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TAX HELP APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE
Tax Help is a free service offering assistance with completing yearly tax returns for individuals on low incomes. Tax Help volunteers are trained by the Australian Taxation Office and are available from July until the end of October.
You are eligible for Tax Help in 2014–15 if your income is around $50,000 or less for the income year and you did not:
- work as a contractor, for example a contract cleaner or taxi driver
- run a business, including as a sole trader
- have partnership or trust matters
- sell shares or an investment property
- own a rental property
- have capital gains tax (CGT)
- receive royalties
- receive distributions from a trust, other than a managed fund
- receive foreign income, other than a foreign pension or annuity.
For further information or to book an appointment please call us on 4627 1188
Download Tax Help Info Sheet
- Tax Help Info Sheet (pdf: 53 KB)
Today marks the first day of the new Settlement Services Program (SSP) for newly arrived migrants, humanitarian entrants and refugees, delivered by the 22-member consortium NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP).
Download SSI - New Settlement Services Program
- SSI_SSP (pdf: 14 KB)
A letter of appreciation to the Airds/Bradbury Men's Shed......
Download A letter of appreciation from Beverley Park School
- Letter of Appreciation from Beverley Park School (pdf: 254 KB)
The winners of MDSI's Friends of The Manse raffle were........1st Prize: 7 nights Rydges Resort Holiday - a client from MDSI's Vietnamese Aged Day Activity Group and 2nd Prize: iPod Shuffle - a client from MDSI's Filipino Aged Day Activity Group.
Thank you to all for your support with Friends of The Manse
Download Info Sheet
- Friends of The Manse Raffle Information (pdf: 1 MB)
Factsheet - About SSI
- SSI Factsheet (pdf: 250 KB)
Lottie Dolls have arrived!
MDSI would like to send an enormous thank you to the big hearted people at Global Discovery Pty Ltd for their incredibly generous donation of 25 ‘Lottie’ Dolls (dolls that promote healthy body image and perception) to the little girls at Tabitha Hope Centre in South Africa!
Lotti Dolls are created by Arklu, who undertook 18 months of research to create the doll which is modelled on the body of a 9 year old girl: “Lottie allows girls to be girls and enjoy their childhood, in all its facets. Lottie’s motto is ‘Be bold, be brave, be you’.” (www.lottie.com)
MDSI’s Fun and Grow Program paid for the postage of the dolls from Australia to South Africa, as part of its commitment to providing opportunities for joy and individual growth to the children of Tabitha Hope Centre.
Tabitha Hope Centre provides a home for babies and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Through the "Fun and Grow" program, children are able to participate in sport and recreation, creative arts, after school and school holiday activities - all aimed at supporting children's individual growth and a fuller experience of life.
Vanessa, a long term volunteer with the Hope Centre who distributed the dolls the children advised: “Happy little girls were engrossed in bonding, naming and dressing their very own dolls. At the end, they packed up their own clothed doll, put her back in her own house packaging (which has their name on). I look forward to many happy hours with the children as our dolls get to know each other.”
For more information on the Fun and Grow Program, please contact Erin (Child, Youth and Family Services Coordinator) or visit www.facebook.com/funandgrow
Download Fun and Grow Program Update
- Fun and Grow Program Update (pdf: 30 KB)
During the January school holidays, Settlement Grants Program families enjoyed a variety of outings and activities include a day trip to Kiama!
Families enjoyed the opportunity to socialise and make new friends, to practice their English language skills, and learn more about the diversity of Australian geography and ecology. Kiama is a South Coast community famous for its ‘Blowholes’, holes in coastal rock formations that cause spouts of water to shoot into the air. For more information on Kiama and its attractions, including the blowholes, visit: www.kiama.com.au
If you have lived in Australia for five years or less, you may be eligible for settlement support through The Settlement Grants Program. This program assists eligible newly arrived individuals to settle effectively and cohesively into the Australian community.
For information about upcoming Settlement Grant Program activities, or how you can access this valuable support, please contact MDSI and ask to speak to Fatin, Sana or Sherilyn (SGP Workers).
