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  • What to make of Robin Scott’s bold Action Plan for Africans?

    What to make of Robin Scott’s bold Action Plan for Africans?

    The Victorian government recently released a draft of its Action plan on African Communities for consultation. The so-called “Victorian African Communities Action Plan” (VACAP) includes a number of stated goals designed to guide its future actions in bringing about changes that increase social and economic opportunities for members of the African Australian communities living in the state of Victoria.     Robin Scott posing with an African community leader in Melbourne    The draft plan was developed with the assistance […]

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  • What to make of Robin Scott’s draft Action plan for African communities?

    The Victorian government recently released a draft of its Action plan on African Communities for consultation. The so-called “Victorian African Communities Action Plan” (VACAP) includes a number of stated goals designed to guide its future actions in bringing about changes that increase social and economic opportunities for members of the African Australian communities living in the state of Victoria.   The draft plan was developed with the assistance of the African Ministerial Working Group (AMWG), which is a group of […]

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  • Know your rights when using Uber and other similar apps in Victoria

    Know your rights when using Uber and other similar apps in Victoria

    As apps such as Uber, Airbnb and Airtasker become more popular, Victorians are being reminded about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) when it comes to the sharing economy. The sharing economy connects consumers to people who have products to sell, hire or lease via an online platform and includes services such as ride sharing, home sharing and skill sharing. Only about one thir d of people who currently buy products and services through such platforms realise they […]

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  • Multicultural Community Ambassadors inducted for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

    Multicultural Community Ambassadors inducted for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

    Two hundred and forty multicultural community ambassadors have now been officially welcomed into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Family. Recent induction sessions on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne highlighted the importance of the Commonwealth Games in a global context and its direct benefit to Australian communities. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) CEO Mark Peters said multicultural community ambassadors from more than 40 Commonwealth nations and territories will help drive awareness, encourage participation […]

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  • AFroshine Awards celebrate the achievements of Africans in Australia

    AFroshine Awards celebrate the achievements of Africans in Australia

    The African-Australian community  came together to celebrate successful stories from members of their communities last  Saturday  November 18th,  2017  in Melbourne, as part of the 5th edition of the prestigious AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA awards. The awards recognise the achievements  of individual Australians of African descent from around the country in 12 categories that include community leadership, business entrepreneurship, artistic talents, professional excellence etc. Africa Media Australia (AMA) and African Professionals (APA) are the organisers of this awards program that started in […]

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  • He’s gone…finally !

    He’s gone…finally !

    After being in power for over 30 years, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has resigned today. The ailing, ruthless, careless and stubbornly autocratic dictator has finally bowed to pressure from the military, the parliament and the people of Zimbabwe and agreed to quit power.  Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda  announced that Mugabe had submitted his resignation in a letter. Immediately after citizens learning about it,they went wild and started celebrating in the city Harare and other parts of the country.   The speaker of parliament announced […]

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  • What exactly is happening in Zimbabwe?

    What exactly is happening in Zimbabwe?

    The army in Zimbabwe has said in a statement today that it it has taken over control but has not held a coup. It said in a statement, that it is doing whatever it is doing to get rid of the enemies of the country. It said,”Fellow Zimbabweans,Firstly we wish to assure our nation, His Excellency, the president of the republic of Zimbabwe and commander in chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, comrade R G Mugabe and his family, are safe and sound and their […]

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  • The Victorian government’s consultation on African communities

    The Victorian government’s consultation on African communities

    The government of Victoria and the African Ministerial Working Group (AMG) are seeking feedback from the broader community on a draft plan to create more social and economic opportunities for African Victorians. The African Communities Action Plan is being developed by a group of 22 people , which was formed in 2016 and is made up of African community leaders and young people. The  aim is to help address the needs of all African Victorians, with a particular focus on […]

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  • Legendary Senegalese Musician Youssou Ndour to visit Australia in 2018

    Legendary Senegalese Musician Youssou Ndour to visit Australia in 2018

    Bluesfest Touring is announcing that Youssou Ndour will visit the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall in Melbourne at the end of March 2018. Ending a 14-year wait, the king of African music and Grammy-Award winner, will bring his world music block party backed by his legendary 12-piece band Le Super Étoile de Dakar, acrobatic dancers and over three decades of funk-fused hits.   Emerging as ‘the Michael Jackson of Senegal’ at just 12 years of age, Ndour’s innovative pairing […]

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  • New opportunities for jobs now available for qualified and eligible African professionals

    New opportunities for jobs now available for qualified and eligible African professionals

    Jesuit Social Services (JSS) is collaborating with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to deliver the ‘Opening Doors’ initiative. This is a new program from the ATO offering six months paid employment experience to people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds.   There are many roles across many disciplines including finance, accounting, commerce, economics and information technology for professionally qualified individuals seeking to establish themselves in Australia.    Currently there are full-time roles available only in Brisbane and Melbourne with a six-month […]

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  • Ken Lay appointed as Victoria’s new Lieutenant-Governor

