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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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  • 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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