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  • Young African-Australian to represent Australia at 2018 Junior Eurovision

    Young African-Australian to represent Australia at 2018 Junior Eurovision

    Jael Wena is the Australian representative for Junior Eurovision 2018 taking palce in Nov 2018. This rising Afro-Australian talent has also been nominated for the 2018 AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA AWARDS. Nominate your favorite singer, artist or any African-Australian person who deserves recognition for their talents, professional success or community contribution. Take 3 minutes and Nominate through this link: https://bit.ly/2MLHax1. Nomination closes on 20 October 2018. 

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  • Implementation committee appointed for the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    Implementation committee appointed for the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    The Victorian government has announced today the membership of the Implementation Committee for the African Communities Action Plan (VACAP). VACAP was developed by and for African communities in partnership with the Victorian Government to improve the wellbeing of all Victorians of African heritage.  “The African Communities Action Plan is a comprehensive, long term strategy to address a wide range of issuesaffecting Victorians of African heritage. We are supporting and empowering Victorians of African heritage, and are proud to work in partnership […]

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  • Vote for Pick My Project to support community Harmony.

    Vote for Pick My Project to support community Harmony.

    Dear Friend.  We need your help! We are initiating a great project to promote community harmony in the city Wyndham (Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina and Wyndham vale) Your vote could help us receive much needed funding.  Voting closes this Sunday, 16th September. Your vote can help us.    Please follow these steps for Voting  –  Go to https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/and click on ‘register’ (top right corner). You can register with Facebook, Google or Email. Complete your profile (Username, First Name, Last […]

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  • Of African Appearance……

    Of African Appearance……

      In the midst of the debate over the racial labelling of African and Sudanese gangs in the media, The Australian on the 30 July printed an article on a group of men who gatecrashed a party in suburban Melbourne. That this event should make the news is hardly noteworthy. Crime sells, as does violence, and there is a public interest to it. Unfortunately, what is also increasingly unsurprising is the selective and racial language used in the article. The gatecrashers, […]

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  • job opportunities knocking for African-Australians: AAIP extended till 19 August 2018

    job opportunities knocking for African-Australians: AAIP extended till 19 August 2018

    This is a paid message promoting AAIP program    Jesuit Social Services in partnership with National Australia Bank (NAB) are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the latest round of the African Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) in Melbourne, Shepparton and Sydney! The application period runs from  Friday 3 August 2018 through to Wednesday 19 August 2018 (extended from 15 August).     The AAIP provides six months of paid, supported work experience at NAB for qualified African-Australians. Lack of local work experience prevents […]

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  • Media training for young African-Australians offered by The Age

    Media training for young African-Australians offered by The Age

    The Age is offering an opportunity to young African -Australians interested in the media industry  to gain understanding and knowledge about how the media works in Australia. Any interested young person can send their expression of interest to gabriela@yay.org.au  or call 0425225 020  

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  • African-Australian youth more likely to go to university than non-migrant youths

    African-Australian youth more likely to go to university than non-migrant youths

    Counter to recent rhetoric about Australia being “swamped” by non-English speaking migrants “who refuse to assimilate”, new research shows young people from African and Arabic migrant families are more likely to go to university than non-migrants. The analysis by Andrew Norton of the Grattan Institute looks at rates of university participation among 18-20 year olds, grouped by the language they speak at home. Compared to Australians who speak English at home, the rate of university participation is significantly higher for […]

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  • Victorian government provides more support to South Sudanese communities

    Victorian government provides more support to South Sudanese communities

      The Victorian government  is paying more attention on youth issues within South Sudanese communities in Melbourne. The  government has provided a $5.5 million funding package, which was announced on 30 July 2018 to establish three new Community Support groups that will focus on helping  South Sudanese youths to be their best.   The government is hoping to be able to get more community engagement, resilience and more meaningful assistance provided to young people to link them to appropriate services. […]

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  • The NAB’s African-Australian Inclusion Program 2018 is here

    The NAB’s African-Australian Inclusion Program 2018 is here

    The African-Australian Inclusion Program 2018 (AAIP) round 2 is here. Book your spot to attend an information session on 3rd August in Melbourne and Sydney.   For Melbourne session book here: https://bit.ly/2JZguDn. For Sydney booking click the following link: https://bit.ly/2NO5yL8. AAIP offers six months paid employment opportunity to qualified African professionals to work with the National Bank (NAB). The program is run by Jesuit Social Services (JSS).   

