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19:28' 23-05-2018
The Federal Government plans to trial new projects within the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to improve employment outcomes and boost language confidence for new migrants.

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    Community Harmony Grants Open

    New grants are available to help Victorians to build greater community harmony and social cohesion in their communities.

    The Community Harmony Grants program enables Victorians to build relationships and partner with one another to increase trust, understanding and belonging, and boost respect for each other and our common values.

    It provides an opportunity for Victoria’s multicultural communities to contribute, design and deliver tailored initiatives that respond to pressing issues that challenge our state today.

    The program is administered by the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    The 2018-19 funding round will close on 12 June 2018, for projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year.

    For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants.

    Reversing Technology For Pedestrian Safety

    New research shows that drivers who use reversing camera and sensor technology can dramatically reduce the risk of hitting pedestrians.

    A Monash University Accident Research Centre study examined 3172 pedestrian injuries in New Zealand and Australia, and found that vehicles with a reversing camera are 41% less likely to be involved in a “back-over” crash. Vehicles with parking sensors are 31% less likely.

    Getting safer vehicles onto our roads is a key focus of the State Government’s $1.3 billion “Towards Zero” Roads Safety Strategy. Under the Government's Safer Vehicles and Technology package, all government vehicles will be fitted with the best available safety features, with a minimum five-star ANCAP safety rating.

    Job And Language Chances For Migrants

    The Federal Government plans to trial new projects within the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to improve employment outcomes and boost language confidence for new migrants.

    Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the trial projects will include a podcast for migrants on speaking confidently about themselves, and a targeted employment strategy for those living in regional and remote areas.

    The Government has committed more than $2 million over the next four years to AMEP’s inaugural Innovative Projects initiative. AMEP is Australia’s largest English language programs and supports about 60,000 migrants per year to learn foundation language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australia.

    The initiative will allow service providers to think creatively about new ways to deliver AMEP tuition to some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. The successful projects include youth focused mentoring, skills recognition and digital literacy.

    World’s Biggest Public Transport Summit

    Melbourne has been chosen to host the world’s biggest public transport event, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, in 2021.

    The Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit runs every two years, and has operated for more than 130 years. This will be the first time the event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere in 28 years.

    The Summit will take place in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, thanks to the State Government’s $200 million redevelopment, to be opened mid-year.

    The Summit is expected to inject $9.4 million into the Victorian economy.

    Neighbourhood House Network Expanding

    Funding of $21.8 million will expand the neighbourhood house network and support staff, volunteers and the local communities they serve.

    Victoria has more than 400 neighbourhood houses across the state, providing locals with a place to come together, learn new skills and take part in group workshops.

    Some neighbourhood houses offer referrals to government services, or provide language classes and other training. Almost 200,000 people visit a neighbourhood house or use their services every week.

    An expression of interest process will soon be available for houses that are not currently funded but want to receive funding. Councils interested in establishing new houses in areas of high need can also apply for funding.

     

     

     

     

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