Department of Home Affairs Newsletter no. 56

Topics for this newsletter 1. COVID-19 – SA Government – SA COVID-19 Information Line2. Scams factsheet and guidelines3. Migration System Review4. Fearlessly Australian and This is Rapt!

Topics for this newsletter 

1. COVID-19 – SA Government – SA COVID-19 Information Line

2. Scams factsheet and guidelines

3. Migration System Review

4. Fearlessly Australian and This is Rapt!

1. COVID-19 – SA Government information

SA Health have advised from 7 November the SA COVID-19 Information Line has closed. If you have COVID-19 and need health support, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. Clinical staff are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. For support in your language, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 and select option 8 for free interpreting assistance.

2. Scams factsheet and guidelines

Scams and fraudulent activities are considered ‘financial disinformation’ as they are intended to deliberately mislead you by shaping behaviour in order to gain a financial benefit. Scamwatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, (ACCC), is an Australian Government initiative that helps consumers and small businesses to recognise, avoid and report scams.

The attached CMCI Scams Community Guide has been developed in partnership with ACCC and draws on existing resources to educate the community on different types of scams and what to do if members of the community fall victim. 

The Australian Government recognises the Medibank Private cyber incident is very stressful for affected Australians and are working around the clock to ensure people’s information is protected and to minimise the impact of this incident. For further information see alerts at www.cyber.gov.au

3. Migration System Review

On 2 September 2022, the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Clare O’Neil MP, announced a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system to ensure it better meets existing challenges and sets a clear direction for the coming decades. The Minister has appointed three eminent persons to guide a review of Australia’s migration system. This review will inform a Strategy: A Migration System for Australia’s Future (the Strategy). The Strategy will ensure the migration system serves Australia’s national interests and complements the skills and capabilities of Australian workers.

For more information go to: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/reviews-and-inquiries/departmental-reviews/migration-system-for-australias-future.

4. Fearlessly Australian and This is Rapt! – new content

New content has recently been published on both of these online channels.

·         Fearlessly Australian includes an episode that discusses what Australians value about mateship. It brings together NRL legend Johnathan Thurston, professional gamer/streamer, Pestily and host Danny Green to discuss why mates are important, finding the right ones and more.  See Mateship – Fearlessly Australian.

·         This is Rapt! features ‘not for profit’ Brothers in Need where a counsellor provides advice on how individuals can open up about our mental health.

Fearlessly Australian and This is Rapt! can be followed on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook.

Contact us

Thank you for helping to keep your communities safe and informed. Please share this email with your communities, but do not make any alterations.

Ensuring we remain connected with your communities continues to be a high priority for the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government. Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. Please continue to pass your concerns and questions to us. This may cover:

  • Instances of misinformation or scams targeting your community – are there any resources you wish you had access to?
  • Ideas you have for the Australian Values social media channels
  • Ideas for Rapt! and Fearlessly Australian Podcasts/ Video Casts
  • Any emerging community issues.

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Department of Home Affairs, Community Engagement SA

A/g Regional Director: Josephine Lamshed

Community Engagement Team: Michelle Taylor, Claire Markou, Minerva Nasser-Eddine, Yan-shi Ko and Lisa Maloney

SA Community Engagement team

Social Cohesion and Multicultural Affairs Division

Department of Home Affairs

E: sa.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au

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