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  • Dealing with gambling harm within multicultural communities

    Dealing with gambling harm within multicultural communities

    Gambling can be fun, but a lot of times it ends up causing a significant amount of harm, if the gambler becomes addicted and unable to control their addiction. Anecdotal evidence suggests that increasingly more young people from a multicultural background are experiencing issues related to gambling addiction. In this video, AMA talks to Josh Phiri, a therapeutic counsellor with Gambler’s help to discuss issues pertaining to gambling in the communities.  

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  • Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Gambling can be fun and a lot of young people see it as such. But there is a lot more to gambling than just fun and the possibility of wining big money.   Gambling is an activity that attracts the attention of a lot of Australians in general. Statistics available through Wikipedia indicate that more than 80% of adults Australians engage in gambling of some kind and this is the highest rate in the world. With a such a high […]

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  • Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Media Release  Wyndham African Communities’ Network (WACN)    The Wyndham African Communities Network (WACN) has followed with interest the community consultation session organised by the African Australian Task Force (AATF) on Wednesday 5thSeptember in the city of Wyndham.  WACN members believe that the Task force is a good initiative, which may help address many issues affecting youth at risk and troubled youth within African communities. We are encouraged by the high turn up during the consultation meeting, which demonstrates high […]

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  • Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    African communities in general and South Sudanese groups in particular are still grappling with issues affecting a small but growing section of troubled youth who are increasingly attracting attention from the media and right wing commentators and politicians. There is growing interest from the Victorian government to address this issue, both from a political perspective, given that the elections are near, as well as from a social cohesion and community harmony standpoint. However, it appears that many of the government-funded […]

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  • Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Ripe for Innovation   Africa is a continent that is usually  not associated with innovation. The continent has had more than its fair share of social and political problems. As of late though, it seems that Africa is breaking out of its shell and bucking this stereotype. Everyday there are new and interesting innovations that are changing the way people think about the continent.   Africa has become fertile tech ground for many reasons. The first is that there is […]

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  • Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    It is that that time of the year, time for the end of the year awards and time for the 6th edition of AFroshine Australia Awards, the only national awards program for African-Australian communities around the country. Afroshine awards seek to highlight great stories of excellence and altruistic contributions by and from African individuals and organisations in Australia. It is about recognising the value that many African people add to the development of Australia and tell a different story from […]

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  • Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    The leadership crisis within the South Sudanese community remains unresolved. In this video interview, Deng Majak, the secretary general of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria (SSCAV), responds to Achol Marial and her group  and calls them a joke. Achol’s supporters recently met in Melbourne to oust the chair of the association and two other members of the executive committee. Watch the video for more informatoin       

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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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