Friends of Africa

On this page, we are showcasing Australian organizations, businesses and individuals providing wonderful services and assistance to African Australians in Victoria. Feel free to send logos, pictures and profiles of those you know. Thank you
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is Victoria's peak arts organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. MAV is a not for profit organisation and proudly represents artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Over the past 10 years Multicultural Arts Victoria has played a very active and proactive role in searching out, supporting, promoting and developing African talent, especially, but not only, in the field of music. Through MAV, African groups and individuals have performed in many settings from community events through to recording, to giving concerts at the highest level in Australia's premier venues. As well, MAV has sought out and nurtured visual artists through exhibitions and art prizes, and by linking them with mentors and gallery networks. African theatre workers have been involved in developing and presenting MAV shows and we regularly employ African musicians, clowns, acrobats and more at festivals, concerts, and other events. We revel in the vibrancy and richness of the art and culture which Africans have brought to Australia and hope that all Australians will come into contact with this and benefit from it.


Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Maurice Blackburn has become Australia’s leading social justice law firm through its unwavering belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it.  Maurice Blackburn is the law firm for everyday Australians, not the big corporations and vested interests. They fight with unshakeable tenacity and treat all clients with sincerity and respect. They have taken on big business, exposed conditions at detention centres and fought for the rights of employees, refugees and consumers. Maurice Blackburn believes that all Australians should have access to the law, and they make sure they do. They make a difference because the world isn’t always a fair place, and their clients deserve to have someone stand up for their rights. They fight with tenacity for what is fair. Their history of championing rights began when the firm was founded in 1919 by Maurice Blackburn, a man whose sense of social justice and civil liberties was truly ahead of its time. He won cases that played a key role in establishing rights most Australians now take for granted, including the 40-hour working week, wage equality for indigenous workers and equal pay for women. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has continued this proud tradition.


The African Think Tank acts as the voice of refugee communities, mainly the African Australians in Victoria, through public advocacy in relation to issues such as employment, education, youth and health matters.  It offers advice and support to government and community organisations to ensure effective service delivery, especially in regards to settlement. African Think Tank maintains a high public profile and conducts major public forums and conferences.


National Australia Bank (NAB) 'African-Australian Inclusion Program
' (AAIP) helps skilled African-Australians gain mainstream employment by providing a six-month paid work placement at NAB in order to gain Australian corporate experience.
For three years NAB has been working closely with Jesuit Social Services (JSS) to address the disproportionate number of skilled African-Australians who, for a number of reasons, are facing challenges gaining employment in their chosen field.
Through employment, African-Australians are empowered to contribute to the Melbourne community both culturally and economically, while also enriching the corporate environment by increasing diversity and skills.

The program provides six-month paid work experience placements to skilled African-Australian who fill genuine roles within the bank. A joint-venture between National Australian Bank (NAB) and Jesuit Social Services (JSS), the program is in its third year, 53 skilled African-Australians have gone through the program and 40 per cent of those have found jobs at the bank. Round six will commence in September with 17 participants, including the first ever participant from Sydney.

African-Australian Inclusion Program wins 2011 Melbourne Award



The Brotherhood works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. They focus on people who are at risk at four critical stages (transitions) in their lives: children and families in the early years, both at home and in school young people in the years through school to work and further education adults seeking employment and training older people facing the challenges of retirement and ageing.

Within this broad framework, The Brotherhood  pay particular attention to issues relating to refugees and settlement and money matters and have assisted several African-Australians.

They undertake research, service development and delivery, and advocacy, with the objective of addressing unmet needs and translating their learning into new policies, programs and practices for implementation by government and others.

The Brotherhood  aim to have a national voice on poverty and disadvantage. They believe that tackling poverty effectively requires the integration of social and economic policy, so that all Australians have the capacity and the resources to lead rewarding lives.

The Brotherhood want to demonstrate how economic efficiency and social fairness can reinforce each other and lay the foundations for a new social safety net based on economic participation and opportunities.



SERVICE STARS finds decent work for newly arrived migrants and refugees by providing relevant training and support for each participant.  Service Stars has strong and positive relationships  with partner employers, running courses as jobs become available.

Service Stars has worked solidly within newly arrived communities and formed alliances with community leaders, Victoria Police, parliamentarians, local councils, local LLENS and church organisations.  Service Stars also works with other organisations to build strong partnerships and this includes Victoria University, Department of Human Services, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Sisters of Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project. 

Service Stars has successfully placed around 93 people with the majority remaining in paid work or engaged in further education.  Service Stars grew from a developing and pilot programme in 2008.

Training is provided and is industry specific, preparing each person for success.  The modules have been developed in consultation with industry and provide for basic industry skills and job ready knowledge. 

Participants enter the labour market with partner employers and over time this positive start to employment leads to pathways for increased working hours, transfers into other industries or further training.   Service Stars ensures that each person has the strength, confidence, skills and knowledge in order to plan ways to live independently and long term from the welfare system.  Each participant is mentored and supported for the first 12 months.


Slater& Gordon was founded in 1935 by William Slater, a man with a strong sense of social justice.  The firm’s ethos is to provide access to justice for everyday people and to put the interests of clients first. Slater & Gordon is a community-minded firm and it has long recognised the value of social work services in addressing the complex issues that people may face as they move through the process of claiming compensation. For these reasons, the firm established a free social work service in 2009 to assist its clients and are proud to be the first law firm in Australia to offer such a service.

The Slater & Gordon Social Work Team has assisted many members of the African communities in a number of ways, including assisting a low income client who lived in an overcrowded house to access community housing; assisting a homeless client to obtain a Centrelink income to then enable them to access housing; and successfully advocating for a client with a severe brain injury to avoid imprisonment related to criminal charges. Slater & Gordon's general legal services include all areas of liability and compensation law including Motor Vehicle Accident, Workers Compensation, Asbestos, Medical Law and Public Liability Practice Groups, as well as Superannuation (both Temporary and Permanent Disability). The firm's legal services also include Family Law, Wills and Probate, Commercial Disputes and Litigation and a Business Advisory Service.

Slater & Gordon is proactive in ensuring that clients from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are not disadvantaged due to language or cultural barriers. The firm strives to ensure that CALD clients have the same access to our services as every other English speaking client.  Lawyers at the firm come from a diverse range of backgrounds and ensure the needs of their clients are easily assessed and acted upon promptly. Slater & Gordon's guiding principle is to be a law firm that achieves the best outcomes for everyday people and this includes clients from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In 2012 Slater & Gordon represented the Sunshine Heights Western Tigers Football Club (a South Sudanese soccer team based in the western suburbs of Melbourne) who were subjected to on-field racism. The initial Tribunal hearing did not sufficiently address the core issue of racism and hence Slater & Gordon assisted the club in appealing the initial decision to the Tribunal’s Appeal Board. The appeal was successful and resulted in the strengthening of penalties to curb racist incidents on and off the field. At Slater & Gordon, staff are encouraged to engage in and give back to the community. One of Slater & Gordon's lawyers, Kot Monoah, was recognised at last year’s event for his services to the African community. Kot has presented legal education seminars for the African community a number of times where he offered them advice on making TAC and Workcover claims, and educates community representatives about legal services available to them and their families. Through the Slater & Gordon Community Fund, the firm is committed to improving access to justice and legal education for minority groups and the disadvantaged through philanthropic support. One of our other lawyers, Ike Nwokolo, is the current president of the Nigerian Society of Victoria and a mentor with The African Visitation and Mentoring Program (AVAMP). Ike also ran the Melbourne marathon in 2011 to raise money for an African family whose child was killed by a pit bull dog. With more than 1200 staff located in more than 70 locations in Australia – as well as having offices in the United Kingdom – Slater & Gordon has one of the largest and widest networks of law offices in the country and is Australia’s largest consumer law firm.


Parsu Sharma-Luital JP

Parsu Sharma-Luital JP currently works at Victoria Police as a New and Emerging Communities Liaison Officer from Flemington Police Station covering the North West Metro Region covering Hume, Moreland and Moonee valley City Council.


 Parsu Sharma-Luital JP is a former refugee from Bhutan who arrived in Australia in 2002.


He is the Inaugural recipient of the prestigious New Australian of the Year 2014. He is currently studying Master of Public Policy from RMIT University and holds a Master of Horticulture degree from the University of Melbourne in 2004.


He is the Chair of New and Emerging Communities Advisory Committee of Federation of Ethnic Community Council of Australia (FECCA), Board Member of the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) and Convenor of the New and Emerging Communities Policy Committee at ECCV.


