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  • Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Vulnerable families in Victoria will receive more support thanks to additional funding announced today by the Victorian government.   A funding package of $72.4 million has been announced today by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos  over two years  to support vulnerable families and children.   “Every Victorian child deserves the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential. The most effective way to achieve this is by investing in programs we know will strengthen families […]

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  • Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial has granted an interview to AMA in which she clarifies her position regarding the latest leadership challenge within the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria.  

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  • Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    The leadership of the South Sudanese Community in Victoria appears to be in crisis. A group of disgruntled members of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria (SSAV) Inc, has convened a meeting and voted on a resolution to oust the current chairperson of the association Mr Ring Mayar, along with two other members of the executive team, including the deputy chairperson Mr Awan Kuol and the secretary general Deng Majak.   The disgruntled group has nominated a new executive team […]

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  • Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    The recently launched Victorian African Community Action Plan is an unprecedented government-backed plan designed to help strengthen African communities in Victoria.   In this video series, we look at what the plan entails, what has happened since it was launched in  21 April 2018 and what can be expected from it moving forward Watch the video for all the details 

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  • Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    By Belthrand Habiakare  The ability to celebrate our uniqueness without infringing on the otherness is what freedom entails. The testimony of the 30th June 2018 Joining the rest of the world, where Burundians have resettled including Norway and France, to name, but a few, the Burundian diaspora in Victoria reiterated allegiance to their ancestral heritage once again. Our ancestors held that he, who does not know where he came from, cannot pretend to know where he is going. Therefore, by […]

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  • Africans need to produce more knowledge

    Africans need to produce more knowledge

    In this  information  age, ignorance is a choice. Digital technologies are so powerful that we now literally walk around with a digital university in the palm of our hands. Mobile phones and laptops can give access to top knowledge through online videos, audio-books, conferences papers etc… All you need to do is to want to learn and sign up for a large data plan and you can access the latest knowledge produced by top scholars and specialists from any where.  […]

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  • African Australian Entrepreneurship Summit 2018

    African Australian Entrepreneurship Summit 2018

    African Professionals of Australia (APA) is currently planning for its inaugural African-Australian Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo in late 2018. The summit will provide an opportunity for current and would be African entrepreneurs in Melbourne, Victoria and beyond to come together and share knowledge and experiences in various aspects of business development, especially for start-ups.   African entrepreneurs meeting at business conference in Melbourne   APA is currently planning for its inaugural African-Australian Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo in late 2018. The summit will provide an opportunity […]

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  • A new directory of African professionals in Victoria

    A new directory of African professionals in Victoria

     African Professionals of Australia is working in collaboration with Africa Media Australia and Afro Helpline to establish the largest directory of African professionals and businesses in Victoria.  The idea to build the database of African professionals and businesses is not new, but not much investment has been put into it so far.    APA meeting in Melbourne      Clyde Sharady, APA’s chairperson in Australia who is coordinating the project says:   ” We see the directory as a useful tool to help […]

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  • Big things start in a garage

    Big things start in a garage

    If you have a garage, you may start thinking what else you can use it for, besides providing a shelter for your car or room for tools and other rarely used items.  How about using your garage to start a business? Many major international corporations such as Apple, Google, Amazon or Disney were started inside a garage. Their visionary founders used their garage to start working on their  business ideas and test them before going mainstream.     So, start looking at your garage differently from today, every time you […]

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  • New law to protect vulnerable workers in Victoria

    New law to protect vulnerable workers in Victoria

    The Victorian government is introducing labour hire licensing scheme to help  protects some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers and crack down on shonky operators.  The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 passed the Victorian Legislative Council on Tuesday 19th June  2018. It is expected that this new law will protect  workers from being underpaid “Following the damming findings of the independent inquiry, we’ve taken action to clean up the industry and make things fair for labour hire workers across Victoria. There is still time […]

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  • Victoria police and muslim community celebrate Iftar together

    Victoria police and muslim community celebrate Iftar together

    The Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA) hosted its annual Iftar dinner withVictoria’s Muslim community to commemorate Ramadan on Tuesday night. More than 200 people, including local youth from neighbouring schools and mosques, as well as respected community leaders came together at the Bosnia- Herzegovina Islamic Society in Noble Park, to mark the end of a day’s fast with Victoria Police members.   Among the attendees were Victoria Police’s Acting Chief Commissioner Wendy Steendam, Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill, Commander Stuart Bateson, President […]

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  • Nigerian Society of Victoria (NSV) in crisis

    Nigerian Society of Victoria (NSV) in crisis

    The Nigerian Society of Victoria (NSV) used to be one of the most successful African community associations in Victoria. Filled with hundreds of Nigerian families, professionals and business owners, the NSV has been growing over recent years under the leadership of  Mr Fred Alale who presided over the organisation for several  years. Recently, the NSV has being going through a very serious leadership crisis. A conflict opposing Mr Fred Alale and Mrs Temi Ajayi, former Vice- President of the association […]

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  • $8.6 million in the new budget to support Victorian African communities

    $8.6 million in the new budget to support Victorian African communities

    The 2018/19 budget is great news for the state’s culturally diverse communities. It comes with a Budget boost and new funds for local projects and festivals. Overall $43.6 million have been allocated to improve multicultural community infrastructure, help migrants settle into Australia’s way of life and better support multicultural festivals and events. The government has allocated $8.6 million to the African Communities Action Plan to help build leadership and social cohesion within these communities.  “With this investment we’re making sure Victorians […]

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  • Can you avoid the extra cost of paper billing ?

    Can you avoid the extra cost of paper billing ?

    Consumer Affairs Victoria is encouraging consumers who need paper bills to contact their service providers and ask whether a fee exemption is applicable in their circumstances. Some businesses charge fees for paper bills, to cover the cost of printing and mailing your bill to you. However, there are ways to avoid such fees. Many companies, including some banks, energy providers and telecommunications companies provide exemptions from paper bills for senior citizens or customers who a registered for a concession, receive […]

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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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