S12: Values of partnership and collaboration

Time: 1:35pm – 2:25pm
Location: King Room
Nissrine Khadra Daher, News Presenter, SBS Arabic News team

12.1 Supporting our community connectors – Ensuring our Religious and community leaders are equipped with the tools to respond to DFV 

Camilla Wawi
Department of Communities and Justice

Danny Mikati
Danny Mikati Consulting

 Father Fadi Nemme
St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

About the presentation

Many multicultural communities are faith based and seek support from their religious and community leaders before accessing the justice system or any other government agency. 

Recognising that religious and community leaders are often first points of contact for multicultural communities seeking support and guidance for DFV matters, it is crucial that these leaders are skilled with the right information to make appropriate referrals and respond effectively to families using and experiencing violence. 

With this in mind, the Multicultural Policy & Engagement team from the NSW Department of Communities & Justice has developed and delivered numerous half-day DFV seminars for leaders across NSW.  Leaders leave the seminar up-skilled in the latest DFV law and justice information; with an increased awareness of services and referral points; and an understanding of their role in supporting victims and families impacted by DFV.  These seminars encourage leaders to reflect on their current approaches and how they can change to better help the lives of their community and future generations.

This presentation takes a holistic view of this innovative approach to addressing DFV.  Hear from representatives from the Department, religious and community leaders, and from a specialist DFV facilitator.

About the presenters

Camilla has extensive experience working in community engagement, social planning policy and crime prevention through various roles at both a Local and State Government level.  Camilla is passionate about, and has worked with diverse and often marginalised communities, to increase their access to and participation in government programs and services that promote increased quality of life and participation in a safe and secure community. Camilla is currently leading the Multicultural Policy and Engagement team that drive the Department’s Multicultural Plan, community engagement strategies and other multicultural policy work that represents internal and external voices of multicultural communities engaged across the Dept.

Danny Mikati is a former Sergeant in the NSW Police Force; recently resigned CEO of Bright Employment; and, currently heading up Australian Operations & Chief of Security as a Director at AusRelief, an Australian NGO. Danny has spent over two decades working closely with a vast spectrum of organizations on social impact programs. He also has extensive experience working closely with most major organizations that cater to the Muslim community. He has played key roles in early intervention, advocacy, and numerous strategic leadership strategies.

Fr Fadi Nemme is the parish priest at St Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Kirrawee. Currently he also has a number of other additional roles including: Coordinator for Men Against Violence (MAV) Project at Ethnic of Communities’ Council of NSW (ECCNSW); Chaplain with NSW Police Force and the Settlement Officer for SETS project at Mount Prichard working with newly arrived people from Syria.

Fr Fadi has worked in the community sector for the last 23 years this includes law enforcement, community development, working with families, Triple P practitioner, White Ribbon Ambassador, management, education and casework. He has worked in different government and non-government agencies including NSW Police Force, Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW, Arab Council Australia, MRC and Settlement Services International. 

Fr Fadi is passionate and committed for social justice and equal access for all communities. 

12.2 More than a course: Towards partnership and capability

David Keegan
HOST International/ROA

About the presentation

Community engagement is much more than a one off course, consultation or festival. It requires partnership and support that builds capability and equal voice among stakeholders. Investment in community development and engagement has declined over previous decades and communities are now struggling to respond and build bridges for cohesion. This presentation aims to present the outcomes from an evaluated capacity building project in Adelaide aimed at supporting ethno-specific organisations to better respond to the needs of new and emerging communities as they settle in Adelaide. The program has successfully demonstrated the value of partnership and coaching to achieve community cohesion and integration at scale

About the presenters

David Keegan - David is the CEO of HOST International and a social worker with expertise in social and economic integration of refugees and migrants in Australia and abroad. He has pioneered coaching models to support settlement and community capacity. He believes that true and respectful engagement requires the willingness to share power and resources at a grassroots level with the aim of empowering communities to lead solution building.

Last updated:

25 Oct 2022

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