The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to learningforpurpose.org/study Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. www.learningforpurpose.org/about Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). HELPING HOOPS | 24 HOUR CHARITY SHOOTOUT 2017-06-28T03:27:46Z helping-hoops-24-hour-charity-shootout Helping Hoops raises funds for under-privileged kids with 24 Hour Charity Shootout event. This weekend, 1 & 2nd of July, over 170 passionate supporters will participate in the annual 24 Hour Charity Shootout to raise money for Helping Hoops, a grass roots charity providing free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children across Melbourne. Last year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout raised almost $60,000 for Helping Hoops, with participants combining to shoot over 21,000 free throws over the course of the weekend. This year's Shootout will also include a celebrity All Star Game on Saturday July 1 from 2-3pm featuring NBL and Australian Boomers player Chris Goulding, Attica Restaurant’s Ben Shewry, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, and Melbourne United’s David Barlow who will each captain teams made up of children from Helping Hoops programs. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is a unique fundraising event, with participants choosing a 15-minute timeslot to make as many free throws as they can, sponsored by family and friends, with all proceeds going to Helping Hoops. The venue, Albert Park College, will be transformed into a carnival full of attractions, prizes, guests, food and more. Those unable to make it to Albert Park also have the option of shooting in their local area. Helping Hoops Executive Director Adam McKay says: “The fundraising effort by the participants has a huge impact and helps us to sustain the nine programs that currently run weekly in Fitzroy, Werribee, Broadmeadows, Footscray, Prahran, North Melbourne, Richmond, Croxton and Dandenong, but also in resourcing future programs so the charity can reach even more children.” "Every week, we make and keep promises to children experiencing disadvantage, and I am proud that we have been able to do this all for free for the past seven years. Funds raised from the 24 Hour Charity Shootout help us keep these promises now and into the future, and allow us to expand our reach to help even more children who need us in their neighbourhood." Other attractions throughout the weekend will include food trucks by Mr Burger, haircuts by Brother Wolf and The Streets’ Barber, live street art showcase, Camera House photo booth, Helping Hoops apparel launch and pop up store, photography exhibition, raffle and lucky dip, pop corn, retro arcade games, a free kids’ clinic and a brulee cart. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is all about giving the wider community an opportunity to get involved in Helping Hoops, and to be a hero from their own backyard, local court, or at Albert Park College. END $15K TO BE RAISED TO SUPPORT 6 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION SURVIVORS 2017-06-26T05:12:39Z 15k-to-be-raised-to-support-6-sexual-exploitation-survivors Throughout June, HerSpace is running the fundraising campaign “Her name is…” with the intention of raising $15,000 to provide mental health support to 6 women survivors of sexual exploitation that are currently on our waiting list. With 5 days of the campaign remaining, we still need help raising $10K. The needs of women who have been sexually exploited are serious and HerSpace is seeking for some financial support to ensure no women is left waiting to receive mental health support. It is estimated that 69,219 women and girls are affected by sexual exploitation each year in Australia. This figure is based on the brothel, trafficking, street-based, under-aged and forced marriage components of the sex trade. Since 2015, HerSpace has supported 28 women with 12 months of 1-on-1 counselling session as well as group mental health support. Both our 1on1 and group programs have waiting lists and we need more funds to meet the needs of women arriving at our door-step. We do not want to turn women away, we want to respond to their courage in reaching out for support to address their emotional, psychological and social needs. Women who come to HerSpace have survived years if not decades of daily imposed or choice-less sex-work. The impacts include post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of suicidal ideation, debilitating anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks which all get in the way of women making their own choices towards lives of safety. Given the extremely high rates of mental health issues it is essential to address sexual exploitation survivors’ emotional needs and support their journey towards healing and recovery. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact: Email: natalia.ballotin-hall@herspace.org.au Website: http://www.herspace.org.au/ Donation: Page http://herspace.org.au/get-involved/donate/ Facebook: @herspace.org.au Twitter: @herspace_org “Closing The Gap” In Kempsey 2017-06-26T04:55:09Z closing-the-gap-in-kempsey The Girls Academy, an initiative to support and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, is launching at two sites in Kempsey, New South Wales this week in a bid to close achievement gaps and boost academic performance.   The Kempsey Girls Academy will be officially opened by Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight The Hon. Melinda Pavey, MP on 27 June at Kempsey High School, and Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell will officially open the Melville Girls Academy at Melville High School on 29 June.   The Girls Academy works within local school systems to provide high school age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with support to prosper in school and pursue their goals. The Girls Academy program has the ‘Big 4’ objectives - increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The Girls Academy is the flagship program for Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   "The Girls Academy supports young women to engage in their education, achieve their goals and strengthen their communities,” said Ricky Grace, CEO and Founder of the Girls Academy. "Our program aims to increases the skills, employability, health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls throughout Australia.”   Mr Grace said, “With support from both Federal and State Governments along with backing from major corporate and philanthropic organisations the Girls Academy aims to expand the Girls Academy to 2,500 girls enrolled nationwide by the end of the year, with 800 girls enrolled in New South Wales alone.”   "Support from the NSW Government and Department of Education has been crucial to the Academy's successful expansion in New South Wales. We also thank each school for their commitment to the program," continued Mr Grace.   Minister Pavey said "This is a very valuable opportunity for the girls of the Macleay - at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools. I encourage all to embrace it truly; occasions such as this can - and should - be used to make a real and lasting difference in life. Girls, go for it!.”   Mayor Liz Campbell said "It is wonderful to have the Girls Academy established in Kempsey. This is another step in developing our young Aboriginal people through education, mentoring and activities that will make them the leaders of the future. This Academy compliments other work being undertaken at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools through the Clontarf Foundation for young males. We welcome the Girls Academy to the Macleay Valley."   Kempsey High School Principal, Mr Mick Eller said, "The opening of the Kempsey High School Girls Academy is a significant step in enabling our Aboriginal Girls to achieve improvements in their attendance and engagement. Our wish for them is that they will go on to meaningful further education and careers. I sincerely thank Role Models and Leaders Australia, the Federal and State governments and generous donors for their assistance in making the Girls Academy a reality at Kempsey High School".   Melville High School Principal, Mr Jeff Hollingsworth said, “Melville High School has welcomed the initiative from Role Models and Leaders Australia, to establish a Girls Academy at this school. The potential improvement in the lives and outcomes of our students will be immense, and I congratulate and thank all those who have supported us in this process. It has been demonstrated in a short time that the program and staff can have an impact on our girls and their families which was difficult to achieve without such support."   About the Events   The Kempsey Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Tuesday 27 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Kempsey High School, 13 Broughton Street, Kempsey NSW 2440.   The Melville Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Thursday 29 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Melville High School, 44-50 Nicholson Street, South Kempsey NSW 2440.     About the Girls Academy   The Girls Academy program is the leading provider of school-based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia. The program works within the local school system to support high school girls to engage in education and pursue their goals through mentoring, sport, cultural and empowerment programs. The program is centred around an Academy room in each school where a minimum of two mentors deliver a program to achieve the ‘Big 4' objectives - increase school attendance; advance academic and personal achievement; improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The program is community driven and tailored to the needs of each community. The Girls Academy Program is the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   Further information at http://www.girlsacademy.com.au/  Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-29T23:53:57Z treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast VISION/ INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY REMINDER Tuesday 30 May 2017 For immediate release Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To confirm attendance or arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au VISION/ INTERVIEW OPP: Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-11T04:15:08Z vision-interview-opp-treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au Worlds Largest Secondary School Culture Brand Launches In Australia 2018 2017-04-21T22:32:19Z worlds-largest-secondary-school-culture-brand-launches-in-australia-2018 22 April 2017. 9:00 am AEDT  Fomuda Pty Ltd are proud to be the marketing company associated with Polyfest Australia.  The Polyfest brand was established in New Zealand in 1976 and is the largest cultural festival of its kind, attracting over 100,000 spectators over a 4 day period.  ASB Polyfest based in Auckland initially started in 1976 the hall of a local High School.  Each year it increased in size, and more stages were added as the categories grew with popularity.  The most recent being the addition of the Asian category.  