ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on changes to the citizenship test and application process. This submission focuses on the following new requirements: increasing the general residency requirement, introducing an English language test, strengthening the test for Australian citizenship and introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community. Read the submission here.
2 June 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) held a graduation ceremony on 31 May 2017 for participants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who have successfully completed certificate III qualifications in individual support (ageing specialisation) and business administration. Continue reading →
ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration regarding the inquiry into strengthening multiculturalism. Continue reading →
21 April 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) is concerned proposed changes to the citizenship process may negatively affect Australian residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds from obtaining citizenship and fully integrating in Australia. Continue reading →
4 April 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) through its Bright Future Project is delivering training to assist disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Queenslanders to improve their skill levels and employment prospects.
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14 March 2017: In partnership with Lives Lived Well, Act on Alcohol, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) is delivering a new project, which aims to reduce the harms, stigma and discrimination associated with alcohol by building the capacity of Vietnamese, Sudanese and Samoan communities in the Brisbane City Council area. Continue reading →
2 March 2017: In acknowledgement of the power of storytelling as an enabler of voice, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) held two storytelling workshops for women from migrant, refugee, mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Continue reading →
ECCQ’s monthly e-newsletter has updates on ECCQ’s work, and what’s happening in the community. To receive our e-newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org. View this issue here
People who have arrived in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers have survived adversity and, often, great suffering. These individuals have proven to be incredibly resilient and adaptable and demonstrate a willingness to “give back”. Despite high levels of motivation, settlement is complex and cannot be achieved with a blueprint process that can be applied to all individuals or all communities. Every individual will experience settlement differently and may have different understandings of the settlement process. Continue reading →
24 January 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland’s (ECCQ) Chairperson, Yasmin Khan heads to Canberra for the announcement of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve. She is the Queensland nominee for Australia’s Local Hero Award. Continue reading →
23 December 2016: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) congratulates the Queensland Government on releasing the multicultural policy, Our story, our future and a multicultural action plan under the Multicultural Recognition Act 2016 to achieve improved social and economic outcomes for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Continue reading →