In the 2011 census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics the number of FIlipinos in Australia are already 171, 233.
Sydney receives the most number of migrant population compared to other places in the country. In fact, there were already 61,122 Filipinos alone. The Philippines is the 6th largest migrant population in the NSW capital and neighbouring urbanized suburbs especially the areas immediately between Blacktown and Penrith.
Brief Migration History
As early as 1872, Filipinos are present on Broome and Thursday Islands as pearl seekers. The number continued to increase and populated Western Australia and Queensland in the 1900s. The migration Filipinos stopped during the White Only Policy that caused a freeze in migration. Migration flow from the Philippines gradually increased starting 1966 when the restrictions were removed and by the 1970s and the 1980s, most Filipinos came to Australia as part of a family unification program. Lately, more are coming as skilled migrants.
There is no denying that with the steady number of migrants coming from the Philippines, Filipino communities in Australia have become one of the fastest growing in the country. It is therefore not surprising that Filipinos founded different organizations to help fellow Pinoys in Australia.
Here is a list of NSW Filipino community organizations from the Multicultural NSW website list:
Filipino Communities Council of Australia
The Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) aims to create a better relationship between Australians and Filipinos in the government and private sector. This is the national umbrella body of Filipino community organizations in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
The Philippine Community Council of New South Wales (PCC-NSW) belongs to the FILCCA. The organization was born in 1990 from a group of visionary, civic-minded leaders. Their goal was to “represent the united voice and promote the interests of the entire Filipino community in NSW.”
PCC is a peak body recognized by the State and Federal authorities. PCC affiliate organizations focus on areas such as arts and culture, education, elderly, health, immigration, religion, sports, women and youth.
The organization also received several awards through the years with different projects that “advances the cause of the Filipino community” and the “enrichment of the Australian multicultural society.”
The PCC is housed at Level 4-1 Horwood Place Parramatta NSW 2150 PO Box 823 Granville NSW 2142 or find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pccnsw.
To find out about other member organizations of the FILCCA you may visit an old article about Filipino Communities in Australia.
Philippine-Australian Community Services Inc.,
The Philippine-Australian Community Services Inc. (PACSI), formerly known as the Philippine Australia Council was first established in 1989 to support and provide help in the settlement processes of Filipinas migrating to Australia.
The name change was a reflection in the composition of Filipino migrants in recent years. Still, the organization focuses on empowering Filipinos by “facilitating their access to information, resources and social network.”
PACSI gives information and referrals on settlement needs such as job opportunities, employment to pathways, skills enhancement, and help in getting assistance for “immigration, legal, domestic violence, family and relationships, child care, aged services, women’s health, mental health and income support.”
Anyone who arrived in Australia within the last 5 years or Filipino-Australians in vulnerable situations can avail of the services for free. Membership with PACSI provides opportunities to participate in information sessions, volunteering and joining in special groups.
All PACSI services are FREE. You may visit their website or their physical office at level 1,97 Main St. Blacktown 2148 PO Box 651 Blacktown 2148. You may reach them at 02 9672 3738 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australia Philippines Business Council
As the name suggests, the Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC) was founded in 1975 to increase and strengthen trade and investment between the Filipinos and Australians.
APBC is present in other states aside from NSW such as Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and of course the Philippines. The organization’s network of SMEs and large high profile companies reached more than 50 companies.
The organization works in close partnership with different agencies in Australia such as the Australian Embassy, Austrade, the Philippine Consulate General, and the Philippine Embassy. Partnerships are forged with different Philippine agencies as well namely: the Department of Tourism (DOTC), Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Makati Business Club and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines or (BPAP).
Allied organizations in the Philippines are the Philippine Australia Business Council (PABC), Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. in Manila.
APBC’s goals are:
Promotion of exchange of products, services, investment and ideas between the two countries through “strategic alliances, sharing of commercial intelligence and advocacy.”
Provision of exclusive networking, communication and engagement opportunities with influential business and government contacts.
Facilitation of introductions and/or business enquiries to the most appropriate government agencies in both countries
Representation of APBC members’ view on relevant issues in both governments.
Contact APBPC at 6-10 o’Connell Street Sydney NSW 200 or fax through PO Box H64. Her email is secretariat@ apbc.org.au.
Philippine – Australian Community Foundation
The Philippine-Australian Community Foundation (PACF) is located at 80 Grange Ave., Schofields NSW.
Presently headed by Mr. Gerald Oblea, the organization’s main objective was “the collection, preservation, promotion and dissemination of Filipino culture and heritage in Australia.” It is also a source of knowledge, advice, aid and interest for the benefit of Filipinos.
You may reach them at 02 9627 3300 for more details.
Alliance of Philippine Community Organization
The Alliance of Philippine Community Organization Inc. (APCO), founded by Dr. Cen Amores.
The organization aims to foster cooperation among member affiliates, individuals and community groups in Australia focusing on areas of cultural, social, political, environmental, religious, sports and recreational endeavors. Also, it aims as an organization to enhance community capacity building, advocate for socially vulnerable positions, and provide moral, material and financial assistance to Filipinos in Australia and in the Philippines who are in need.
APCO also lead the Auburn Small Community Organizations Network (ASCON) won the Jim Samios Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Multiculturalism in NSW for group category at the NSW peak Ethnic Communities Council Annual General meeting lst October 2014.
APCO is located at 6/15 St. Johns Road, Auburn NSW or call (02) 8844 8000.
Filipino Australian Movement for Empowerment
The grassroots movement, Filipino Australian Movement for Empowerment (F.A.M.E.) created in the belief that Filipinos in Australia migrated for a greater purpose than their own. The organization’s purpose is to achieve the greater good of the Filipino-Australian community.
Look them up on facebook or visit their website.You may also mail to PO Box 803 Blacktown NSW 2148 NSW.
There are other FIlipino groups out there. As one Philippine government official observed, any place in the world with Filipinos, several community groups and organizations will be created. Let us know if you belong in one that is not listed here.
Filipinos, in general, are happy people who can adjust well with their new environment. Civic-minded individuals took it upon themselves to group together and help each other especially those new Pinoy migrants adjust with life in Australia.
Special thanks to Josie’s Juice for the main image.