone or email P: (02) 6201 5343 | E: [email protected]
See our website for more details: www.headspace.org.au/ACT
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Tracing your family in Europe – Genealogy Workshop
Genealogy and history expert, Raoul Middelmann, will talk about how to search official, church and other
records for details of births deaths and marriages in the different parts of Europe.
He will also discuss the social, environmental and political influences on migration from Europe to
Australia.
Raoul is happy to answer questions and tailor his talk to the specific interests of the participants and will
provide notes about sources of information, records and websites.
Come along and learn about how to do your family research on the European branches of your family
tree.
There will be handouts to take home and morning tea.
When:
Friday, 1 August 2014
Time:
10am to 12noon
Where:
Queanbeyan City Library, 6 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan
Cost:
More info:
Bookings
Brigid Whitbread 62856256
[email protected]
Devdas – The Musical
After opening to sell-out shows in Sydney in 2013, Devdas The Musical, the heart-breaking tale that has
fascinated Bollywood for over 50 years, is being re-told in an original musical at Canberra.
With all the glamour and extravagance of Bollywood, and a cast of 50 dazzling dancers, 15
instrumentalists, percussionists, vocalists and over 400 spectacular costumes adorned with 1,000 pieces
of intricate Indian Jewellery - the stage will be ablaze with colour and sound in true Bollywood style.
Set in the early 1900s, Devdas is the story of childhood sweethearts Paro and Devdas separated due to the
difference in their social status. Unable to bear the agony of a life without Paro, Devdas turns to alcohol
and Chandramukhi, a beautiful and rich courtesan who gives it all up for the love of a man who could
never be hers.
When:
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Time:
6.30pm
Where:
Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost:
See website for details
More info:
www.devdasthemusical.com & www.facebook.com/devdasthemusical
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Free training course: Engaging people to talk about problem gambling issues
Free training is available for community sector workers assisting people who may have problems with
gambling.
Many people with gambling problems seek help for other problems such as financial difficulties,
relationship, housing, mental health or drug and alcohol problems before seeking help for their gambling
problems. It is likely that community sector workers in these non gambling specific areas will encounter
people with gambling problems. This training will increase awareness and skills for these workers
equipping them to help their clients begin the process of change.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
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Recognising problem gambling
Raising the issue of gambling
Assessment of gambling and related concerns
Measuring readiness for change in relation to gambling
Working with reluctance and resistance to changing gambling
Overview of best practice in the gambling context
Gambling specific referral options
This free one day course is run by the Centre for Continuing Welfare Training. Tea/Coffee, morning tea
and lunch are provided.
When:
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Time:
9:00am to 4:30pm
Where:
Woden CIT, Ainsworth Street, Phillip
Cost:
Free
More info:
For more information or to book a place at the courses, please contact Alex Ingham at the
ACT Gambling and Racing Commission on 6207 0305 or
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
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Free training course: Beyond smoke and mirrors – dealing with problem
gambling
The 'Beyond Smoke and Mirrors' training course provides participants with an understanding of the
reasons why their clients may not disclose their problems with gambling or may not fully disclose the
extent of the problem. An understanding of the reasons for and the mechanisms of deception can also
assist non specialist community sector workers and counsellors work more effectively with clients
affected by the gambling problems of a family member. The background for this material is drawn from
the experience of financial, legal, welfare, and personal counsellors who work with the negative
consequences of problem gambling.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the training course 'Engaging People to Talk
about Problem Gambling Issues' and 'Opportunistic Interventions in the Problem Gambling'. Community
sector workers who attended these courses are encouraged to attend the 'Beyond Smoke and Mirrors'
course. Attendance at these earlier courses is not mandatory.
The topics covered include:
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Gambling and the gambler's experience
Problem gambling
The cycle of problem gambling
The hidden downside of problem gambling
Common patterns of deception
Protection and support for partners, families and children
Working with deception both conscious and unconscious
Gambling counselling
Crisis strategies and referral sources for clients in crisis
Referral pathways and resources
This free one day course run by the Centre for Continuing Welfare Training. Tea/Coffee, morning tea and
lunch are provided.
When:
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Time:
9:00am to 4:30pm
Where:
Woden CIT, Ainsworth Street, Phillip
Cost:
Free
More info:
For more information or to book a place at the courses, please contact Alex Ingham at the
ACT Gambling and Racing Commission on 6207 0305 or
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
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2015 National Multicultural Festival
A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun is set to transform Canberra when the 2015
National Multicultural Festival unfolds in the city centre next February.
