Update for Communities

 

 

 

 

 

Family violence and your visa

Family and domestic violence is any conduct that makes you fear for your or your family’s safety and wellbeing. The Australian Government has zero tolerance for family and domestic violence against anyone, including permanent or temporary visa holders.

Our role in supporting victims of family and domestic violence is to regularise a person’s visa status while they remain in Australia. More information about family violence and visas is available on the Home Affairs website.

New penalties for travellers who don’t declare high risk biosecurity goods

Australia has strengthened its biosecurity laws with new increased penalties. This applies to travellers who fail to declare high risk biosecurity goods at the Australian border.

It is important for all incoming travellers to correctly declare food, plant material and animal items on their incoming passenger card.

These biosecurity laws protect Australia from overseas pests and diseases that threaten the environment and local industries. From 1 January 2021, some temporary visa holders may be liable for cancellation of their visa if they breach the Biosecurity Act. For more information see the Home Affairs website. 

Countering Foreign Interference

Australia’s Director-General of Security noted the unprecedented scale of foreign interference activity against Australia’s interests. These activities can undermine Australia’s national security, open system of government and sovereignty. Information about Australia’s Counter Foreign Interference Strategy is available here.

The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme was established in 2018 to provide the public and government decision-makers with visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia’s government and political processes. The Attorney-General’s Department publishes factsheets to assist community members understand how the scheme works in English and 11 community languages here.

Information for the university sector is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

The 2021-22 Migration Program

The Department of Home Affairs is now inviting public submissions on the 2021-22 Migration Program.

Each year the Department of Home Affairs undertakes a comprehensive consultation process to inform the make-up of Australia’s Migration Program.  Public submissions are an important part of this process and will help shape a Migration Program that benefits all Australians. 

Submissions will be accepted by 29 January 2021 to migration.policy@homeaffairs.gov.au.

For more information, please see: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/submissions-and-discussion-papers/australia-2021-22-migration-program

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Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. We welcome engagement and encourage you to contact us by email with questions or feedback about community concerns, government messaging, community misconceptions or racism and discrimination.

Feel free to share this email with others, but in the interests of ensuring the information remains accurate, please do not make any alterations to the content.

Health & wellbeing support for international students

With profits being donated to charity, our goal is to support and empower help seekers to take control of their mental wellbeing by connecting them to the right support that fits their needs.

Radiant is a social enterprise of Relationships Australia NSW that bridges the gap between those seeking mental health support and those trained and qualified to provide it. 

We recognise that finding a mental health professional that suits you can be tough. This is why we aim to guide people in asking the right questions when looking for professional help. We provide informative profiles that will connect you directly with a professional that suits your unique preferences.

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New translated factsheet about Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Please see below update from Services Australia regarding the Pandemic Leave Disaster payment. We would be grateful if you could circulate to your community members.

Services Australia has produced a new translated factsheet about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. This is a lump sum payment for people who have to quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19 or who are caring for someone with COVID-19.

The factsheet provides information about:

  • the payment
  • who is eligible
  • participating Australian states
  • how to claim.

The new factsheet is available on the Services Australia website in 17 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Maltese, Nepali, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment

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COVID-19: Staying safe when gathering with family and friends

The Department of Health has produced translated audio recordings about staying safe during social gatherings.  The recordings are available in Dari, Greek, Italian, English, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.

The recordings and transcripts are available at this website.

Tax time resources

SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scam calls or emails around tax time. A fact sheet titled ‘Beware of tax time scams’, is available from the ATO publications website in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese.

Tax time guides and a checklist in up to 19 languages is available at ato.gov.au/TaxTimeResources.

JobKeeper extension

New in-language resources, including videos, are available in 16 languages:

ato.gov.au/JobKeeperTranslations

The new videos cover the JobKeeper payment, the JobKeeper extension and JobKeeper for sole traders.

Contact us

Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. We welcome engagement and encourage you to contact us by email with questions or feedback about community concerns, government messaging, community misconceptions or racism and discrimination.

Feel free to share this email with others, but in the interests of ensuring the information remains accurate, please do not make any alterations to the content.

Department of Health – COVID-19 translated materials: Turkish, Arabic, Assyrian, Greek, Italian and Mandarin

The Department of Health has provided the following resource packages to support multicultural communities during the pandemic. We hope you can share these with community members.

These packages include audio files, factsheets and posters, social media tiles and videos in the following languages:

Arabic: 26 resources

Turkish: 12 resources

Assyrian: 12 resources

Greek: 35 resources

Italian: 18 resources

Mandarin: 27 resources

If you are unable to access Google Drive, you can access the same resources from the Department of Health website.

Update for Communities

Dear Community Representative,

Thank you for your ongoing support to your community members, particularly during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope the following information is useful.

COVID-19: Staying safe when gathering with family and friends

The Department of Health has produced translated audio recordings about staying safe during social gatherings.  The recordings are available in Dari, Greek, Italian, English, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.

The recordings and transcripts are available at this website.

Tax time resources

 SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scam calls or emails around tax time. A fact sheet titled ‘Beware of tax time scams’, is available from the ATO publications website in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese.

Tax time guides and a checklist in up to 19 languages is available at ato.gov.au/TaxTimeResources.

JobKeeper extension

New in-language resources, including videos, are available in 16 languages:

ato.gov.au/JobKeeperTranslations

The new videos cover the JobKeeper payment, the JobKeeper extension and JobKeeper for sole traders.

Australia Day Grant Program Briefing – 2 November

The National Australia Day Council will host a briefing session for not-for-profit and local government organisations who are interested in applying for an Australia Day grant. The session will be held on 2 November at 2.00-2.45pm via Microsoft Teams, and you are welcome to join via the following link:

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+61 2 7208 4605,,143138767# Australia, Sydney
Phone Conference ID: 143 138 767#

 Contact us

Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. We welcome engagement and encourage you to contact us by email with questions or feedback about community concerns, government messaging, community misconceptions or racism and discrimination.

Feel free to share this email with others, but in the interests of ensuring the information remains accurate, please do not make any alterations to the content.

Take care,

Community Engagement Team Victoria / Tasmania
Department of Home Affairs
Email: vic.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au and tas.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au

Study Australia Partnership – Onshore Student Sentiment Tracker

 

 

 

 

The Study Australia Partnership is conducting an onshore international student sentiment study across four quarterly national surveys. The project will provide insights to help shape international student support services and communications.  The first survey was in the field in July 2020 and received approximately 7500 responses.

The survey is live from 9am AEDT Wednesday 14 October 2020 – 9am AEDT Monday 9 November 2020.

Student participants who qualify and complete the survey will go into a draw to win 1 of 4 grocery e-gift cards, each to the value of AU$50. Terms & Conditions apply.

Click HERE for more information…

Beware of phone and internet scams impersonating Home Affairs

The following has been recently published on the Department of Home Affairs’ public website.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/archive/article?itemId=470

Beware of phone and internet scams impersonating Home Affairs

Be aware of scammers who impersonate the Department of Home Affairs by phoning on our behalf or copying one of our websites.

We are aware of a current scam where people are receiving a phone call with an automated voice claiming to be from the Department of Home Affairs. The voice tells them that ‘a warrant is out for their arrest.’ This is a scam. We have referred this scam to relevant agencies.

What you should do: Hang up and report the call to ACCC Scamwatch​. You should never give out personal details to a scammer. 

Protect yourself from scammers​

Make sure you always check that any government website link contains ‘.gov.au’ at the end. You should only provide financial and identity information such as passport details on secure websites.

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