As Polyfest continued to grow, the capacity of over 9000 performers could not be managed by a single school.  Various stages are set up at Host schools for each category leading up to the finals.  The Polyfest finals now take place at the Manukau Velodrome which was designed for the 1990 Commonwealth Games.  This is a more suitable venue as over 100,000 spectators attend this remarkable event annually. Polyfest Australia will be held in NSW in February 2018 and an estimated turnout of more than 20,000 spectators are expected.  For continuity purposes, Polyfest Australia will showcase its inaugural event in the same venue as Pacfest 2017, until such time as crowd capacity demands a change. Sy Lagaaia, CEO of Fomuda Pty Ltd said “Polyfest is synonymous with multiculturalism, and in Auckland, the City with the largest contingency of Pacific Islanders in the world, everyone knows the name Polyfest, and everyone respects the high standard of excellence the brand represents.  In NSW we have a few festivals, and they have served us in the past, however the Polyfest brand is here now, and it will no doubt be the preference that serious performing arts students will choose.  Fun will still be on the cards, but the goal posts have shifted, professional judges will be in attendance, New Zealand and the World will be watching, and every performer must now step up their game.” Invitations are being crafted to invite all eligible schools in the New South Wales area. We will also be keeping an eye on multicultural festivals in other states, and may invite the best of the best to showcase at Polyfest Australia 2018 as special guests.  This will be an exciting surprise for all those participating. Polyfest Australia will strive to uphold the positive messages the brand has always delivered since its inception 42 years ago, and that is harmony and unity within the school communities and the general public.  In the past, Indigenous people have lost their culture and language, and Polyfest prides itself on being the single biggest community venture where the culture, dance, and song are learned, and are once again brought to life. Polyfest sponsorship in New Zealand is sought after by many Corporate and Government institutions.  Polyfest sponsors include 1 major banking institution, 5 Radio stations, 4 major community groups, 7 nationwide Universities and Technical colleges, 4 Government Departments, Auckland Airport, Auckland City Council and the New Zealand Fire Service. Polyfest Australia are inviting Corporate and Government sponsorship to come forward and offer expressions of interest.  Please email info@polyfest.com.au Australia Launch Of The World’s Largest Secondary School Cultural Brand Polyfest 2017-04-18T13:44:59Z australia-launch-of-the-world-s-largest-secondary-school-cultural-brand-polyfest NEWS PROVIDED BY FOMUDA Pty Ltd  April 15th, 2017, 09:47pm AEDT SHARE THIS ARTICLE   SYDNEY, April. 15, 2017  FOMUDA Pty Ltd www.fomuda.com.au, today announced the official launch of Polyfest Australia in 2018. Polyfest was originated from NZ some 42 years ago, from humble beginnings the brand is now the world’s largest Secondary School cultural festival of its kind. The purpose of Polyfest arose from the vision of students, to demonstrate a student's pride in their cultural identity and heritage, and to bring together many different schools, as well as the different cultures. It gives Secondary School students the opportunity to express themselves through cultural performances and it also gives them the experience of performing to a large audience, and achieve standards of excellence. Polyfest provides a traditional cultural dance experience for the Indigenous and Pacific Island community as well as the general public, increasing public awareness of culturally based dance art forms. This allows people throughout Australia to celebrate diversity as different races, nationalities, religions and sexes come together to honour the event, encouraging social interactions. It also enhances all stakeholders' experience and objectives. Engaging with stakeholders helps ensure potential problems are being addressed, or changes communicated and understood. For these reasons, it is important for corporate companies to find ways and means of engaging with all their stakeholders through events like Polyfest Australia. It promotes cultural awareness and understanding as it brings the pride and passion of the Indigenous people and Pacific Island communities to life. Sy Lagaaia, CEO, Fomuda Pty Ltd., said, "I am personally excited by this opportunity in launching such a strong NZ brand in Australia and working closely with the current events management group from New Zealand to ensure the launch of Polyfest Australia is a huge success”. With the shared synergies we acknowledge the commitment by Fomuda combining the celebration of cultures, creativity and education as the driving force of ‘Polyfest Australia’ says Theresa Howard, Events Director of the ASB Polyfest. About Fomuda From creative concepts to logistical execution, we produce seamless and exciting programs for high schools and the multicultural community delivering real results. Our dedicated, in-house Fomuda marketing team makes Fomuda Events Management an ideal partner to bring your brand and your concept to life. Our industry market knowledge of consumer behaviour, the environment of an experience and how best to create memorable interactions allow us to craft dynamic, engaging high school and multicultural programs for our clients. From initial concepts, to the myriad of details required for a successful event, we take great pride in getting the job done, and done right. Our hands-on approach ensures that the messaging consumers will receive is in line with the brand and the core values of our clients. We are invested in our clients’ success and are committed from conceptualization through post program proof of performance, with all the bells and whistles included in between. For expressions of interest in sponsorship, please email info@polyfest.com.au Photo credit to PCC SBS Arabic24 marks first anniversary with the launch of 24/7 digital TV 2017-03-07T03:08:11Z sbs-arabic24-marks-first-anniversary-with-the-launch-of-24-7-digital-tv To celebrate the one year anniversary of SBS Arabic24, SBS today announces that the service will be available on digital TV from 3 April 2017.   Since its launch on 7 March 2016, SBS Arabic24 has drawn significant audience growth on radio and online, offering Arabic speaking Australians and communities an impartial destination focusing on life in Australia, with global and local perspectives on world news.    SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said: “SBS Radio continues to play a vital role for Australia’s multicultural communities and we’re thrilled with SBS Arabic24’s growth and achievements across the last twelve months.   “We continue to explore new ways to connect diverse audiences with our distinctive multiplatform services and look forward to reaching more Arabic speaking Australians through the digital TV platform from April.”   To mark today’s anniversary, SBS Arabic24 is bringing audiences a special day of programming in the community and in studio and kicked off the celebrations at 6am with breakfast show hosts Ghassan Nakhoul and Sylva Mezher live from Centenary Square in Parramatta in Sydney.   Throughout the day presenters are taking a nostalgic trip, revisiting the launch of the service and also some of the biggest news stories from across the year. Coverage of the Yazidi refugees’ arrival in Wagga Wagga, an interview with MP Ann Ali and many other memorable interviews also feature as part of the anniversary programming.   Today from 5pm, the evening show welcomes a live session from the strumming harmonious melodies of the Mesopotamian Trio, three Iraqi musicians who shed light on the musical essence of their homeland.   Stay tuned to SBS Arabic24 via live streaming or catch up: sbs.com.au/Arabic; On Digital Radio: simply search for the station name SBS Arabic24; via the SBS Radio App available on App Store or Google Play.   Join the conversation with #SBSA24turns1   ENDS Final selection criteria for SBS Radio Services Review now available 2017-03-03T00:04:19Z final-selection-criteria-for-sbs-radio-services-review-now-available SBS has announced the final selection criteria it will apply to a review of its radio services to ensure SBS Radio continues to reflect the needs of communities in Australia today. SBS received more than 600 submissions, representing 85 languages, during a period of public consultation from 14 November to 11 December 2016 which gave people and organisations the opportunity to provide feedback on the criteria that was being proposed. The submissions received were taken into consideration in finalising the criteria published today. The criteria will now be used, in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, to determine which languages will be provided by SBS Radio services. SBS will determine how the languages will be delivered across AM and FM radio, digital radio and digital television, online and podcast services, taking  into account factors including audience listening habits, the need to support audience demands for anytime, anywhere news and information via digital platforms, and the changing demographics of Australia’s diverse communities. SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said: “We are committed to ensuring the language services we deliver reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia today. We are also committed to ensuring the SBS Radio Services Review is a robust and transparent process. We have listened to the many people who have provided valuable feedback, and today we have released the clear criteria that will help inform which languages SBS will need to deliver to meet the needs of contemporary multicultural Australia – from the largest communities, to high needs and emerging communities – with a revised schedule to be announced later this year.” The last review of SBS Radio was conducted during 2012-2013, and it was the first major review of the radio services SBS provided to communities that had been undertaken in 18 years. At the time, SBS committed to reviewing its schedule in line with the release of each Census. The result from this review will serve audiences from late 2017 until the next Australian Census in 2021 prompts the next review in 2022.  Changes that have been made to the criteria after the public consultation include: Reflecting the growing number of high needs communities by allowing SBS flexibility to increase the number of high needs languages to more than 15 if funding permits; Taking into greater consideration the English language proficiency of new arrivals and older migrants; and Reducing the weighting of household income as a secondary indicator in the review process.    ENDS For more information, visit sbs.com.au/consultation.   Notes to Editors:   Final language Selection Criteria for SBS Radio Services Review 2017   Large Languages Criteria: population of approximately 25,000* or greater. High Needs Languages Criteria: (a minimum of 15 languages subject to SBS funding) Threshold requirement – population must be greater than 1,000* English language proficiency (weight = 45%) Recentness of arrival (weight = 30%) Ageing (weight = 15%) Household resources (weight = 10%) SBS may also include a sizeable ethnic community if its needs are significant but not adequately captured in the Large Language or High Needs Selection Criteria. Factors which SBS may take into account include: Discrimination/Vilification: where a group is subject to frequent discrimination or vilification in Australia based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Immediate need: a significant increase in the population of a language group through Australia’s Humanitarian Program.   * Population size based on 2016 Census data – Language Spoken at Home other than English (LANP)   The final Selection Criteria and Census 2016 data will determine which languages are serviced by SBS. Subject to funding, SBS will determine when and how the language services will be delivered – e.g. via AM/FM, digital radio, digital television, online and/or podcast. WINGS PUBLIC RELATIONS CLIENT PORTFOLIO EXPANDS 2017-02-23T12:36:41Z wings-public-relations-client-portfolio-expands Gold Coast-based Wings Public Relations is relishing the opportunity to work within the legal, beauty and home services industries after recent client wins. National franchise organisation James’ Home Services, award-winning beauty face mask company Lonvitalite, family and commercial law experts Fedorov Lawyers and mediation service Family Mediation Station have selected Wings Public Relations to support them in 2017. Wings Public Relations Director Deanna Nott, who started her firm in June after working in senior government communication roles for more than 20 years, said Wings PR was experiencing rapid growth. “It is clear that clients want an experienced team that can undertake a full suite of public relations activities in support of their businesses,” she said. “We are being selected not only for our media relations and pitching expertise, but also because we have strength in the social media and image management areas. “Developing and implementing communication strategies for our clients that help them achieve their goals is always our number one priority and we are delivering results.” Nott said that all of Wings’ clients have come via referrals. “We pride ourselves on providing a top level service, with regular progress updates on campaigns in development and those in the process of being rolled out. “Our genuine interest in our clients and attention to detail is holding us in good stead as we move forward.” For further information, please contact Deanna Nott, Wings Public Relations, on 0422 504540 or visit www.wingspr.com.au Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Gurindji People Unveil Their Stories in New Book 2016-11-28T02:46:36Z gurindji-people-unveil-their-stories-in-new-book The latest release from Batchelor Press tells the story of the Gurindji people of Northern Australia.  Their iconic Wave Hill Walk Off that marked the birth of the Aboriginal Land Rights movement is well-known, but until now little of their traditional culture and history has been published for a wider audience. The book, titled Mayarni-kari Yurrk (literally, ‘More Stories’), was produced by the same collaborative team that compiled Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji country (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016). This volume contains stories from the early station days, Puwarraja (Dreamtime) stories, local accounts of regional legends, personal tales about Walk Off identities, and a series of anecdotes from a police tracker at Wave Hill (Kalkaringi) Police Station. Historical accounts from Dandy Danbayarri, Ronnie Wavehill, Blanche Bulngari, Pincher Nyurrmiari, Banjo Ryan, Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr, Connie Ngarmeiye and Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal are illustrated with historical and modern photos as well as artwork from one story-teller. Gurindji culture has a strong oral storytelling tradition that fulfils many purposes: ceremonial, entertainment and the transmission of knowledge vital to survival. Mayarni-kari Yurrk details ancient and modern tales. It provides a captivating insight into the Gurindji perspective on history and some very personal stories of Aboriginal life in the Victoria River region before the modern era. You can order a copy of the book here. Batchelor Press is the publishing arm of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and produces teaching and learning resources primarily for Indigenous Australian students living in remote communities, the majority of whom have English as a second or third language. Crowd-funding campaign to supply sanitary pads to women in South Sudan launches 2016-11-03T12:15:04Z crowd-funding-campaign-to-supply-sanitary-pads-to-women-in-south-sudan-launches 3 November 2016 South Sudanese Australian author, Majok Tulba, is leading a crowd-funding campaign via chuffed.org to raise $60,000 to help more than 400 women and children struggling for survival in Juba Central Prison in South Sudan. These women and children don’t have access to basic needs: safe drinking water, a nutritious daily meal, washing facilities and most importantly – these girls and women do not have access to sanitary items. Severe lack of health care and basic items such as sanitary pads forces female prisoners to use dirty rags during their menstrual cycle. These practices not only cause infection and disease but are also a source of humiliation and emotional distress. The crowd-funding campaign would tackle all of these issues – with solutions such as re-usable sanitary pads that are made of cloth material and last up to three years. Provision of these alone would restore a sense of dignity to women and girls coming of age, some of whom are being held indefinitely for petty crimes arising from poverty. In addition to the lack of basic items, inmates at Juba Central Prison are suffering serious overcrowding – the prison is now ten times beyond its carrying capacity. Constructed to hold 400 prisoners, records show that in September 2015 the prison population was more than 1,317. This cause is close to Majok Tulba, who escaped the life of a child soldier, and came to Australia as a refugee in 2001. Today, Tulba is most well-known for his novel ‘Beneath the Darkening Sky’ which examines the situation in South Sudan and tells a story of how life may have been, had he not been given the opportunity to live in a peaceful country. “Simple changes can make a huge difference to the women and children living in Juba Central Women’s Prison. Items and facilities such as sanitary pads, showers with doors, hand-washing facilities and nutritious foods are not just basic human needs, but basic human rights. “Providing women and girls with better meals, safe drinking water, and better hygienic facilities and education regarding how to use them is the first step to empowering girls and women in prison to create a better future for themselves and others when they get out of prison,” Majok said. This campaign is aiming to raise $60,000 which would be distributed in these ways:   o   $3,500 will buy reusable sanitary pads for 400 women and girls; o   $6,750 to build a roof, doors and plastering for the existing bathing facilities; o   $4700 for clean water and rehabilitation of hand-washing facilitates; o   $11,050 for sewage clean up and rehabilitation. o   $30,000 will pay for four-month food supply to all prisoners, men and women in Juba Central Prison. o   $4,000 will cover transport. Those who donate and support the crowd-funding campaign will receive beautiful handmade items created by local female artisans in South Sudan. Visit www.chuffed.org/project/women- to find out how you can help the women and children in Juba Central Prison. For interviews or further information, contact: Majok Tulba Majok.tulba@gmail.com     EXPERIENCE THE ICONIC BLAK MARKETS AT BARANGAROO RESERVE 2016-11-03T06:16:23Z experience-the-iconic-blak-markets-at-barangaroo-reserve Sydney’s spectacular new harbour foreshore park, Barangaroo Reserve, will host the renowned Blak Markets on Sunday, 4 December, featuring outdoor market stalls, free entertainment and tours of the iconic site from 9:30am to 3:00pm. The Blak Markets will take place at Barangaroo Reserve for one day only, transforming Nawi Cove into a lively marketplace showcasing Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture. The open-air markets are organised by First Hand Solutions and hosted by Barangaroo. They will feature bush tucker stalls, weaving workshops, a live performance by Sydney singer-songwriter Marcus Corowa, traditional storytelling with Tucky Cooley, traditional Aboriginal dance performances, shell workshops and markets showcasing Aboriginal arts and crafts. A live outdoor cooking demonstration by renowned Aboriginal chef Mark Olive of The Black Olive, will be encouraging visitors to try bush tucker and learn about traditional cooking methods. More than 25 stallholders will sell bushfoods, arts, crafts, skincare products and accessories. Stallholders include Fred’s Bush Tucker, Lemon Myrtle Harvest, Cleonie Quayle Aboriginal Jewellery, John Odgen photography and books, contemporary Aboriginal artist Dennis Pitt and more. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people, and all profits from the Blak Markets are reinvested into these programs. Barangaroo Delivery Authority Chief Executive Craig van der Laan said: “We are delighted to welcome Blak Markets back to Barangaroo Reserve following the hugely successful event held during NAIDOC Week in July. “It will be a fabulous day with something for everyone – and all in a very good cause. Come along and join us for plenty of family fun and the chance to learn more about the world’s oldest living culture.” First Hand Solutions’ CEO Peter Cooley said: “We’re excited to bring the Blak Markets back to Barangaroo to highlight the extraordinary art, craft and creativity of the country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, while providing training and casual employment opportunities to young Aboriginal people through food and beverage preparation, retail and event management.” Visitors to Barangaroo Reserve on 4 December can also learn more about Aboriginal history and culture by booking a cultural tour with Barangaroo’s Visitor Services Guides, available on the hour between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest stations are Wynyard and Circular Quay. For more information about the Blak Markets at Barangaroo Reserve, and booking a cultural tour, please visit www.barangaroo.sydney. EVENT DETAILS Event:             Blak Markets at Barangaroo Reserve Date:               Sunday, 4 December 2016 Time:              9:30am to 3:00pm Location:        Nawi Cove, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW URL:               www.barangaroo.sydney - ENDS-   For media inquiries, please contact: Sarah Shields, Access PR, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | sarah@accesspr.com.au Emma Reyes, Access PR, 02 9292 7006 | 0424 425 813 | emmar@accesspr.com.au