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Are you a permanent resident in Australia and are thinking of becoming an Australian citizen? If so, the Multicultural Hub is offering a training course to help you prepare for the Australian citizenship test. Training includes practice with computers, practice questions and printed documents in selected languages. Training sessions will run on Mondays 5-8pm from 6 August to 10 September. Cost is $15 for permanent residents and $75 for others.

Clean Energy information now available for multicultural communities

The Clean Energy Future plan came into effect on July 1 this year with the aim of reducing carbon pollution. A major part of the plan is the introduction of carbon pricing which puts a price on carbon pollution. The plan also includes promoting innovation and investment in renewable energy, encouraging energy efficiency and creating opportunities in the land sector to cut pollution. Information about the Government’s new carbon pricing is now available in a range of up to 13 languages on their Clean Energy website.

VicRoads instructional videos now available in six languages

VicRoads now provides a range of online instructional videos in English, Vietnamese, Dari, Mandarin, Arabic and Punjabi. The videos cover a range of common transactions that are familiar to many Victorians including how to register a car, how to transfer your registration, how to obtain concession rates on your registration and licensing fees, information on demerit points and the documents to provide for evidence of identity. Information is presented in a personalised, engaging style by different presenters for each language group.

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Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2012 – guidelines available soon

Guidelines and nomination forms for the 2012 Multicultural Awards for Excellence will be available from early August on the VMC website. The annual awards program was established in 2002 to recognise and reward the contributions of individuals and organisations that promote the social, economic and cultural benefits of Victoria's multicultural community. The event is hosted by the Governor of Victoria, and is attended by more than 500 members of Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith community.

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Grants and Funding

OMAC Community Grants Program 2012-2013 - update

The Community Grants Program for 2012-2013 has now been announced. The outcomes for Organisational Support, Building and Facilities Improvement, Strengthening Multicultural Communities, the Educational Program, Multicultural Festivals and Events categories, as well as through the  Unity Through Partnerships grants are now available.

A letter to all successful and unsuccessful grant applicants is being sent out. If you wish to find out if you were successful, or have any queries about the grants program, please contact the Community Strengthening Team on 9651 0629 or 9651 0653. 
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Maribyrnong Council's Community Grants 2013 program - now open

The 2012 annual Maribyrnong Community Grants Program closes on Friday 24 August 2012.

The program funds projects and initiatives that contribute to Council Plan priorities and enhance life for Maribyrnong's communities.

To find out more about the grant program, read the guidelines and information on the council's website including help sheets, success stories, examples of previously funded projects and other practical guides to assist applicants. 

Events Calendar

Zumba classes - Ballarat

Have fun and get fit with Zumba classes presented by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council.

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Floating Lives: Here among the Outlanders - until 12 August

New contemporary art exhibition at Chinese Museum.

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Association of Indian Origin Tamils of Sri Lanka event - 28 July

Featuring Sri Lankan dinner, cultural programs, music and dancing at Noble Park Community Centre.

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The Rescuers Exhibition - until 22 August

Highlighting acts of courage by ordinary heroes at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick.

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Concert - 5 August

Featuring a variety of performers, presented by Japanese for Peace at the State Library.

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Community Noticeboard
Diversity and Disability (DnD) Art group open day - 27 July

Come and meet the artists at work! This is a great opportunity to explore and discover the unique creative expression of twelve visual artists with a disability who are achieving their dreams and goals. The group has explored various approaches to drawing, painting, printmaking, creative collage and mixed media to express their individual and innate talents. This is an opportunity to see the artists’ work in a stimulating and unique environment. The DnD Art group is supported by the Migrant Resource Centre North West and Arts Access Victoria.

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August is Family History Month at Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Researching your family history can reveal amazing stories and connections. This August, Yarra Plenty Library focuses on the art of genealogy. Begin your journey into your family’s history, learn new research skills and find out how to write memoirs with events at all branches.

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New training to build equal opportunity and human rights best practice

With the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 in force, it’s time to update your equal opportunity practice. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has a range of workshops available in 2012 to help you understand your equal opportunity and human rights obligations and move towards best practice. The Commission can meet all your training needs, with free and cost-effective workshops scheduled in Carlton, metropolitan areas and regional Victoria. They also offer targeted workshops for employers, union delegates, government employees and advocates, and can customise training to deliver at your workplace.

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The Capoeira Angola Community Access Project

The Capoeira Angola Community Access Project is an exciting project happening at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub through The Escola de Capoeira Angola Mato Rasteiro (ECAMAR). Capoeira is a way  of exploring self-expression, wellbeing, community, culture and language through music, movement and songs. The program is offered free to socially and economically disadvantaged community members and is open to people of all cultural backgrounds.

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Feedback and contribute

We love to hear your comments and what you have planned. You can submit your events and details of any new resources with a multicultural focus via the form on our website. These get added to our online Community Noticeboard and Events Calendar. Selected listings will be included in the VMC Update each fortnight.