Expatriates (or Expats) are people who leave their hometown to live in another country temporarily or permanently.
Filipinos expats in Australia have different reasons for leaving the Philippines. Some had an opportunity to work for a living abroad and support their family in the Philippines while others migrated to live with their family who are already residing in Australia.Pinoy Expatriate Communities in Australia are groups of Filipinos who chose to work, study and live in Australia. They may offer great support for you and your family especially as you start your new life on the land down under.
Here are some of the list of Filipino expatriate communities in Australia:NEW SOUTH WALESThe Philippine Australian Community Services Inc. (PACSI)
PACSI is an independent community-based organisation working for the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants in Australia.
Formerly Philippine Australian Council in Support of Filipino Women, it was first established in 1989, as a response to the growing number of Filipino women migrating to Australia. Its main purpose was to help these women in their settlement process.
In 1995, the name was changed to its present name, Philippine Australian Community Services Inc to reflect the composition of Filipinos migrating to Australia under family stream migration. Through the settlement grants from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), PACSI is able to continue providing support and assistance to newly-arrived Filipino migrants.
Philippine Australian Sports & Culture Inc. (PASC)
PASC set apart from any Filipino migrants organization because it evolved from necessity. The Club developed because there had to be an organized group to run major sports events for early Filipino migrants in the metropolitan Sydney. Pinoys wanted to play basketball among themselves, and there was no other way around it but to set up an organizing body.
Visayan Association Of Australia Inc. (VAA)
Based on their mission, VAA Inc. is committed in preserving and enriching of Visayan’s cultural heritage by strengthening camaraderie through social, religious, cultural and sporting conventions.
Filipino Women Council
This Australian-based group in North Rocks, New South Wales organizes and educates women on various issues like domestic violence. In addition, the group networks and lobbies issues in state, federal and international bodies and governments.
Filipino Chaplaincy of the Diocese of Parramatta
The Filipino Chaplaincy in Sydney was established in February 1981 when Cardinal James Freeman certified Fr. Renato Paras SVD as Chaplain of the Filipino community in New South Wales.
It is the desire of the Diocese that the Filipino community being people of Faith be able to integrate to the Diocese and share the gift of living faith with the local church. The Filipino Chaplaincy ventures on its journey to reach out to Filipinos in the different areas of the Diocese of Parramatta and lead them to understand, be one, and become an active part of the local church to which they now belong (St. Michael’s Parish, South Blacktown, NSW.)
Australia Philippines Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, Inc. (APCCII)
APCCII focuses on assisting, supporting and organizing business of the Filipino Australians and Australians alike. The group aims to help business men and women become a cohesive, active, effective and progressive group to foster, develop and promote their common interest that are beneficial to members. (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Eastern Visayas Educational, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (EVESTCO)
EVESTCCO is a community that promotes collaboration, cooperation and complementation among Eastern Visayans (Leyte, Samar & Biliran Islands) and its associates in areas such as education, economics, trade & industry, environment, research, science & technology, culture and sports, tourism and other relevant development concerns of Eastern Visayas Region and the international community. (Punchbowl, NSW)
Passion for the ride and love for the Iron Horse is what drove these Filipino migrants in Sydney to buy their own motorcycles. Each member originally thought they were the only Pinoy rider in the whole of Australia, but they bought a motorcycle anyway just for the thrill of the ride. And as fate would destine it, they eventually all met up with each other and formed the first ever all Filipino motorcycle club of NSW, Australia.
VICTORIABayanihan Australia Community Network Incorporated (BACNI)
BACNI is a non-profit community volunteer organisation formed by a group of Filipinos and Australians on 13 November 2005 to meet the urgent need for skilled young leaders and to respond to changing needs of local Filipino communities in Australia.
The group led a series of community discussions that highlighted community issues in aged care, youth programs, family support, settlement services and responsible leadership that will carry through future generations.Bahay Tuluyan Philippines
Bahay Tuluyan Philippines Australia is an organisation committed to supporting the work of Bahay Tuluyan in the Philippines.
Bahay Tuluyan Philippines is a Filipino non government organisation working for children in need of special protection through the promotion, protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.
Center for Philippine Concerns – Australia (CPCA)
The Center for Philippine Concerns – Australia is a national network of Filipino individuals and organisations in Australia committed to advancing the Filipino people’s interests.
Formally established in November 1991, the CPCA national office is located in Melbourne with CPCA members currently living in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territories and in the Philippines.
Filipino Students Association
Regardless of its name, the Filipino Students Association is open to students of ALL nationalities who are interested with the Filipino culture.
It is the aim of the organization to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of Filipino culture, and to promote camaraderie and understanding between ethnic Filipinos and the larger international student body in Melbourne. Their activities include informal get-togethers for members, participation in MUOSS activities such as the Festival of Nations through performances and the preparation and selling of Filipino food.
Luzviminda –Association of Filipino Women in Victoria, Inc.
Association of Filipino Women in Victoria, Australia – helps and supports one another by way of referral, training, employment, family socials, get-together and involvement in Filipino cultural events.
Filipino-Australian Senior Citizens Advisory Council in Australia Inc
They are an umbrella group for six senior citizens’ organizations. The group coordinates projects, trips and activities for Filipino-Australian seniors from 50-80 years of age. The council meets every 3rd Sunday of the month.
QUEENSLANDFilipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland Inc.
The Filipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland Inc. is a non-political, non-stock, non-profit, benevolent, charitable, community organization.
Some of its purpose for which the Foundation is established are to provide a venue, facilities, and resources for community development, and social workers for the Filipino community.
It also serves as a venue for the teaching of Filipino language, culture, history, and geography for individuals and groups. (Coopers Plains, Queensland)
Migrant Settlement Services
Its aim is to make sure that migrants receive fair treatment and have equal access to mainstream services as they work to make new lives and homes in Australia. (Cairns, Queensland)
The Filipino community in Australia is slowly growing, it is comforting to know that there are varied groups that may be able to support the needs of Filipino expats.
Special thanks to Michael Coghlan for the main image.