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Community Musician Leadership Development Program ‘Creative Cohesion’

Nexus Arts, in partnership with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA, presents an intercultural community development program, working with musicians and communities from
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Musicians are invited to apply to take part in the 2018 Community Musician Development Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ to gain skills and experience in leading community music workshops.


Each trainee will receive a payment of $1,350 to take part in the program. This will be paid in 3 instalments across the apprenticeship and assumes participation in all workshops and meetings, which will take place within the Adelaide metropolitan region. Dates of the workshops will be confirmed when candidates are short-listed.

For more information on applying for this exciting program follow the links provided.

Community Musician Leadership Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ Application Form

Community Musician Leadership Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ Information Document


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Tune report shows aged care reform necessary to ensure better outcomes for CALD consumers

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, the peak national body representing older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians, today welcomed the release of the Tune Report and urged the Government to take note of the recommendations for further reform of the aged care system.

Ms Mary Patetsos, FECCA’s Chair of Healthy Ageing said: “FECCA has been working closely with the Government to push for broad and continued reform of the aged care sector and to ensure that the interests of older CALD Australians are being met by the aged care reform agenda.”

“FECCA welcomes the wide range of recommendations in the report including: improvements to Home Care Packages; better support for consumers; a national aged care workforce strategy; and the improved capacity and usability of the My Aged Care system,” she said.

Ms Patetsos continued: “FECCA has been particularly active in urging the Government to improve the capability of My Aged Care so that consumers can identify providers offering specialist, culturally appropriate and high quality care to older CALD Australians.”

“Older Australians of all backgrounds must have choice and control over the services they access to ensure they have high quality, dignified and culturally appropriate care in their older age.”

Ms Patetsos said: “We are therefore pleased to see that the report emphasises the need for the My Aged Care website to allow consumers to search providers by population group.”

“We look forward to working with the Department to develop and implement this important improvement,” she said.

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

About the Tune Review

In 2012, legislation was passed to reform the aged care system. This legislation mandated an Aged Care Legislated Review in 2017 to monitor the progress of the reforms. The Review was led by David Tune AO PSM, Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee and concluded that the “reforms have successfully taken the aged care system further along the road to a consumer driven and sustainable system, as intended, but that further reforms will be needed in future.”

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

FECCA applauds Xenophon Team’s decision to block new citizenship bill

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) today applauded the Nick Xenophon Team for its decision to use its crucial three votes in the Senate to reject the Government’s proposed Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

“Congratulations—and the thanks of Australia’s multicultural community—go to Senator Xenaphon and his team for announcing that they will deliver the numbers to throw out this cruel, unnecessary and discriminatory proposal,” the Chair of FECCA, Mr Joe Caputo said today.

“We have fought for months to oppose this oppressive Bill.”

“This legislation seeks to dramatically change the rules determining qualification for Australian citizenship, extending the waiting period before permanent residents could apply for citizenship and raising the English language requirement to university-level.”

The new citizenship legislation also proposes a dramatic extension of ministerial discretionary powers to overrule immigration decisions by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

“This Bill seeks to create a permanent underclass of residents, denied the rights and opportunities of being welcomed and included as Australian citizens,” Mr Caputo said.

“For decades, Australian citizenship has fostered inclusivity, allowing migrants to feel Australian, regardless of their country of origin.”

“Permanent residents should be encouraged to seek citizenship as soon as practically possible to foster a sense of inclusion and belonging and to encourage integration.”

“Australia has a tradition of bipartisan support for its multicultural policies, going back decades.”

“There is no place for the kind of extremist, ideologically-driven provisions which were included in this Bill and we congratulate all the Senators who have declared they will oppose it.”

“The politicisation of immigration decision-making proposed by this Bill threatens our immigration system, which has an international and long-standing reputation for being impartial, fair and transparent,” said Mr Caputo.

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

fund my neighbourhood

The Premier launched Fund my Community last week. We would encourage your community to be part of this initiative and put forward any ideas that you have for funding. We encourage  organisations to keep visiting the links below and search for unsponsored ideas. This page shows ideas that have been put forward by the public but do not yet have a sponsoring organisation and gives eligible organisations the opportunity to sponsor one of those ideas if they wish to do so.

To attend one of an information session visit the following link – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/d/south-australia–broadview/fund-my-neighbourhood/

The Hon Minister Zoe Bettison Announces A New Pilot project with MCCSA

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The MCCSA is pleased to inform our members that during the launch of our Successful Communities Toolbox website on the 28th of June 2017, the Honorable Zoe Bettison Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced that she would provide funding of $70,000 to Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia to pilot a Community Development Officer position. The Minister said she supports the establishment of this important position which will be delivered by MCCSA staffer Megs Lamb. “Megs position will focus on grant writing … good governance advice … and strategic policies that will build the capacity and confidence of our multicultural community organizations” said the Minister. The MCCSA looks forward to working with the Department and CALD communities in this pilot initiative. For more information click on the Successful Communities Toolbox

MCCSA recently released CALD age-friendly SA report, commissioned by the Office for the Ageing (OFTA).


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