Parsu is the founding & immediate past President of Bhutanese Organisation in Australia. Under this role, he assisted the first arrival of Bhutanese refugee from Nepal to Australia under its humanitarian program since 2008.


Parsu has represented Australian refugee communities at the UNHCR NGO Consultations & Standing Committee (2010-2011) meetings in Geneva for five (2010-2014) years supported by Refugee Council of Australia.


Parsu has introduced the first log grown shiitake Mushroom to the Australian Farmers in Australian native plants: eucalyptus and has written a book on growing shiitake mushrooms.


Parsu has coordinated the first Multicultural Festival organised by Bhutanese Organisation in Australia 2102 which was rated one of the 2 best festivals in Victoria by OMAC.


In 2013, Parsu coordinated the first Fun in the Aussie Sun Festival under the banner of Inner North West Blue Light in Flemington bring diverse African Communities and other new communities from across Melbourne.


Prior to joining Victoria Police, Parsu has worked as a Project Coordinator with AMES and delivered over 25 projects, among others to newly arrived refugees & migrants across metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. He has pioneered AMES Multicultural Men’s camp in 2009 and continued supporting until today where around 100 new arrivals from more 15 countries that are new to Australia come together for 3 days in remote location & reflect their life back in Australia.


Parsu has received many community awards for his volunteer work, few significant ones are:

·        Multicultural Award for Excellence: Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria, Victorian Government 2012;

·        Multicultural Awards for Excellence for outstanding service to the community, Victorian Government, 2010,

·        Victorian Refugee Recognition Record Award, Victorian Government, 2009.


·        President Elect 2015-16, Rotary Club of Coburg.

·        Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow 2014

·        Inducted as Welcome to Australia Ambassador 2014.

·        Community Ambassador, Asia Cup 2015;

·        Multicultural Community Ambassador AFL 2013-1014

·        White Ribbon Ambassador 2009 to date.

·        Executive member, Assistant Secretary, Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) 2003 to 2007, & Advisor to NAV 2008 to 2011.

·        First Co-ordinator, Non Residence Nepalese Association, Australia (NRNAA), Victoria 2008 to 2010;

·        Strategic Advisor, Yeti Football Club, Victoria (2010 - to date)




What I feel about Refugees and Asylum seekers:



Refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable people in the world today and it is our collective responsibility to support them.  


"Refugees leave their home land not by choice but as last alternatives for survival and safety. Refugees want opportunity and not charity.


"There is a myth in the Australian society that refugees take jobs and rely on social welfare. This is wrong as in reality; research by Professor Graham Hugo showed that over 85% refugees get full time employment after 5 years of resettlement.


Refugees bring social values, skills and expertise to Australia, as well as good food, dances and cultural capital. There is a need to bring this awareness to the wider community about new arrivals, migrants and refugees’ contribution to Australia.

More profiles to be added


Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp has been a member of Victoria Police for 36 years. He has performed a range of operational, project and specialist roles both in Victoria and overseas.

From 1993 to 1995 Andrew worked as a training adviser with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and then in 2000 worked for 6 months with the United Nations in East Timor.

At the rank of Superintendent he managed the Counter Terrorism Coordination Unit, led a national project team to establish the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency and worked as a Divisional Manager based at Knox in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Andrew was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in December 2010 and established the Operations Support Department (OSD). The OSD delivered significant operational outcomes in support of police regions and departments. It also deployed police to natural disasters and policing operations in Queensland, New Zealand, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. 

On the 2 July 2012 he started in his role as the Regional Commander for the North West Metropolitan Region.  The region includes the City of Melbourne, its western and northern suburbs, a culturally rich and diverse area that presents many exciting challenges and opportunities.  It is in this role that Andrew has demonstrated a dedication and commitment to build relationships and maintain a positive connection with all communities and especially African communities. 

Andrew has shown genuine interest as a person and as a senior police officer in the issues of African and migrant people.

Andrew sets a very good example for others in the community and within the police force to follow.

Andrew has completed a Masters of Leadership and Management and in 2012 was awarded the Australia Police Medal.