The festival will feature all the key events and performances it’s renowned for, including: the Food and
Dance Spectacular, Greek Glendi, Carnival in the City, Chinese New Year and Pacific Island Showcase.
During the 2014 festival, more than 250,000 people flocked to the heart of the city to revel in Canberra’s
love affair with its cultural diversity.
When:
13-15 February 2015
Time:
Lunchtime Friday to 5pm Sunday
Where:
Civic
Cost:
Free
More info:
http://multiculturalfestival.com.au/about-us/
Notices
Yellow Edge and StudyCanberra scholarship
Applications are now open for the Yellow Edge and StudyCanberra scholarship which offers one Canberra
resident the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Practices Program (GLPP) in China.
The ACT Government has partnered with local corporate and government training and education provider
Yellow Edge to offer one passionate Canberran the chance to attend the 2014 GLPP at the prestigious
China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP). The scholarship is part of the Government’s
StudyCanberra program which aims to promote Canberra as a leading education destination for domestic
and international students. Applications are open to any ACT resident who works in the private or notfor-profit sector and is passionate about spreading the program’s key messages abroad.
The successful candidate will gain an insight in to Government structures and decision making systems;
the Chinese Leadership System; the Australia-China strategic relationship; and China’s social, agricultural
and industrial development.
After attending the programme, participants will enjoy stronger global literacy, a national and
international network of peers and increased professional confidence.
Applications close on 30 June 2014 so if you are interested in applying be sure to familiarise yourself with
the application process early.
More info:
The ACT Government invites individuals from the business or not-for-profit sector to find out
more about the scholarship at www.studycbr.com.au.
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We want to hear what is important for children and young people in the ACT
The ACT Government is developing a commitment for children and young people and wants to hear what
is important to you.
Canberra has a lot going for it, but there is always room for improvement. We would like to hear what’s
important to you and how our community could focus efforts to ensure that all children and young people
enjoy those things that are most important.
We invite you to complete our short survey on the ACT Government Time to Talk website
(www.timetotalk.act.gov.au)
When:
Open until 30 June 2014
More info:
Updates on the project will be posted on the Community Services Directorate website:
www.communityservices.act.gov.au
If you need free access to a computer and/or WIFI to complete the survey, visit your local
library.
Got a youth project idea? Apply for Youth InterACT Grant Now!
The Youth InterACT Grants aim to provide young people aged 12 to 25 or organisations who work with
young people with funding to organise projects, events, activities and programs that benefit other young
people in the ACT.
Organisations are also welcome to apply for Grants to run projects, events activities or programs for young
people aged 12 to 25 in the ACT.
The Grants aim to get young people to develop and put into action youth focused projects in their
community.
Up to $1,500 in one-off funding is available per applicant.
Applications for Youth InterACT Grants close Friday 4 July 2014.
To apply for a Youth InterACT Grant go to www.dhcs.smartygrants.com.au
More info:
For further information go to www.youth.act.gov.au or email [email protected]
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Integrated Women’s Network (IWN) community survey
You are invited to participate in the IWN community survey.
You are eligible to participate if you are a woman over the age of 18 years and living in the ACT or
surrounding region.
Community Survey for the Betterment of IWN Services
IWN is a wing of Integrated Cultures ACT Inc. The Network aims to integrate women of South East Asian
origin, from diverse cultural backgrounds and interests, with the larger Australian community, to build a
stronger Australia through awareness, empowerment and connectivity. The focus of this group is on
advocacy, positive affirmative action, and prevention of violence against women, mentorship and
dissemination of timely information, thus enabling women’s empowerment with discussion and fun
activities. The goal and vision of this group is to further Respect and Recognition – supporting, celebrating
and encouraging the full participation and contribution of women in every aspect of community.
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 IWN community survey. This survey is intended to
provide information about the community we serve and will help support our current work and also to
better plan our future activities and events. Your input will contribute to developing future advocacy and
service delivery agendas and will serve as a significant reference point. The information that we collect
will be kept completely private and will remain confidential. Your personal information will not be
disclosed to a third party unless required by law. Your responses will be converted to de-identified data.
The data collected is anonymous, none of the responses you give will be directly linked to you as an
individual and no one will be identified in the data collected and all reporting will be at an aggregated
level.
By completing this survey you are consenting to your data being used for the purpose set forth here. You
may answer as many questions as you wish to, though it is preferable that all questions be answered.
