How diverse is my suburb?
This interactive explores the diversity of Australian suburbia via ancestry, age, food, religion and birthplace data.
Find out how your suburb ranks against the rest of Australia and which suburbs are the most diverse.
Source: SBS Online
Victoria Police hosted its 12th Chief Commissioner’s Iftar dinner on Tuesday night to commemorate Ramadan together with representatives and leaders from Victoria’s Muslim and faith communities.
More than two hundred and eighty people attended the event, including more than 100 women of Muslim faith, 80 police officers and employees, and Muslim and faith communities from across the state.
Greens senator Robert Simms wants to remove religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act. He says the provisions in the law allow for religious organisations to discriminate against staff or clients who are from sexual minorities.
His opponents say these are protections for religious groups to act in accordance with their conscience, something that’s recognized in the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
To debate the question, we talked to Senator Simms and Terry Tobin, a leading Queens Counsel and former chancellor of Notre Dame University. Why does Robert Simms want to change the law?
The Anglican Church has offered Geelong's Muslim community a temporary place of worship after its mosque was destroyed by fire.
Melbourne Bishop Philip Huggins said he told Imam Mohammad Ramzan he could use the hall of All Saints church in Newtown for Friday prayers, if needed.
Source: The Courier
Judaism was featured in the "Talking Faith?" Forum organised by City of Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network and Dandenong Library in their annual panel discussion to shine the light on major religions in order to promote dialogue, respect and understanding.
Five panellists representing different streams and viewpoints were invited to answer questions that citizens of Dandenong, Victoria's most culturally and religiously diverse municipality wanted to know about Jews and their faith, beliefs and practises.
The Victorian Government is committed to preventing violent extremism by providing an effective, accessible and targeted grants programs to build social cohesion and resilience within communities across Victoria.
The Community Resilience Grants are now open and provide an opportunity for eligible community, not-for-profit, youth and peak body organisations to deliver innovative projects to address the underlying conditions of violent extremism.
On 15 March 2016, the Victorian Government announced the opening of two new grant programs: the Community Harmony Program 2016-17 and the Capacity Building and Participation Program 2016-17.
Capacity Building and Participation Program: The Capacity Building and Participation Program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural communities across Victoria to fully participate and contribute to everyday life in Victoria.
Community Harmony Program: The Community Harmony Program is designed to enable Victorians to build social cohesion and community harmony through preventative initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance.
The Census of Population and Housing provides a snapshot of Australia's people and their dwellings. It provides the basis for estimating Australia's population which is used to distribute government funds and plan services. The Census helps Australians understand who we are, where we live and how we are changing.
The first Census was held in 1911 and since 1961 they have been conducted every five years. Australia's seventeenth national Census of Population and Housing will be held on Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
This multi-faith Australasian Conference ( 21 - 23 August 2016) is a rare opportunity to bring together people interested in understandings of sacred texts, and the experiences of people with disabilities and carers within the context of faith.
The Conference will draw on the wisdom of all faiths, and will deepen our understanding of the many aspects of disability and spirituality. We are interested in your experience, research, practice, and ideas and knowledge. Among the themes explored will be ethics, care, inclusion in faith communities, friendship, discrimination, love, justice, liberation.
In the state of Victoria, people practice more than 130 faiths, which means there are many significant holy days and festivals each year that are acknowledged. These significant moments, celebrated each so differently, all converge in their shared belief in something both within and transcendent of this world.
In this context, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria has put together a 2016 Multifaith Calendar honoring major holy days and festivals for the following faiths: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. To view this Calendar click here.