Celebrating Learning - Apr/May 2016 - Ed 26
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Welcome to the latest edition of Celebrating Learning, the bimonthly newsletter of the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy 2014-2017.

Highlights of this edition include: local and regional careers expos for students and adult learners, plenty of new learning research including the latest AEDC data 2015, and useful resources, grants and information on lifelong learning.

To share information about learning in Brimbank, visit the Learning & Information Exchange - an online community noticeboard to share upcoming learning events and programs.

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In this issue:
Careers Expos
What's On

Local Stories
Learning Research
Brimbank Libraries
Learning Info & Resources
Brimbank Careers & Jobs Fair
Information for students, young people and adults on careers and employment opportunities, apprenticeships, university and TAFE courses, and local training providers (over 60 exhibitors). See flyer here.

Wednesday 27 April, 9.30am-2.30pm
Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
Free Entry

VCE & Careers Expo 2016

Australia's biggest careers expo, with over 190 exhibitors presenting information and resources for VCE, information about university, TAFE and training courses, careers advice, study advice and international exchange and gap year programs.

Thursday 5 May and Friday 6 May, 9am-3pm
Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May, 10am-4pm

Caulfield Race Course
Station Street, Caulfield East
General Admission $10


WRICA Careers Expo 2016

Wyndham/Hobsons Bay Region Careers Association (WRICA) Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated association. Contributors to the association include Secondary schools, universities, TAFE, industry, government organizations, employment & training organisations and private providers.
Thursday 19 May, 9am-3pm
Friday 20 May, 9am-3pm

Werribee Racecourse
2 - 10 Bulban Road, Werribee
Brimbank Schools/Community Agencies Exchange

How do we know what services are out there? How do we work with schools? Let’s share information and connect with each other!

Please join us for morning tea and hear about middle years primary/secondary transitions with speakers from Good Shepherd Youth & Family Services, Foundation House, Bluearth and Fitzroy Primary Secondary School Transition Project. For:
 - staff in your school who assist families to access local services
 - staff in your agency who want to connect with local schools
 - staff in community-based or wellbeing roles  

Thursday 28 April, 8.45-10.45am
VISY Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine
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The Moondali Balluk Supported Playgroup
The Strong Community Means Happy Kids project invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children 0-5 years living in the western suburbs to come along to playgroup!

Fridays, 10.30am – 12.30pm fortnightly starting 26 February
Iramoo St Albans Campus, Victoria University
Morning tea provided
More more information, please contact Raelene Tel: 9919 2370 or E:

Polynesian Kids Community Language School Inc.

Providing language and cultural education to children aged 5-12yrs from Tongan and Samoan backgrounds, including cultural dance, weaving and singing components.

 Saturdays during school terms, 8:30 -11:30am
Sydenham Neighbourhood House: -1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
$100 per child per year
For more information, please contact Penny Timu Tel: 0498 659 823 or visit
Learning Together @ WCIG Training Services Sunshine

This new program aims to support culturally and linguistically diverse mothers and carers of young children to gain essential language and literacy skills. Delivered in collaboration with VICSEG New Futures and Brimbank City Council, it will seek to assist participants to improve literacy and numeracy skills and break down social isolation due to language barriers.

Fridays, 9.30am-12.30pm - starts in Term 2 for 10 weeks

Stevensville Primary School, 52 Kings Road, St Albans

Free childcare onsite

For more information contact Erin Price Tel: 9689 3437 or E:

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Pass IT On Digital Literacy Program

YouthNow’s Pass IT On program is a free technology program for older Brimbank residents held across Brimbank Libraries. Young volunteers assist older residents with learning about technology, while older participants share knowledge, experience or stories with the young volunteers.

One young volunteer Jae was coincidentally paired with his former mentor Karl, who supported him to get his driver’s licence through Council’s L2P program. Through Pass IT On, Jae and Karl were able to spend time together where the previous learner was now the teacher. It was wonderful to see Jae and Karl very happy to be able to reconnect their relationship, reverse the roles of teacher and student and find there was mutual benefit.

For more information about the Pass IT On program, please contact YouthNow, Tel: 8311 5800 or E:

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AEDC Brimbank Community Profile 2015

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census data was released in March, the third collection of AEDC data since it began in 2009. The AEDC measures the development of children across Australia in their first year of school.
The data collection instrument consists of approximately 100 questions over five key domains: physical health & wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge.

In 2015:
31.1% of children were considered developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains, a significant increase from 27.6% in 2012
* 17.5% of children were considered developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains, a significant increase from 13.2% in 2012

Read the full 2015 Brimbank Community Profile.
Melbourne's West identified as a Youth Unemployment Hotspot

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has collated ABS data to identify the 20 areas with the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia as of January 2016. Melbourne's west ranked 12th Australia-wide and the highest in Victoria, with 17.3% of young people aged 15-24 years unemployed, more than 5% higher than the national youth unemployment rate of 12.2%.

While the national rate of 12.2% has marginally declined over the last year, it is still significantly higher than before the global financial crisis of 2008, when the youth unemployment rate was below 9%. Furthermore, Melbourne's west's rate has in fact increased more than 1% from 16.2% in January 2015. Young people continue to be at higher risk of unemployment than other age groups.  For more information read BSL's report Australia's Youth Unemployment Hotspots Snapshot.
Fare go: Myki, transport poverty and access to education in Melbourne’s west

WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office client data and anecdotal reports show significant problems with public transport fares and fines for young people aged 14 to 17 years travelling to and from school. Travel to and from school on the Victorian public transport system is too costly for a significant proportion of students in the west of Melbourne. Read more here.
Widening gaps: what NAPLAN tells us about student progress

Learning gaps between Australian students of different backgrounds are alarmingly wide and grow wider as students move through school.The gap between students whose parents have low education and those with highly educated parents grows from 10 months in Year 3 to around two-and-a-half years by Year 9. Read more here.

