• AIATSIS April Newsletter

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    2021 AIATSIS Summit

    The AIATSIS Summit will provide a unique forum for academics, government, native title, legal experts and community sectors to collaborate in addressing critical and emerging challenges for the native title and research sectors.

    A variety of packages are available, with registrations remaining open until COB 26 May 2021.

    Keynote speakers for the event include:

    • Daryle Rigney
    • Megan Davis
    • June Oscar AO
    • Mick Dodson AM
    • April Lawrie
    • Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP

    The AIATSIS Summit is being co-convened with the South Australian Native Title Services and Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation on Kaurna Yerta land at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia.

    The AIATSIS Summit is a Covid safe event.


    Milbi: Aboriginal stories from Queensland’s Endeavour River, told and illustrated by Tulo Gordon translated and edited by John Haviland.

    Tulo Gordon grew up on this Country and knew the old stories. A gifted storyteller and illustrator, Tulo Gordon retells them here in Guugu Yimithirr and English.

    In recognition of International Children's Day (2 April), gain early insight into this upcoming release. Available 1 July.

    Publish with us!

    Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children's book writer or artist/illustrator? Do you have an unpublished story you would like published?

    If you answered yes to either question, Aboriginal Studies Press wants to hear from you!

    EOI Journal Editor

    We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the role of Editor to take on the leadership of the Australian Aboriginal Studies journal.

    The journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal promoting excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, including comparative studies. It is published for a wide audience in both print and digital form.

  • SNAICC News

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    SNAICC has been working with the Australian Government through the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to develop a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.

    This is an incredible opportunity to help shape government policies to improve outcomes for our children in their early years and they want to hear from you.

    An extensive engagement process is underway to ensure as many voices as possible help to develop this strategy, including our families, organisations, communities and caregivers.

    So tell us, how could government and services improve to support our children to grow strong in culture, be healthy, safe, and ready for school?

    Answer one of their surveys, provide a submission or see our activity sheet for children. Watch their video message to find out more about how you can provide input, and hear from Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, about their partnership with the NIAA.


    The Family Matters National Week of Action is coming up 9-15 May with some informative online events featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

    Family Matters National Week of Action
    (9-15 May) register for online events

    As 2021 progresses, the Family Matters campaign continues to hold federal, state and territory governments to account as we work to keep our children with family, culture, and community.

    Our campaign is essential to meet the target for Closing the Gap to reduce the over-representation of our children in care by 45% before 2031. SNAICC and Family Matters National Leadership Group members are working hard on the next national plan for protecting Australia’s children.

    An important note for organisational members of our Family Matters Strategic Alliance: in coming weeks, we shall convene the 2021 general meeting of the Family Matters Strategic Alliance. Please check your sponsorship status now and email familymatters@snaicc.org.au if you have not paid your organisational sponsorship for 2020-21

    Monday 10 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – Working with Our Mob: how to put Family Matters principles into practice

    Introduced by SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and facilitated by Karl Williamson, Family Matters National Leadership Group member and social worker.

    Speakers include: Michael Currie, Queensland Family Matters Co-Chair and Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development with the Benevolent Society, and Sue-Anne Hunter, Family Matters Co-Chair.

    This webinar is an invaluable way for all child and family services providers and practitioners working with Aboriginal people to develop empowering, respectful practice.

    You can register here.

    Tuesday 11 May – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and your work

    The action for today is to read through the five connecting elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle – Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation, and Connection. Using the link above, print out the Child Placement Principle for your workplace (right click on the diagram to save) and use it to guide your work with our children and families.

    Wednesday 12 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – National commissioner call to action

    Join SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and Family Matters Co-Chair Dr Paul Gray as they lead a discussion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners and deputy commissioners around the continent as we continue to call for the creation of dedicated, independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners in each state and territory and at the national level.

    Speakers include: April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (South Australia); Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (Victoria); Natalie Lewis, Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission; Richard Weston, Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People (New South Wales), and Nicole Hucks, Assistant Children’s Commissioner, Office of the Children's Commissioner (Northern Territory).

    Join this key call for accountability and in defence of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

    You can register here.

    Thursday 13 May (12-2pm AEDT) – Ways to connect children back to their family, culture and community

    This conversation will be led by Family Matters Co-Chair Sue-Anne Hunter.

    Speakers include: Jo-Anne Kelly, Project Manager Community Initiatives with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation; Jacynta Krakouer, Family Matters National Leadership Group and University of Melbourne; and Jennifer Parsons, QATSCIPP Sector Development Officer.

    Engage and learn from this fascinating discussion among four expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in child and family services. Build your practice skills and learning through Aboriginal-led engagement, awareness, and ideas for skill development.

    You can register here.

    You can see the full list of events and see what SNAICC is up to by visiting their website here.

  • Young People's Employment Pathways Program

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    Life Without Barriers has partnered with Joblife to create - Young People’s Employment Pathways:

    • SLES- School Leaver Employment Supports program by Life Without Barriers
    • ESL – Employment School Leavers program by Joblife
    • DES – Disability Employment Services by Joblife

    You can find out more by viewing the flyer in our library here.

  • Dress for Success In Newcastle

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    Dress for Success Newcastle have reopened their showroom to provide free styling services for women.

    If you have a client that requires clothing for a job interview, a new job, court or other important life event, please make a booking.

    Clients can make their own booking or you can assist them to book at the following link:


    What is a dressing appointment?