Aegis Aspire is one of the largest RTOs in Australia specializing in pre-employment training. Our aim is to connect community groups with real employment opportunities and to assist with integration and empowerment. This year, Aegis Aspire have been working closely with the African Community, in consultation with State and Federal Government,  to provide pathways into employment with Aegis or with its key internal clients from the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Aegis Aspire currently have three Pre-Employment Classes dedicated to the African Community facilitated by African Community Leaders (photos below.) For these students Aegis Aspire provide:
·         Work Experience Opportunities
·         Nationally Recognised Training 
·         Interviews with major Australian Employers
The success of Aegis's diversity can also be seen in the make up of its workforce:
·         55 nationalities (475 employees)
·         employees that speak 68 languages
Aegis is also a major sponsor to The North Melbourne Foot Ball Club at the hear of the Central Melbourne district. This area is mainly populated of people from African Back ground from Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and many central and West African countries origin who resides permanently in North Melbourne and Flemington areas.
Aegis also won & operate Diversity @ Work, Australia’s leading Diversity and Inclusion specialists, consulting with ASX 200 clients to help them leverage diversity to achieve their business goals.
Please see below some pictures on Aegis’s involvement with the African community in Australia.


Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential - by partnering
with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.

Jesuit Social Services African program provides peer support and mentoring to the children and young people in public housing in Flemington, St Albans and nearby suburbs. The program works in partnership with African community organisations to strengthen newly arrived communities.  Specific activities include referral, information sessions, mentoring of organisations, a twice weekly Homework Club, sporting and recreation activities, family liaison, and facilitating community events such as Eid Festival.

The focus is also on settlement support for newly arrived people: ensuring graduation from schools, involvement in training and tertiary education, social participation and positive employment outcomes. A broad approach including recreation and community events is encouraged, with involvement of the whole family and African community organisations in finding solutions.

The Footscray Community Legal Centre  is a community organisation that provides free legal and financial counselling services in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Footscray CLC has dedicated refugee legal services which assist people with: tenancy and housing disputes, debt, fines, car accidents, divorce and separation, family violence, disputes with Centrelink, disputes with banks, problems with essential services such as gas and electricity providers and problems arising from other debts (e.g. personal loans, car finance, Foxtel).

Footscray CLC has also produced a number of advocacy reports in relation to the legal and financial problems experienced by clients of refugee background, which includes:


The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)  is a community based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

CMY help refugee and migrant young people create new lives in Australia. CMY do this by focusing on their strengths and putting them at the centre of all their work. This approach allows CMY to develop stronger communities, support other service providers and influence positive change at local, state and national levels. Working from offices in Broadmeadows, Carlton, Dandenong, Sunshine and Morwell CMY's 60 staff and 800 volunteers support young people in areas such as education and employment pathways, justice, homelessness, resettlement and participation.

CMY services include:

* One to one case work for the most        disadvantaged

* Leadership opportunities for young people wanting to create change

* Capacity building opportunities for service providers

* Training and professional development

* Research and policy development

* Volunteering opportunities

AMES is one of the leading organizations supporting migrants and refugees in Australia. Since inception in 1951 AMES provided settlement services, training, and employment services to new settlers in Australia. Particularly migrants and refugees from Africa greatly supported through AMES in their new home country Australia. AMES has grown to provide settlement, education and employment services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients. Prior to becoming an autonomous Adult Education Institution, incorporated under the Adult Community and Further Education Act, AMES was a Service Agency of the Victorian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Training.

AMES continues to seek innovative ways to partner with employers to achieve positive employment and settlement outcomes for newly arrived migrants and refugees. AMES undertakes a range of activities to provide credible evidence to inform the government and other stakeholders about the policies and practices impacting on the settlement of refugees and migrants. Migrants and refugees come to Australia with different backgrounds. This is likely to be a source of considerable variation in their experiences of settling and finding work in Australia.


AMES is passionate about assisting people to find employment. AMES is currently exploring options to offer different types of programs in a range of vocational training on a more regular basis. Another way that AMES develops training and employment opportunities for newly arrived migrants and refugees is through investment in Social Enterprises.  It also provides Australian work experience for participants to add to their resume as well as a local reference.  These opportunities can be a real confidence boost for people who have been struggling to find work in Australia.  AMES aims to convince government and corporate sectors to use social enterprise service more often as a cost effective way of generating social returns and to support migrants. AMES also focuses on fostering and continually developing strong links to employers, particularly those employers within migrant communities and those that can offer opportunities for those with professional skills.


