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  • Are you reading books for your young children?

    Are you reading books for your young children?

    The Victorian Government is encouraging parents to read more books with their young children to inspire a love of reading and set them up for success later in life. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today launched the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years, which encourages reading to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. “ Reading with children is one of the most powerful things that families and early childhood professionals can do to help children get the best start […]

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  • Robin Scott launches a 10-year plan to strengthen African communities in Victoria

    Robin Scott launches a 10-year plan to strengthen African communities in Victoria

    A new community-led Action Plan has been released by the Victorian Government and the African Ministerial Working Group (AMWG) on Saturday 21 April, 2018. The so called Victorian African Community Action plan (VACAP) is expected to help support Victorians of African heritage  to reach their full potential across all aspects of their Australian life experiences. The launch event took place at  Victorian University on Flinders street in Melbourne’s CBD. It featured a performance by Asanti Dance Theatre, and speeches by […]

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  • Eight Cameroonian Athletes reported missing in the Gold Coast

    Eight Cameroonian Athletes reported missing in the Gold Coast

      Commonwealth Games officials have held a media brief today in the Gold Coast and have stated that they do not know the whereabouts of 8 embers of the Cameroon team.   An official of the Cameroonian Commonwealth Games delegation, Simon Molombe has told the media that “the players just left in the night and we don’t think they’ll come back”.     Cameroonian delegation parading at the Commonwealth Games 2018 “It’s obviously disappointing that some of the athletes who’ve […]

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  • Sudanese-born Australian Broadcaster Yasmin Abdel-Magied deported from the US

    Sudanese-born Australian Broadcaster Yasmin Abdel-Magied deported from the US

    Sudanese-born Australian Yasmin Abdel-Magied has been denied entry to the US and deported to the UK where she is currently residing. The broadcaster and activitst has twitted within three hours of arriving in the US, stating that she was back on a plane after being refused entry. Ms Abdel-Magied was visiting the US for some speaking engagements in New-York. She landed in Minneapolis, on her way to New York and soon after US border agents decided to deport her. Launching […]

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  • Malawi Netball team delivers the biggest upset in the 2018 Commonwealth Games

    Malawi Netball team delivers the biggest upset in the 2018 Commonwealth Games

    Malawi Netball team has claimed the biggest upset in the Commonwealth Games by beating the mighty New Zealand team in the Gold Coast. “We have beaten the untouchables, we can walk tall now” stated the Malawi Coach Whyte Mulilima following the victor,y which was celebrated by euphoric scenes from all Malawi players.   Malawi Netball players celebrating their win over New Zealand (Photo : Getty Image)     The surprise win has created a crisis for New Zealand Netball trying […]

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  • African communities urge public figures not to use racist slurs and discriminatory language for political gain

    African communities urge public figures not to use racist slurs and discriminatory language for political gain

    Open letter to all Australians (from a coalition of African communities)   Everyone belongs.   Australians come from all over the world, seeking opportunity to make the best life for themselves and their families.  Recently, crime reporting has focused disproportionately on African-Australians, while positive coverage has leached away. When this is the only story being told about any single group of people, it has negative impacts. African-Australians are being targeted on the streets and online with racial taunts and sometimes […]

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  • New engineering job opportunities now available for many migrant communities

    New engineering job opportunities now available for many migrant communities

    Jesuit Social Services is  partnering with John Holland, one of Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and service providers to the infrastructure, energy, resources and transport sectors, to deliver the John Holland Pathway Program.    This program provides a supported employment and training experience for people who are marginalised, or at risk of marginalisation from their field of qualification.  These roles will be full-time, paid positions for six-months commencing in June 2018, located in Melbourne, Victoria. The following eligibility criteria applies: Proof of […]

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  • New legislation to protect Victorian children

    New legislation to protect Victorian children

    The Victorian Government is introducing new measures to help Victorian children and ensure they do not fall between the cracks of the system. Legislation was passed early this week that allows health, education and family services to share information of those in their care. It is hoped that the new legislation  will create more streamlined information sharing system, giving professional entities the tools they need to protect Victorian children. Health, education and family service entities – such as Maternal and Child Health, […]

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  • AFRO LATINO festival back in town

    AFRO LATINO festival back in town

    Afro Latino Festival returns to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney and promises to bring back all the fun and excitement that it is known for.  The festival includes live music, drumming, workshops, dance performances, food stalls, kids activities, soccer, and arts and crafts. The festival is featuring a number of renowned artists, including Lucky Lartey, Caribé, LPM Candombe, Mina Glam and more to be announced! Afro Latino offers an opportunity to show case and celebrate the beauty and richness […]

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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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  • Senator Di Natale says we need more stronger African voices and role models

    Senator Di Natale says we need more stronger African voices and role models

    The Leader of The Greens party in federal parliament spoke to AMA and says that stronger African voices and role models can help address issues affecting African-Australian communities in Australia and curb youth offending. Watch the video for the full interview     

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  • Job opportunities for African-Australian engineers

    Job opportunities for African-Australian engineers

    Jesuit Social Services is offering a new employment program in conjunction with Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and service providers to the infrastructure, energy, resources, and transport sectors in Melbourne. The program will provide a paid full-time role to skilled and qualified individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds who have experienced barriers to securing a job. Applications are open from Friday 19th January 2018 until 5pm Wednesday 7th February 2018 and roles are expected to be available in the first half of 2018.   Participants […]

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  • A young African male  killed inside Port Phillip prison in Melbourne West

    A young African male killed inside Port Phillip prison in Melbourne West

    A young African  male has been  killed inside the Port Philip Prison in Truganina.   He was an inmate and was stabbed to death on Monday night and succumbed to his wounds early this morning.   Victoria Police is investigating and it has been reported that a number of people have been detained inside Port Philip Prison, in relation to the incident.  According to some media reports, the victim was deliberately targeted and the attack was not a random of […]

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  • Community  consultation : Robin Scott meets with African youth

    Community consultation : Robin Scott meets with African youth

    The Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs continue to consult the community on the draft Action Plan to help create more social and economic opportunities for Victorians of African heritage. Mr Scott organised a special consultation session on Tuesday 12  December 2016 at Parliament house to enable his department to  obtain direct feedback and hear from the youth, rather than simply rely on submissions and reports from community leaders or other bureaucratic entities.   Robin Scott meeting with African youth at […]

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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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