Please find the link below for the IWN survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YXZRQY3
The survey is open from 28 May 2014 until 9 July 2014. Please forward this to as many women as you
can.
Your response is very valuable to us and is very much appreciated.
More info:
If you would like further information about the IWN survey, please contact Jayanti Gupta on
[email protected]
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Participation (Multicultural) Grants Program
Applications are now open for the 2014-15 Participation (Multicultural) Grants Program. The aim of the
Program is to enhance the ACT community through the development of innovative projects that
contribute to sustainable communities by highlighting and promoting cultural diversity and social
harmony.
A total funding amount of $260,000 is available under the 2014-15 program. Locally-based community
organisations and groups are strongly encouraged to apply online for funding for activities that fall within
the following categories:
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2015 National Multicultural Festival;
Community Radio Stations and Multicultural Community Broadcasters; and
Multicultural Community Participation and Social Harmony.
All applications are to be completed online. If you require assistance, please contact the Office of
Multicultural Affairs by telephone on 02 6205 3047 or by emailing [email protected]
When:
Online applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 11 July 2014.
More info:
Guidelines and information on the online application process are available from the
following link:
http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/multicultural/services/grants/participation_mult
icultural_grants_program
Have your say – University of Canberra Public Hospital Service Delivery Plan
The University of Canberra Public Hospital Service Delivery Plan defines what services are proposed to be
delivered by the facility, in what physical setting, by what group of staff, and sets out the interrelationships
between these services.
The plan has been released for public consultation. You now have the opportunity to provide your
comments.
The Service Delivery Plan and further information is available on the ACT Government’s Time to Talk
consultation web site or on the Health Infrastructure Program web page.
Comments about the Plan can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Health Infrastructure Program,
University of Canberra Public Hospital Service Delivery Plan, PO Box 11, Woden ACT 2606 by
Wednesday, 16 July 2014.
Health Infrastructure Program – Investing in Canberra’s health
More info:
For further information, contact the Redevelopment Unit on 6174 8088 or email
[email protected]
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fusion14 – an explosion of cultural energy
FUSION14 is set to be bigger and better than ever before!
On Saturday 18 October 2014 from 4pm – 9pm the City of Wagga Wagga’s spectacular Civic Centre
Precinct is set to burst into life with the sights, sounds, tastes and scents from around the world. Last year
8000+ people of all ages came together to take part in this annual celebration of cultural diversity,
community harmony and the arts.
DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE DISH?
Why not share the signature dish that your customers rave about! Last year festival-goers were treated to
mouth-watering flavours from Burma, Chile, India, Italy, Singapore, Southern-Sudan, Thailand, The
Netherlands, United States of America and West Africa.
Expressions of Interest from stallholders and street food vendors will be accepted until
5pm EST Monday 11 August 2014.
More info:
For more information on how to apply visit www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/fusion
call 1300 292 442 or email [email protected]
Five CPA Australia Indigenous Accounting/Business Scholarships on offer
CPA Australia is seeking five applications for its Indigenous Scholarship program.
The below links provide additional information:
 the scholarship page
 ATSI scholarship application
Applicants can currently be Associate Members or new applicants to CPA Australia.
Applications should provide certified true copies of their supporting documentation, and be emailed to
[email protected]
Applications close 30 November 2014
More info:
If you have any questions regarding the application or scholarship, please feel free to
contact:
Ms Kate Randall, Senior Assessment Advisor, CPA Australia
Telephone: (03) 9606 9932
Email: [email protected]
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Government funded training opportunities
The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has limited places available for eligible applicants in the areas
listed below.
AREA OF STUDY
WORK
PLACEMENT
INCLUDED
Skill set of 1 unit from Certificate II in Automotive Body
Repair Technology, 1 unit from Certificate II in
Engineering, 3 units from Certificate I in Skills for
Vocational Pathways
Certificate III in Disability, 4 units from Foundations Skills
Skill set of 6 units from Certificate III in Community
Services Work, 4 units from Certificate I in Skills for
Vocational Pathways
Certificate II in Hospitality, 3 units from Certificate II in
Foundation Skills English for Employment, Study and Life
Skill set of one unit from Certificate II in Construction
Pathways and Course in English for Employment, Study
and Life
STUDENT
FEES (*)
DELIVERY
$200
8 weeks – 14
hours per
week (2 x 7
hour days per
week)
$400
3 – 5 days per
week within
school hours
$200
3 – 5 days per
week within
school hours
$300
18 weeks – 6
hours per
week (2 x 3
hour days per
week)
$200
5 hours per
week over 9
weeks (1 x 5
hour days per
week)
*CIT has a range of fee options available to assist students in paying their fees.
You may be eligible for this government funded training if you are a:
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youth aged 15 – 24 years
mature aged person
person with a disability
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
active jobseeker
volunteer
casual employee.
With high employment outcomes, support with your study and a relaxed environment, CIT will give you
the best chance of success.
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Places in the Priority Support Program are for ACT residents or for an existing worker, working for an ACT
employer with an ACT worksite address.
The Priorities Support Program is a training initiative funded by the ACT Government.
More info:
For more information about these courses or to find out if you are eligible for this funding
please contact Shirley Coulson on (02) 6207 7913.
Young Women's Enrichment Grants – applications open
Girls and young women with a particular passion – be it sports, music or beekeeping – are encouraged to
apply for the 2014 Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants program.
Applications for the grants program are open to girls and women aged 13-18 who are residents of the ACT
and attend an ACT educational facility or are home schooled in the ACT.
The grants provide an opportunity for young women to make decisions, take responsibility, or initiate
projects in collaboration with experienced mentors. Successful applicants have used the grants to take
part in national and international taekwondo championships, to buy musical instruments, to enrol in art
classes, to train as sporting coaches and referees, and to document the skills needed for beekeeping.
This program is aligned with the ACT Women's Plan 2010-15, the objective being to develop women's skills
and expertise and increase their participation in decision-making and leadership roles.
Five successful applicants will receive up to $2,000 each.
The grants are part of the ACT Audrey Fagan Scholarships Program, established in 2007 to honour the
former ACT Chief Police Officer's contribution to women in public life at the highest level and to inspire
other women to make a difference in the community.
Applications close on 15 August 2014.
More info:
For more information visit www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women.
New flexible bus system to improve service for transport disadvantaged
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community
transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, the ACT Government
will also pilot an improved community transport coordination system.
The development of an electronic booking system to coordinate ACTION’s existing special needs transport
buses to flexibly serve people with particular transport needs, such as the elderly and disabled, is the first
stage of the pilot study.
Passengers will be able to book the service up to the day before travel. The flexible routes then vary from
day to day depending on the request of passengers.
When fully developed the booking system will record the details and travel requirements of eligible
passengers and, where possible, match their requirements with the transport needs of other passengers
as well as vehicles in the area.
The regular transport network doesn’t work for every person in every place – for example an older person
without a car who has trouble walking to a bus stop. This flexible transport network is designed to ensure
these people can still travel conveniently, to shop, visit family or friends or run other errands.
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The initial trial is funded using a $500,000 allocation from the 2014-15 ACT Budget. It will improve
community bus services in suburbs within the inner north, inner south, Belconnen, Woden and Weston
suburbs.
When fully operational the community transport coordination system will manage all community
transport resources, including government, community and private services.
The service will mean far more than a simple lift from one point to another; it is an opportunity to enhance
social inclusion in Canberra.
More info:
In coming weeks ACTION will release further details on the pilot service and how eligible
people can access it.
NewAccess – a new way to access free psychological services
About the program
NewAccess is an early intervention program which provides easily accessible, free and quality services for
people with mild to moderate depression or anxiety and who are currently not receiving treatment.
NewAccess is a beyondblue program administered by ACT Medicare Local.
What does the program involve?
NewAccess is a confidential and independent service offering up to six sessions of self-guided, low
intensity treatment and support. This treatment may be delivered face-to-face or over the phone. The
NewAccess approach involves the use of practical self-help strategies, which are designed to bring about
positive and immediate changes in the person’s quality of life, by looking at changing unhealthy thinking
habits, feelings and behaviours.
Each new client of the program will participate in an initial assessment, usually within 24-48 hours. This
will enable a tailored program to be developed to meet the individual’s needs. If the coach determines
that the client requires more intensive service and support (eg one-on-one therapy with a psychologist)
this will be arranged.
NewAccess Information Sessions
Free information sessions on NewAccess are being held on:
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Tuesday 1 July 2014 (Belconnen Library)
Wednesday 23 July 2014 (Tuggeranong Library) and
Tuesday 12 August 2014 (Woden Library).
For session times, please go to the website below.
