Our Blog

0

Position reference no: 2019JA007

Part Time 21-28 hours per week

Immediate Start – 10 Month Contract

We are currently seeking to employ Bookkeeper/Customer Service (Maternity Leave Locum). This role includes assisting with the development and maintenance of all relevant financial systems, operating systems and customer service.

This position requires a strong background in bookkeeping, finance and computer skills including general customer service, ability to keep a high level of confidentiality and work independently; effective organisational and communication skills.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential:

  1. Tertiary qualification in related field (e.g. accounts clerical, bookkeeping, accounting)
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of finance management in the not for profit sector, including grants management, regulatory requirements and other special characteristics
  3. Demonstrated experience working with XERO Accounting including Payroll
  4. Well-developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  5. Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy
  6. Demonstrated experience working with internet banking
  7. Demonstrated ability to manage a large scale computerised accounting system and provides financial reports and statements to professional standards in a timely manner
  8. Demonstrated skills and competencies in customer service
  9. Must possess a current National Criminal Record Check clearance

Desirable:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of WH&S
  2. Experience in multi-tasking to complete a range of administrative tasks
  3. Experience in facilitating an annual financial audit process

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the job reference in the subject line of your email.

Applicants who fail to address and/ or submit all components of the application will not be considered for the position.

For more information: Michael Cheung (02) 9597 5455

Please be reminded that applications close on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

0

7 hours per week, Fixed-term contract up to 1 November 2019

Position Reference No: 2019JA006

ADS Settlement and Community Services provides support and settlement assistance to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants living in St George and Sutherland areas; so they become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society.

The Event Support Assistant role aims at providing administrative support for activities designed to support newly arrived migrant and refugee job seekers including women and young people (aged between 18 and 25) living in St George and Sutherland Region. In particular, support is provided to the target group to build networks and develop their capacities to find employment.

This position requires a background in event management, and facilitation skills, as well as experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential:

  1. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and display personal drive and integrity.  
  2. Ability to work as a team.
  3. Excellent interpersonal, written and spoken communication skills and an ability to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with stakeholders. 
  4. Excellent computing skills and ability to use Microsoft application, email, etc.
  5. Current driver license and access to a comprehensively insured vehicle.
  6. Willingness to work flexible hours and in a range of locations across the service areas when required.  

Desirable:

  1. Sales experience
  2. Relevant tertiary qualifications or experience in social/welfare related fields.
  3. Bilingual/bicultural will be an advantage.
  4. Experience in working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  5. Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Terms and conditions of employment will be based on the Social and Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHCADS) and in line with the employment policy of ADS.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

For further information please contact Anthony Scerri on (02) 9597 5455.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 23 April 2019

0

Advance Diversity Services’ is deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Christchurch last Friday.

Our board members and staff express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, or whose loved ones have been injured.

We stand with the people of New Zealand in the face of this horrific terror attack. 

We also join with Muslim communities around the world in grieving.

This week is Harmony Week (March 17 to 23) — a week when we celebrate multiculturalism and respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background.Together, we must defend our values of unity and respect of all races and all faiths, and unite in solidarity against all forms of racial and religious prejudice. 

We must also foster harmony and peace to help build safe and vibrant neighbourhoods and nations.  Please join us to ensure this tragedy unites rather than divides us.

0

On December 2, our Thai women’s group enjoyed a basic accessory-making workshop at Advance Diversity Services while learning about the importance of recognising and responding to domestic and family violence. Kanyarat Tresise facilitated the information session with the help of volunteers, Tedheporn Antico and Khanung Ciserain.

Who came up with the idea of blending the making of accessories with raising DV awareness, and what was the thinking behind it?

In the Settlement Services Program (SSP) we like to provide useful and relevant information in a fun way. The reference group members suggested we run a session on domestic and family violence (DV) and family law information. Most female Thai migrants are on spouse visas, and cross-cultural family relationships, DV, divorce and other legal issues are common concerns for Thai women who feel stigmatised when DV occurs and relationships break down. Thai women also love practical and creative activities that they can apply to their daily life as a hobby or as a pre-employment skill. Combining these two sessions provided a soft entry to difficult conversations.

What accessories did the group make?

The women made necklaces, earrings and bracelets using beads – and the results were lovely (as these photos show).

What was the feedback?

Everyone was so happy and requested more jewellery making workshops! They had lots of fun and made new friends, and they found the Thai teacher Tedhiporn Antico and her assistant Khanug attentive and helpful. They were especially impressed that Tedhiporn provided all the materials and they were able to take home the jewellery for free.

Any closing comments? 

Thanks so much to Thai teacher Tedhiporn Antico and her assistant Khanug for providing the materials and the wonderful session. We look forward to another session soon.

– If you need help please call the Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463.  

0

To empower our Thai new arrivals with interview and styling skills, our Thai community worker, Kanyarat Tresise, organised a workshop with Michelle Bonner at Dress for Success in Marrickville on November 15. The informative and practical session was a success – and this Q&A with Kanyarat reveals why.

What was the highlight of the Dress for Success session?

The tips for preparing for an interview were great. For example: research the job and the organisation; ask for information about the interview (i.e. how many people on the panel etc.); check transport to make sure you’ll be on time; and when you’re a candidate in the waiting room, you should always sit in a composed way to impress.

What did Michelle Bonner say, show or provide to the women in terms of dressing/styling? 

While Michele Bonner helped me organise the session, however, she was not present on the day. Susan Dunn (pictured fourth from right) presented on interview skills.

What was one practical tip that participants will take on board when they are next going for an interview?

The standout tip: The candidate should feel comfortable in their clothing and the style of the clothes should be modest and conservative – not revealing. Be on the safe side and keep it formal for any role for which you have an interview.

Tell us more about the photo: Were participants dressed by Dress for Success to appear in the shot?

I’m standing next to Susan Dunn who presented on interview skills (she is fourth from the left). There were three Thai participants and the woman beside each of them is their own individual stylist. The women were able to take home the clothes they were dressed in. If any of these women gains employment they will be able to return to Dress for Success to get five sets of clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories for their working week.

– For more information contact Kay (Sineenat Khantaracha) sineenat@advancediversity.org.au (from January 2019) or visit https://sydney.dressforsuccess.org/

0

Butt Out is a quit smoking project that targets Arabic-speaking communities in the St George region of Sydney. Its goal is to reduce the high levels of smoking in these communities by developing and delivering smoking prevention awareness strategies and practices that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

In 2017, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) received an Innovations in Cancer Control Grant from the Cancer Institute NSW to implement this two-stage project over two years.

In February 2018, ADS completed stage one, which targeted the Chinese-speaking community. We are now developing stage two, which aims to reach Arabic speakers in the region who smoke, and empower them to quit.

Butt Out’s Arabic project worker, Hana Srour, and the project’s steering committee members have conducted a range of media interviews in Arabic to raise the awareness of the harms of the smoking. They have also actively promoted quitline services like iCanQuit and the NSW Quitline number 13 7848 (13 QUIT).

SBS Arabic radio interviews
In her first SBS Arabic radio interview on April 24, 2018, Ms Srour spoke about the prevalence of smoking among Arabic men living in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. She revealed that around 41.7 per cent of Arabic men in the region smoked as compared with 14.7 per cent of the general population. Ms Srour also translated much of the information about the project from English into Arabic to ensure she could more easily answer the interviewer’s questions.

Listen to the first interview here.

In her second interview with SBS Arabic radio on September 4, 2018, Ms Srour raised and reinforced awareness in Arabic-speaking communities of the harms of smoking. She also promoted Quitline’s services, support and contact number.

Listen to the second interview here.

Resources

• A good resource to help Arabic people understand the harmful effects of smoking is the booklet (in Arabic and English) Please don’t smoke near me.
• A video in Arabic outlining methods for quitting can be found here.
• Watch the video of Seham Gerges being interviewed by Aghapy TV about useful strategies for quitting smoking here.

Efforts rewarded
On August 5, Ms Srour was awarded a plaque at the Arncliffe Aurora Football Club community dinner to recognise her excellent work in the Arabic community to help stamp out tobacco use.

Anthony Scerri, Program Manager for ADS’ Settlement and Community Services Program, said ADS is proud of Ms Srour’s achievements relating to Butt Out. He is also confident stage two of the project will help many people recognise smoking is unhealthy and help them quit.

– For more information please email hanas@advancediversity.org.au

0

On Monday December 3, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) will launch Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities’ views and experiences of the NDIS – a new publication by ADS and the University New South Wales (UNSW).

The launch is part of a workshop to explore how to make the NDIS work for diverse communities. It will feature a panel discussion with people with a disability and carers from CALD communities, representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and representatives from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Local Area Coordination Program.

An NDIA representative will talk about the NDIA’s CALD strategy including how it can help to ensure people with a disability are connected and included in the community and can achieve their goals.

ADS partnered with the St George and Sutherland Shire Disability Interagency Network to organise the event, which will be held in The Dragon Room, Georges River Council, Hurstville, from10 am to 12 pm.

0
We interviewed Beatrice Taylor, facilitator of our multicultural women’s sewing group, to find out what made her want to teach the course and what she learnt from its participants.

What made you want to run these sessions?

I believe everyone should have some basic sewing skills, and felt the women would appreciate and utilise what I could teach them. A lot of clothes that could be easily mended are discarded because people don’t have these basic skills. By running these sessions, I was hoping to help people save money and be creative.

What have you learnt along the way? 

Along the way I learnt about people’s differing learning styles and needs. Everyone has their own pace. Also, hands-on demonstrations worked best as English is many people’s second language in this community – another barrier to learning which made me want to teach this class.

Has it been gratifying to help the women develop skills and make such usable and beautiful items?

Running this course has been one of my most rewarding experiences. Helping women to feel empowered and confident in themselves and their creative and practical skills was a real joy. The course also created a wonderful community where women could come together to learn something new and have fun. It was an amazing feeling when women from the course with no sewing skills went home to practice and made beautiful clothes for themselves and their children.

– Advance Diversity Services’ multicultural women’s sewing group ran from August to October 2018.

0

This program is a partnership between Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Beverly Hills Girls High School.  The position will provide homework help for newly arrived migrant and refugee students aged 12 – 18 attending Beverly Hills Girls High School, many of whom have a low level of English.

We are looking for volunteers with teaching experience, or are studying a course related to education, to assist students one-on-one, or one-on-two, with high school subjects.

Students will be bringing to the sessions their own work that they need assistance with, and volunteers will be expected to assist them to the best of their abilities.

Volunteers will also be expected to make basic but accurate records of the work completed after each session.

Location: Beverly Hills Girls High School, Broadarrow Rd, Beverly Hills NSW 2209

Time Commitment: 

  • Ongoing – minimum four months
  • 2 – 4 hours a fortnight – from 3:00pm
  • Plus occasional additional trainings, meetings and performance appraisal, when required

Activities & Tasks: 

  • One-on-one, or one-on-two, educational support with students
  • Learning materials and resources will be provided by Beverly Hills Girls High School

Skills & Requirements for this role:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Sensitive to the needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds
  • Sensitivity, patience, and willingness to learn
  • Friendly manner and ability to build a rapport with students, staff and other volunteers
  • Working with Children Check
  • Report any concerns about students’ well-being to your relevant supervisor
  • Not attend the program under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Dress appropriately
  • Where possible, notify ADS Youth Worker in advance of absence
  • Adhere to and follow all of ADS and Beverly Hills Girls HS policies and procedures
  • Only duties arranged by ADS Multicultural Youth Worker
  • To keep private information, gained as part of the position confidential

For more info please contact Salvin Kumar on (02) 9597 5455

0

A big thank you to all eleven candidates for running in this year’s Board of Directors’ election. We had a strong pool of candidates interested in serving on the board, and each candidate was passionate about ADS. We are pleased to announce the results of the election which held on 5 July 2018, winning re-election to the ADS Board of Directors was Azra Ahmed, Marites Bairstow, Chura Belbase, Ruth Fyfe, Rifaat Hanna, Khalil Haragli, Rosaline Havea, Branislav Musovski and Reginald (Reg) da Lapa-Soares. Congratulations to the nine elected 2018-2019 ADS Board of Directors.