Too Old to Work, Too Young to Retire

An Australian Research Council funded study involving the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the University of Melbourne and Curtin University has shown the difficult experiences of mature age job seekers. Read the research summary by Michael McGann, Dina Bowman, Helen Kimberley and Simon Biggs.

Two infographic posters provide snapshots from study: Ageism and employment and Mature age jobseekers 

Key Research Messages from 2015

Research published by NCVER last year covered a wide variety of topics, reflecting the breadth of Australia's VET sector. The key messages from each research publication are brought together in this valuable reference

Celebrate National Youth Week at Brimbank Libraries!
See the full promotional poster here.

Youth Week Launch BBQ
Meet staff from the Library and Brimbank Youth Services.
Sydenham: Friday 8 Apr, 12-2pm

Social Media Privacy Health Checks
Drop in for a chat and social media health check to „find-out how private your social media data really is.
St Albans: Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 Apr, 3-5pm

Minecraft Competition
Challenge your friends to create the greatest structure within Minecraft! Bookings required.
Deer Park: Tuesday 12 Apr, 4pm

Youth Festival and Talent Quest
BBQ, music, and the opportunity for young people to perform live.
Deer Park: Thursday 14 Apr, 4–6pm

Naruto Playstation Tournament
Battle your friends to become Champion and win prizes in the latest Naruto fighting game! Bookings required.
Sunshine: Friday 15 Apr, 4pm

Humans of Brimbank Exhibition & Artist Talk
A visual celebration of diversity in the Brimbank community by photographer Mehak Sheikh.
St Albans: Wednesday 6 - Sunday 17 Apr

Meet and talk to photographer Mehak Sheikh.
St Albans: Friday 15 Apr, 4.30-5.30pm

Four Week Computer Courses

NEW! Book into a suite of four beginner classes, including Basic Computer Skills, Basic Internet, Introduction to Gmail and introduction to Facebook. This course runs over 4 weeks; cost is $30/$15 concession.
Sydenham: Friday 22, 29 April and Friday 6, 13 May, 1-3pm
 Deer Park: Monday 16, 23, 30 May and Monday 6 June, 1-3pm
Book through your local Brimbank Library or online.

Free Research Guides

Take advantage of SLV's free English literature for VCE research guide. Designed to help students find analysis and responses to novels, plays, poetry and films, with a specific emphasis on VCE texts. The content will be helpful to students looking for hints on responding to texts, or seeking links to commentaries, criticisms and plot overviews. 

Community Resilience Grants


Community Resilience grants are available to community, not-for-profit, youth and peak body organisations which:

*   support and work with communities and young people to develop collaborative approaches to building resilience to hate and violent extremist narratives; or

*   support and work with communities and young people at risk of violent extremism to develop their confidence and skills to advocate for their concerns and grievances through peaceful, democratic means.

Applications close 15 May 2016. Complete an application form online.

Young Carers Scholarships

Carers Victoria's Young Carer scholarships give young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community. Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to successful applicants.

Young Carer Scholarships are open to secondary school students who live in Victoria and provide care and support to a family member with an illness or disability. Applications open until 15 April. Visit the Carers Victoria website for more information.

Health Translations Directory

The Health Translations Directory provides direct links to reliable translated health resources produced in Australia. With nearly 11,000 links, itenables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find translated health information.

Teaching and Learning Toolkit

Social Venture Australia's Teaching and Learning Toolkit  is an accessible summary of educational research. The Toolkit seeks to support evidence-informed decision-making in Australian schools; provide guidance for principals, teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve educational outcomes for their students, particularly those from low-income families; and act as an introduction to educational research.


New Alzheimer's Australia App

Alzheimer's Australia has developed a new app to help families and carer's design a more dementia-friendly home.

Multicultural Community Grants

New multicultural grants are available to help unite and educate communities and reduce discrimination. Grants will be managed through the Community Harmony Grant program and Capacity Building and Participation program administered by the VMC. These programs offer small, medium and large grants, as well as strategic partnership opportunities. Applications are currently open, with various closing dates between 17 – 24 April.

AMP's Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things. Now in its third year, this unique grants program is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life and abilities. AMP is now seeking talented Australians who are working hard on a project or passion but just need a financial boost to take it to the next level.
Grants of between $10,000 to $100,000 can cover a range of activities, including training, travel and equipment costs, living expenses, rent and research.
Applications close 18 May, 4pm. Complete the application process online.


Brimbank Learning Hub

Find information, resources and programs on all things learning in Brimbank. The Learning Hub includes Homework Club listings and study support resources, English as an Additional language provider listings, and plenty of useful websites to help you plan your next study, training or employment move. Discover Learning in Brimbank is a low cost guide to local classes, courses and programs.

Resources for parents of school children


The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Body has released a range of information sheets for parents of children in years 1–10. The information sheets cover key subjects for these years, key milestones and learning outcomes relevant to each age group.


LMERC Language Resource Library

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre is a specialised library for teachers in the areas of: EAL, Languages and some of the Australian Curriculum cross-curriuculum priority areas. LMERC is part of the EAL and Multicultural Education Unit, DET.

Community West name change

As of 1 April 2016, Community West Victoria Ltd has changed its name to Comm Unity Plus Services, commonly known as commUnity+. See the website here.

Brimbank Joblink

Find local jobs in Brimbank, regularly posted and monitored by UWorkin.
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