How to access the program
There are a number of ways to access the program. Interested individuals can self-refer or alternatively
the referral pathway can be through the employer, community services representative, a GP or other
health professional.
More info:
For further information, please go to:
https://actgovssc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2032.
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Shiamak Davar Bollywood Dance Academy
The world famous Shiamak Davar Bollywood Dance Academy is now open in Canberra.
Learn the latest Bollywood Moves first hand at SHIAMAK's Bollywood Jazz Dance Classes!!!
Shiamak Davar, an ace Bollywood Choreographer and Dance Guru now brings his Dance Academy to
Canberra!!!
Dance classes for Kids, Preteens, Adults & Senior Citizens
When:
Every Sunday, starting from 8 June 2014
Where:
Canberra Dance Theatre Studio, Kingsley Street, Canberra City
More info:
For more details and registration call: 0481 160 106
or email: [email protected]
or visit: www.shiamakdavar.com.au
NDIS registration now open for ACT service providers
Community service providers planning to operate in the ACT under the National Disability Insurance
Scheme (NDIS) when it officially begins on 1 July can now register online.
The registration process will help providers deliver services to NDIS participants who elect to have their
funds managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Registration means providers are able to deliver services to NDIS participants who have their funding
package, or a portion of it, managed by the NDIA.
Registration applies to all existing ACT service providers, as well as those planning to set up in the ACT. It
does not matter if you are a sole practitioner or a large national organisation, registration is your best
opportunity to engage with the more than 5,000 people who will eventually become NDIS participants
here in the ACT.
Participants can have confidence that registered service providers have met requirements in relation to
qualifications, approvals, experience and capacity to deliver approved supports. People with disability and
their families and carers will be able to search online for services to deliver their supports, ensuring
greater choice and control.
Registered providers will also get access to the NDIS online Provider Portal, which will assist with invoicing
and financial management. Providers can register online via http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/297.
More info:
For more information email [email protected]
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Free Drug and Alcohol Counselling Services
Are you or someone you know, experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drug use? Do you think you might
be drinking too much? Are you concerned about long term health impacts of alcohol consumption?
If you are looking for advice or information about addressing difficulties associated with alcohol or drug
use, the following services provide free and confidential advice and counselling options:
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Counselling and Treatment Service (CTS), Alcohol and Drug Service, ACT Health: CTS qualified
health professionals provide alcohol and other drug counselling for people who are concerned
about the level and/or consequences of their use and any associated psychosocial problems. The
service is available for adults, young people, family members and carers. A range of therapeutic
groups are also provided.
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ACT Health 24 Hour Help Line: This 24 hour Intake and Help line is staffed by qualified,
professional workers from the ACT Health Alcohol and Drug Service. It provides:
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Information on alcohol and other drug and associated issues;
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Crisis intervention and referral
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Support to people directly or indirectly affected by alcohol and other drug issues.
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Directions ACT: Directions ACT provide drug and alcohol counselling services for individuals,
their families and friends, in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. Directions ACT
also offer support groups and a variety of other services for alcohol and drug users or those
affected by alcohol and drug use.
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Counselling Online: Counselling Online is a service where anyone seeking help or information
about alcohol or drug related issues can access a professional counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, free of charge, across Australia. Counselling Online provides live, one to one text-based
counselling.
More info:
For further information on these advice and counselling options including how to access
them, see: https://actgovssc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2024.
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Free Diabetes Education Sessions
Healthy Weight Action Plan Announcement
Are you or someone you know, living with diabetes? Could you benefit from further from learning about
managing diabetes?
Diabetes ACT is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to help all people with diabetes, their
families and those at risk, and to contribute to prevention of the disease. Diabetes ACT are located in
Turner and provide a variety of diabetes education and promotion services to the ACT community,
including education groups. Participation in the education groups is free. Learning together as a group
can be an excellent way to improve your health and management of diabetes.
There are a variety of education sessions offered by Diabetes ACT including:
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Introduction to diabetes & Lifestyle management
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Healthy Eating Workshop
Reducing Risks
Nutrition Refresh and Carbohydrate Counting
Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin
More info:
For further information on these education sessions, please visit:
https://actgovssc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2026.
Around the Melting Pot
Women and girls of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds, whether newly-arrived or Australian-born,
are invited to attend a weekly get-together to share our experiences as women, pass on cooking skills to
each other and build new friendships.
Meet new people, enjoy interesting food, share stories, swap recipes and maybe try a new craft or skill.
