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Goulburn Valley Community Services

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Vinnies Shepparton
Family Violence Services Shepparton
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Goulburn Valley Community Health Services - now known as Primary Care Connect - click for Website

Primary Care Connect offers programs in the following areas:

  • Counselling
  • Dietician
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Drug Diversion Program
  • Financial Counselling
  • Family Violence Program
  • Gamblers Help
  • Koori Services
  • Living Well with Chronic illness
  • Needle and Syringe Program
  • Parent Education
  • Primary Health Service
  • Supported Accommodation
  • Youth Services - Drug and Alcohol

For more information, see the Services Page on the Primary Care Connect Website


BeyondHousing is committed to addressing housing affordability, tackling homelessness and fostering housing stability. We are known for our progressive and compassionate approach to working with people experiencing homelessness and housing disadvantage.

What We Do

We are the largest community housing organisation within the Goulburn and Ovens Murray regions of Victoria. We own or manage over 700 properties including long term community housing and transitional housing.

We are the main entry point for the homelessness system and provide a range of supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Each year we see over 5,500 people in need of assistance to secure or maintain their housing.
We have over 50 skilled staff supporting offices in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Seymour. We also provide outreach to Wallan, Broadford, Kilmore, Alexandra, Yea, Myrtleford, Yarrawonga, Cobram and Benalla.

BeyondHousing is a registered Housing Association in Victoria and we have achieved accreditation for Human Services Standards.

Visit the BeyondHousing website

Greater Shepparton City Council

The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District offers the following services:

Community Support

Ethnic Council staff assist members and community organizations to make application for grants funding, to become incorporated associations, organize events and generally provide support in a diverse range of activity.

Four Futures Program

The Ethnic Council has funding from the Department of Planning and Community Development to support, extend and sustain community activity in CALD communities to better share information and resources and to strengthen community connections and partnerships.

Migration Advice

The Ethnic Council provides a fee-free Migration gent's service offering information and advice concerning immigration matters.

Sa'daat Foundation

Sa'daat Foundation

Sa'daat Foundation is a unique organisation established to make a real difference in the community. We are truly a multicultural, multi-ethnic, faith based organisation that represents all of the multicultural Islamic Community. Unitedly we advocate issues, develop projects and organise events that no other Islamic organisation in the region has been able to do in the past. We persevere in the interest of the community.

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Future Voices


Future Voices contributes to the building of peace and harmony, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue and learning through education, understanding different cultures, communication and information.

We advance education by providing life-skills training to young migrants and humanitarian refugees that experience multiple barriers so they can succeed in education, reach their full potential and contribute to the community.

We improve social cohesion by facilitating the positive transition of new arrivals into our communities.

Future Voices is positioned as a driving force that highlights real issues that our communities face and creates opportunities for future generations. We specialise in creative innovation, empowerment, and advocate for the grass roots in communities to achieve their potential. It is a platform that targets and mentors youth aged 15 – 25 from refugee, migrant and low socio-economic backgrounds to create opportunities, enhance knowledge, foster and support community integration, and broaden understanding of different ways of living.

Future Voices: Website
Future Voices: Facebook

Volunteering in Greater Shepparton

Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience, meet people and contribute to services which will make a real difference to Greater Shepparton and its communities.

Shepparton City Council Home and Community Care Services

Home and Community Services

Greater Shepparton City Council Home and Community Care Services - click for Website


MHAC Care provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated system of community care services for frail, aged,
people with a disability and their carers across the Moira Shire".

Through this commitment MHA Care now delivers principal programs.  These are -

  • Assessment
  • Respite
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Domestic Assistance
  • Commonwealth Homecare Packages
  • Personal Care
  • Property Maintenance
  • Planned Activity Groups
  • Foodshare
  • Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop

To deliver these services, MHA Care employs 70 Community Care Workers, 28 Administration Staff and a team of 500 Volunteers.

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Uniting (formerly Kildonian)

Uniting (formerly Uniting Kildonian) is a frontline rural support agency, working with marginalised communities of disadvantage in the North-East - click for Website

Victoria Equal Opportunity

Victoria Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three laws:

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 makes it against the law to discriminate against people on the basis of a number of different personal characteristics.

The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 makes it against the law to vilify people because of their race or religion.

Under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, the Commission helps people resolve complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment and racial or religious vilification through a free and impartial complaint resolution service with the aim of achieving a mutual agreement.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) means that government and public bodies must consider human rights when making laws and providing services.

The Commission's role is to educate people about the rights and responsibilities contained in the Charter and to report annually to the government about the operation of the Charter. The Commission does not handle complaints related to the Charter.

Services provided by the Commission include:

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Social Security Rights Victoria

Social Security Rights Victoria

The aims of Social Security Rights Victoria are:-

  • To work towards a guaranteed adequate income for all people in the community;
  • To promote the rights and raise the status in the community of all people in receipt of Social Security;
  • To work towards an adequate standard of living for every member of the community, including the provisions of and access to good quality housing, health, education and legal services;
  • To promote the redistribution of wealth through the welfare and taxation system;
  • To work towards a Social Security system that is accessible; that provides high quality services; and that recognises and protects the privacy and civil liberties of all people;

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Department of Home Affairs

The Australian Department of Home Affairs - For people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. Includes details of Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Includes information for employers about sponsoring skilled people to work in Australia. Click for Website

Victorian Multicultural Commission - Settlement Support

The Victorian Government’s Settlement Coordination Unit (SCU) was established to facilitate a more coordinated and targeted approach to service delivery and support for newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria. , Click for Website

Rumbalara Family Services

Rumbalara Family Support Program- click for Website

Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative views the poverty, emotional wellbeing, and mental-health issues experienced by many Aboriginal families to be the result of intergenerational trauma and the dehumanising impact of colonisation. Consequently, our practice is informed by the 'consciousness-raising' techniques of Paulo Freire and uses an eclectic approach influenced by 'narrative and solution-focused' therapies. These therapies empower people with the knowledge and skills to overcome the multiple levels of oppression, commence healing, and achieve their full potential.

Become an Australian Citizen

Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life. Click for Website

Citizenship in Shepparton

Citizenship ceremonies are warm, friendly events where you celebrate becoming an Australian citizen. You might want to invite your family and friends to be part of this important step you are taking, and to celebrate your citizenship with you. Citizenship is conferred on applicants in Shepparton at the Eastbank Complex in Welsford St, Shepparton.

Citizenship Ceremony dates for 2019

  • Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019
  • Thursday, 12 September 2019

Registration commences at 9.30am.
Ceremony Commences at 10.00am and goes to 11.00am.


Function Room 2
Eastbank Centre
70 Welsford Street

You can find more information from the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and protects the rights of all Australians. The commission achieves this by:

  • making human rights values part of everyday life and language;
  • empowering all people to understand and exercise their human rights;
  • working with individuals, community, business and government to inspire action;
  • keeping government accountable to national and international human rights standards;
  • securing an Australian charter of rights.

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Sikh Helpline Australia

Sikh Helpline Australia

The “Sikh Helpline Australia” is an initiative of RED KHANDA Inc - Sewa of Sikh community members who are helping others in the Sikh community.

CONTACT INFO Call 0401 401 040 m.me/SikhHelplineAustralia info@sikhhelpline.com.au WARNING: Website has trojans; use Facebook or ring. https://www.facebook.com/SikhHelplineAustralia/

Report Racism

Report Racism Website

Report Racism aims to create an environment where you can feel confident and safe to report any cases of racism you experience or witness (including racial discrimination and vilification).

Report Racism is a third party reporting initiative which means that people can report racism online or at a local community organisation as well as directly to Victoria Police or the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

We are trialling this initiative with the Aboriginal community. The Commission has partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Victoria Police. Report Racism is being trialled in two locations – Northern Melbourne (City of Yarra, Darebin and Whittlesea) and Shepparton. The Northern Melbourne scheme started on 21 August 2014. The Shepparton trial will commence later in 2014. It is expected that the trial will go for 6-12 months depending on take-up and response. The pilot will help us identify problems with the initiative and make improvements.

