Join the conversation about what unites us as a nation

Have your say in what it is that unites us and defines us as a nation. A chance to share and showcase the voices of everyday Australians without a focus on politicians or people in power. Read the stories of others and add your voice to the conversation on or search for @jointheconversationaus

Take the conversation further by seeking feedback from your family, community group, social or faith group and sharing their ideas as well. Capture their ideas by asking four simple questions:

  • What do you think defines an Australian?
  • What unites Australia?
  • How are you making a positive difference?
  • One word that you believe describes Australia

A chance to discuss the proposed changes to the citizenship test Wed 28 June

An invitation to an evening discussion on the proposed changes to the citizenship test.

  • 6.45pm Wednesday 28 June 2017
  • Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre Function Room Level 2, North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT 2601.

This event will provide the community an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes. CMCF will seek to take the views and suggestions collated on the evening and lobby relevant politicians for their feedback.

It is understood that The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendments Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament on 15 June 2017 with the following points:

  •  Increasing the general residence requirements to a minimum of four years;
  • Introducing tougher English language tests including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills;
  • Strengthening the Australian Values statements and requiring applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into, and contribute to the Australian community;
  • Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian Citizenship;
  •  Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian Community;
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment.

We hope you will attend this very important discussion and provide us with valuable information on how the toughening of citizenship testing and rules will affect members of our community.

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Focus group to seek views how the aged care sector meets the needs of CALD older Australians

Women in Need (IWiN) invite you to attend a focus group to seek views on the preparedness of the aged care sector in meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older Australians (aged 65 and above). Tea/coffee will be served and free parking is available on site.

  • Saturday, 6 May 2017, 3pm – 4.30pm
  • Belconnen Labor Club, Chandler Street, Belconnen.

IWiN are particularly interested in your thoughts, as an individual or carer, on the following questions:

  1.  has the aged care sector been adequately supported to date to deliver CALD inclusive services?
  2.  what are the key issues you think that still need to be addressed?

If you agree to participate in the focus group, your views will be summarised and integrated into a submission by IWiN to the Federal Department of Health and Ageing. The submission will inform the development of the Department’s Diversity Framework (replacing the National CALD Aged Care Strategy) and a CALD Action Plan to sit under it.

If you are unable to attend the focus group but would like to provide your views, you are encouraged to complete the Department’s online survey at: