FTAA provide a better coordination with all Telugu associations. Currently all Telugu community organisations are working within their local communities and a better coordination is required to represent the second biggest Australian Indian community. Currently the community is requesting for small grants to organise cultural events when the Governments are ready to provide a bigger community grants when approached as a united front.

Community Engagement Meetings

The interim committee chaired by Dr Krishna Nadimpalli in association with local organisations hosted meetings to engage the champions of local communities. The meetings are aimed to make all the community leaders to be part of FTAA formation, seek broader perspective of the organisation and finalise the constitution. The meetings schedule  
DateVenueHosted ByReport
26 September 2015Glen Waverly, MelbourneGopal Tangirala TAAIMinutes (Hyperlinked)
27 September 2015Point Cook, MelbourneGopal Tangirala TAAIMinutes (Hyperlinked)
24 October 2015SydneySiva Peddibotla Sydney Telugu Association
15 November 2015BrisbaneSudharshan QLD Telugu Association
To Be AnnouncedCanberraKrishna Nadimpalli Telugu Association of Canberra

Language Accreditation:

Dr Krishna Nadimpalli has coordinated with all Telugu Associations across Australia to submit letters to the Federal Parliamentarians. This was intended to introduce our community to many parliamentarians and requesting to recognise Telugu as an accredited Australian Community Language. The submissions were made to Minister Kevin Andrews, Minister Scott Morrison and Minister Concetta Fiervanti-Wells. The ministers have pursued with National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). NAATI Board did not consider Telugu to be recognised at this stage because there is no requirement from the local communities. FTAA is raising awareness in the communities ………..  

Cultural Coordination:

International Mother Language Movement:

International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This was announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.   “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue”. — from the United Nations International Mother Language Day   Telugu Association of Canberra is part of this movement for the last two years and FTAA will be promoting this activity across all the states. The members of FTAA are encouraged to be part of this movement in the respective states.  

NRI Cell in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States:

FTAA is pursuing with governments to establish NRI Cell in both Telugu Community representative states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The aim of the NRI Cell will be a single window to address all issues related to NRI. It is increasingly difficult to understand the government policies and regulations while living away from India. This service may provide a solution for all our issues