Certificate of Appreciation from The Honourable Jing Lee MLC

Congratulations to Mr Linh Dang Nguyen, VCASA President, Committee, Sponsors and Volunteers of the Vietnamese Community in Australia | SA Chapter (VCASA) for your hard work and dedication in hosting your annual Adelaide Tet Festival 2023 on 14 January 2023.

Thank You Sincerely for Your Wonderful Contributions to Multicultural South Australia.


Certificate of Appreciation ATF 2023


The Honourable Jing Lee MLC

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Shadow Minister for Multicultural South Australia Shadow Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Shadow Minister for Communities

Community Engagement

Department of Home Affairs Newsletter no. 58

Topics for this newsletter

  1. Cyber Security online information session – 15 December 2022 at 5:30pm
  2. COVID-19 Information – State Government information
  3. Australia’s 2023-24 permanent Migration Program – submissions open
  4. Order of Australia Toolkit
  5. Australian Values Panel Discussion
  6. Safe and Together Community Grants Program – Closes 12 January 2023


  1. Cyber Security Online Information session – 15 December 2022, 5:30pm.

The acting Regional Director SA, Ms Josephine Lamshed, and Mr Nick Sincock, acting Director Cyber and Infrastructure Security Outreach, invite you to join a session on effective ways to boost your cyber security.  We hope this information will be useful to you and your communities. Your invitation was sent on 7 December 2022, the online meeting link can be found there. Please check your inbox or contact sa.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au for details.

  1. COVID-19 Information – State Government Information

Please find attached SA Health communications from 29 November on COVID-19 covering:

  • Free rapid antigen tests
  • Closure of dedicated PCR testing sites
  • Vaccination records before travel
  1. Australia’s 2023-24 permanent Migration Program – submissions open

Australia’s Permanent Migration Program (Migration Program) aims to balance a range of economic, social and demographic objectives and priorities, while focusing on Australia’s longer-term national interests. As part of our annual consultation process, we are pleased to invite public submissions to inform the planning of the Migration Program for 2023-24.​

Questions for consideration:

  • What is the ideal size and composition of the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program? And why?
  • How can we improve our migration planning process so Australia remains attractive to prospective migrants in against the backdrop of widespread workforce shortages and aging populations across migrant-receiving countries?

Further information can be found at: Australia’s 2022-23 Migration Program (homeaffairs.gov.au). Submissions need to be received by close of business 9 January 2023.

 *A reminder that the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Clare O’Neil MP, announced a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system and that the review is accepting written submissions. If you would like to provide a submission you must do so by 15 December 2022. For more information please go to: A Migration System for Australia’s Future (homeaffairs.gov.au).

  1. Order of Australia Toolkit

Do you know someone from your community who makes a positive difference? Has served selflessly and whose achievements contribute to our collective strength? The Order of Australia is uniquely Australian – it relies on nominations by Australians for Australians. From community volunteers to entrepreneurs, from artists to educators, all Australians are eligible for an Order of Australia award or appointment. For further information including how to nominate someone and the selection process go to: Order of Australia Toolkit.pdf (gg.gov.au)

  1. Australian Values

A new video series titled ‘Australian Values Panel Discussion’ has been published. The panel discussion includes five respected interfaith, community and business leaders from diverse backgrounds discussing what it means to be Australian, the importance of Australia’s values and the benefits of working together to build resilient communities. The video series aims to promote social cohesion and intercultural harmony.

The 20 minute video has been published on a number of social media platforms and is available in English with sub-titles (Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic).

We encourage you to share the ‘Australian Values Panel Discussion’ videos with your community. SA Community Engagement are always open to feedback and ideas.

  1. Safe and Together Community Grants Program

A reminder that Round 1 of the Safe and Together Community Grants Program is now open on the GrantConnect website: Current Grant Opportunity View – GO5868: GrantConnect (grants.gov.au). The grant application form must be submitted by 9:00 pm (AEST) on 12 January 2023. A recording of the community information session is available at Countering violent extremism (homeaffairs.gov.au).

Contact us

Thank you for helping to keep your communities safe and informed. Please share this email with your communities, but do not make any alterations.

Ensuring we remain connected with your communities continues to be a high priority for the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government. Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. Please continue to pass your concerns and questions to us. This may cover:

  • Instances of misinformation or scams targeting your community – are there any resources you wish you had access to?
  • Ideas you have for the Australian Values social media channels
  • Ideas for Rapt! and Fearlessly Australian podcasts/ video casts
  • Any emerging community issues.


A/g Regional Director: Josephine Lamshed

Community Engagement Team: Michelle Taylor, Claire Markou, Minerva Nasser-Eddine, Yan-shi Ko and Lisa Maloney

SA Community Engagement

Department of Home Affairs

E: sa.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au



“Unsilenced” – Award-winning Movie Screening with Q&A

On Monday 28 November we are hosting “Unsilenced” – Award-winning Movie  Screening with Q&A, and would appreciate your help to promote this to your community.

Q & A panel: Guests include Mr David Matas, International Human Rights lawyer, and John Xiao, Chief editor of the English Epoch Times Australia.

Where: The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park
When: 7pm Monday 28 November
Cost: $15
Booking: unsilenced.eventbrite.com.au

When the Chinese Communist Party launches a brutal crackdown against 100 million citizens, a jaded American reporter and a team of innocent students risk everything to expose the deadly propaganda and fight for freedom.

Based on true events, “Unsilenced” follows Wang, a university student in Beijing, and his friends as their carefree days are shattered by the 1999 order that banned the spiritual practice Falun Gong in China. As the state churns out lies and starts brutally suppressing voices of dissent, they cross paths with Daniel, a cynical American reporter struggling to find meaning in his profession in the country he loves. With the risk of prison, torture, and even death looming over them, they must all make a choice: to go with their conscience and speak the truth, or to remain silent as atrocious crimes go on behind closed doors.


“A powerful and affecting film” – The Boston Globe
“A moving portrait of conscious resistance.” – Los Angeles Times
“Gripping… truth-be-told eye-opener.” – San Diego Reader

Awards & Nominations
– Audience Award Winner, Austin Film Festival in 2021
– Nomination of Best Film On Human Rights, Political Film Society 2022
– Nomination of Best Film Exposé, Political Film Society 2022


Watch the official trailer at: https://vimeo.com/613981463


Brian Thompson
Falun Dafa Assistant Adelaide Branch
Ph 0400 306 581


How To Keep Your Community Safe During A Mobile Or Internet Outage

Keep your community safe !

Do you and your community know how you would communicate if mobile phones or internet services aren’t working in a natural disaster?

Mobile and internet services keep us connected but they may not be available in a natural disaster. It is important to have backup options.

We’ve developed a supporter kit to help get the message out about being prepared for a telecommunications outage during a natural disaster, and we’d love your help to raise community awareness about this important topic.

The kit contains a range of materials such as videos, flyers, social tiles, and posters with information on the simple steps your community can take to prepare. These materials are available to download in English and 10 other languages from the kit at the link below.

Download supporter kit

How you can help

As a trusted member of the community, we’d appreciate you sharing the materials through your networks both now and if a natural disaster or emergency situation is expected.

Spread the word and help your community get ready before an emergency.

For more information, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/STAND-languages or email the Telecommunications Resilience team via TelecommunicationsDisasterResilience@infrastructure.gov.au.

Thank you,
CultureVerse on behalf of the Australian Government

AGM 2022

Annual General Meeting 14 October 2022


The Management Committee cordially invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting to be held at:

  • VCA/SA Community Centre
    62 Athol St, Athol Park
  • Friday, 14/10/2022 at 4:00pm 

Due to the presence of funding bodies, the AGM needs to be held during working hours.

At the AGM, the Management Committee will report last year’s activities, financial status, details and auditor’s report. Members will have the opportunity to comment and/or suggest ideas on how we can improve services to our community.

There will be light refreshments post-meeting for members to mingle (while keeping social distancing) with government and funding bodies’ representatives.

2021 AGM Minutes

2022 AGM Notice

2022 AGM Agenda

2022 Annual Report

2022 Audited Financial Statements

We hope to see you all.

VCA/SA Management Committee

Allen & Heath Qu32 Mixer

VNCA/SA Sound Engineering Master Class

VNCA/SA has another opportunity to offer a  Master Class in Sound Engineering.

Completing the course will not only enhance your audio knowledge but also qualify you as part of the sound team to participate in upcoming events at the hall.

During the course you will learn what a balanced cable is or what is an XLR connector. You will learn the difference between Digital vs Analogue audio and their advantages and limitations.  Learn how to select the best microphone for the task and to learn to tune your ears and recognise the difference on how to mix effectively through theory and practical hands-on training.

The course is 10 weeks in length divided into 2-hour sessions of theory and practical

Date & time: every Sunday from 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Location: Vietnamese Community Centre – 62 Athol Street, Athol Park SA 5012.

Course fee: $100.00

Prerequisite for the course: None

Please contact Peter via email peter.zajax@sa.vnca.org.au to register your interest.

Management Committee – VNCA/SA

Feature Film Casting Call

Vietnamese-Australian Casting Call New Feature Film By Khoa Do

Vietnamese-Australian Casting Call New Feature Film By Khoa Do

Mullinars Casting Consultants are currently casting Khoa Do’s feature film, “Farewell to Old England” and would like to ask you if there are any families at your school who might be interested in the opportunity for their children to audition for our two juvenile lead roles in this lovely film?

Fingers crossed we find some young “stars”  from the Vietnamese Community in SA.


Mullinars Casting is Australia’s leading casting consultancy, we have been casting film and television in Australia for over forty years, our work includes popular series such as Home and Away, Mustangs FC, Stateless, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Wentworth. Our feature film projects include The Matrix series, Lord of The Rings, Storm Boy, Oddball and Here Out West



1988. Ten years after arriving in Australia as Vietnamese refugees, the Tran family relocates from the city to the country after their work sewing garments dries up. The experience proves testing for 10-year-old Kim and her older brother Luc when the family tries to recreate their old lives here in Australia. Their challenges compound with the arrival of their off-beat grandmother, increasing conflicts with their Aussie neighbours and the emergence of natural threats from the land. The children and their family must find a way to survive and thrive in their new home.


KIM (F) Age 8 – 12

Kim arrived in Australia as a baby, so she’s comfortable with both her Vietnamese origins and Australian upbringing. She loves acting and performing and there’s a mischievous, rebellious streak in her. But she’s wise for her age, she’s realistic and wants to help her family learn more about the place they’re in.

LUC (M) Age 10 – 13

Luc arrived in Australia from Vietnam as a toddler. He is an optimist who really wants to fit into life here. Not as sensible as his sister, he’s much more of a dreamer. He wishes that others would see him as more Australian than Vietnamese. He loves skateboarding. He comes up with crazy plans that he thinks he could pull off but never really could. He has a naive view of the world, and others find him quite funny.

If you have any questions or need further information please refer to contact details within the brochures

Feature Film Casting Call

Support Ukraine Rally

Sunday – Rally – SUPPORT UKRAINE – Please Come

Support Ukraine Rally

Rally – March for Ukraine – Sunday 27 February at 3:30 PM

The Rally will start at 3:30 PM in Hindmarsh Square, proceed along Rundle Mall to King William Street, and finish at Parliament House.

Please come and join the rally. Promote this Rally to your community, friends and colleagues. Ask them to join us – we need a good roll-up.

Look for the blue-yellow flags.

If you can, please bring a banner and/or a flag representing your country.

We expect good media coverage and will be joined by Members of Parliament, different ethnic communities, and members of the wider Australian community.

Frank Fursenko

President (Association of Ukrainians in South Australia)

Mobile: 0412 267 880

Pham Đoan Trang

Canada and UK announce recipient of the 2022 Media Freedom Award

Canada and UK announce recipient of the 2022 Media Freedom Award

Phạm Đoan Trang

Source: Global Affairs Canada

On 10 February 2022 , during the third Global Media Freedom Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, awarded the 2022 Canada-United Kingdom Media Freedom Award to Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang.

The Canada-United Kingdom Media Freedom award recognises the work of those who have defended journalists, or championed media freedom at a local level, honouring less recognized organisations, campaigns and individuals in their fight against impunity. Established in 2020, it provides recognition to those who advocate for media freedom, whether directly or indirectly.

Ms. Trang is known for her books on democracy and her articles on civil society and dissidents in Vietnam. An advocate for human rights and the rule of law, Ms. Trang has written about the important environmental issues. Reporters Without Borders awarded the Press Freedom Prize to Ms. Trang in 2019, in recognition of this work.

In December 2021, Ms. Trang was sentenced to nine years in prison for “propaganda against the State.” She spent 434 days in detention leading up to her sentencing.

Scott Morrison

Message For Tết Nhâm Dần From The Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Message For Tết Nhâm Dần From The Prime Minister Scott Morrison


Happy Lunar New Year! May the warmth and welcome of this festival bring joy to all.

Australia is fortunate to share in a calendar of festivals from around the world. From new year to mid-autumn and winter to spring, we celebrate together with enthusiasm.

Lunar New Year is no exception. Across different cultures and traditions, generations of Australians have looked forward to this special time. Its distinctive sights and sounds invite us to honour the past and welcome a new season of peace and prosperity.

Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on Earth. As we have welcomed communities from around the world, our country has grown in openness and maturity.

Australians of Vietnamese heritage have made an enormous contribution to the growth and progress of our nation. The Tết celebrations taking place across the country are a symbol of your generous sharing of history and culture with us all.

Australians are hard to beat when it comes to unity in the face of a challenge. Our strength as a nation lies in our tolerance, respect for human dignity and dedication to the freedoms of our democracy.

Our Australian way has sustained us throughout this pandemic — one of the toughest times our country has endured in recent history.

This Lunar New Year, let’s celebrate our support for each other — working to keep all Australians safe, strong and together.

In the spirit of the zodiac, may we enter this new year with the courage, enthusiasm and self-confidence of a tiger.


The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia