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A NEW LIFE

 

AUSTRALIANABORIGINAL CULTURE

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/

"Aboriginal culture in Australia is not easy to discover. For a long time it wasn't taught at school, so many non-Indigenous Australians know little, if anything, about Aboriginals.

This website is a collection of contemporary Aboriginal issues sourced mainly from Aboriginal newspapers."

 

BEGINNING A LIFE IN AUSTRALIA

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-in-australia/beginning-life/

"The Beginning a Life in Australia booklet welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia. It provides useful national, state/territory and local settlement information for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and service providers. This information is available to download in English and 37 community languages."

 

CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Australia#Humour

"The culture of Australia is essentially a Western culture influenced by the unique geography of the Australian continent and by the diverse input of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and various waves of multi-ethnic migration which followed the British colonisation of Australia.[1] The predominance of the English language, the existence of a democratic Westminster system of government, Christianity as the dominant religion and the popularity of sports such as cricket and rugby evidence a significant Anglo-Celtic heritage, but Australia today hosts a great diversity of cultural practices and pursuits"

And this site focuses on the tangibles of culture---the arts, sport, humor, cuisine, clothing, attitudes, etc etc.

 

CULTURE SHOCK: HOW TO DEAL

WITH THE NEW 

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/volunteers/challenges-faced-new-arrivals.htm

 

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/government-programs/settlement-programs/

"The above 2 links deal with culture shock; the first briefly talks about the challenges faced by new arrivals, while the second outlines the various government settlement programs offered to new arrivals to Australia."

 

 

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/

"The Department of Human Services is responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provides access to social, health and other payments and services through the:

Medicare program which looks after the health of Australians through the efficient delivery of programs such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Centrelink program which delivers a range of payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change.

Child Support program which provides support to separated parents to provide the financial and emotional support necessary for their children’s wellbeing. Find out how we engage Child Support stakeholders.

CRS Australia which provides disability employment services to help people with a disability, injury or health condition to get or keep a job, and help their employers to keep their workplaces safe."

 

IMMIGRATION MUSEUM

http://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/

Moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.

 

IMMIGRATION PLACE: TELLYOUR

STORY

http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/read-all-stories/w4/i1001210/

"Celebrate the contribution of immigrants to Australia’s past, present and future. Immigrants have played a central role in the political, social and economic life of Australia since 1788, and we want to celebrate the ways they have enriched our community and culture.

....a collection of the stories of migration submitted to the site. We invite you to read and gain some idea of the variation of experiences, taking into account the reasons for migration, the hardships and joys of the journey and the adapting to a climate and countryside that was often extremely foreign."

 

IMMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA:

WIKIPEDIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_Australia

"Immigration to Australia is estimated to have begun around 51000 years ago ....."

 

INDIGENOUS

http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/default.htm

"Welcome to ABC Indigenous - our new online portal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The portal is designed to reflect current issues in the Indigenous community. It is a highly informative, dynamic and interactive space, showcasing creativity, developing online communities, encouraging social engagement in a rich media, multi-platform environment, offering audio and video downloads and user-upload opportunities.

The portal features:

  • - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news
  • - Special Topics
  • - Local Heroes
  • - Your Voice
  • - Radio
  • - TV & Video
  • - Health & Recipes
  • - Arts and Events
  • - Education
  • - Interactive map of Indigenous Australia

 

LIFE IN AUSTRALIA BOOK

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/values/book/

"This book provides information about Australian history, culture, society and the values we share...Life in Australia has been translated into community languages commonly spoken by Australian migrants."

 

 

LIVING DOWN UNDER: MIGRANT

STORIES

http://www.livingdownunder.net/stories-from-migrants

"Watch and learn from people who have already made the journey to Australia, as they share how they settled their families, how they see Australia, made new friends and how they have faired financially including finding employment and whether they have adapted to the lifestyle. We also explore handling the emotional stresses associated with moving to Australia, homesickness, loosing a loved one, living with the Australian nasties, snakes and spiders and adjusting to the climate."

 

 

NEW MIGRANTS:VIDEO

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3343578.htm

"... in the news lately we've been hearing a lot from politicians about the best way to deal with asylum seekers. But amongst all the arguing it's easy to forget that we're actually talking about real people. We caught up with a family of refugees as they arrived in Australia for the first time. And as Alfie reports settling into a new life here can take a lot of organisation."

 

 

PEOPLE CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/people_culture.html

"Australia’s diverse culture and lifestyle reflect its liberal democratic traditions and values, geographic closeness to the Asia–Pacific region and the social and cultural influences of the millions of migrants who have settled in Australia since World War II."

 

READY TO EXPLORE LIFE IN AUSTRALIA

http://www.lifeinaustralia.com.au/

Very flash; not your average government site because it's a compilation of people's reflections about everyday life here, in 16 categories.

 

ST GEORGE MIGRANT RESOURCE CENTRE
http://www.sgmrc.org.au/sgmrc/

"The St George Migrant Resource Centre commenced operations in 1981 following recommendations from the Galbally Report (Migrant Services and Programs, 1978) which recommended establishing migrant resource centres to meet the needs of migrant communities. The Migrant Resource Centres were intended to support ethnic and community organisations and help them play a greater role in provision of migrant welfare, to serve as a base for ethnic groups and to encourage self-managed services at the local level.

Since its establishment, the St George MRC has worked with different waves of migrant and refugee settlers; we assisted and advocated for the people in CALD communities to enable the effective use of their skills and capacities; and thereby maximise their access to the social and economic opportunities available in the Australian community."

 

SUCCESS STORIES OF AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION

http://www.immi.gov.au/media/success_stories/

THE NSW MIGRATION HERITAGE

CENTRE
http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/teachers-resources/class-activities-factsheets/

"The NSW Migration Heritage Centre is a virtual immigration museum. Our website is a gateway to learn about the State’s migration heritage through community collections, family belongings, people’s memories and special places no matter where they are located in New South Wale

TRANSLATING & INTERPRETING SERVICE

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/help-with-english/help_with_translating/

"An overview of TIS National, the benefits of using a TIS National interpreter, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) and Access and Equity."

Here's the link used in Activity 10, page 13, of the AMEP Settlement text, level 2/3 (Navitas English 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4voquDnkbM

 

 

WOMEN & MIGRATION IN

AUSTRALIA SINCE 1945

http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/aimd/aimd-01.html

"Immigration is a central fact of the Australian story. Most of us came to be here through it and those who didn't had their lives profoundly shaped by it. Always a source of controversy, public discussion about immigration policy may sometimes have reflected badly upon Australian people, but the social and cultural diversity that immigration has produced never has. This diversity has been the source of our energy and innovation. With each wave of arrivals to Australia, new ideas, skills and ambitions have made us stronger, richer and more outward looking and self aware. In that sense, not only does our diversity give us strength, but it defines us. We are 'Australian in our difference."

 

VIDEO STORIES OF AUSTRALIAN

MIGRANTS

http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/digital-stories-of-immigration/

"These stories recount extraordinary journeys of courage for many have had to flee their homeland to start a new life in Australia enduring sinking boats, pirates and transit camps.

New language, new culture, new landscapes and new climates are all part of the challenges of resettlement.

...these stories explore the waves of migration from Post war to stories from emerging communities and new arrivals. Immigration has been significant in identifying Australia’s history and culture ..."

 

WIKIPEDIA,THEFREE ENCYCLOPEDIA: AUSTRALIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia 

do you want even more about OZ?

WOMEN&MIGRATION INAUSTRALIA SINCE 1945 http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/aimd/aimd-01.html

 

     

 

 

 

 

LEARNING ENGLISH

 

ADULT MIGRANT ENGLISH PROGRAM (AMEP)

all about the major provider of ESL learning programs for new arrivals to OZ
 

LANGUAGE, LITERACY &

NUMERACY PROGRAM (LLNP)

http://www.innovation.gov.au/SKILLS/LITERACYANDNUMERACY/LANGUAGELITERACYANDNUMERACYPROGRAM/Pages/default.aspx

''The Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) seeks to improve participants’ language, literacy and/or numeracy, with the expectation that such improvements will enable them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force and lead to greater gains for them and society in the longer term.  The LLNP provides up to 800 hours of free accredited Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) training for eligible job seekers whose LLN skills are below the level considered necessary to secure sustainable employment or pursue further education and training.

Eligible job seekers are referred to a LLNP provider by Referring Agencies, currently Centrelink, Job Services Australia (JSA) providers and Disability Employment Service (DES) providers."

 


TRAINING
http://training.gov.au/
"Welcome to training.com.au, your single point of access to the vast range of vocational education and training information, products and services in Australia."







This page is broadly information only. If you want to test your understanding of what it means to live in Australia---via exercises & activities & lessons & worksheets & interactives, online or sometimes offline (printing required)---you should now go to the site

nowinoz.webs.com

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