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March 2014

6 March 2014
  Inspire Change

This Sunday the 8th March is International Women's Day. As well as celebrating the economic, political and social achievements that women have made, it is important to acknowledge the ongoing inequality that Australian women face.

As well as earning on average 17.5% less than men in equivalent full-time work, reports indicate that around one in four women experience abuse by their partners. These complex issues will not be easily fixed, but we can all get behind efforts to Inspire Change, which is this year’s theme.

In April the Centre team will embark on a regional consultation tour – please see below for further information. We look forward to meeting with as many people as possible to ensure all perspectives are represented in the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian Election. If you would like to participate or support these visits, please contact us as soon as possible.

Deb Tsorbaris



CFECFW Magazine

In March the Centre will launch its new magazine - Children and Families In Focus. The magazine has a practitioner focus and will analyse the key issues impacting Australia’s vulnerable children and families.

Issue #1 is titled Capacity Building through Partnerships in Research and looks at a range of research projects that are underway – or have recently been completed - across our sector.

A copy of the magazine will be sent to all Centre members. Look out for more information about how you can subscribe or read an online version in the next e-news.


Regional Consultations

The Centre is planning a series of visits to regional and metro locations in April/May 2014 to hear your views on future priorities and activities.

Proposed locations for these visits include Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Dandenong, Geelong, Horsham, Hume, Maroondah/Yarra Ranges, Melton/Wyndham,Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

Members of the Centre interested in co-hosting these visits in your local area should contact Mick Naughton at the Centre. More →


Foster Care Recruitment

The Centre operates a telephone service and website that provides information to members of the public interested in foster care.

The Department of Human Services has recently agreed to provide additional limited non-recurrent funding to enhance and update the website and to support follow-up with foster care organisations on the outcomes of new referrals.

Look out for updates in the weeks ahead.


RCLDS Award Nominations

Resi ROCKS 2014 will be held on Thursday 22nd May at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Resi ROCKS is the highlight of the Residential Care Learning and Development Strategy, providing a day of training alongside the announcement of the Residential Care Awards. Special guests will be announced soon.

A nomination form for the Residential Care Awards, along with the award criteria, can be found here.



Berry Street - Imaginate

Berry Street has launched Imaginate; a multimedia competition that asks young people to creatively express a response to the question ‘what should a good childhood look like’?

Young people aged 13-25 can submit visual art, performance art, digital art or written word responses at

More information about the competition is available here.


Child, Youth & Families Act - Amendments

On 1 December 2013 the Victorian Government introduced amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 that governs community services, child protection and youth justice.

The changes will benefit outcomes for children and families in the Children’s Court with speedier resolution to matters, less delays, less exposure to the court environment and more efficient court processes.

The changes to the legislation relevant to child protection proceedings can be read here on the Centre’s website.


CREATE - Speak Up Program

The CREATE Foundation is taking applications for its Speak Up Program, which offers advocacy and leadership training for young people with a care experience.

If you know anybody aged 18-25 years with an out-of-home care experience who might be interested in using their experience to make a difference for other kids, meet new people, have fun, and be in a space where they can feel welcomed, valued and heard, please contact CREATE on 03 9918 0002 or

See the Speak Up flyer here.


Adolescent Violence in the Home

A new website has been launched to provide information parents/carers, young people and professionals working in the sector that deal with adolescent violence in the home.

The website contains resources and contacts that can assist with ongoing support and intervention.



Adults Surviving Child Abuse

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ACSA) has upcoming workshops around Australia for survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, their families and supporters, and health practitioners who work with them.

Follow the links for details of the practitioner, survivor and carer workshops.


VCAT - Free Law Seminar

Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice are hosting a free rural law seminar exploring the role and responsibilities of VCAT.

VCAT’s Principal Registrar will describe the type of issues that can be taken to VCAT, processes, how to prepare for a hearing, what happens after a determination is made and more.

The seminar will be video conferenced to 12 locations across rural and regional Victoria.

Locations and registration information can be found here.


Harvard Club of Vic - Non-Profit Fellowship

The Harvard Club of Victoria has broadened the scope of its Non-profit Fellowship Program to include the wider community service sector.

The club is providing funding for up to three CEOs of non-profit organisations based in Victoria to attend the one week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management. The program is conducted in Cambridge Massachusetts in July and the $12,000 award covers course fees, travel and a side trip to non-profit organisations in North America.

A briefing session will be held at Leadership Victoria on Monday 24th February from 6-7.30pm. For more information contact the Harvard Club of Victoria or the program administrator Mandy Croker.


Good Shepherd - Microfinance Matters

Good Shepherd has launched its 4th edition of Microfinance Matters.

Microfinance Matters shares Good Shepherd’s recent work enabling economic wellbeing for people on low incomes.

Read the latest issue online here.




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