Multicultural Council of Tasmania News May 2016
News and Events

New Location and Telephone Number!

We can now be found on the ground level of the Red Cross building at 40 Melville street, Hobart. This is an exciting move as it enables us to be more accessible to our community.  

Our phone number has also been updated, we can be contacted on (03) 6285 9907. Our email and mailing address remain the same. 

We look forward to continuing to service Tasmania's multicultural community in our new location!

Living in Tasmania survey - make your opinion count!

Have you moved to or from Tasmania in the last five years? If so we want to hear from you!

We are conducting research into the experiences of international migration to – and from – Tasmania and need your help.

If you can spare 20 minutes to complete the survey just click on the link below and enter your details to go into a draw to win an IPAD.

135 Organisations Urge the Prime Minister to help domestic violence victims on temporary visas
Alongside 134 organisations, the Multicultural Council of Tasmania has endorsed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to ensure that migrant women on temporary visas are supported when escaping violent relationships through access to crisis payments.

We believe that safety from domestic and family violence should not be contingent on an individual's visa status.However, major reforms leave vulnerable women behind and without access to basic services. The Australian Government must support vulnerable migrant women escaping family violence.

To view the letter click here.

New Funding Opportunities
City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program – closes 30 June
This program seeks to support, and provide incentive, for community events held in the Launceston City Municipality that contribute to a diverse, vibrant and balanced City events program. Online applications for event sponsorship are now open for events staged between 1 January – 31 July 2017. For more information please visit – and click on the Events section.

Legacy Grant Program – closes 31 May
Not-For-Profit organisations operating in Tasmania are invited to apply for a one off grant of up to $70,000 (incl GST) to support education and/or employment related programs for youth at risk. Information on grants can be accessed here –

A message from RECOGNISE - 
Australia’s national rule-book – the Constitution -  excludes the long and proud 40,000 plus year history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in this country.
The Constitution also contains sections in it that allow for discrimination based on a person’s race. This can give Governments the power to make laws that can apply only to a particular race. And people can be banned from voting based on race.
For many decades, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been calling for an end to the silence on Indigenous history in the Constitution and to address the racial discrimination in our nation’s rule-book. To do this, Australians will need to vote in a referendum
RECOGNISE is the national movement tasked with raising awareness and support ahead of a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and deal with the racial discrimination in it.
Cooking Workshops @ the pop up cafe
Quick simple meals to impress.
Share a plate in health and nutrition.
All skill levels and ideas welcome.
Places are limited so be sure to register!

Wednesdays, 3.30 - 5.30 pm
44 Collins street

Cost: Free
For more information contact 6231 5150 or
Soul Food 
Soul Food is a unique monthly event featuring live music, audio visual pieces and readings. Next months theme is Our Planet - Our Future.
Sunday 5th June, 3 pm.

Bahá’í Centre of Learning, Hobart

Cost: Free
For more information contact 6234 7654 or visit

Volunteer Recruitment Expo
Glenorchy City Council is gearing up for National Volunteer Week. There will be a variety of events and a sausage sizzle on the day.
Thursday 12th May, 11 am – 12 pm
Glenorchy City Council Front Lawns, Glenorchy
Free Public Seminar
Dr Donald Reid will present ‘Down with Diversity!’ A seminar on multiculturalism and neo-assimilation in Australia
Friday 13th May, 1 pm
Law 132, Seminar Room, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay.

2016 AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Join TasCAHRD for an evening of special guest speakers followed by a candle lighting ceremony and minute of silence.
Monday 16th May, 5.30 pm
Parliament House Steps, Hobart

Screening of Salam Neighbor, a film about a Syrian Refugee Camp
Join A Fairer World and Institute for the Study of Social Change for the Tasmanian premiere of Salam Neighbour.
Tickets: $20 (adult) $15 (concession)
Hobart event
Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay
Date: 5.45pm Thursday 19 May, 2016 (bar opens 5:30pm, film starts 6:00pm)
Book online at
2560th Buddha Jayante
(Happy Buddha Purnima!)

Join the Australian Bhutanese Buddhist Community of Northern Tasmania to celebrate the 2560th birthday of Buddha.
Saturday 21st May, 11 am – 2 pm
Uniting Church, 128 – 132 George Town Road, Newnham.
 118th Philipine Independence Day Celebration
An all you can eat buffet, including a main course, sweets and entertainment. Drinks will be available at the bar.
Saturday 11th June, starting 11 am
Cost: $25 each or $75 for a family (10 years and under are free)
For more details contact Amelia Perales on 0487 432 535
  News From Around the Web

  • The Rotary Club of North Hobart hold a weekly Sunday Community Market at  71 Letitia st, North Hobart from 10 am - 2 pm. They are seeking interest from community members who would like to perform for free on their stage! For more information on performers, the market or to book a stall visit their Facebook page or email
  • The theme for this years Seniors Week is cultural diversity! The Council of Ageing (COTA) is currently seeking expressions of interest for events to be held during Seniors Week.
    For more information or to submit an event contact COTA on  (03) 6231 3265 or visit their website at
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics is looking for 800 dedicated and enthusiast Field Officers from across the state to support the 2016 Census and ensure that every Tasmanian is counted. Ideal applicants will be great communities, moderately tech-savvy, community minded and eager to make a difference! These positions are casual and most work will occur during August and September. For more information on job opportunities click the banner below.
  • Are you interested in performing?  Can you speak more a language other than English? Do you feel like you have a story to tell? Babel is a compelling new performance work that will evoke contemplation and conversation about language and what it is to be human. Together members of the Babel project will compose and choreograph language, creating a fascinating and powerful sound work to be performed live for the Festival of Voices in July 2016 and Ten Days on the Island in March 2017. 
    The project is currently seeking enthusiastic bilingual and multilingual individuals to assist with this celebration of language. You’ll workshop and rehearse with the creative team for two hours, once a week, at Mathers House in Central Hobart. Participating is a great way to meet new people and be a part of a special public performance.
    If  interested in participating please contact Glen Murray, Artistic Director, at
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Contact Details:
GPO Box 798, Hobart 7001
Office Hours:
Tue-Fri, 9 am - 2 pm