    • The client spends an hour with one of our Dress for Success stylists
    • The stylist provides the client with several outfits to try on based on needs and style preference
    • The stylist helps to style an outfit for the client that reflects the client’s personality and helps them feel confident.
    • The client will take home a full outfit including clothes, shoes, handbag and accessories.

    All our services at Dress for Success are free. I have attached a couple of brochures which may assist you with knowing more about our service for clients and for schools/youth services. Please note the Newcastle address has yet to be updated on these fliers. Our new address is 116A Belford Street, Broadmeadow. All styling services are provided as a prebooked service.

    You can view the full brochure in the library here.

  • Pathways to Tertiary Education Online

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    The Pathways to Tertiary Online Series 2021 will provide an opportunity for you to hear directly from University and TAFE staff, NDCOs, and other industry experts to develop your knowledge and skills to prepare for a smoother transition into tertiary education.

    Learn how to disclose your disability, seek out available supports and negotiate reasonable adjustments through specially designed sessions for students with disability, parents/guardians and educators.

    The series is comprised of online Q & A sessions, resources and live events

    Registrations are now OPEN, so be sure to register at tinyurl.com/p2t-21 to save your place!

    When: April 28th-May 19th 2021

    Time: Varied times depending on which session you attend

    Where: Online – a link will be forwarded before the event

    This free event is open to ALL secondary education students with disability and/or chronic health condition throughout Australia, there are also specifically tailored sessions for parents/guardians and educators.

  • What's On Newcastle

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    IQ Talk with Dr Karl

    Saturday 8 May

    The Hunter is on the crest of a transition that will reshape the way we live and do business. Join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and a remarkable group of local thought leaders for a panel discussion on all things innovation and excellence. Reserve your spot at this free event! Click here for more details.

    Mother's Day High Tea

    Sunday 9 May

    Celebrate Mother’s Day at an 'Alice in Wonderland' themed High Tea at the historic Newcastle City Hall. Make Mum, Mum-to-be, or the motherly figure in your life feel special with a mimosa on arrival, tasty treats, bookable psychic readings and activities to keep the little ones entertained. Seats are limited - book now. Click here for more details.

    Markets & Festivals

    Newcastle is brimming with markets and festivals this Autumn. Wander through stalls full of goodies, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy plentiful music, food and coffee options. Sounds like the ultimate way to spend your weekend! Check out some of the best markets and festivals happening this Autumn so you can plan your weekends ahead of time Click here for more details.

    Explore Civic precinct

    If you’re looking for something to do in Newcastle, make sure you add the Civic precinct to your list. Aside from ample dining options, there’s always something happening at the city’s cultural attractions. With so much to see and do, it’s also the ultimate destination to use your Dine & Discover vouchers. By day or by night, here are a few ways to enjoy the Civic precinct. Click here for more details.

  • Candlelight Vigil Tram Sheds Newcastle - May 5th 2021

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    Last week in Australia, two women and a baby were killed in separate incidents of family and domestic violence.

    Kelly Wilkinson had sought the help of the police, nearly every day from late March until her violent murder, allegedly by her former partner.

    At just nine months old, Kobi Shepherdson was violently murdered, allegedly by her father, who had a criminal history of domestic violence against her and her Mother.

    Lordy Ramadan was murdered and police are investigating her partner, who was also her carer.

    None of these women should have died.


    Women and children are STILL losing their lives to domestic violence at an average of one per week.

    This is not a new statistic.

    What has the Australian government done?

    The Federal Government plans to slash $56 million from homelessness services that support women and children leaving violence. This means women’s refuges will have to close their doors.

    Australian Services Union Secretary Natalie Lang says: “You cannot say in one breath that you are concerned about the mistreatment of women and then cut the funding to essential services and women’s refuges.”


    On Wednesday, 5th of May, survivors of domestic and family abuse, front line workers, and their allies will be holding a Candlelight Vigil in the Tram Sheds at Foreshore Park.

    Everybody is welcome. Please share this event.

    Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. The event will finish at 7pm.

    Bring your own candle, torch, or lantern

    This event is supported by the Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee, Warlga Ngurra, Nova for Women and Children: Homelessness and Domestic Violence Service, Jenny's Place Domestic Violence & Homelessness Service, Gender Research Network, University of Newcastle.

  • National Redress Scheme Information

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    Warning: This post refers to sexual abuse and may be triggering to some people.

    The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as a child. Redress in the form of money, counselling or apologies may be available to people this has happened to.

    To find out more, you can call 1800 843 929 or email info@wayfinderhub.com.au.

  • Alternatives to Violence Project: Program for Dads

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    AVP are offering a two day intensive group program for dads to find ways to....

    • manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
    • communicate effectively in difficult situations
    • handle conflict without losing it
    • become a calm parent and partner

    Where: Wallsend or Jesmond (TBC)
    When: 9:00am - 5:30pm, over two Tuesdays, 11 May and 18 May 2021
    Contact 4926 3577 to register or email newcastleworkshops@avp.org.au for more information.

    To view the full flyer, please click on this post.

  • Family Support Newcastle All Dads Online Group

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    Family Support Newcastle are inviting men raising children 0-18 years to a FREE online group - All Dads. This group is for all men who have a father role and want to improve their relationships with their children.

    Call 4926 3577 to register.

    Dates: Each Monday for 6 weeks, 3rd May to 7th June
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    Where: Online via Zoom

    Full flyer available by clicking on this post.