The Settlement Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Download From Campbelltown to Kiama
- From Campbelltown to Kiama (pdf: 20 KB)
New laws are being implemented across NSW, which seek to strengthen disease prevention at childcare facilities:
- From 1st January 2014, parents enrolling their child in care for the first time will be excluded if they do not provide proof of the child’s vaccination status. Documentation needs to be shown that their child is fully immunised, has an exemption on medical grounds or is on vaccination catch up schedule.
- Children who are not immunised can still attend childcare if parents can provide a form advising their objections to immunisation on personal, philosophical, religious or medical grounds. They do not have to detail their reasons but the form must be co-signed by a medical professional confirming that the benefits and risks of vaccination have been explained.
- As explained on the NSW Health website, 95 per cent immunisation coverage is needed to effectively control killer scourges like measles, rubella, whopping cough, tetanus, polio and rabies. But in NSW, immunisation rates for children one to two years old are now below that, at 90 per cent.
The Australian Government Department of Health has published a booklet to help families get the facts on immunisation. The ‘Understanding Childhood Immunisation’ booklet can be downloaded from their website, in a variety of languages: www.immunise.health.gov.au
[Source: These points have been summarised from The Sydney Morning Herald article ‘New laws in NSW seek to strengthen disease prevention at childcare’, published 11th January 2014]
Download NSW Government - Child Care Entry Immunisation Brochure
- NSW Government - Child Care Entry Immunisation Brochure (pdf: 691 KB)
At HIPPY’s first enrolment day on 21st January , parents and children engaged in a fun and interactive day of play-shopping! This enjoyable, skill-based activity included families play-visiting the symbolic bank to see how money was made (with scissors and patience!). ‘Planners’ came in and set up shops, and children were given a purse full of play-money to buy symbolic items with and participate in the activity. Children shopped and bargained for Australian tattoos, flags and stickers; enjoying the experience of making a flag, seeing Australian animals and designing an Australian paper doll. This interactive game including food preparation, icing and decorating biscuits, making fruit and yoghurt cones and watermelon sticks.
Role-playing is an important tool in teaching children. Parents are a child’s first teacher who children vigilantly listen and watch as they grow.
Just one of the fantastic activities HIPPY families enjoy with their children!
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters has a limited number of places left for 2014. If you are a resident of Claymore, have pre-school children, and are interested in finding out how HIPPY can support your family – please contact us to find out more, we would love to hear from you!
Contact: Ann Tibbles (HIPPY Coordinator)
Download HIPPY Information Flyer
- HIPPY (pdf: 132 KB)
Recently 4 representatives from MDSI (Fatin, Sana, Sherilyn and Willa) joined 796 other Red Cross supporters in creating a spectacular human formation of the red cross red crescent emblems on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The rain didn't dampen the girls spirits and if you look very closely you might just see them at the very top of the red crescent.
Download Red Cross Red Crescent Human Formation
- Red Cross Thank You Certificate (jpg: 8 KB)
Community Profile on Country of Birth data derived from the Census question "In which country was the person born?"
Download Community Profile - Campbelltown City
- Profile.Id Community Profile - Campbelltown City (pdf: 435 KB)
The Break Through Youth Employment Mentoring program has recently completed its sixth year of operation in the Macarthur region and is looking forward to continuing its support of young people and its engagement of the business sector, with a further two years of Federal funding from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Download Service Profile
- The Break Through Youth Employment Mentoring Program (pdf: 34 KB)
May 14 -18 was National Volunteers Week. National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers and to say thank you. The theme for this year was “volunteers – every one counts”.
- MDSI Celebrates National Volunteer Week 2012 (pdf: 413 KB)
The Sydney Community Foundation’s Sydney Women’s Fund was founded upon a strong vision; we are working towards a community where all women and girls are able to achieve their full potential, live without fear or discrimination, and fully participate in everything this city has to offer.
Download Project Publication
- Sydney Women's Fund - Priority Projects 2012 (pdf: 3 MB)
Since 1 January 2011, you have the right to ask for a repair, replacement or refund if goods or services you buy have problems. If you would like to find out when your rights apply, click here.
The 'Repair, replace, refund' information is available in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dari, Dinka, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Persian, Serbian, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese
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The “Writing for Life” project is aimed to provide Refugee and Migrant Women from Arabic speaking backgrounds the opportunity to share feelings and life experiences in their own language, or in English. The women met every fortnight, where they participated in different educational forums and women’s health workshops.
The project is a joint initiative between Campbelltown Public School, NSW Department of Education & Training, Campbelltown Office and MDSI.
If you would linke to view and read the book, both in engligh and arabic formats, you can either download the pdf document below, or view an Adobe Flash ‘flipbook’ version by visiting www.mdsi.org.au/projects/writing_for_life
- Writing For Life (pdf: 1 MB)
What services are there for people from CALD backgrounds in Macarthur and Nepean regions? Are these services CALD supportive and friendly? Who are the new and emerging CALD communities that live in Macarthur and Nepean regions? What are their concerns, hopes and needs? To date there has been no systematic appraisal of the needs of migrants in these regions by DIMIA, indeed relatively little research has been conducted on the experiences of small and emerging communities in Australia. Acquiring information on the needs of small and emerging groups as a whole is often difficult given the unique issues facing these groups. This coupled with the challenges in gathering data from areas as large and diverse as Macarthur and Nepean means that needs analysis and service planning can be a complex process.
- Rural-Urban Settlement Research Report (pdf: 555 KB)
This Profile is a tool for individuals and services to use in order to gain a picture of the true diversity of the Macarthur region, and to be able to learn more about the specific cultural makeup of their area. With this knowledge workers will be able to consider all diverse groups within the geographical area they cover and develop strategies to promote equal access to their services for all members of the community.
- CALD Immigrant Community Profile (pdf: 284 KB)
To plan and implement strategies to ensure a regional holistic approach to settlement needs of migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants in Macarthur.
This committee is open to all who are interested and concerned for the well being of the newly arrived and emerging CALD communities, particularly migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants.
- Macarthur Regional Settlement Planning Committee (pdf: 17 KB)
This Good Practice Principles Guide is a tool to assist services with limited experience in working with refugees, to provide responsive and consistent services. This Guide is not prescriptive but recognises the uniqueness of the experience of refugees and how this might impact on them when accessing services. This Guide identifies three core values 1) understanding, 2) trust and 3) social justice and access and provides practical action plans and case studies to demonstrate why Good Practice Principles are important to all service providers.
- Good Practice Principles (pdf: 402 KB)
There are as many as 700,000 nonprofit organisations in Australia, most of which are small and entirely dependent on the voluntary commitment of members. To read the statistical analysis of the nonprofit sector in Australia, download the pdf below.
Download Fact Sheet
- Nonprofit Fact Sheet (pdf: 348 KB)
We have some fantastic multicultural recipes available in one neat document to download below.
- Multicultural Cooking Recipes (pdf: 212 KB)
The National Compact: working together is an agreement between the Australian Government and the not-for-profit sector to find new and better ways of working together based on mutual trust, respect and collaboration.
The Compact was co-created by the government and a broad range of not-for-profit organisations following extensive consultation.
The Compact is based on a shared vision, purpose, principles and aspirations. Implementation of the Compact is focused on eight priority actions and is aligned with the government’s reform agenda relating to the not-for-profit sector and social inclusion.
You can visit the official website at www.nationalcompact.gov.au
- National Compact (pdf: 121 KB)
Smoking Matters is a project being piloted through a partnership between The Cancer Council NSW and the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA). The partnership, which is a part of the Cancer Council’s Tackling Tobacco Program, seeks to ‘lift the burden’ of tobacco use on low income and disadvantaged groups by working with community service organisations to assist and support them in the development and implementation of smoking cessation initiatives.