Multicultural News

Chinese New Year in 2017 is Year of the Rooster


Chinese New Year's Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. The date is different each year on the Gregorian calendar, but is always between January 21st and February 20th.
Like Christmas and New Year in other countries, Chinese New Year is simple a much-needed holiday at an auspicious time. In China, the New Year occurs during the winter months and is a very welcome celebration in the cold!  


Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the rooster!  Roosters are believed to be  hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Within China, regional customs and traditions are the evening preceding Chinese New Year' and the day itself is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".
Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

The photo is the board member of MCOT, president of the Chinese Cultural Society of Tasmania, Yongbei Tang holding a Happy New Year ( 新年快乐!) sign in front of MONA with the very famous female conductor XIaoying Zheng, who conducted a concert at Hobart just before the Christmas 2016.


A Chinese Lunar New Year festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 29 January from 10 am - 4pm on Parliament lawns in Hobart. This will be the fifth annual Lunar New Year Festival to be organised by the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania and includes entertainment, food, children's activities and performances. For more information on Chinese New Year activities in Tasmania visit the Hobart City Council event page

Special Event: Multicultural Council Listening Forum

In February the Multicultural Council of Tasmania will host a listening forum, to enable our members and diverse communities to meet with political party representatives to discuss and highlight issues of concern. The Council is aware of a reported rise in religious intolerance and racial abuse, along with concern over proposals to change discrimination laws in both Tasmania and the federal parliament. 

We value the insight communities can make to these important issues and invite you to attend and talk about your own experiences and voice your opinion. Meet, talk, listen and discuss directly with decision makers in Tasmania.

Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP to Lucie Cutting, Communications and Engagement Officer, Multicultural Council of Tasmania on 6285 9907 or by email at

When: Thursday 23rd February, 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Multicultural Council of Tasmania, 40 Melville st Hobart.

Funding Opportunities Available!

A number of government grant opportunities are currently available for community groups to apply for! For further information  

Community Support Levy (CSL) Charitable Organisations Grants Program
Currently open and closes 3 February 2017
The 2016-2017 Grants Round offers up to $15 000 (plus GST) per organisation for projects that maximise the health and well-being of vulnerable groups and communities. The focus of the 2016-2017 grants round is building capacity in individuals, families and communities. Projects will build on the strengths of local communities to provide Tasmanian's with opportunities for greater physical and mental health and well-being.

Eligible organisations are incorporated charities or not-for-profit community organisations whose dominant purpose is charitable, altruistic and for the benefit of the Tasmanian community. Further information about the 2016-2017 grants round, including Guidelines and Application Forms, will be available when the grants round opens.

Multicultural Grants Program 2017
Currently open and closes 3 February 2017
As part of Tasmania’s Population Growth Strategy the Tasmanian Government has created the Multicultural Grants Program aimed at assisting migrants to settle and feel welcome in Tasmania. The Grants Program aims to:

  • build the capacity of all ethnic community organisations to deliver positive outcomes for community members, including civic and community participation;
  • support projects that foster cross-cultural understanding and engagement, assist migrants to feel welcome and part of the community;
  • to help the development and growth of ethnic-led social enterprises; and
  • showcase the vibrancy of multiculturalism and encourage the participation of the whole community.
For further information visit the Department’s website, or contact Communities, Sport and Recreation, Department of Premier and Cabinet by email at or by phone on 1800 204 224.

National Youth Week 2017 Grants Program 
Currently open and closes 20 January 2017
Grants of up to $2 000 are available to organisations to develop and deliver NYW 2017 projects, events or activities. One Grant of up to $5 000 is also available to organisations in each region (north, north-west and south) to work with at least two other partners to deliver a regional NYW 2017 event. Applicants must also identify how they will transport young people from across the region to the event. Preference will be given to applications for projects, events or activities held during NYW 2017, however consideration will be given to applications for projects, events or activities immediately preceding NYW 2017.

Electronic submissions of applications are preferred and can be sent to
ANZ Staff Foundation Community Grants
Currently open and closes 17 January 2017

The ANZ Staff Foundation provides small grants of around AUD 5,000 to charities around Australia. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year. Organisations must be charitable, and have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 status to apply.
For further information, guidelines and the application form please visit the ANZ Staff Foundation website.
National/International Sport Championships Program 
Open until all funds distributed

The National/International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3,000 for national or international sport championships being held in Tasmania. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to organisations meeting the eligibility criteria. To be eligible for funding, the championship event must be held between 1 July 2016 and 30 September 2017. For more information, including the Program Application Package, visit the Communities, Sport and Recreation website or telephone 1800 252 476.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme was launched in July 2013, following years of discussion about the need for a major reform of disability services in Australia. This reform is a significant change to previous disability supports as the funding is provided to the person with a disability, their families or carer to self- manage or the agency (NDIS) if preferred.
The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
Am I eligible to participate? 
To be eligible for the NDIS a participant must:
  • Have a permanent disability that impacts on their day to day functions.
  • Live in Australia and be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be under 65 years old
For more information on eligibility please visit the NDIS Access Checklist on the NDIS website.
The NDIS operates in Tasmania and is being phased in by age groups up until the age of 65.
  • From 1 July 2013, the NDIS is available for children and adults aged 15 -24 years.
  • From 1 July 2016, the NDIS is available for children, aged 12 to 14.
  • From 1 January 2017, the NDIS is available for adults, aged 25 to 28.
  • From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be available for children, aged 4 to 11.
  • From 1 January 2018, the NDIS will be available for adults, aged 29 to 34.
  • From 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be available for children, aged 0 to 3, and adults, aged 35 to 49.
  • From 1 January 2019, the NDIS will be available for adults, aged 50 to 64.
For more information please visit the NDIS Tasmania information page on the NDIS website.

Life in Australia podcast created to help young people settle in Australia

From language to culture, food to healthcare, education to transport, everything's different in a new country. For young people who have recently moved to Australia as a refugee or someone seeking protection, this podcast is a way to connect, learn and share your experience of life in Australia, told by people who have been in the same situation as you.

Created by the Australian Red Cross, the podcast shares stories of living in a new house with new friends, learning in Australia, and staying healthy. Guests on the podcast share their own experiences and offer advice to help others settle into their new homes too. 

Life in Australia is available in both English and Farsi and can be downloaded for free. For more information and to download visit the Australian Red Cross website:

Community Noticeboard

  • Are you available to help? The Women's Friendship Group in Launceston is seeking volunteers to assist with a bike safety program for young Afghan people. The program will run from January 16 - 20th and 23 - 27th. Volunteers are needed to assist for a few hours, a day or the whole program! For more information contact Ros Lewis at
  • If you are Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander or have a multicultural background, and are between 13 - 16 years of age, head along to the male Kick-Start/All Nations State Selection Day on Wednesday 1st February! Running from 11 am - 1pm at the Campbell Town Football Ground, this try-outs session is an opportunity to be selected to complete in the All Nations Championships in Townsville from the 8th - 13th April. To enqire contact Barry Gaby on 0418 339 959 or email
  • The City of Hobart is coordinating a brand new Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and is seeking applicants! YAC is for people aged between 12 - 25, committee members will provide advice to City of Hobart on how to make the city a more youth friendly environment. Young people involved in YAC will gain leadership, communication and teamwork skills, as well as experience in the development of community projects and events. If this sounds like you visit: Youth Advisory Committee Application to complete an application form.
  • Would you like to share your story? The Hobart Human Library are always on the lookout for new 'human books' to share their stories with community. Human books participate in 90 minute workshops with schools and workplaces around Hobart at various times during the week. You will be paid $50 for each workshop you assist with and will receive training. For more information contact Olivia at the Hobart Human Library on 6223 1025 or by email at
  • Global Report: People on the Move. Migration has become a flash-point for debate in many countries. Recent McKinsey Global Institute research has found that it generates significant economic benefits - and more effective migration could increase those benefits. The institute looked at how various countries (including Australia) perform on 18 indicators and identified more than 180 promising interventions that offer useful models for improving migratory integration. More information can be found here:


Our online calendar is packed with school holiday activities for December through to February! To view activities head to and to submit an event email

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

Four zones of entertainment, including food, culture, children's activities and performances. There will be many activities including Lion Dances, Dragon Dances, Cultural displays and non-stop entertainment. 
When: Sunday 29 January, 10 am - 4pm
Where: Parliament Lawns, Salamanca

Harmony Week launch
Attend a special cricket match, celebrating the launch of Harmony Week 2017! Kids and families welcome.

When: Sunday 26th February
Where: Cornelian Bay Sportsground
No RSVP required

Chinese New Year activities

Hobart will host many Lunar New Year activities, including free cultural events, festivals and concerts.

For a full list of Chinese New Year events visit:
Cricket at Mount Field National Park

The Intercultural Sports League's inaugural T20 exhibition match will be held at Mount Field.
Join for a T20 cricket match, kids crick workshops, activities, a guided walk and more! Free transport will be departing from Hobart at 9.30 am and returning 5 pm. 

When: Saturday 11th Feburary
Where: Mount Field National Park
Places limited, RSVP to Sam Cuff at or on 0400 968 570
Save the Date!
World Games Day 

Celebrate our multicultural community through games, sport, music, dance, and food! 
Would you like to be involved? Contact Suzanne at Clarence City Council on 62179599 or
When: Sunday 21st May
Where: Blundstone Arena
Intercultural Sports League Grand Final

Attend the Grand Final match of the Intercultural Sports League and stay for dance performances by Bollywood group RYTHMZ and the awards ceremony.
Food and drink will also be provided.
When: Saturday 22nd January, 5 pm
Where: TCA Domain Ground
RSVP by January 19th by Raj on texting 0405668155
We welcome contribution to this monthly newsletter! The deadline for our next edition is the 23rd February

Contact details:
The Multicultural Council of Tasmania
40 Melville street, Hobart TAS 7000
Post: GPO Box 798 Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6285 9907
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 - 2 pm

To donate to the Council please visit our website at
Photo credit: UN collection, Cape Town 1982.

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