    Ken Lay appointed as Victoria’s new Lieutenant-Governor

    Mr Ken Lay AO APM has today been sworn in as the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House ” Ken Lay is a highly respected and valued community leader in Victoria, with a deep commitment to improving people’s lives. I know he’ll be an excellent Lieutenant-Governor and I look forward to continuing our positive working relationship as he takes on this new role”, stated Victorian […]

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  • New research confirms youth are not thriving and it is costing the entire community

    New research confirms youth are not thriving and it is costing the entire community

    New research indicates that young people in Australia are not flourishing like they should. Skillsroad, a youth and careers platform, has conducted research and found average levels of wellbeing are not only affecting young Australians, but also the bottom line of Australian businesses. Skillsroad conducted a survey of 13,227 young Australians aged between 15-24 to specifically identify the concerns and issues affecting the youth  in relation to their transition from school to work, and to address the current concerns of employers […]

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  • Helping multicultural Victorian communities address gambling issues

    Helping multicultural Victorian communities address gambling issues

    The Victorian government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for projects that offer assistance in combating problem gambling in these communities.  Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz announced the funding at a joint Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation–Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health forum on Tuesday […]

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  • Jenny Mikakos delivers funding for South Sudanese Youth

    Jenny Mikakos delivers funding for South Sudanese Youth

    Minister for Youth Affairs in Victoria, Jenny Mikakos visited the South Sudanese Community in Victoria to deliver funding to help empower South Sudanese youth.   Jenny Mikakos delivers funding for South Sudanese Community South Sudanese Community in Victoria receives funding for youth empowerment from Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos Posted by AMA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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  • Multicultural ambassadors to champion Queensland’s diversity

    Multicultural ambassadors to champion Queensland’s diversity

    Queensland Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace has inducted the state’s very first Multicultural Queensland Ambassador program representatives at Parliament House in Brisbane. Eighty organisations have put their hand up to benefit from and support Queensland’s growing diversity thanks to the new multicultural ambassador program. “This program is paving the way for key organisations, institutions and corporates across Queensland to benefit from Queensland’s diversity. Queensland’s multicultural identity is one of our greatest strengths, driving billions of dollars into our state’s economy. Every day, migrants, […]

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  • More African-Australian professionals graduate from the successful AAIP program

    More African-Australian professionals graduate from the successful AAIP program

    Thirty-two African-Australians  from Melbourne and Sydney who were recruited for the NAB’s African Australian  Inclusion Program (AAIP) graduated this week. The participants are skilled individuals who are given a chance for a six months paid corporate experience e professionals.    The widely acclaimed program is run in partnership with Jesuit Social Services with the aim of to provide participants with  meaningful work experience in Australia, enable them to immerse themselves in the Australian workplace culture and build their  professional networks.   […]

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  • Hilton believes in Africa

    Hilton believes in Africa

    Hilton, an international hotels’ company  has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio. A statement released by Hilton today said that  funds are intended to support the conversion of around 100 hotels (roughly 20,000 rooms) in multiple African markets into Hilton branded properties, namely into its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton and the recently launched Curio Collection by Hilton.     […]

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  • Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

    Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

    Ecobank has launched mVisa in 33 African countries. In a statement A statement issued today from Togo’s capital Lome, Ecobank said that  it  has launched it partnered with Visa to launch Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa solutions to their consumers. The strategic tie-up signals interoperability on a cross border level – and potentially huge gains – as it affords consumers with the ability to use their mobile phone to directly access the funds in their bank accounts to pay person-to-merchant (P2M) or person-to-person […]

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  • Solar power incubator introduced in Africa

    Solar power incubator introduced in Africa

    Unlocking Solar Capital Africa’ conference, an event focused on connecting solar project development and finance & investment, will be the first African event featuring a Solar Incubator program, aimed at identifying PV projects of potential in sub-Saharan Africa by providing access to funding, and commercial and technical knowledge. The initiative, ‘The PV Solar Incubator, Your Project, Our Expertise, For a Sustainable Future,’ will be launched by Phanes Group in partnership with Solarplaza, Hogan Lovells, responsAbility, and Proparco, and invites PV […]

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  • Daniel Andrews comes to the rescue of asylum seekers in Victoria

    Daniel Andrews comes to the rescue of asylum seekers in Victoria

    The Victorian government  has just announced that it will provide urgent support for more than 100 asylum seekers in Victoria, in response to the federal government’s decision to cut off their housing and income support. Under changes brought in by the federal government, around 400 asylum seekers living in Australia for medical treatment will be transferred to final departure visas, and expelled from Australia. This will see them stripped of all income and housing support and the direct consequences of this […]

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  • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews meets with African communities in Melbourne

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews meets with African communities in Melbourne

    The Victorian Government hosted an African community forum at Parliament House on Wednesday, 23 August in Melbourne.  Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott both attended the form and gave members of the African community an opportunity to have their say on issues that matter to them, such as education, jobs, engagement and empowerment.   Premier Daniel Andrews and Multicultural Minister Robin Scott meeting with Africans Approximately 30 community representatives, leaders and  activists attend the meeting and […]

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