Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Thursday, 11 June 2020 23:31


Thursday, 11 June 2020 23:29




An independent nation is founded on the spirit and ambition of its people, and I congratulate the Filipino Australian community as it celebrates 122 years of independence.

As the great Filipino patriot Jose Rizal once said:

‘He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.’

Today the Filipino community in Australia is both strong and vibrant. We are home to 270,000 people of Filipino heritage — our country’s fifth-largest diaspora — and next year we will celebrate 75 years of formal diplomatic ties.

For both countries, we are proud of the breadth and depth of our relationship.

The Filipino community has contributed to Australian society across all fields of endeavour, and in fostering the relationships of multicultural harmony. Your achievements in business, education and community involvement are something in which you can all take pride.

While the COVID-19 global health pandemic means we cannot gather together to celebrate as we have in the past, we can do so in spirit.

On this national day, we honour the nation and people of the Philippines. We acknowledge the long-standing friendship between our free peoples. May it continue to grow and flourish in the years ahead.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia


Crown Institute of Higher Education (CIHE) has announced a 2.5 million-dollar
financial support package to assist CIHE students during this period of financial
hardship. This commitment to CIHE students recognises the impact of the
Coronavirus pandemic on the lives of all international students in Australia.
Chairman of the CIHE Board of Directors, Emeritus Professor John Gray said, “We
are doing this as part of our corporate social responsibility and our abiding
commitment to safeguard the wellbeing of our international students.”
CIHE’s principal shareholder Mr. Deepak Khadka said “We also hope that this
commitment provides reassurance to our students’ families that they are in caring
The announced Relief and Recovery Financial Hardship Fund includes measures for
both personal and financial support.
CIHE has reduced fees dramatically by 17% for all currently enrolled students. To
provide for students who are in special need, CIHE will provide a cash gift of up to
$500. To access this gift, students need only apply, providing documentation that
substantiates their claims of hardship.
Fee payment terms have been made more friendly. Students can pay fortnightly or
even weekly and CIHE has waived the usual installment-administration and late-
payment fees. This will enable students to continue studying without needing to find
the whole semester’s fee up front.
Further reducing the need to find a large payment is the decision to allow students to
enroll in only three subjects in Semester 2, reducing by 25% their total fee
commitment though the worst period of the virus.
There is also a generous scholarship program, the Dean’s Award, for students who
can maintain steady progress, which provides a discount on fees of up to a further
15% on top of the other discounts, depending on the students’ track record of

Crown Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) has announced a $400,000 Financial Support Package to assist CIBT students during this period of financial hardship. This commitment is an addition to the recent announcement made on 22 April 2020 of the $2.5 million support for higher education (Crown Institute of Higher Education) students. This commitment to CIBT students recognises the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has on the lives of all International Students in Australia.

CEO of CIBT, Mr Deepak Khadka said “It is our corporate social responsibility to be by our students in this difficult time. We also hope that this commitment provides reassurance to our students’ families that they are in caring hands.”
CIBT has reduced Tuition Fees dramatically by 15% for Term 2 2020 and is waiving all the late and instalment fee for Term 2 2020 Payment for all currently enrolled students. Fee payment terms have been made more friendly. Students can pay fortnightly or even weekly.
“CIBT also provides a range of personal support, counselling services and assistance with job seeking in industries that are currently less affected by COVID-19, giving students an opportunity to regain employment” said RTO Manager, Mr. Narayan Tiwari.
The safety and welfare of the students are our utmost priority and we are doing everything we can to support them during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, 30 May 2020 18:07


Bawiin ang iyong negosyo!
Inihahatid sa iyo ng update ng Business Australia sa linggong ito ang lahat ng tip para ma-maximize ang pagbubukas muli ng iyong negosyo, mapasulong ang iyong tax return at ma-access ang mga stimulus package ng pamahalaan.

Panahon na para patakbuhing muli ang negosyo mo at muling kumita. Maging miyembro ng Business Australia nang libre para ma-download ang tatlong-hakbang na COVIDSafe plan kabilang ang kung paano magsasagawa ng pagsusuri sa panganib, mga gawain sa paghadlang ng Coronavirus at kung paano tutugon sa impeksyon. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Anong mangyayari kapag sinimulan mong muli ang negosyo mo at nagkaroon ng outbreak ng Coronavirus? Mag-click sa ibaba para sa isang nakakatulong na gabay sa pagbuo ng plano sa outbreak ng Coronavirus kabilang ang kung paano pananatilihing ligtas ang mga manggagawa mula sa Coronavirus at kung anong dapat gawin kapag naghinala ang isang empleyado na mayroon siyang sintomas. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Isa sa napakahalagang estratehiya sa pananatiling tumatakbo ng negosyo ay ang pagma-maximize ng iyong tax return sa katapusan ng taon ng pananalapi. Maging miyembro ng Business Australia nang libre para mapanood ang isang webinar na tutulong sa iyo na maunawaan kung paano magtatrabahong kasama ng ahente ng buwis o maghahanda ng sarili mong tax return. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Alam mo bang nag-anunsyo ng $1.8 bilyon na stimulus package ang Pederal na Gobyerno para matulungan ng lokal na mga pamahalaan ang maliliit na negosyo? Mag-click sa ibaba para sa karagdagang impormasyon. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Higit kailanman, kailangan mo ng ekspertong payo para mapanatiling tumatakbo at malago ang negosyo mo. Maging libreng miyembro ng Business Australia para mapakinggan ang isang webinar na itinatampok si Kevin Nuttal, isang eksperto sa mga estratehiya para madoble ang iyong kita. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Ang iyong negosyo man ay nagsisimula pa lang, naghahanap ng paraan para maging mas mahusay, o ninanais na lumago, umiiral ang Business Australia para tulungan kang makarating doon. Kunin ang access sa mga tool, template at mga linya ng payo kapag naging miyembro ka ng Business Australia. Nabanggit ba naming libre ito? https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Get your business back! This week’s Business Australia update brings you all the tips to maximise your business restart, boost your tax return and access government stimulus packages

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It’s time to get your business running and earning again. Become a member of Business Australia for free to download a three-step COVIDSafe plan including how to conduct a risk assessment, Coronavirus prevention practices and how to respond to an infection.

What happens if you restart your business and have a Coronavirus outbreak? Click below for a handy guide to building a Coronavirus outbreak plan including how to keep workers safe from Coronavirus and what to do if an employee suspects they have symptoms.

A crucial strategy for business survival is to maximise your end of financial year tax return. Become a Business Australia member for free to watch a webinar to help you understand how to work with a tax agent or prepare your own tax return.

Did you know the Federal Government has announced a $1.8 billion stimulus package for local governments to assist small businesses? Click below for more information.

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Augmented reality could help teens take control of their mental wellness, as new research from the University of South Australia trials the next-gen technology, in a push to curb increasing rates of poor mental health among Aussie kids.

Funded by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, the world first research will test the ability of augmented reality to improve the delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for symptoms of childhood anxiety.

In Australia, one in seven children aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given year. Children with asthma are twice as likely to develop comorbid anxiety and/or depression, making them a high-risk group for poor mental health.

Lead researcher, UniSA’s Kelsey Sharrad, says the research hopes to show how augmented reality (interactive, computer-generated experiences overlaid across real-world environments) can enhance iHealth CBT resources to concurrently improve asthma and symptoms of anxiety among teenagers.

“CBT is a first-line psychological therapy that uses practical, task-based processes to teach kids how to recognise and cope with feelings of anxiety,” Sharrad says.

“Its success rate is more than eight times those of other therapies, but despite the known advantages, only 20 per cent of kids who could benefit from treatment are accessing it.

“Interactive technologies and personal devices such as iPhones, are a drawcard for most teenagers, so by developing novel iHealth solutions using augmented reality, we’re hoping to increase the appeal and engagement rates of CBT.

“In turn, we expect kids to interact more regularly with the technology, which will ultimately deliver positive impacts for their mental and physical health.”

Targeting 13 to 17-year-olds who have symptoms of anxiety and asthma, the study will compare the health outcomes of two groups: one using a paper-based CBT guidebook (the platform and launching pad for the augmented reality content), plus a self-help smartphone app; and the another using only the self-help smartphone app.

After four months, the research team hopes to show that teenagers using the augmented reality iHealth resources will have used the tools more frequently and for longer sessions, leading to reduced symptoms of anxiety, improved lung function and asthma control, and overall, a better quality of life.

A pilot study by the same research team previously delivered positive results to show how augmented reality iHealth resources consistently improved the accurate use of asthma inhalers among patients, health professionals and key-community stakeholders.

With the flexibility and personalisation afforded by iHealth interventions, it is not surprising that new health technologies are gaining in popularity, especially amid isolation caused by Covid-19, where they can facilitate health therapies while social distancing.

“One of the greatest benefits of augmented reality is its ability to put the user at the centre of the experience, which increases their motivation to engage and learn,” Sharrad says.

“CBT is already very person-centred and flexible, but by adding augmented reality, we’re increasing its appeal, personalisation and access for many more Australian teenagers in need.”

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