Meet the 16,000 children left behind by our government.

The Refugee Council of Australia are asking you to support a key campaign calling on the Federal government to ensure that children and their families seeking asylum aren’t left destitute as a result of COVID-19.

There are currently around 16,000 children in families seeking protection in Australia. Many people seeking asylum have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, as they often work in the service sectors worst affected. People seeking asylum are not eligible for the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payments, like many other workers. They have been left with nothing. It will be hard for them to re-enter the workforce, especially in the current economy. 

There are serious concerns that many families seeking asylum have been left in a situation where they have no work, no income, and no way out. Demand on emergency relief at asylum agencies has in most cases trebled, with unprecedented demand for food, medicines and rent relief.

A coalition of educators, carers and students are working to put pressure on the Federal government to ensure adequate support is provided for people in this situation. COVID-19 does not discriminate, and neither should access to a safety net or assistance during this time. We are in this together and there must be support for all who need it, regardless of visa status. 

We are launching a petition in support of those educators and want to invite you to sign it in support of them!

Sign the petition here!

The page above has two ways you can sign on – either as an educator or a member of the general public. I encourage you to sign the appropriate action and then share it to your networks.

We know that if we can get a significant number of educators standing in solidarity with those children and families left behind by the Federal government, then we can achieve change. We’ve seen this approach work with the Kids Off Nauru campaign, and we can see it work again.

Sign and share the petition here

Only with people like you can we ensure that the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, hear a deafening call from the public. We need them to hear that leaving children and families behind at this critical time is unacceptable, and we will not stand for it.

People seeking asylum, teachers, students, parents, child-care workers, refugees, community service organisations, unions, principals and the general public. We stand together in calling for #NoChildLeftBehind

In solidarity,
Kelly, for the Refugee Council team


P.S – After signing the petition here, can you help us amplify this amazing interview on The Today Show that campaign ambassador Dorothy Hoddinott AO did this week by tweeting it to the Prime Minister and Minister for Social Services?

Future of myGov – Multiple Languages

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) have built a Beta website to trial new myGov content and collect feedback.

The Beta website is called Welcome to the future of myGov and was released on 14 June. 

An exciting feature of the Beta website, is the ‘select language’ option that offers users a choice to view the website in over 100 languages.  Users must access the website via their personal device or using Google Chrome to use this feature. 

Presently, the beta website offers myGov users information about government services and payments, based on events in their life. The ‘select language’ option allows customers with limited or no English to access all of this information in their preferred language.

During the beta stage it is important that the website is trialled and feedback is received so changes and enhancements can be made to improve user experience in later stages.

As such, we encourage you to promote this feature to customers and CTPOs to trial out and provide feedback.  Feedback can be left on the myGov beta website by selecting Feedback from any page. The user will be prompted to go to a link where they can provide their feedback. 

This is a great opportunity to help ensure this exciting new feature is functional and fit for purpose.   

More information

Check out the myGov beta website at beta.my.gov.au.

To access the ‘select language’ feature, go to beta.my.gov.au using Google Chrome or from a personal device, scroll to the bottom of the page and it will give you the option to select a language in the bottom left hand corner.


In celebration of Refugee Week 2020 (14-20 June), Shellharbour City Council will be offering the screening of a refugee themed movie and will host a Refugee Week themed children’s storytime via Shellharbour City Libraries, Library at Home online site.

The film, Cast from the Storm tells the story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. Alongside this is a pre-recorded introduction to the movie by the film’s director David Mason, specific to this screening event. Viewers are invited to engage online to continue the conversation or share ideas on how their community can show support for refugees.

The gorgeous storybook Room On Our Rock, with themes of acceptance and inclusion, will be read via the storytime portal.

See the movie here: http://www.libraryathome.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/refugee-we…

Visit children’s storytime here: http://www.libraryathome.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/story-time.


ACON will be hosting a live online information session to explore coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on regional NSW sexuality and gender diverse communities on Wednesday 13 May 3pm – 4.30pm.

We know that COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the regional communities ACON works with and for. Misinformation is everywhere, and this can sometimes make understanding COVID-19 difficult. ACON will be hosting this online information session to dispel myths and misunderstanding, and come together as a community to discuss COVID-19 and how it is changing the ways in which we socialise, work, and have sex. The forum will include experts from the Regional NSW community as well as local entertainers from the Hunter and Northern Rivers areas who will guide, inspire and entertain us through this difficult time.

We are inviting members of our communities to submit questions about COVID-19 and our health to be answered by the panel. We will attempt to group questions together and answer as many as possible in the time we have. If you have a questions you would like considered, please let us know when you register.

Click here to register

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3477828728899756/

Living Trans During COVID 19

You are invited to a free online forum for trans and gender diverse people and our allies to learn more about staying safe, well and connected as a trans person in a global pandemic. Hear from a diverse range of NSW speakers, ask lots of questions and interact with the audience. Hosted by Teddy Cook, ACON’s Manager, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity and Liz Duck-Chong, ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officer, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity.

  • Panellists include:
  • Aunty Lisa Taylor – Sistergirl Elder, advocate and community organiser
  • Panda Cheong – Psychologist, community leader and artist
  • Eloise Brook – Media Manager – Gender Centre, writer, advocate and academic
  • Mish Pony – Trans and Gender Diverse Specialist Advisor – LGBTI Health Alliance, Trans Sex Worker Representative – Scarlet Alliance and Board Director – AFAO
  • Cristyn Davies – Senior Research Fellow – Child and Adolescent Health, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Adjunct Scholar – Sexualities and Genders Research (SaGR), Western Sydney University and Board Director – Twenty10 Inc GLCS NSW
  • Dr Martina Gleeson – Gender affirming GP in the Sutherland Shire and GP Clinical Lead for South Eastern Sydney HealthPathways

Delivered by ACON in partnership with our friends at the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

When: Wednesday 6th May 4:30pm – 6pm

Where: Register for link at https://www.acon.org.au/tgd-c19

The forum will be cast live to this Facebook event and recorded for sharing with captions as soon as possible.

We also hope (pending funding applications) that this forum will kick off a series with our friends at Trans Pride Australia.

Sexual Health & Relationship Kit for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community

Registrations are now open for Unpack The Kit Webinar– Tuesday 26th May 2020 from 1.00-2.30 pm.

We invite you to unpack the Sexual Health & Relationship Kit which has been designed for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community but can be used for many different groups. Learn how to use The Kit as a teaching tool to run health education sessions and focus groups by giving participants the opportunity to unpack and discuss the information around sexual health and healthy relationships in an open and respectful manner(even online).

Please register early allowing, enough time for us to post out a pack that you will interact with during the webinar.

Click here to flick through or download The Kit online. Click HERE to register.

This event is free & you can cancel up to 24 hours prior to the event.

Please call 0421 098 342 or email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au if you need to cancel.