The Centre for Philippine Concerns - Australia is a national network of Filipino individuals and organisations in Australia committed to advancing the Filipino people's interests. It was formally established in November 1991. The CPCA national office is located in Melbourne. There is also a Brisbane Branch office. There are CPCA members currently living in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territories and in the Philippines itself.
Since the early 1970s, the number of Filipinos in Australia has grown from less than 2,000 to around 70,000. Many of us are first and second generation migrants. Almost two-thirds of us are Filipinas married to Australian men. Since the late 1980s more Filipinos have migrated through the Family Reunion Scheme, thereby increasing the number of nuclear Filipino families in Australia.
Filipinos are driven to migrate to Australia because of the unstable economic and political situation in the Philippines, which has not abated with the change of government. Many of us retain our ties with our mother country through family and friends. We view with concern the situation of our kababayan (compatriots) at home and here in Australia.
We believe in our community's right to equal access to and participation in the resources of this country. We seek equal opportunity in employment, education, health and other social services. In the context of a multicultural Australia, we have the right and responsibility to develop and strengthen our own Filipino-Australian culture, one which draws from our indigenous culture and our experiences as migrants in this country.
We address the following issues in Australia:
We aim to raise awareness on the problems that beset the Philippines. We facilitate support from groups and individuals here in Australia to people's organisations in the Philippines.
We conduct community education around these issues:
We affirm our solidarity with them and recognise that the struggles of the Filipino peoples occurs alongside those of others in the Third World. We express our solidarity especially with the Aboriginal and Islander nations of Australia.
Actions will be undertaken at national, state, regional and community level. Our activities are: