HCN Anti-Racism Consultation

NOTE: This TCN Inc sbmission has been prepared for the Human Rights Commission Anti-Racism Strategy.

The Celebrants Network Inc

Submission to the Australia Human Rights Commission
Re: National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy

From: The Celebrants Network Incorporated
PO Box 3113 Robertson NSW 2577
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
TO: Helen Szoke

Race Discrimination Commissioner
Human Rights Commission
GPO Box 5218

RE: Submission to the Australia Human Rights Commission

Dear Ms Szoke

Thank you for the opportunity to submit our submission for the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy. The TCN Inc considers this submission builds upon the partnership arrangements already identified by your planning and review strategy.

We also believe our proposals for Welcome to Community Citizenship ceremonies meet the goals of other government departments such as health, social inclusion, mental health, ageing and disabilities services.

We have not answered all questions, as not all are our expertise. However, we would be willing to meet with you to explain our project ideas in more depth.

TCN Inc has arranged a meeting for next week with one the Attorney General’s political advisors, Christine Duke. We hope to have more ideas about what could be possible from that meeting. Obviously these suggestions here are an overall framework only, and I would be pleased to speak to this proposal in more depth if the opportunity were extended to us.

Please contact us for more information as contact details above. We are keen to work with any organizations who have common goals of a harmonious society based upon human rights and responsibilities as its ethical basis.

Kind regards Rona Goold The Celebrants Network Inc Chair.


1a. What can we learn from how Australia has dealt with racism in the past?

The The Celebrants Network Inc. recognizes that a set of coordinated strategies is needed to

  • change community behaviour that has a long cultural history, that is complex and harmful and
  • address the needs of individuals and families directly affected by that behaviour. 
Such strategies may relate to many areas such as the law, health, education, employment, community support, media, arts and so on.

The TCN Inc sees racism as predominantly an ethical issue of the attitudes and values that people hold in relation to how they treat other human beings, other living things and the environment in which they live. Social norms are learned behaviours that have predominantly been  passed from generation to generation within close family and community networks and promoted and reinforced by the main institutions of the broader culture. Until a strong separation between church and state occurred, religious institutions were the main bodies that provided moral and ethical education in the sphere of relationships.

The rise of all the sciences has challenged religious attitudes and values based upon clergy being gatekeepers of information, lack of current scientific knowledge, economics, privilege, and/ or power and increased “civilization” through secular based societies. This has meant   the traditional ways in which ethics /morality were influenced have been replaced in modern times predominantly by mass media and a range of secular organizations, government institutions, business and other agencies. Many of the latter are more concerned about financial issues (keeping to budget) or gain than about the common good.

The TCN Inc considers that past behaviours are not as relevant as being clear about what basic ethical principles our Australian society bases its attitudes and values in relation to how its citizens treat each other and the citizens of other countries, whatever their racial background.

The issue is further complicated by other issues, not necessarily caused by race, but by the growing gap between the rich and poor, and the tendency of the forces behind the traditional media to turn “envy” into people being more concerned about those getting handouts from Centrelink, than those people who accumulate wealth through profits made through disproportionate salary scales of their workers and strategies to minimize paying taxes back into the public purse.

1b. What achievements should we build on?

United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

The TCN Inc. asserts that the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights  is the set of principles upon which individuals, groups and societies need to base their social norms in every sphere of community life. Australia played a key role via Doc Evatt in developing this Declaration.

See: http://www.askacelebrant.com.au/national-e-magazine/news-highlights/196-human-rights-address-to-the-evatt-foundation

Basically our society via previous governments have upheld these principles as the important ones upon which to base our social and cultural norms as citizens of Australia. This need to be embedded in cultural life so that recent trends for politicians to use the “race” card in “selling” their product is reduced or countered.

Having established that basic position, the TCN Inc considers the next step is identifying those aspects of Australia’s past that can be highlighted and reinforced as upholding these principles.

Also to have a program that address the traditional ‘white’ culture’s envy of “everything’s all about them, what about us”, and the growing concern that “these people come here because they want the benefits of our society, but then want to change us so we are like them, rather than being prepared to fit in with our way of life”.

There are also a number of recommendations from the Human Rights Consultation that could be used to support this strategy.


Positive messages about how its citizens need to treat each other.

In many ways, Australia has much upon which to build its positive messages about how its citizens need to treat each other. Our first peoples’ strong respect for the living in harmony with the land, their artistic and culturally rich heritage, their non-“warrior” life-style; their strong kinships bonds etc; our white penal colony past from which Governor Macquarie and others promoted the concept of a “second chance” or “fair go”; our Anzac tradition that is uniquely an Australian take on a military defeat by valuing supporting one’s “mates” in the face of difficulty; the building of the Snowy River scheme where people from a range of cultural backgrounds worked together in difficult conditions to build an iconic Australian nation building infrastructure; Australia being one of the first countries to give women the vote; the Australian dry sense of humour and skepticism of giving deference to those in positions of power or wealth, just because that was expected rather than earned, etc.

Australia leading the world in personalized civil ceremonies

Australia’s first peoples are experts in ceremony and have much to contribute to the development of Australia’s major community celebrations.

What “white” Australia lacks is a long tradition of ceremony and ritual. Perhaps being a penal colony meant ditching the “pomp and ceremony” associated with the upper classes, and so focused solely upon the associated drinking and feasting.

In 1973 the Commonwealth government established the Civil Marriage Celebrant Program that was a world first. Looking back, this program can be recognized as a “human rights’ program in that Australian citizens were given the opportunity to be married in a “non-religious” ceremony of their choice. It was also an “affirmative action for women” program as it gave women the opportunity to be marriage celebrants at a time when the 60,000 marriage celebrants were men.

Since then civil celebrants have responded to community need for ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a child, to honour the loss of a loved one whilst celebrating their contribution to their family and community, and in more recent times, to celebrate the commitment between same sex couples, wedding anniversaries, birthdays and other family events. 

There are opportunities that can build upon recent changes in the training of Commonwealth marriage celebrants via a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, the opening of the Schools Chaplaincy program to secular people, as well as  some adolescent programs based upon rites of passage such as the SA The Right Journey and the International College of Celebrancy’s The Journey.

The community development effect of the work of civil celebrants is largely unseen and their roles mis-understood in the public. There appears to be a misconception that civil celebrants are the “opposite” to religious celebrants, and so lack ethics. The assumption that civil marriage celebrants are part of the commercial wedding industry because they require a fee for service is erroneous.

In summary, the TCN Inc asserts that:
  •  “ceremony” is a powerful tool to impart and support community attitudes and values and social norms for the common good
  •  civil ceremonies are evolving as a uniquely Australian way of celebrating important personal and family events in an increasingly secular society. 
  •  CIVIL ceremonies are neither anti-religious nor religious, aiming to ensure all participants are respected and included regardless of their race, age, gender, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.  ie to ensure celebrations support human rights values and civil rights and responsibilities of all citizens.
  •  the role of a civil celebrant is to ensure that the ceremony provides an inclusive space for all the participants, which honours all regardless of gender, race, disability, sexuality, cultural heritage etc.
  •  civil celebrants perform a valuable function in our multi-cultural society in providing inclusive CIVIL ceremonies that are beneficial, not only for those that engage their services, but for the extended family and friends and other guests.
  •  with the dropping of the drinking age to 18 at the time of the Vietnam War, Australia’s main rite of passage into “adulthood’ was de-powered.
  •  Australia needs family based and community based ceremonies to welcome young people into full adult life and to promote respectful attitudes and responsible behaviours towards all fellow human beings.
The The Celebrants Network Inc proposes

1. Family based 'Coming of Citizenship Age" ceremonies. 

The personalised 'Coming of Citizenship Age" family based ‘Coming of Age” ceremony with the presentation to the 18 year olds of a Citizenship Certificate, Electoral and Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pack by a government authorized Citizenship celebrant.

2. Annual Citizenship Day - Welcome to Community - Ceremonies on or near Australia's Citizenship Day - 17th September each year

The development of local community based ceremonies, at the village level, to be held at 2 pm on the 3rd Sunday of September.

This proposal
  •  builds upon and expands the concept of “Affirmation” ceremonies as proposed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on its website.
    Reference: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/learn/schools/interactive_sec.htm/sec-affirmation/

  •  uses the concept of “ceremony” as a strategy for promotion and reinforcing social and cultural norms

  • utilizes a community development and primary prevention approach to addressing problems associated with excessive alcohol use that have a social and cultural base. See the TCN Inc submission to the National Preventive Health Taskforce in 2010

Reference: http://www.civilcelebrationsnetwork.org.au/submissions/687-national-preventive-health-taskforce-submission

Theme: Celebrate with Citizenship and Diversity

Sub-themes:  Celebrate:

·      Civility (being civilized, ie, cooperation, compassion, care, courtesy, chivalry)

·      Creativity (to celebrate and encourage different talents and interests)

·      Companionship (partnerships, family and friendships groups)

·      Citizenship (valuing justice –“a fair go”, free speech, diversity and community)

1c. What mistakes should we learn from?

To make long-term systemic change, the following educational approaches have been found to be ineffective, wasteful of resources and in some cases counter-productive

  • one off programs

  • programs that are imposed from the top down

  • passive participation by the group

  • talking heads

  • programs that are not articulated with existing educational and other relevant systems

2. What information would be useful to include in a campaign to prevent and reduce racism? 

Associated with this project would be the development of

a. suitable resource materials

The project would need user-friendly materials appropriate for 18 year-olds on:
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities (would include human rights information)
  • Voting Information Pack with Electoral Roll application
  • other resources as appropriate
b. suitable units in the Vocational Education and Training system. Examples of such units would be
  • UNIT Human rights, Discrimination and Citizenship
  • UNIT Spirituality, Religion and Community
  • UNIT Rites of Passage and Stages of Human Growth to Maturity    
  • UNIT Role of School Chaplain -  The role, its benefits and limitations, support for the role. 
  • UNIT Role of Citizenship Celebrant -  
See Appendix 3 for details.

3. How could we better acknowledge the contributions to Australia of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culturally and linguistically diverse communities?  

Not only would all Australians, including 18 year old Aboriginal youth, be included as would non-Aboriginal Australians and overseas born Australian, there would be opportunities via Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country, Aboriginal Music and Dance to develop components for all ceremonies.

Ceremony is a vehicle for the expression of all the arts and artistic people are generally more sensitive to issues of discrimination  

Also here would be an opportunity for traditional aboriginal communities to see how they could develop their own rituals for such a ceremony.

As first peoples print and performing arts is seen to be more valued, especially by the tourist and investment dollar, their contribution to all citizenship ceremonies would enhance their image even further.  

In fact it is envisaged that providin:
  • basic principles upon which a ceremony could be officially called Welcome to Community Citizenship Ceremony'

  • but not a required format - could allow for all sorts of creativity to be brought to these ceremonies.
So instead of having one set format, there could over time be a myriad of meaningful formats tailored to the needs of the specific geographically or other based ceremonies.

For example, youth based services that support homeless youth could apply for specific assistance to provide these ceremonies for youth who do not have family support.

4. What are the priority areas in which we should be addressing racism (for example: employment, education, sport, the media, cyber-racism?) 

As the TCN Inc sees racism primarily an issue of ethics, attitudes and values, we believe the use of ceremony and celebration is a fundamental way in which to transmit cultural values and reinforce hopefully positive ways.

Therefore defining The Declaration of Human Rights as the standard we as a country are aiming for, and building those concepts into the major community supported rite of passage into adulthood would empower young people to see their future role in society more clearly and the responsibilities they have to continue to develop a caring and supportive community for themselves, their future children and grandchildren, or a community to live within if they do not have children. Even more need for the latter in older age.

There is an expression that “The right words at the right time can save lives” which Kerry McCue used in an article on poetry. See:

http://www.askacelebrant.com.au/national-e-magazine/articles-for-celebrancy/247-right-words-at-the-rite-time .

Our country has high suicide rates for example, and issues relating to other people appearing to not be valued by the younger generations. Ceremonies such as this type would also provide an opportunity for older Australians to express the something about their interests and skills as part of the community fabric into which younger are moving.

5. What measures should governments at all levels take to address racism? 

5.1. Implement the 2008 Human Rights consultation recommendations

and thus look at partnerships with projects such as this so funding the core components can be shared across government departments, whilst still being mindful that many projects need to be self funding to a certain extent for their long term viability.

5.2. Identify and fund key structural strategies

Identify and fund key structural strategies such as a VET unit on Discrimination and Civil Rights & Responsibilities that can be embedded in existing institutional for long-term goals, rather than short term high profile strategies that may look like something is being done, but that is more fluff than fight J

5.3. Legal strategies

Legal strategies can also assist however they need to be targeted correctly For example, in the 1970’s there was an emphasis on court-referred education programs for drivers who drank alcohol then drove at above 0.05 BAL.

The research found that whilst those programs may have assisted individuals, they did nothing to reduce the actual drink-driving rates and associated harm.

When analysed, the factor that affected behaviour most was not understanding how ‘bad’ the behaviour was, but the “perception of getting caught’. Because drivers knew the risk of being picked up was very low, they were prepared to take the risk.

Our discussion at the Parramatta Consultation identified the local Council as perhaps a key place where an identified officer could log racism problems.

Then action an identified series of steps taken

I.      A Notice of an un-substantiated complaint being received, and how the person/ company could change if there was any basis to the claim.

Ii.     A “Please explain”

iii.   then “Fine” when a complaint can be identified, where someone of a particular group or company

Note: This suggestion has not been considered by the TCN Inc in any depth so maybe way off the mark.

Australians have a tradition of not supporting “dobbers” so may be counter productive.

6. What role can business, the arts, sporting organisations, community groups, service organisations and the media play in addressing racism? 

The TCN Inc considers an annual Welcome to Community Citizenship Age Ceremony for all 18 year olds would provide the hub (or coat-hanger) around which the full range of community bodies could participate according to their skills and resources. Local business chambers may provide funding for different aspects of the project, some other bodies a venue, others their talents, etc.

Certainly this project would aim to be one of national importance around which every Australian could gather. It is a concept that allows also for a lot of creativity. We have great models such as the 2000 Olympics. We suggest a theme of something likeCelebrate Citizenship and Diversity” or simply just “Celebrate Citizenship” with the following sub-themes of:

  • Civility (being civilized, ie, cooperation, compassion, care, courtesy, chivalry)
  • Creativity (to celebrate and encourage different talents and interests)
  • Companionship (partnerships, family and friendships groups)
  • Community (valuing justice –“a fair go”, free speech, diversity)
Note a slight variation on the TCN Inc theme and sub—themes above.

7. How can we involve young people in addressing racism?  

Coming of citizenship age ceremonies by their very target would involve young people. However in particular in building ways that young people could make their contribution to their year’s ceremony, even pre-recorded, and would be a way of engaging youth.

8. Can you give examples of strategies that you have seen used or been part of that have been successful in preventing or reducing racism? Why were they effective?  

Not sufficient time to comment.

9. What tools or resources do we have at the community level that could be bettered utilised in the fight against racism? 

As noted above looking at ways to impact the training of the relevant sectors - health, welfare, hospitality and business sector etc.

Exposure to people who have been labeled by stereotypes at a working level can sometimes assist. For example local AA groups often visits police stations to provide posters and cards aimed to assist the police in dealing with what police see as their “difficult” clients. In the process knowing sober alcoholics can challenge their views. Mind you those who “have the problem” may not be as open to change, but at least there can be tools open for them to deal with things differently.

10. How could these experiences be shared to help promote good practice?  (For example: a best practice website, clearing house, seeding funding for pilot programs, changing criteria for Government grants programs?)  

Not sufficient time to comment.

11. What strategies or approaches can be used to help individuals and communities who experience racism to speak up or take action? If you have experienced racism, what would have helped you to speak up or take action?  

Not sufficient time to comment.

12. What strategies or approaches can be used to help bystanders address racism where and when it occurs?

See Item 5.3

Not sufficient time to comment.

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In conclusion, the TCN Inc has placed its  main suggestions in a Summary Table – See Appendix 4.

However, a broader picture of our concerns about human rights and the ways the TCN Inc views the relationship between civil celebrations can be seen

Please note we are upgrading and integrating our websites at present so some links may not be working.

Please contact us should you need more information.

Rona Goold


The Celebrants Network Inc.

Appendix 1.

Family based 'Coming of Citizenship Age" ceremonies. 

The personalised 'Coming of Citizenship Age" family based ‘Coming of Age” ceremony with the presentation of the 18 year olds Coming of Citizenship Age Certificate, Electoral and Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pack by a government authorized Citizenship celebrant.

The distribution of a Citizenship Pack for all eighteen year olds including a:

  • Coming of Citizenship Age Certificate

  • Voting Information Pack with Electoral Roll application

  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pack 

  • Other resources as appropriate
could be sold via Canprint to authorised Citizenship celebrants so be a self-supporting scheme

NB special funding could be available for disadvantaged communities or youth etc.

The TCN Inc recommends the appointment of Citizenship Celebrants, with required training and other pre-requisites. This would be a relatively economical and effective social inclusion strategy for the Government to implement, as it would utilize existing resources and be partly or wholly self-funded.

The Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant program could be expanded and/ or utilized for those marriage celebrants who would like to take up this additional work.

Approximately 70% of Commonwealth appointed celebrant come from the health, welfare, teaching or some other community service type industry.

Family based ceremonies allows for personalization in ways not possible in larger ceremonies eg. Personalised certificates that could accompany the main one.


The Government Issued Coming of Citizenship Age Certificate would be more generic.

ie the Australia Crest instead of the photo as shown here. 

coa_3sSample  wording such as

Certificate of Adulthood / Australian Citizenship 

This document certifies that on this day

Chris  J  Citizen

acquired the age of 18 years

Thereby acquiring the status of Adult under laws conferred by the Commonwealth, States and Territories of Australia and the rights and responsibilities associated with that status


 An adult citizen of Australia may:

Rights such as:

- witness legal documents

- enter into contracts ie leases, mortgages, work place contractual arrangements

- invest, gamble and/ or spend one's money as one sees fit

- consent or refuse medical treatment without parental consent

- donate a kidney or other organs under certain circumstances

- be licensed to sell or dispense alcohol and other drugs under certain conditions

- use nicotine and alcohol within the limits set by law for associated behaviours

- be tried in an adult court of law and if convicted go to an adult goal

- run for elected Office in local, state and federal government

- give consent for being sexual with another consenting adult

- freely enter into marriage (or civil union where available) and divorce

- defend one's country by joining the armed forces without parental consent

- make a will determining the distribution of one's property

- choose one's religion or not, as one sees fit 


- to adhere to all commonwealth, state or territory, local government laws relating to the behaviour of adults within their jurisdictions including being responsible to:

• register as an elector to vote, and thereby placed on a list as available for jury duty

• provide child support for any of one's offspring

• respect the freedoms and rights and the biological, psychical, psychological and other property of other citizens, regardless of age, sex, gender, cultural background, nationality and faith or religion

Dated this day ____________________of   in the year of  _________________

Signed:   ________________________   

Commonwealth Authorised Civil Celebrant

NB Rather than mother/ father as on the sample certificate on the next page, there could be two lines for Witnesses

Sample : Coming of Citizenship Age Certificate


Appendix 2.

Annual Citizenship Day - Welcome to Community - Ceremonies on or near Australia's Citizenship Day - 17th September each year.

The development of local community based ceremonies, at the village level, to be held  eg on the  3rd Sunday of September.

Theme: Celebrate with Citizenship and Diversity

Sub-themes:  Celebrate:

·      Civility (being civilized, ie, cooperation, compassion, care, courtesy, chivalry)

·      Creativity (to celebrate and encourage different talents and interests)

·      Companionship (partnerships, family and friendships groups)

·      Citizenship (valuing justice –“a fair go”, free speech, diversity and community

This idea for a rite of passage into adulthood has come about from sensing the lack of formal recognition for the acquiring of adult status in Australia. This was once supplied by the 21st and the "key to the door". The slide to 18 has left many confused.

The need for recognition by default now expresses itself in "Schoolies Week" and other such many young people attended events.

It seems to many of us in the TCN that it is our responsibility as adults to reclaim and re-frame a "formal" recognition process that is inclusive of all Australian citizens as they turn 18, whether they are Australian born or not.

After all this is one area where one could claim so reverse discrimination. Overseas born people are given and participate in a Citizenship Ceremony, but there is nothing for those who are Australian born!

So this would be the place to honour all our Australian citizens - and especially our indigenous ones - and to develop a ceremony that is uniquely Australian. eg Welcome to Country and Indigenous Music and Dance could be an aspect.

This proposal

Such a ceremony could include

  • Welcome or Acknowledgement of Country

  • The National Anthem

  • Introduction - Brief history of Citizenship Day

  • Presentation of messages from federal government and other politicians (DVD)

  • Dance, musical, choral, or like performance by local group or the 18 years olds

  • Presentation by or behalf of the 18 years olds

  • Welcome to community symbolic gesture - acknowledgement of different roles, employment, interests etc.

  • Presentation to 18 years olds of Citizenship badge

  • Taking of the Oath by all present

  • Concluding group singing of 'We are Australian"


1. Each year's ceremony would have different elements - emphasis on creativity and participation in the preparation and delivery of the ceremony.

Whilst certificates have their place, they are rather “old hat” for young people who apparently receive them all the time now. Also a badge builds upon the growing expression of young people to be involved in Anzac Day ceremonies.  The design of the badge could be a national competition open to under 30 year-olds. In fact these could be available for all people prepared to have a “citizenship affirmation” ceremony and thus worn annually when their own children grow up.

This medallion was found on this website and we liked its design


However their website has no clue as to its origin. But googling found this website - :


2. The presentation by the 18 years olds could commence being prepared form 10, as the last two years are rather crowded academically. Perhaps this is an opportunity for youth who are more visual and performing arts oriented to prepare digital and other presentations for their Citizenship Day year.

3. Bronwyn Taylor, now a political advisor to Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Health had a number of great suggestions for resources such as decorative stamps etc. Unfortunately we have been unable to contact Bronwyn in time to add her suggestions into this proposal. However Bronwyn would be able to be contacted via the Minister for Health at Parliament House.

Participants would include:

  • representatives of various levels of government

  • DVD presentation of a message from the Prime Minister, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, local Federal & State MPs, Local Mayors

  • representatives of local community non-profit associations

  • all young adults turning 18 that year

  • families and friends of the 18 year olds

Organising Committee would involve a Citizenship Celebrant and representative of various community groups.

In 2009, the Coalition of Celebrant Associations, the national peak body of celebrant associations set up as a consultative body at the request of the Attorney General, supported these two motions:

  • Exploring strategies for broadening the role of civil marriage celebrants to meet related objectives under the Federal Attorney-General's sphere of responsibility.

·       The development of community based "adult Australian Citizenship" ceremonies for all young people turning 18 years of age. 

Appendix 3.

Suitable units in the Vocational Education and Training system. Examples of such units would be

UNIT • Human rights, Discrimination and Citizenship
Evolution of separation of church and state; Human Rights’ history and examples of the ways belief systems about the meaning of life and causes of human behaviour have and still do impact on the treatment of women, people with disabilities, people with mental illness, people vulnerable to life style pressures etc.; History of social organization; Main styles of government in various countries; Citizenship its development and differences in different types of government; Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in a secular multicultural society

UNIT • Spirituality, Religion and Community
Relationship between belief, faith, knowledge and behaviour; Civil Spirituality, Secular beliefs, New Age and other Forms of Spirituality, Comparative Religion, Cults, Advantages and Disadvantages, Stages of Religious/ Spiritual/Psychological Growth, Examination of spiritual and religious beliefs, their history and their impacts on human rights and society.

UNIT Rites of Passage and Stages of Human Growth to Maturity (physical, mental, spiritual and social, cultural). Symbolism. Dependence, Independence, Interdependence issues.  Their relation to alcohol and other drug use, mental health, violence, etc. Examination of the SA program used in some schools, called The Rite Journey (a unique educational programme designed to support the development of self-aware, vital, responsible and resilient adults) – placement of School Chaplain trainees with this program – http://theritejourney.com.au/

UNIT • Role of Citizenship Celebrant - The role. Its benefits and limitations, support for the role:
* To access to “Welcome to Coming of Citizenship Age” kits from Canprint to distribute to the community
* To check the Birth Information etc. to complete the “Welcome to Coming of Citizenship Age” Certificate and record the information as required for government records
* Perform family based “Welcome to Coming of Citizenship Age” ceremonies
* To be a resource person for a local “Welcome to Coming of Citizenship Age” planning and evaluation committee and an “official” link as required to government resources.

UNIT • Role of School Chaplain - The role. Its benefits and limitations, support for the role.
A- adequately support the social emotional and spiritual development of  all students” eg
Role is one of community development / generalist primary care youth worker; to be a role model  for understanding and maturity that can see the good in other religions, and in all people, whether they have religious beliefs or not; to 'empower young people to take responsibility for the well-being of self and others; inspire young people to live life more fully, creatively,  healthily and responsibly to self and others; to provide leadership / educate one is responsible as a member of a community and wider society to respect the rights of others and one's behaviour as an adult; to be able to identify, and develop a value // ethical system that serves them and others to live a healthy, creative life in community with others.
B- support (emotional/spiritual) includes non-judgmental positive regard, client focus, good listening skills)
C - being part of a well-being structure  - like a generalist primary care health worker
D - 'problem' identification, referral (to appropriate resources for assessment and intervention - school and community) and follow-up (this aspect needs more focus)
E - liaising with community organisations
F - carrying a sort of community identity (or 'bridge' between school, family and the wider community.

Appendix 4 Summary - Anti-racism strategy table:







1.Family based coming of citizenship age ceremonies for ALL 18-year-old citizens whether Australia born or not.
NB These are multi-generation and thus have potential to address family patterns of racism passed down through the generations

- Parents

- Grandparents

- Aunties and Uncles etc.

Community development and community education

By trained and appointed ‘citizenship’ celebrants

Additional units in the Community Services and Health sector of the National Vocational Education and Training Program -eg
UNIT • Human rights, Discrimination and Citizenship
UNIT • Spirituality, Religion and Community
Rites of Passage and Stages of Human Growth to Maturity

UNIT • Role of Citizenship Celebrant -  
UNIT • Role of School Chaplain 

* A Coming of Citizenship Age Pack – purchased through Canpint by Citizenship celebrants
Main Components

_ Certificate
- Rights & Responsibilities “passport”
- Voting Information & Forms etc
- DVD? on other important information?
* Sample ceremonies and workshops on same.

Some funding could come from the Dept Youth Schools Chaplain Program
Dept Health Teenage Binge Drinking funding
Dept Immigration & Citizenship
Electoral Commission etc.

Private sponsorship

Cooperate sponsorship

Specific funding?

2. Welcome to Community – Coming of Citizenship Age Annual Ceremonies – on or near Citizenship Day – 17th September each year – at local ‘village’ level or whatever is geographically and resourcefully pragmatic

Overseas born have a citizenship ceremony – Australia born do not,

Community development and community education

Coordinated and or supported by ‘citizenship’ celebrant as part of a local team of community organizations, performing arts groups, businesses, council, federal & state mp reps, with schools links

Unit National Vocational Education and Training Program
UNIT • Facilitation of community citizenship ceremonies
BUT predominantly a Resource Kit see Appendix3

Australia already has a host of talent in our communities – artists, poets, media people, community workers, politicians, service clubs, local business chambers, sporting clubs etc.

A welcome to community needs to in some way acknowledge the opportunities for connection that young people have with these groups

Welcome to Community – Coming of Citizenship Age Annual Ceremonies – Resource and Ideas kit

Pilot project? –documented

As above

3. Increased awareness of discrimination in workers trained by the National VET scheme.

Vocational Training


Unit National Vocational Education and Training Program
UNIT • Human rights, Discrimination and Citizenship

Note: once such a unit is available over time the HRC could lobby to have this available in the business management and related resources

Unit packaged as part of the community services and health Curriculum

No extra funding needed,

But commitment to raise awareness through existing communication channels

4. We all ASS-U-ME which can make an ass out of you and me! - Series of short scenarios where assumptions are shown to be erroneous – across a range of discriminatory indicators.

Media Campaign

Education & Training

Through social media

Primary and Secondary Schools
Tertiary Education
VET system
Community courses etc

Not required as such.

Delivery through existing educational systems

Audio-visual materials – 1 to 3 minutes in length
Perhaps longer for VET training

Coordinated approach to all unis, caes, etc that teach film and editing to use this as a possible topic

?HCN funding
? national business groups

DVD resources purchased via ???

5. Utilise the Schools Chaplaincy Program to add the units outlines in Strategy 1 to the Youth Worker Course as qualifications for all Schools Chaplains

Youth support and referral

Schools Chaplaincy Program

Via the VET scheme as Strategy

See TCN Inc Submission:

Via the VET scheme as Strategy 1

Via the VET scheme as Strategy 1

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