Media Releases by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Australia Day Message

It is interesting to note that the buzz this year on Australia Day has been about diversity. At a time when many countries around the world are facing challenges, increasingly Australia is being seen as a very good example where… Continue reading

Register Your Harmony Day 2016 Event

Registrations are now open for events celebrating this year’s Harmony Day on 21 March, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said today. “Harmony Day is Australia’s largest national multicultural event. This year we are celebrating the strength of… Continue reading

First of the Syrian refugees arrive in Australia

The first family of Syrian refugees granted visas as part of Australia’s recent additional intake will soon arrive in Australia. “The Government welcomes this first family to arrive with all the generosity that has been shown by the Australian people,”… Continue reading

Cultural diversity aglow during Hindu festival of lights

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today acknowledged the nation’s Hindu communities for their rich contribution to our cultural diversity. Senator Fierravanti-Wells attended the Deepavali Festival at Parramatta Park on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm… Continue reading

Walking side-by-side to celebrate Australia’s diversity

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today congratulated the many Sydneysiders that came together to celebrate Australia’s diversity and unique cultural identity at the 4th annual Harmony Walk. Senator Fierravanti-Wells attended the festival in Blacktown, joining participants of… Continue reading

Migrant and Indigenous entrepreneurs once again recognised

The Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells welcomed the recognition of migrant contributions to Australia at the annual Ethnic Business Awards to be held in Adelaide on Friday. Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the 27th Annual Ethnic Business Awards, the… Continue reading

Eight year high for social cohesion in Australia

The Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells welcomed the latest Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion released today that has confirmed that social cohesion in Australia is at an eight year high. The Scanlon-Monash Index of Social… Continue reading

Helping communities celebrate diversity

The Australian Government is investing $130,000 in 32 projects across Australia to help organisations host festivals and arts projects that celebrate diversity and unite communities. The successful recipients of the 2015-16 Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants were announced today by… Continue reading

Response to Syrian humanitarian crisis

The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, has praised Australia’s state and territory governments, councils, businesses, communities and individuals for their response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Since announcing that Australia will resettle an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing… Continue reading

Orientation Programme for Humanitarian Entrants

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today met with Directors from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sydney. The IOM is responsible for the delivery of the Australian Cultural Orientation (AUSCO) programme to… Continue reading

Celebrating Strength in Diversity

Australians of all backgrounds are encouraged to celebrate our cultural diversity today, with Harmony Day (21 March) marking 15 years of sharing the message that everyone belongs. Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison said today is a day of respect… Continue reading

Orange glow for Harmony Day

When people across Australia gaze into the night sky this Saturday they might see an orange glow from some of most iconic landmarks as part of Harmony Day. A number of important sites across Australia – including Federation Square in… Continue reading

Counting Down to Celebrate 15 years of Harmony Day

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services with special responsibility for multicultural affairs, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today encouraged everyone to embrace Harmony Day as the countdown begins with less than one month to go. 21 March marks the 15th… Continue reading

2015 Asian Cup a win for multicultural Australia

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said today that the success of the 2015 Asian Cup highlighted the best aspects of Australia’s diversity. The cup is being contested across Australia by 16 teams from… Continue reading

Professor Graeme Hugo

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today paid tribute to Professor Graeme Hugo AO, who has died aged 68. “It is with great sadness we learnt today of the passing of Professor Hugo,” Senator… Continue reading

Harmony Day event registrations open

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today invited registrations for this year’s Harmony Day events. Held on 21 March, Harmony Day is Australia’s largest national multicultural event. Senator Fierravanti-Wells said Harmony Day gave schools, universities,… Continue reading

Australian Multicultural Council members announced

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today announced the new members of the Australian Multicultural Council. The Council advises the Government on multicultural affairs. Mr Andrews said the Government’s support for the Council confirmed its… Continue reading

Self-reliant migrants build a better Australia

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today thanked agencies who support new arrivals to settle in Australia. The Department of Social Services provides $188 million over four years supporting eligible migrants for up to… Continue reading

Young Muslims contribute to harmony

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, yesterday used a Sydney conference to recognise the contribution of Australian Muslims. Organised by the Lebanese Muslim Association, the Sydney Muslim Conference brought young people together and highlighted… Continue reading

Translating and Interpreting Sector Roundtable

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today invited representatives of the translating and interpreting sector to come together to discuss language services in Australia. “The Government is committed to access and equity for all… Continue reading

Westpac Awards celebrate community leadership

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today acknowledged the important contribution of corporate Australia in building vibrant communities. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells was representing Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews at the Westpac Community Leaders… Continue reading