Richard Dove is the Victoria Police Multicultural Liaison Officer for Melbourne’s western suburbs. He is a published children’s author; a Rotary Foundation recipient for Group Study Exchange to Russia/Siberia in 2007 and is a human rights champion within Victoria Police.

Richard chaired and co-wrote the Wyndham Sudanese Community Forum Report in 2008; co-organised and facilitated the Melton African Community Forum 2011; co-created and co-facilitates the Catholic Care African Dads and Kids Camping Program since 2007 (appearing on ABC Compass in 2012). Richard is a founding member and co-organiser/facilitator of the Hobsons Bay NEC Youth Leadership Program since 2006 and has assisted and supported hundreds of programs involving African communities in Victoria since 2005. He often represents Victoria Police in the media and organisationally, providing advice on multicultural issues.


The Afro-Australian Student Organisation (AASO) is a not-for-profit student organisation, which represents the interests of international and domestic African students in tertiary institutions across Australia. By providing employment services, volunteering experiences and networking opportunities, AASO gives African students a platform to speak, work and engage with other African students.


"Ash Dixit is an Indian-Australian who arrived here 15 years ago as a student enrolled in a business degree.

He joined the Victoria Police because he wanted to become a police officer from a young age whilst overseas. In addition, he wanted to contribute to lowering barriers between the Indian-Australians and the mainstream Victorian-Australian Community; encompassing fostering cultural awareness within the police force.

Ash joined the Victoria Police Force 11 years ago and is currently a Senior Constable and Multicultural Liaison Officer at the Footscray Police Station.

Ash won the prestigious 'Multicultural Media Award' at the 'Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2013' for his proactive involvement with ethnic media outlets; notably Indian-Australian ones. He regularly appears on SBS Radio and significantly contributes in creating 'bridges of understanding' between the Victoria police and the Indian community; as well as improving the relationship between the Indian community of Victoria and mainstream Victorian and Australian communities.

His willingness to help goes beyond the Indian community of Victoria. Indeed, Ash regularly provides assistance to other communities, especially the African-Australian community of Victoria through various pro bono initiatives. For instance,  he regularly strives to offer opportunity for vocational learning to newly arrived migrants  from Africa by liaising with technical and further education (TAFE) institutions so that ethnic minorities may benefit from subsidised school fees for short courses. The aim of such initiative being first and foremost to facilitate their successful settlement in Australia by increasing their job prospects.

Finally, as a Victoria Police Senior Constable and Community Liaison Officer, Ash Dixit regularly meets and provides assistance and guidance to victims of family violence from Victorian multicultural communities. He acknowledges that family violence is high among ethnic communities but insists that victims are often hesitant to contact the police. As such, his continuous involvement and willingness to proactively interact with ethnic communities is an asset to us all; notably to the victims from multicultural backgrounds who can receive relevant information on the manifold assistance that the criminal justice system, the Victoria Police and social workers can provide to them when warranted.


Gonzalo Lopez is currently a Program Manager for SBS RADIO with the responsibility of coordinating radio programs in sixteen languages across Melbourne and Sydney.  He works with journalists and broadcasters from all parts of the world, managing production and delivery of distinctive and innovative content for SBS radio, TV and online.  While SBS radio broadcasts in 74 languages, Gonzalo’s team mostly includes those new to Australia who can access very little information about their new country in their own language.  The east African languages of Amharic, Swahili, Somali, Dinka and Tigrinya are part of Gonzalo’s team. Also middle eastern languages such Assyrian, Farsi/Persian, Dari, Pashto and Turkish together with Burmese, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Lao and Thai from South East Asia completes his team.  SBS Radio provides Australian News and Information and for these languages the focus is on issues of settlement like health and education services in Australia. 

Over the last few years Gonzalo has led his team through significant change. He contributed to the first program schedule change in 20 years ensuring that SBS Radio reflects Australia’s changing migration patterns.  He contributed to the launch of Digital Radio and has overseen the expansion of services onto new digital outputs, National Radio Networks, Online, Mobile and Social Media platforms.  These changes ensured that SBS radio can continue to achieve its purpose of inspiring all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world and by doing so contribute to an inclusive and cohesive society.

Gonzalo provides effective leadership, editorial advice and mentoring to Executive Producers and Broadcaster-Journalists in the Radio division utilising his expert production management skills, knowledge and broadcasting experience.  He has worked in media in Uruguay since the late ‘80s honing his skills in commercial radio and in sport productions. After migrating to Australia he joined SBS Radio in 1999 as a journalist working with the Spanish program.  He also studied Psychology and worked as an Architect.  He has a keen interest in the creative thinking processes and leadership. 

Major achievements 2013-2014:

    • Successfully assisted in launching New SBS Language Services for Pashto, Hmong, Tigrinya, Dinka and Swahili speaking communities

    • Successfully recruited and coordinated new teams of Journalists, Contributors and Stringers for the Audio and Language Content division of SBS

    • Leading the launch of New Radio Programs, Websites and Social Media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in 2014) including the African language programs (Amharic, Dinka, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya)

    • Provided relevant and timely strategic advice, editorial guidance and support to Executive and Senior Producers to inform and entertain CALD and LOTE communities

    • Provided leadership and mentorship to Producers in order to cover major News events both in Australia and overseas.

    • Assisted in the successful development of breaking news stories and documentary topics for South East Asian teams, Middle Eastern groups and the African teams. Subjects included South Sudanese crises, Somali violence and extremism, Kenyan shopping mall attack, FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, Eritrean refugees’ en-route from Indonesia, 2% Eritrean Tax investigation, etc.

    • Coordinated and supported Executive Producers with a number of Outside Broadcasts in the African community including Somali Football tournament in Victoria and Africultures Festival Auburn NSW.

More profiles to be added
The Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) was established in 1988 as part of Australia’s Bicentennial Year.

The aims and objectives of the Foundation are; to cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures and by so doing to advance its social and economic well-being; the promotion of an awareness among the people of Australia of the diversity of cultures within Australia and the contribution of people from all cultures to the development of Australia; and the spread of respect and understanding between all cultural groups through any appropriate means.

The Australian Multicultural Foundation achieves its aims by adopting issues of national significance and initiating project and programs in a variety of fields and activities. Over the last twenty years the AMF has promoted a socially cohesive society through its initiation of projects and research, nationally and internationally in such diverse issues including the arts and culture, education and training, health, religions, volunteering, leadership, and many others.

The AMF has been involved in projects and research specifically focusing on emerging issues and this has included projects to benefit the African communities within Australia. Some examples;

Western Metropolitan Area Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Health Promotion Project (2006), which explored the mental wellbeing and social connectedness of seniors from the Horn of Africa, in particular, Somali, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Sudanese communities. Recommendations from this project were implemented by the AMF through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, through the project Understanding dementia: empowering the community through peer education (2009/10) to deliver health promotion messages (on dementia) to the African communities through trained peer educators.

The AMF implemented a national dementia radio campaign on SBS radio in-language programs, funded through Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing (2010) to deliver health promotion messages to newly arrived and emerging communities including African communities. Again funded by Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, the AMF is currently delivering another National Dementia campaign specifically targeting the Amharic speaking communities including editorial programs and talkback with a general practitioner on SBS Amharic radio program.

Community Policing Partnership Program (2007-2010), a partnership between the AMF, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Police Services and communities an initiative aimed to build relationships and a sense of trust between communities and police in multiple locations around Australia. Thirty Eight projects were funded nationally over three years with several projects specifically working with African communities.

The AMF project Bridging the Gap (2009), funded by the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, addressed intergenerational issues and barriers between community elders and young Muslim men. The project targeted three communities one of which was the African community where the AMF partnered with the African Think Tank.

The AMF was contracted by the Victorian Office of Gambling (2010) to review selected community problem gambling programs and campaigns with a view to identifying the level of community awareness, uptake of services and any potential gaps within the African community.

The AMF is currently sponsoring the Team Africa, Harmony Day football match, 2012.

The AMF also auspices Sports without Borders a not-for-profit organisation to support young people from migrant and refugee background to engage in sports. Sports without Borders through projects and sponsorship have engaged many young African people into sports within Australia.


The Huddle
is the North Melbourne Football Club’s community and education arm, established by the Scanlon Foundation, and supported by the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

The Huddle aims to improve social cohesion in North Melbourne and surrounding areas, particularly targeting disengagement among young people. It offers a range of innovative education and community programs, working with local primary and secondary schools, as well as community groups and partner organizations. 

North Melbourne Foot ball Club (The Huddle) is a modern and innovative educational and community facility embedded within the North Melbourne Football Club. The focus of the Huddle is to enhance social cohesion by addressing youth disengagement in the local area, and to re-define the way in which sporting organisations interact with their communities.

The Huddle embodies the North Melbourne Football Club’s engagement with its local community through its aims to: 
- Create community value 
- Enhance an existing community asset 
- Run community and sports programs 
- Develop sustainable community initiatives 
- Generate economic activity and employment 
- Improve environmental outcomes 

 North Melbourne brings people together to learn and develop in varied programs, whether in The Huddle classroom, on the famous turf of the Arden Street Oval, in schools, clubs, businesses and community organizations. This plays an important role in bridging gaps in rapidly growing and diverse communities.  In particular the club is closely working with African Communities and support in establishment Team Africa.

North Melbourne has always been a club that is in-meshed within its local community - a club that cares for its local community.” 
John Brumby, Premier of Victoria.


This year African Australian community members have made history  as the first African Australian team to play Aussie rules “football game” in Melbourne. After more than two months of intensive Sunday training sessions at Arden St North Melbourne, (Kangaroos football ground) the Australian rules football TeamAfrica (Warriors), competed in the Harmony Cup on Sunday 18th March 2012.

Team Africa players represent Africa as a united community and they made Africans proud with their gallant performance at the Harmony cup accompanied with respect and appreciation for the cultures of their competitors.  

Team Africa players, officials, and supporters came from various African backgrounds including Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Congo, Ghana & Botswana.

On Sunday 25th March 2012 African Warrior players who were under 18 years of age competed in the "Unity Cup" which is supported by the AFL Multicultural Program and the Australian Federal Police, it featured teams from Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. 

Six of the players who competed in the "Unity Cup" have been selected as part of AFL Victoria’s Multicultural Academy (Under 18 only)- they will also attend and start a leadership and development program, a great new initiative of the AFL- as well as getting to play in a curtain raiser before the AFL’s Multicultural round in July.

Team Africa is about uniting the Melbourne African community for the purpose of playing sport.  It is important and it is our intention that through sport we create opportunities for our athletes and members.

Team Africa has since formed an incorporated association and hopes to increase the access of young people from African backgrounds to sporting and personal development opportunities, not just boys but also young girls and their families and general engagement in the community. The money will go towards helping to achieve this, using sport and other activities to increase social cohesion and higher engagement in community activities, promoting inter-culturalism in the local community.


Ducere is an Australian based Education provider that operates across the world with a vision to transform the education landscape. There are 2 distinct parts to Ducere, the first is the commercial arm which delivers formal, innovative, world-leading high quality business and management qualifications based on the expertise of a Global Faculty of successful and inspiring world leaders and mentors. These include former Presidents and Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize winners, entrepreneurs, professors from eminent Universities and CEO’s. These qualifications range from diplomas through to MBAs.

The second part is the Ducere Foundation which is the not-for-profit entity fully funded by the commercial part of Ducere described above. The foundation operates in partnership with African governments, major universities, philanthropic leaders and major businesses to promote education to children in different parts of Africa including Botswana and Zambia. Ducere believes the only way to abolish extreme poverty in Africa is to empower its greatest asset: its population, through education. 




Ducere is a Latin word that means “to lead” and supports perfectly our mission; to empower people across the world with state-of-the-art education based on successful world leaders expertise and insights to lead their lives in the most fruitful way. Ducere strives to make high quality education available to all and not just to privileged people.  


What differentiates Ducere from any other Education provider


What is revolutionary about Ducere is its Global Faculty of world leaders providing their knowledge and experience to the Ducere students through interactive real world case studies, but also its self funded foundation promoting education throughout Africa and improving lives of thousands of children every year.


Africa Amara is a Television show about Africa created in Australia.  The show has a complete episode done and is to be broadcast on television in the near future.  All updates about the show and broadcasting will be available through their website.  

Africa Amara shines a light on Africa, the African people in Australia and the relationship between Australia and Africa.  It is created to alter the perception about Africa in the west, particularly in Australia.

According to Africa Amara:

"The image of Africa has been tinted by all sorts of mishap, if you are not from Africa and has never been there, the image of Africa you probably have is that of a “dark continent” looming with all sorts of troubles."

This show is meant to promote the image of Africa and elaborate on all the positive features of the continent. It is by all means an Australian show, created and inspired by the positive relationship between Australia and Africa.   Many observers are oblivious to the progressive activities going on between Australia and Africa. This show presents a side of Africa that is never seen on Australian or Western media.

It will do so by looking at general developments with African Australians, business related matters and astonishing places to visit in Africa."


Marion Cabanes originates from France and in May 2013 she started a blog called Far From Africa to share unique stories about Africans living in Australia. The African community is growing and contributing a lot in Australia. Far From Africa seeks to make this community more visible and promote the richness of Africa's cultural diversity. Marion understands how important it is to unveil many stereotypes about Africa and she acts as a pro bono advocate for many Africans who aren't always given the opportunity to give their 'side of the story'.



Africa’s rapidly growing prominence on the world stage highlights its increasing importance as a global economic force. Ultimately, new business ventures and strengthened bi-lateral trading ties between Australia and Africa will have a tangible economic benefit for each respective economy in the immediate and longer term.

The AABC’s key purpose is to build and broker business relationships between Australia and the fifty-four nations in Africa. Central to this is the Council’s promotion of business networks; related social contacts; and its focus on increasing bi-lateral trade and investment between the two continents.

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Di Fleming: President and CEO

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Member Benefits

Invitations to business seminars, luncheons and networking events

Introductions to African businesses and African Embassies, High Commissions and Consuls in Australia

Notification of trade missions and business briefings hosted by the AABC (Vic), State and Federal governments

Participation in inward and outward bound trade and investment missions

Advance notice of, and opportunities to meet with visiting Government delegations

Promotion of member business, and advertising through AABC networks, events and websites.

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Having wowed audiences at a variety of events including Woodford Folk Festival, the Australian Dance Awards, Sydney Opera House, and headlining New Years Eve at Federation Square, Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company.

Specialising in traditional and contemporary African dance, music and acrobatics the company display an extensive skill set that will leave you speechless. Undulating torsos, flips through rings of fire, raw energy, exhilarating dance moves and phenomenal acrobatics are just some of the elements you can expect from a performance by Asanti Dance Theatre.

Directed by Appiah Annan (Sidney Myer Creative fellow and internationally recognised dancer, choreographer and musician), the company have been working extensively in Melbourne over the past 7 years. With a sister company in Ghana the company have toured regionally, nationally and internationally and perform in a variety of contexts including festivals, schools, corporate, community events and in theatres. 


Magdallene Ektoras is an Ethnic Liaison Officer (ELO) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and has been nominated for an award in recognition of her contribution as an ambassador between the department and the community.  The department’s ELO network provides a critical link between the department and key communities across Australia.  ELOs engage with communities to discuss government policy and seek feedback which is incorporated into the department’s policy development and used to inform strategies to achieve departmental outcomes.

Magdallene has been employed with DIBP for 15 years during which time she has held a range of positions in core visa programme areas in Australia and overseas. Since moving into a community engagement role some 18 months ago, Magdallene has shown a strong commitment to facilitating communication between the department and a wide variety of African communities on immigration related programmes and policies.  In an ever changing programme area, Magdallene has kept African—as well as many other—communities updated on the varied topical issues surrounding the immigration portfolio and has facilitated open dialogue in relation to the impact of immigration matters on African communities.''


John Bellavance has been involved in social action and peace building for 30 years in Canada, Germany, England, the United States and Australia. He is currently the national vice-president of the Universal Peace Federation in Australia and the vice-president of Africa Day Australia. He has been involved in supporting the African Australian community with fundraising, education and community work for 10 years. He is an Information Technology teacher and is pursuing a PhD at Monash University on Values in the Cyber Age.


Anne Bellavance has been involved in social action and peace building for 30 years in Canada, the United States and Australia. She is currently the international vice-president and the Australian national president in for the Women’s Federation for World Peace. She has been involved in supporting the African Australian community with fundraising, education and community work for 10 years. She is a founding member of Africa Day Australia. She is a mathematics and science teacher.

Both John & Anne are very happily married & celebrated 32nd anniversary together this year. Their family consists of 4 grown men and 2 lovely daughters in law.

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