Applications for Board Diversity Scholarship program are now open

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, is inviting Australia’s ‘board ready’ women to apply for scholarships aimed at increasing the number of women on Australian boards. The scholarships are open to all Australian women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse women, women from rural and regional communities, women […]

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 […]

An e-waste recycling scheme to end the TV dumps

15 May 2012 Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability  and Urban Water Don Farrell today launched the first stage of the scheme at the  Mugga Lane tip. Ms Gallagher urged Canberra residents to consider waiting a few weeks to drop  off unwanted TVs to help avoid the initial rush. 10 May […]

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 […]

Canberra killers out in force – please pass on the message

Please pass on the message “do not pick up and eat any wild mushrooms” to warn new students or new arrivals about the “death cap mushroom”. Read the news: or check out the articles in our archive:    

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:

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: […]

Be warned about Death Cap mushrooms

ACT health officials have issued a warning about Death Cap mushrooms, after four people were taken to hospital after eating the fungus at a party in Canberra. Read more… Death Cap mushroom victims monitored 4 hospitalised after eating death cap mushrooms Poisoned mushroom eater remains critical Two die in Australia from Death Cap mushrooms Deadly […]

Christmas Party 2011

After the success of the Christmas Party 2010, we are now organising the Christmas Party 2011 in conjunction with Canberra Australasian Christian Church (CACC) and ACT Chinese Australian Association (ACTCAA). We sincerely invite you and your families and friends to come to this year’s Christmas Party: Venue Function Room Level 2 Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre […]