Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance and Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced that photo identification cards are now free to the State’s seniors and carers.
“We have delivered on another important election commitment for the State’s seniors,” Mr Constance said.
“During the 2011 election campaign, the NSW Liberals & Nationals pledged we would provide this important cost saving to seniors.
“In recognition of the important role carers play in our community, the NSW Gover ment has also decided free NSW Photo Cards should be made available to carers – going beyond the commitment made at the election.
“I hope this saving will ease the cost of living burden on the State’s seniors and carers – they sure deserve it.”
Mr Gay explained the free card is available only to eligible seniors and carers who do not have a NSW driver’s licence.
“This concession means 200,000 NSW residents on a Centrelink carers allowance or those with a NSW Seniors Card are now eligible to receive a NSW Photo Card free of charge,” Mr Gay said.
“We understand our seniors are doing it tough with Labor’s carbon tax adding consideration pressure to power bills.”
Chief Executive Officer of Council on the Ageing NSW Ian Day welcomed the announcement and said it will help seniors and carers to be engaged in their local communities.
(Minister for Ageing and Disability Services)
New measures to help victims of family violence on provisional partner visas begins 24 November, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins MP, said today.
Mr Bowen said the changes would improve the assessment of family violence under migration law and provide for a wider range of evidence to support such claims.
“The Government recognises that the current process of obtaining statutory declarations with a set of technical requirements can be quite difficult for some women who have experienced violence,” Mr Bowen said.
“Under the new arrangements, we will streamline the evidence requirements claims for a visa on the basis of family violence to make the process easier and more accessible.”
For example, people who have suffered family violence who have already dealt with service providers or government agencies will be able to provide associated documents as part of the evidence requirements.
The changes to the Migration Act extend protections for people experiencing family violence and build on the amendments to the Family Law Act that commenced on 7 June 2012.
“Domestic and family violence is unacceptable. It’s important that women do not face obstacles in leaving violent relationships and receive appropriate support and assistance,” Ms Collins said.
“These measures will make a real difference to the lives of women on temporary visas who have experienced the trauma of family violence.”
To ensure the integrity of assessments, applicants will still need to provide a minimum standard of evidence, which was developed in consultation with more than 60 organisations including women’s refuge centres, family violence support organisations, immigration legal service providers, and state and territory government departments.
The changes complement the work the Government has undertaken to reduce and respond to violence against women, including our $86 million National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
They also address the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report and work on Family Violence and Commonwealth Law, and issues raised with Mr Bowen by the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association.
(Department of Immigration and Citizenship)
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, recently announced a review of the visa arrangements for international airline crew operating on domestic routes in Australia.
Mr Bowen said the purpose of the review was to consult on enhanced regulatory options for foreign aircrew working on international flights entering and departing Australia.
“Visa arrangements for foreign aircrew, which were put in place 18 years ago, must keep pace with contemporary business and crew rostering practices,” Mr Bowen said.
“While visa arrangements for foreign aircrew are only intended for international flight duties, Australian and New Zealand international airlines have been increasingly combining their international and domestic services, resulting in a complex range of practices.
“These practices have led to concerns about visa arrangements for foreign aircrew on those flights within Australia which, due to the passenger composition or connectivity, may not be perceived as reasonably linked to an international flight.”
Mr Bowen said he was considering policy options and regulatory arrangements to clarify the intent of the special purpose visa (SPV) for foreign aircrew working on international flights entering and departing Australia.
As part of this process, the Minister has released a discussion paper on the issue seeking input in relation to the development of future options.
The discussion paper is available online at: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/discussion-papers/
(Department of Immigration and Citizenship)
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has announced the winners of the National Multicultural Marketing Awards 2012.
A highly successful push by SBS radio and television into the Asian pop music scene through its PopAsia television, radio, online and social media programs won the Grand Award at the recent ceremony in Sydney.
The awards, conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW since 1990, recognise the achievements of government agencies, business enterprises and community groups in implementing strategies targeting the culturally diverse community.
“PopAsia is uniting a broad range of young Australians from Asia, through music and the English language, something they all have in common,” Mr Dominello said.
“SBS has cleverly drawn second and third generation migrants into the Australian environment through harnessing the great love of pop music that young people of all backgrounds have.
“This is ground-breaking media in a multicultural society,” Mr Dominello said.
PopAsia is made up of 10 hours of live radio each week, 24-hour online streaming, two weekly television programs, a mobile App, a dedicated YouTube channel, and more than 43,000 active online fans. It plays all the hits and covers all the news, interviews, fashion and gossip from the world of Asian pop music.
Chair of the Commission, Stepan Kerkyasharian said, “The Multicultural Marketing Awards set out originally to encourage public servants to meet the needs of people of non-English speaking backgrounds and to tailor services and information to their language and cultural differences.
“This is exactly what SBS, as a government organisation, has achieved with PopAsia, but, of course, as the multicultural broadcaster this is what they should do and they should be setting the standards.
“Congratulations SBS. In this particular corner of the media world, it appears SBS has met its charter perfectly”, Mr Kerkyasharian said.
PopAsia also won the Advertising and Communication Award.
Other category winners announced were:
[yellow tail] Export Award – Creative Cubed Design Studio for the publication Kids of the Ummah
Community Award – Somali Welfare and Cultural Association for Africultures Festival
Government Award – NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service and Responsible Gaming Fund for campaigns to help problem gamblers
Commercial Small Business Award – Coffs Coast Community College for Cultural Cafe
Commercial Big Business Award – Australian Rugby League Commission for the Multicultural Integration Program
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Technical Award – Chinese Digital Media for the Chinese Tourism Smartphone app
Government Award: NSW Multicultural Health Community Award: (l-r) Lou Petrolo, Director,
Communication Service (MHCS) Media Manager LOUD Multicultural, Adama Kamara, Saada
Jesusa Helaratne, Dr Seven D’Alessandro Senior Abdikarim, Tina Eldson, Richard McMillan, Louisa
Lecturer in Marketing, Macquarie University, McMillan, Merelin Murimwa-Rarami, Fatma Mohamed
MHCS Director Peter Todaro, Responsible
Gambling Fund (RGF) Community Manager Lee
Holmes, MHCS Project Officers Germana
Morassi and Sam Shen. Photos by Warren
Duncan/CRC of NSW
Commercial Small Business Award: Ted Greenwood, ABS Technical Award: (l-r) Xia Cheng, Director,
Business Development Officer, Coffs Coast Community Chinese Digital Media, Wayne Tseng, Consultant,
College, Mr. Loc Trinh . Director of Access and Diversity Chinese Digital Media, Prue Rigg, Manager Census
at the Australian Taxation Office, Rowena McGregor. NSW, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Commercial Big Business Award: Mark deWeerd, Yellow Tail Export Award: Karla Wheeler,
Culture and Diversity Manager, NRL, Steve Meredith, Brand Manager, Casella Wines and awardee
Multicultural Engagement Officer, NRL, Charlotte Peter Gould, Director of Creative Cubed,
Roderick, Marketing Communications Executive. Publisher of Kids of the Ummah
The team from Creative Cubed
Interactive Producer/ Presenter for SBS PopAsia
Ania Aquino is a new media multi-hyphenate with a passion for empowering people. As a Gen-Y entrepreneur and intrapreneur, she has over 7 years experience within the Australian media industry.
She currently works as the Interactive Producer/Presenter for SBS PopAsia. She manages the brand’s social media presence and strategy helping PopAsia become the most interactive & ‘social’ program on SBS.
Come show time, Ania transforms into her PopAsia persona as ‘Princess Ania’ - the ruler of the online world with ‘the connections’ with the fans and ‘inner insight’ on the Asian Pop celebrities.
Ania is also a former Journalist and Producer for the ABC, ABS-CBN, Philippine Community Herald and a Journalism & Community Service awardee at the ‘Global Filipino Youth Awards’.
The Philippines dominated the world hip hop stage overnight as three Filipino teams grabbed the gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds International Championship. It was a historic night for defending champions Boyz Unlimited after they won back to back international titles.
Boyz Unlimited from Pangasinan defended their international Open division title to secure another gold for the Philippines, while compatriots Flipendemic Kru (Manila) and Pinoy Hip Hop (Antipolo) placed second and third respectively to produce a trifecta for the Philippines. A fourth Philippine dance crew, Rockstars, placed fourth overall. In the Varsity division, the sole Philippine representative, A-Team, grabbed silver. It was truly an amazing result for the dance-loving nation.
Philippine Consul Marford Angeles greeted the national team just before they hit the stage and wished them well. Other celebrities in the crowd, including Justice Crew founder Maurice June, artist Israel Cruz and Australia’s Got Talent and X-Factor producers were stunned and equally amazed by how good the Filipinos were.
Maurice June said, “Wow! I am so inspired and empowered by the Philippine dance teams. God has blessed us with their presence, and we are so happy that they made it to Australia. They are all amazing dancers!”
Celebration with family and friends at Ward's residence in Mortdale. Children: Madonna, Claire (Richard Burek) & Laarni (Matt Ward). Grandchildren: James, Rachelle (BF Mitch), Jhoanna (BF Christophe), and Carl.