When:
Tuesdays
Time:
11.00am – 2.00pm
Where:
Southside Community Services, 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah
Cost:
Free
More info:
Louise Wills from Southside Community Services on 61264700 or email
[email protected]
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Development of a discussion paper on the new ACT Multicultural
Framework/Strategy 2014-2018
A discussion paper is being developed for circulation throughout the Canberra community on the new ACT
Multicultural Framework/Strategy 2014-18.
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch will release the discussion paper in late July 2014 to seek
feedback, ideas and changes from all sectors of the community throughout August and September 2014.
Once that process is completed, a special multicultural summit will be held in late November 2014 to
review a draft version of the new framework/strategy with ideas and amendments incorporated before
publication in early 2015.
Release of the discussion paper will be widely publicised in local media as well as here in e-news.
More info:
The discussion paper will be available for download via the ACT Government’s Community
Services Directorate website or via email or hardcopy from the ACT Community
Participation Group, Community Services Directorate.
Starting the conversation about advance care planning
The "Be My Voice" campaign was launched on 14 May 2014 to inform the ACT community about the
importance of Advance Care Planning.
The campaign is designed to help family and friends initiate conversations with their loved ones about
their values and wishes around future healthcare. Developing an Advance Care Plan will ensure that an
individual can make decisions regarding their future healthcare while they still have the capacity to do so,
and allows them to communicate those wishes to family, friends and health care professionals.
Canberrans are urged to think about the treatments that they would or would not want and get these
down onto paper. While these conversations can be difficult and perhaps confronting, having a plan
ensures that your wishes are communicated clearly and assists loved ones when faced with difficult
decisions later on.
ACT Medicare Local, in collaboration with the ACT Heath's Respecting Patient Choices® Advance Care
Planning Program, has produced a TV and print advertisement campaign and a website as part of the "Be
My Voice" campaign.
More info:
The community can view a range of Advance Care Planning resources, and book into an
information session through the campaign's website at:www.bemyvoice.com.au. These
additional tools aim to help our local community engage in the process of Advance Care
Planning.
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Consider Hosting an International Student
The Education and Training Directorate international education program invites Canberra families to open
their homes to visiting international students and provide them a safe and nurturing place to live during
their stay in Canberra.
Placing international students with a homestay host family helps bridge the cultural and language gap,
giving students the opportunity to experience the life with an Australian family. Also Homestay parents
and their children gain a greater understanding of cultural diversity through the relationship that develops
with their student. Many host families have been providing accommodation for international students for
several years.
The Directorate is currently experiencing a shortage of homestay host families and we invite you, or
someone you know, to consider hosting a student.
More info:
Please contact Nicole King, Manager, International Education Unit on Tel 6205 6998 or
[email protected]
What’s on at Parliament House (Winter 2014)
Parliament House at work — a 25th anniversary exhibition by Anne Zahalka
Explore the work that goes on behind the scenes at Parliament House in this specially
commissioned exhibition of new works by leading Australian photographer Anne Zahalka.
■ 5 June – 10 August 2014; free entry
Celebrating the 50th year of AIATSIS: After 200 years photographic exhibition
A special opportunity to view a sample of the stunning images collected during the After 200
Years photographic project. A three year project led by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) — After 200 Years documents the different lifestyles of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote and urban communities during the
late 1980s.
■ 24 May – 13 July 2014
Get to know your Parliament
Incredible architecture, a world class art collection and riveting politics — it’s all part of the unique
fabric of Parliament House!
■ Free tours daily from 10am, 1pm and 3pm
Indulge in some retail therapy
The Parliament Shop offers a range of bespoke gifts and souvenirs including magnets and coffee
mugs that feature past and present Prime Ministers and showcase the building’s unique
architecture, tranquil gardens and impressive art collection. The shop also stocks stunning glass
works by local artists, politically themed books, Canberra region wines and chocolates, and a
range of stylish and durable bags from Crumpler.
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Reconnect with family and friends
Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the Queen’s Terrace Café is the perfect spot to catch-up with
friends or family while taking in spectacular views of Canberra.
More info:
For more information on upcoming events, tours, talks and performances keep an
eye on our website: www.aph.gov.au/visitparliament
My Time to Swim
Men’s and Women’s Only Swimming Lessons.
Programs include Learn to Swim / Casual Swimming.
The program runs from the Deakin Pool (King Street, Deakin) on a Saturday for Men and Sunday for
women. The centre is warm, as is the water temperature(perfect for those that have arthritis or injuries
etc.).
An initiative of Royal Life Saving Society Australia – ACT Branch
More info:
TO SIGN UP OR TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST: Please email your name and number to
[email protected] or call 6260 5800
*All children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Community Leader Scholarships
Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is proudly supporting community leaders who want to undertake a
significant personal, educational or study travel opportunity that will have a direct value to their
community work.
These scholarships will be run in partnership with the Westpac Foundation.
Who can apply?
You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is a leader in either a not-for-profit,
community organisation or social or private enterprise.
You must be able to demonstrate that you have a project or idea that will have a sustainable social
impact on the wellbeing of Australians at a local, state or national level.
You must also show that you have the commitment to successfully deliver your chosen project.
What are the benefits?
Successful recipients will receive awards of between $20,000 and $50,000 to help them pursue
educational opportunities.
When can I apply?
Community Leaders scholarships will be available in 2014.
More info:
For more information, please go to:
https://info.westpac.com.au/200years/scholarships-land.html
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PhD Research on highly skilled migrant women in Australia
You are invited to participate in a PhD project investigating the job experience of skilled immigrant
women in Australian labour market.
We are seeking your assistance to identify what makes a work-place environment diverse and equal in
order to ensure a fair workplace in which different backgrounds are respected and viewed as an
organisational asset.
You are eligible to participate if you are:
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A permanent immigrant of British/Chinese/Indian/Filipino background holding a Bachelor, a Master or
a PhD degree
Permanent resident (or Australian citizen)
In either on an independent visa or spouse visa
Being Australian Permanent Resident since 1999
Employed
Your participation will help to develop strategies for skilled immigrant women seeking for a job in
Australia and for their career progression. Anonymity will be preserved. You can help your own
community telling us your struggles and successes. Per and after migration.
Length of interview: 40- 60 minutes. It will depend on how long the participant wants to speak and what
they want to say about their story as a professional immigrant woman.
Place: Interviews will take place at a pre-arranged time and place convenient for the participants.
More info:
If you would like further information about the project, please do not hesitate to contact
me:
PhD researcher - Vassilissa Carangio [email protected]
Support available for seniors as part of SINC Program
CatholicCare has secured Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to provide services as part of the
Seniors in Networked Communities (SINC) Program, and we are taking referrals from people who meet
the following criteria.
This program supports people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
aged 50 years and over, who are frail with functional limitations as a result of moderate, severe and
profound disabilities.
Support is available in the following areas:
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Social Support
Personal Care
Domestic Assistance
Home Maintenance
Case Coordination
Transport
More info:
For more information please contact Karen Roberts on 6163 7683 or email at
[email protected]
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ACT microcredit program
no-interest and low-interest loans for eligible applicants to start or grow a business
The ACT Microcredit Loan Program provides a limited number of no-interest and low-interest loans from
Westpac for eligible applicants who wish to start or expand an existing business. The Lighthouse program
includes:
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Business skills development
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Individual mentoring
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Peer support
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Access to networking events.
Key target groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants, young people, women
and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex individuals on low-incomes.
Attendance at the Orientation Session or viewing it online is compulsory for all interested applicants.
Competitive loans are granted based on satisfying selection criteria.
More info:
For more information visit the website www.actmicrocredit.com.au or
telephone 1300 365 514.
What is the Women’s Return to Work Grants Program?
The Program aims to enable the provision of practical financial support to women returning to the
workforce by providing funding for them to attend short courses, pay for child care to attend interviews as
well as more formal training or education. It may also provide support for the purchase of equipment or
clothing directly related to the woman’s return to work for women on low incomes including Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women
with disabilities, younger women and older women requiring assistance in returning to paid work
following caring for a child/ family member or community member for more than twelve months in the
period of their lives.
Each grant provides up to $1,000 in assistance for women enrolling in training or other employment
associated costs that will improve their workforce skills or capacities.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a $1,000 grant under this Program, an individual must meet the following criteria:
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low income (based on Centrelink means testing);
have been out of the workforce due to caring responsibilities for 12 months or more;
not worked for more than four months (full-time or part-time equivalent) during the past 12 months;
not currently employed;
not currently on maternity, or paid/unpaid leave;
plan to return to paid work within the next 12 months;
has been a resident of the ACT for more than three months;
is not receiving financial support for all training and related costs through a Jobs Services Australia
provider or through ACT Government assistance such as Canberra Institute of Technology scholarships
while participating in this Program
not previously received a grant through the ACT Women’s Return to Work Program.
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The Program has an employment focus. Training approved through the Program will therefore be in
courses that increase work-related skills or improve job prospects.
More info:
Application forms and more information can be obtained as follows:
Website: www.women.act.gov.au
Written: Return to Work Grant Officer, Community Services Directorate, GPO Box 158,
Canberra ACT 2601
In Person: Level 2, 180 London Circuit, Civic
Telephone: 6205 2885
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Email: [email protected]
Can you help promote careers as a TIS National interpreter?
Do your clients speak an emerging language and have good English skills? Do you know someone
who is multilingual and seeking a new career direction?
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is currently recruiting to meet growing
demand for interpreting services in Australia.
You can help us promote career opportunities for interpreters using our new TIS National
interpreter recruitment flyer. You can print and display the flyer in your organisation to help raise
awareness and encourage suitable applicants to consider the rewarding career opportunities that
may be available to them.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1300 132 621
More info:
The flyer outlines our current recruitment priorities for interpreters with accreditation
from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI)
and for interpreters in emerging languages where accreditation is not available.
Download the flyer from the TIS National website at:
http://www.tisnational.gov.au/About-TIS-National/Publications-and-promotionalmaterial/TIS-National-promotional-materials-catalogue
For more information about working as a TIS National interpreter and our recruitment
process visit our Interpreter recruitment page at:
http://www.tisnational.gov.au/Interpreters/Interpreter-recruitment or contact our
Interpreter liaison team.
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National Days (June/July/August)
JUNE
01 - Jun
Samoa
Independence Day
02 - Jun
Italy
Foundation of the
Republic
06 - Jun
Sweden
National Day
10 - Jun
Portugal
Portugal Day, Camões Day
and Day of Portuguese
Communities
12 - Jun
Philippines
Independence Day
Russian Federation
National Day
17 - Jun
Iceland
National Day
18 - Jun
Seychelles
National Day
23 - Jun
Luxembourg
National Day and Official
Birthday of HRH the Grand
Duke
25 - Jun
Croatia
National Day
Mozambique
Independence Day
Slovenia
National Day
26 - Jun
Madagascar
National Day
27 - Jun
Djibouti
Independence Day
30 - Jun
Democratic Republic of
the Congo
Independence Day
JULY
01 - Jul
Burundi
National Day
Canada
Canada Day
Somalia
National Day
03 - Jul
Belarus
National Day
04 - Jul
United States of America
Independence Day
05 - Jul
Cape Verde
National Day
Rwanda
Liberation Day
Venezuela
National Day
06 - Jul
Comoros
National Day
Malawi
National Day
07 - Jul
Solomon Islands
National Day
09 - Jul
South Sudan
Independence Day
10 - Jul
Bahamas
Independence Day
11 - Jul
Mongolia
Anniversary of Mongolian
People's Revolution
12 - Jul
Kiribati
National Day
Sao Tome and Principe
National Day
13 - Jul
Montenegro
National Day
14 - Jul
France
Bastille Day
AUGUST
01 - Aug
Benin
National Day
Switzerland
Foundation of the Swiss
Confederation
04 - Aug
Cook Islands
Constitution Day
06 - Aug
Bolivia
Independence Day
Jamaica
National Day
07 - Aug
Côte d’Ivoire
National Day
09 - Aug
Singapore
National Day
10 - Aug
Ecuador
National Day
11 - Aug
Chad
National Day
15 - Aug
India
National Day
Liechtenstein
National Day
Congo, Republic of
Independence Day
17 - Aug
Gabon
National Day
Indonesia
Proclamation of
Independence
19 - Aug
Afghanistan
Independence Day
20 - Aug
Hungary
Day of the Foundation of
the State of Hungary and
St Stephen's Day
24 - Aug
Ukraine
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20 - Jul
Colombia
National Day
21 - Jul
Belgium
Accession of King Leopold
I (1831)
23 - Jul
Egypt
Anniversary of Revolution
of 23 July
26 - Jul
Liberia
National Day
Maldives
National Day
National Day
25 - Aug
Uruguay
Independence Day
27 - Aug
Moldova, Republic Of
National Day
31 - Aug
Kyrgyzstan
National Day
Malaysia
National Day
Trinidad and Tobago
National Day
28 - Jul
Peru
Independence Day
30 - Jul
Morocco
Throne Day
Vanuatu
Independence Day
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