Tuggeranong Festival 2012

The Children, Youth and Adult Dance Groups of ACCEPA again performed at the Tuggeranong Festival this year on 1 December 2012. The costumes for the dance program “Peaceful Night” were sponsored by IMB Community Foundation as part of ACCEPA’s “Happy Singing and Dancing” Project. Other costumes were sponsored by the Multicultural Grants Program. The five programs […]

Summer is coming!

We would like to share the following information with you over the coming weeks courtesy of our friends at SunSmart and the Cancer Council of Australia. With summer now upon us it is a timely reminder for us all to look after ourselves, especially when outside over the warmer summer months. The reality is that […]

Changes to Australian Visa Service Delivery in China

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is working with DIAC’s  three mainland offices in China to implement a number of changes to visa service delivery for clients in China. These changes will take effect from 3 September 2012. It is not anticipated that the changes identified below will have a significant or direct impact […]

Refugee and Humanitarian visa applications

Greetings, The attached document outlines important changes to the lodgement arrangements for refugee and humanitarian visa applications which will take effect on 1 April 2012. Please feel free to distribute to your networks to ensure the message is received by any interested/affected community members. Kind Regards, ——————————————- Sarah Torpy Manager, Multicultural Affairs ACT & Regions […]

Changes to the Student visa program

FYI – Stage two implementation of the Knight Review changes to the Student visa program – March 2012 Greetings, As you may be aware, the Australian Government announced on 22 September 2011 a suite of measures to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s international education sector. These measures were in response to the Strategic Review of […]

Body scanners will be rolled out across airports from July

Body scanners will be rolled out across Australian international airports from July 2012. Do you care or do you worry? Read more at the following link: http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/article/12813431/body-scanning-legislation-going-ahead/

White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century

You may be aware that the Australian Government has commissioned a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century to consider the likely economic and strategic changes in the region and what more can be done to position Australia for the Asian Century. Specifically, the terms of reference outline that the White Paper will include: […]

Hotline for people on board sunken boat

Please see the below link for information about a hotline set up by DIAC to receive details from members of the Australian community who believe they may know someone who was a passenger on a vessel which has reported to have sunk in Indonesian waters at the weekend. http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/media_releases/998 The hotline number is 1300 724 […]

Christmas Lights in Canberra

The house at 3 Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, Canberra has been awarded “The most lights on a residential property” by Guinness World Record. Gates open and lights on every night from 4 December to 26 December 2011. Entry by gold coin donation in aid of SIDS and Kids (ACT). See the following websites for more Christams Lights: […]

Are you ready for digital TV?

Australia is switching to digital TV progressively. Click here to find out what you need to know about the switchover in your area, Household Assistance Scheme and more: www.digitalready.gov.au.