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October 2019

Victoria: Free Tax and MyGov assistance for migrant / refugees

October 6 - December 3

We are one of the ATO Tax Help centres providing Free Tax Help and myGov support in Bendigo. We have some experienced volunteers offering their service this year. If this is helpful for any of your clients or community members please ask them to call us to book an appointment. TAX Help ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers providing free and confidential service to help people to complete their tax returns online using my Tax. When: Appointments on Thursdays and Fridays…

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Bendigo – Sisterworks, volunteer opportunity

October 9 - October 31

A practical opportunity to help refugees. Sisterworks launched in Bendigo back in May.  They are looking for volunteers. And second-hand sewing machines. and helpers to look after the children. SisterWorks is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Through work and entrepreneurship, their mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants to improve their confidence, mental wellbeing and sense of belonging.  Their Vision: An Australia where all migrant women are given the opportunities to become economically empowered https://www.bendigoweekly.com/2019/05/10/bendigo-launch-of-sisterworks/ https://sisterworks.org.au/

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Melbourne – Stories that Work!

October 16
Melbourne Arts Centre

We’re a story that works! Muzafar and Jolyon are keynote speakers at upcoming Documentary Australia Foundation event. @Melb Arts Centre, 16th Oct. Hope to see you there! We will present, the story of The Staging Post, how it helped to start a refugee-led education revolution in Indonesia, and how we plan to keep supporting this revolutionary community-led innovation. This story is only just beginning. Click here for more tickets and more information Stories that Work is a festival of storytelling for…

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Adelaide – Workshop – Core Concepts in Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds (OCT)

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
STTRS, 81 Angas St
Adelaide, 5000
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Core Concepts in Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds (OCT)   Workshop outline This one-day introductory workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and…

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National wide – “Against Our Oath” Movie

October 19 - October 29

A MUST SEE FILM =============================================== "Against Our Oath", a new documentary feature film by award winning Tasmanian Director Heather Kirkpatrick Kirkpatrick has made the "inside story on the hotly debated Medevac Bill" and timed the release to coincide with the Medevac repeal legislation. Tickets are $25 in capital cities, $20 in regional centres and $10 in Denmark, WA. =============================================== Screenings 2019 AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE – MELBOURNE Sat 19 Oct at Palace Kino Cinema 3.45pm for 4pm opening. Screening + filmmaker Q…

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Brisbane – Film Premier – Against Our Oath

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New Farm Cinemas, 701 Brunswick Street,
New Farm, Queensland Australia
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The Refugee Action Collective Qld is recommending "Against Our Oath" as a film that refugee rights supporters should view if they can. We have not yet seen it ourselves, but based on reviews and reports, it looks like being essential viewing. It will be screened in Brisbane at New Farm Cinemas, and online booking is recommended and is available below. For further info, and if there are any booking problems, contact New Farm Cinemas at 3358 4444. Please note that…

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Geelong – Author Talk – Losing Santhia

October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Waurn Ponds Library,, 230 Pioneer Rd
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Author Talk: October 31st Waurn Ponds Library 6.30 pm Ben Hiller and Aran Mylvaganam will visit Waurn Ponds library to speak about Ben’s book “Losing Santhia: Life and Loss in the Struggle for Tamil Elam”.  Ben is the author of this book launched in July 2019. Aran founded the Tamil Refugee Council in 2011. On a small stretch of sand in north-eastern Sri Lanka in 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces slaughtered tens of thousands of Tamils. The Tamil Tigers, who…

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November 2019

South Gippsland: Rally on the first Saturday of each month

November 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wonthaggi Coles Arcade

South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees (SGRAR) members hold a rally on the first Saturday of each month outside the Wonthaggi Coles Arcade at 11.00 am. We have refugee welcome signs and distribute literature about relevant refugee issues. We welcome everyone. Please come along and support this worthy cause.   For further information about South Gippsland RAR contact –   And don’t forget to like us on Facebook

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Adelaide – Film – The Staging Post

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Piccadilly Cinema, 181 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide,
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Don’t miss this, Adelaide! Our first, Screenrights supported, screenings of The Staging Post are happening in Muzafar and Nagina’s home town, Adelaide. 11th-15th of November. We have partnered with Wallis Cinemas in South Australia, and school screenings are on sale for 10am on the 11th, 13th and 15th Nov at the Piccadilly Cinema. Tickets $5 only, or email  If we have significant interest in that week, Wallis are willing to open up other cinemas, times and days for us. So let us…

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Canberra – #Save Medevac Vigil

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - November 12 @ 9:30 am
Federation Mall, Australian Parliament House
Canberra, ACT Australia
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#Save Medevac VIGIL FEDERATION MALL, PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 6.30PM - TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12 AT 9.30AM BRING BATTERY TEA LIGHTS, WARM CLOTHES, WEAR BLACK OR PURPLE Poster: #save medevac For more information email: Information is also available on Facebook - please share through your networks

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