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Migration to Australia: a quick guide to the statistics

Australia is considered to be one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations‘ (together with New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America (USA). Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was created, over 7.5 million people have settled here and Australia’s overseas-born resident population—estimated to be 27.7 per cent of the population in June 2013—is considered high compared to most other OECD countries.

Joining the Conversation: ethnic communities media toolkit

Joining the Conversation is a toolkit for ethnic communities to engage with the media and become positive spokespeople for their communities.

This capacity-building project was established to help Queensland’s diverse communities learn about how to promote correct and positive stories in the media. It was also to help address ongoing negative stereotypes about refugees and migrants in Queensland, and promote an understanding of cultural diversity and its benefits to the wider community.

QCOSS State Conference: Building Strength

The focus of this year's QCOSS State Conference is Building strength – for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, for the sector in serving those people and in our ability as a community to see that we are making a real difference in the elimination of poverty and disadvantage.

Sessions will be both informative and participatory, with speakers sharing their knowledge and experience and inviting delegates to share and contribute as well.

The conference themes will be based around:

Valuing Diversity Grants Program 2014-15

The Valuing Diversity Grants Program is established to promote positive community relations, community cohesion, as well as acceptance and understanding of cultural diversity and its benefits.

Through the 2014–15 funding round, grants will be allocated to multicultural events across Queensland in the 2015 calendar year with up to $20,000 available under the Signature Events category, and up to $10,000 under the Culturally Diverse Events category.

Queensland Migrant Small Business Expo

This is a great opportunity for community groups or individuals considering starting a new business or for existing businesses to source support and advice. One-on-one advice will be provided by representatives from the Australian Tax Office, local, state and federal government and industry bodies.

When: Thursday 4 September 2014

Where: Brisbane Technology Park Conference and Exhibition Centre, Eight Mile Plains

Cost: Free entry

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival

The 2014 Gold Coast Multicultural Festival is expected to be bigger than ever. Last year's event was tied to Queensland Multicultural Week, which meant that a number of events were running at the same time. As a result, this year’s festival has reverted to the traditional mid-month timing.

When: Sunday 14 September 2014

Where: Gold Coast

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