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  • Police charge teenager following CBD murder last weekend

    Police charge teenager following CBD murder last weekend

    Homicide Squad detectives have charged a 17-year-old male following the death of Laa Chol in the CBD last Saturday. Police were called to an address on A’Beckett Street following reports of a woman suffering serious injuries about 5.15 AM on 21 July.   Laa Chol, killed last Saturday morning in Melbourne    Paramedics attended, however the 19-year-old died at the scene. Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Sunshine North earlier this afternoon and he has since been charged with one […]

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  • Kenyatta on bankable infrustructure projects

    Kenyatta on bankable infrustructure projects

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has made an urgent call for developing and funding bankable infrastructure projects to drive Africa’s growth agenda. According to a statement by African Development Bank, in Kenyatta’s keynote address at the Africa50 General Shareholders Meeting held in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, said he supports bankable projects in energy, transport, ICT, water and sanitation provide unprecedented opportunities for private sector participation. “The private sector must step up and help us close the infrastructure gap on the African continent. Public […]

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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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  • VMC film festival now taking submissions

    VMC film festival now taking submissions

    Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is now inviting film makers to submit their work as part of the The VMC Film Festival  Films can be documentary-style or tell a fictional narrative. Films which were originally created for another competition or purpose are also accepted. Shortlisted entries will light up the big screen at ACMI on Thursday 24 May.   My generation: stories of everyday multiculturalism In an age when  identity, race, faith and immigration politics dominate global headlines, we ask filmmakers , […]

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  • Tim Costello wants an end to cruelty  against refugees in Manus and Nauru

    Tim Costello wants an end to cruelty against refugees in Manus and Nauru

    Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, Rev Tim Costello, will call on the Australian government to evacuate those being held on Manus and Nauru to safety and freedom. “The Australian government has a moral responsibility to bring those being detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia immediately. ” Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Adam who has been held on Manus Island for 4 years will also address the Palm Sunday Walk by phone, giving a firsthand account of the current situation for the […]

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  • African-Australian Inclusion Program 2018  applications extended till 27 February 2018

    African-Australian Inclusion Program 2018 applications extended till 27 February 2018

    The widely acclaimed JSS & NAB’s African Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) continues to deliver great opportunities and achieve great outcomes for the community. The program provides opportunities for qualified and eligible African-Australians to obtain paid employment for six months with the NAB in Melbourne and Sydney.  Applications for the program are open and have been extended till 27 February 2018  For the 2018 AIP round, two informations sessions  were organised   concomitantly in Melbourne and Sydney on  15 February 2018 […]

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  • What Victoria Police is saying about African youth offending

    What Victoria Police is saying about African youth offending

    In this interview Victoria Police’s Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp speaks talks about the latest development in addressing youth offending involving young Africans. The top cop wants the media to be more balanced when reporting crime in the community. 

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  • A 15-year-old boy African-Australian boy drowned at Glenelg beach in Adelaide

    A 15-year-old boy African-Australian boy drowned at Glenelg beach in Adelaide

    A 15-year-old boy from a Burundian background, Elisase Nimbona drowned at Glenelg beach in Adelaide, South Australia.  Surf Life Saving SA said the tragic death occurred on Monday when the teenager from Goodwood was pulled from the water after he experienced difficulty under the jetty.   Eliase Nimbona who drowned at the Glenelg beach in Adelaide A group of boys present at the scene tried to save the boy but were unsuccessful. Paramedics also attended the site and gave him […]

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  • Victoria African community leaders call for calm and stand ready to work with Police to address  youth offending

    Victoria African community leaders call for calm and stand ready to work with Police to address youth offending

    We African communities in Victoria have seen recent media reports in the last few weeks about some of our young people in the community.                                  The African Australian community as a whole is just as shocked as the broader Australian community in relation to these inexcusable incidents. We speak with one voice in condemning the offending behaviour that we have seen reported in the media. Our thoughts go out to the victims of these incidents including those who saw their dwellings and other properties damaged, as well as the police officer who was attacked whilst doing […]

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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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  • Gold Coast Games 2018 : South African Casta Semanya makes a big announcement

    Gold Coast Games 2018 : South African Casta Semanya makes a big announcement

    South African reigning Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya has announced she will attempt the 800 metres and 1500m double at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 26-year-old won gold in her pet 800m race at the world championships and a bronze in the 1500m in London in August. “I will again be going for the double but I need to improve on my tactics (for the 1500m),’ she told reporters.   “The 1,500m is a race that excites me. I […]

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  • It’s official: Apple will set up its Australia’s first ever Flagship Store in Melbourne

    It’s official: Apple will set up its Australia’s first ever Flagship Store in Melbourne

    Australia’s first ever Apple Global Flagship Store will open at Federation Square in Melbourne in 2020. Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren has made this announcement today and said the new flagship store would be a major drawcard for visitors and locals, breathing new life into one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.    For the Victorian government, securing Apple is part of a broader strategy to reinvigorate Federation Square, following the recent announcement of new LED screens […]

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