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this page last updated 8 June 2018

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Links to Interfaith Websites

Interfaith Websites come in a variety of forms, for Interfaith - that word - means something different to each and every person who uses that word. The websites we list here are relevant to Victoria, Australia, and also list some appropriate international websites with material which enhances the broad understanding of interfaith as it is used and practised, worldwide. ... Read more...

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The 2011 Census

Map of non-belief in AustraliaWith the first round of 2011 census results recently released in June 2012, the first subject of discussion is the state of religion in Australia. Australian Census Stats have now released statistics of belief and non-belief in all areas of Australia. In this article, we explore belief generally along the so-called proliferation of non-belief in the Goulburn Valley, where the Shepparton Interfaith Network is active. ... Read more...

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Ten Things Everyone needs to know about Islam

Book Cover, Ten Things everyone needs to know about Islam

Islam and Muslims today suffer unjustly from a bad reputation. This new book opens ways of understanding, albeit more important as understanding is needed by many in our community in this day, this age. This simple and readable introduction to the salient points of Islam aid comprehension and understanding of the fundamentals of Islam as a religion for one who knows little.

Islam and Islamists (what does that word Islamists mean? It means, unfortunately, whatever the users of that word mean, usually in a pejorative sense) are frequently depicted in extremist violent acts. This creates a distorted view of a religion of peace; for media coverage of criminal terrorist activities carried out by a tiny minority of extremist elements in the last decade or so, does little to promote a positive stereotype of Islam and Muslims let alone, understand that these people seek peace with their neighbours, and with the world.

The Columban Mission Institute has re-printed Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know About Islam by Professor John L. Esposito to counter the negative stereotypes and prejudices and to provide accurate information on Muslims and Islam.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001, Professor Esposito was called upon to address a wide range of audiences seeking explanation of those events. He collated the pressing questions that his audiences constantly asked him and published his answers in What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. The book is the result of his many years of study, scholarship, lecturing, publishing and dialogue with Muslims. His answers are clear, direct, balanced, and informative.

In the 29 page booklet, the nearly one hundred questions and answers are whittled down to ten core questions and answers. For those who need to start with the basics, these are answers to the top ten most urgent questions about Islam that are on everyone's mind.

We are delighted that this effort to promote better understanding is already proving very popular. In the last month alone we have moved nearly five hundred booklets - one Catholic bishop bought copies for every priest, lay pastoral leader and lay leader in his diocese; a secondary school teacher bought copies for every student in Year 11; and many others have bought multiple copies to pass on to family, friends and colleagues.

It is a valuable resource for teachers, catechists, parish workers and social workers.

The $4 price tag is deliberately minimal to ensure that the book is affordable to everyone and out of reach of no one. In our 21st century globalized world where Muslims and Christians together make up over fifty percent of the world's population, we can no longer afford to be ignorant about each other.

Book Cover, Ten Things Everyone Needs to know about Islam

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Phone, Fax, E-Mail or Mail the Columban Mission Institute to place your order:


Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations
Locked Bag 2002
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: (02) 9352 8000
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No Locked Doors – Jewish Life in Shepparton

Book Cover, No locked doorsJewish life in Shepparton was centred around many families living in Orrvale and Shepparton East, nearby the former Shepparton Synagogue. Shirley Randles writes about the earlier history of Jews coming to Shepparton, growing up Jewish in rural Shepparton, and of the small Jewish community that lived in Shepparton, circa 1940. ... Read more...

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Blue Jean Buddha

Blue Jean Buddha - Book Cover

"What does it mean to be a Buddhist in America today and where will we take Buddhism tomorrow?", asks this author. Blue Jean Buddha - as a title - captures the broad scope of Buddhist practitioners today in the western world - garbed not in the robes of monks and nuns, but rather everyday wear.

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A World of Prayer

Book Cover, A World of Prayer

Nearly a hundred prominent men and women from every religious tradition and around the globe here share a favorite prayer, while reflecting on its personal meaning.

Contributors to this book of prayers come from Christianity, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Daoism, Judaism, Tibetan Buddhism and Indigenous religions, Interfaith Ministers and practitioners and Sikhism.

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