Member Notices

Equilibrium Man Challenge

The Equilibrium Challenge aims to provide a communications forum for people interest in flexible work practices and workplace gender equality as well as the technology, tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives. 

For more information please consult the Equilibrium Man Challenge Official Supporter pack (attached). 

FECCA 2015 Biennial Conference - Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians

Thu, 05/11/2015 - 09:00

Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia biennial Conference - Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians .

This will be held in Sydney, NSW, on 5-6 November 2015. This year's conference is organised jointly by the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC NSW).

The conference will draw together leading decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate key issues that relate to Australia's multiculturalism. These will be explored through a series of plenary addresses, panel discussions and presentations. We invite everyone with interest in multicultural affairs to contribute to the debate that will undoubtedly lead to new collaborations and opportunities.

Find out more about the event, and register through the Conference website.

Documentary premiere: 10 Stories of Single Mothers

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 17:30

Kino Cinemas, 45 Collings Street, Melbourne

Join National Council for Single Mothers and their Children at the premiere of their documentary '[10] Stories of Single Mothers.'

10 Mothers candidly speak about the reality of Newstart. They share their struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. They highlight the punishing effects of the allowable earning which slashed their wage. It gives voice to the impacts on their children. Newstart does not help mums & children impacted by family and dometic violence Newstart is not a new start for families. 

Bookings can be made online through Eventbrite

Ending Domestic Violence: improving primary prevention, early intervention & response

Wed, 10/06/2015 (All day)

Sydney Boulevard Hotel, Sydney

This two day conference, plus optional workshops, addresses domestic violence with a specific focus on:

  • Where we should focus for maximum impact
  • How we can improve primary prevention
  • How we can improve early intervention & response
  • Effective approaches for high risk groups

Key Speakers include: Rosie Batty - current Australian of the Year, Senator Michaela Cash - Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Anna Bligh - CEO YWCA NSW, and Annette Gillespie - CEO Safe Steps. 

Further information can be found in attached brochure. 

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Sun, 17/05/2015 - 18:30

ACMI, Melbourne

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is a Melbourne based not-for-profit arts organisation devoted to making human rights issues accessible through film and art. The festival will take place in Melbourne from 7-21 May, with a national tour to follow. The diverse selection of film strives to inspire conversation and action about social justice.

 ERA members are invited to see I Will Not Be Silenced (Sunday 17 May 6:30pm, ACMI):

"Australian Charlotte Campbell Stephen was sexually assaulted by a gang of men while living in Kenya in 2006. This film follows her determined 7-year fight through the Kenya legal system and her interaction with Nairobi's advocacy groups. This is a story of justice, indomitable spirit and female solidarity." 


The full program is available online as well as organisational information.

ACOSS National Conference 2015

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 09:00


ACOSS National Conference 2015

The ACOSS National Conference is the annual meeting place for the community sector to discuss the policy and practice needed to tackle poverty and inequality, and to build an inclusive society in Australia.

ACOSS has hosted an annual sector conference since 1960, creating an opportunity for key stakeholders across the social policy, service provision and welfare community to build a strong vision for the community sector and for social justice.

The 2015 ACOSS National Conference theme is Advancing the Common Good. This theme has been selected to inform discussion about the way in which civil society can ensure policy reforms address ongoing poverty and rising inequality; and to open the conversation about how economic growth can be fair and inclusive for everyone.

What: ACOSS National Conference 2015

When: 25-26 June 2015

Time: 9am – 5:30pm

Where: Australian Technology Park, Redfern

For further information, please visit the ACOSS Conference website.

Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 19:30

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

ActionAid is partnering with the Sydney Comedy Festival to hold the third annual Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala. 

The Gala features an all-women line up of comedians, with all profits going to ActionAid Australia's work empowering women living in poverty across the world to stand up and claim their human rights. 

For more information visit the Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala website.

Affordable Housing Development Summit

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 09:00

Venue TBA, Sydney CBD

This event brings together key stakeholders from private and public sectors to share the latest insights to policies and practices advancing affordable housing in Australia. 

Confirmed speakers include:

David de Carvalho - First Assistant Secretary, Reform of the Federation White Paper, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet                                

Shayne Ramsay - Chief Executive Officer, BC Housing;  Chair, Housing Partnership Canada

Please visit the Affordable Housing Summit website or contact for further details. 

Job Vacancy: YWCA Australia Deputy Executive Officer

8 April

YWCA Australia is recruiting a Deputy Executive Officer on a part-time (0.6 EFT) contract to 30 June 2016. A full description of the role is available here

Nearly 200 organisations outline concern to UN over Australia's declining human rights performance

2 April

Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance has been highlighted in a major report compiled by nearly 200 organisations around Australia. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years. 

Emma Golledge, lawyer at Kingsford Legal Centre, which is part of the NGO Coalition that has prepared the joint NGO report for the process known as the “Universal Periodic Review”, said it was important opportunity for Australia to engage with the international community to improve issues of concern.

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