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  • Aarohana Media release - AAROHAN, the biennial Australian National Odia Sammilani, was recently celebrated in grand style in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland state in Australia during the Easter break recently. This Sammilani is organised by ORIOZ Inc, the Odia community of Australia every second year. People with connection to Odisha from across the whole nation come together to celebrate the unique culture […]
  • Aarohana Gallery - Click on a below tile to view the video
  • Media Release – National convention of Odia community in Australia to showcase Odia art, culture - Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: The Odias community of Australia will be meeting again after 2 years keeping the tradition strong for the new generations to continue. OriozInc, the Association of Odias in Australia, began this tradition of organising national gathering every second year with the aim of fostering and strengthening the bondbetweenOdias who […]
  • Aarohan – Sammilani 2016 - Our national gathering every biennial!! Every biennial, the Odia community of Australia meet to recreate the biggest Odia “khatti” in the southern hemisphere .  This has been a tradition since 2003.  We call it Sammilani.  And the name of the 2016 Sammilani is AAROHANA.  The Odia community of Qld has a chance to host this […]
  • Khadi Chhuan in Australia - Our Community celebrated Saraswati Puja across Australia over the last weekend. Our communities in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth maintained the tradition. One of such tradition is “Khadi Chhuan”. On the day parents of kids about to go to school normally take the opportunity to initiate the little one to writing/studying in front of […]
  • Saraswati Puja Event 2016 - || ଯା କୁନ୍ଦେନ୍ଦୁ ତୁଷାରହାର ଧବଲା ଯା ଶୁଭ୍ର ବସ୍ତ୍ରାବୃତା ଯା ବୀଣାବରଦଣ୍ଡମନ୍ନ୍ଡିତକରା ଯା ଶ୍ବେତପଦ୍ମାସନା  || Maa Saraswati is the goddess of learning, wisdom, knowledge, fine arts, refinement, science and technology. Vasant Panchami is treated by celebrants as Saraswati’s birthday.People worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance. The story […]
  • Ganesh Puja 2015 - || ଶ୍ରୀ ବକ୍ରତୁଣ୍ଡ ମହାକାୟ ସୁର୍ୟକୋଟୀ ସମପ୍ରଭା ନିରିଭିଗ୍ନମ୍ କୁରୂ ମେ ଦେବ ସର୍ବ-କାର୍ୟେଶୁ ସର୍ଭଦା || Ganesha Chaturthi (Gaṇēśa Chaturthī) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed. The festival, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date […]
  • Ratha Yatra 2015 – Canberra city - kadacit kalindi-tata-vipina-sangitaka-ravo mudabhiri-nari-vadana-kamalasvada-madhupah rama-sambhu-brahmamara-pati-ganesarcita-pado jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me “Who sometimes fervently plays His flute on the banks of the Yamuna river in Sri Vrindavana, who is like a bumblebee that blissfully tastes the lotus faces of the Vraja-gopis, and whose feet are worshipped by great personalities such as Laksmi, Shiva, Brahma, Indra, and Ganesha […]
  • Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal - The Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal Orioz, the Odia Community of Australia raised over AUS $2000 to add to the global aid aimed to bring immediate and long term relief to people of Nepal who suffered severe losses due to the recent earthquake on 25 […]
About Us

Our journey towards community identity in Australia

The migration of Oriyas to Australia started around 30-35 years ago. Only in the last 7-8 years however, we have seen a significant growth in our numbers. As we were experiencing this growth in migration from Orissa to Australia, the idea of creating our own community identity in this country started floating around back in 1998-99. Initiatives were taken by several members in different states, predominantly in NSW & VIC to formalise a community association of Oriyas. This was a particularly difficult task in the initial period as we were a small community, our members were scattered all over a vast country and we did not have a common place to get together and discuss matters of mutual interest.

We realised around 2002 that this dream can only be fulfilled if we join in at a federal level to create the required critical mass and work together towards achieving this common goal. Suggestions were made to start with a National Oriya Sammilani and continue it on an annual basis to provide a platform for common discussions. Incorporating all these suggestions, our first ORIOZ Sammilani was eventually hosted in 2003 at Wodonga, VIC. Close to 40 members from different places in Australia attended this historical event. After this success, the community got together with even more enthusiasm in the second ORIOZ Sammilani in 2004 at Megalong Valley, NSW. The second Sammilani turned out to be another success with 70 members attending from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

It was decided in this second Sammilani through open voting amongst members who were present that we formalise the identity of our community thorough a federally registered community association with chapters for each state.

ORIOZ Inc was federally registered in Australia as a result of that decision in 2005. The organisation now is registered in all states of Australia and recognised by their Governments as the Association of Oriyas living in Australia. This is a journey that began with the formalising a registered body and we hope that our community grows in its prominence in Australia with time. And, over time, we have evolved to an emerging Indian community in Australia, and we have been able to define ourselves with a vision.

WHO WE ARE

We are a collective of residents of Australia who originate from, or have connections to the state of Odishain India. Our vision is to sustain a Odia Community in Australia that is engaged, vibrant and inclusive.

WHY WE EXIST

We work to build an active, engaged and inclusive Odia community in Australia. We maintain a community platform so that members can support each other for social and emotional wellbeing. We provide a community infrastructure and facilitate existing and newly arrived Odias to be active members of the local community and the Odia community of Australia.

We also maintain and nurture an Odia community for our young people so that they have access to their cultural roots and can strengthen their cultural identity.

We maintain our unique Odia identity with pride and contribute to the rich diversity of Australian society by celebrating, showcasing and sharing our culture. We make our presence felt locally and globally and keep our linkages to Odisha meaningful and purposeful.

HOW WE ARE ORGANISED

We are one an Australia-wide organisation. The members of the Executive Committee are elected by members of Orioz across Australia. ORIOZ Inc is registered federally with ASIC (Australia Security & Investment Commission). Day-to-day governance of the organisation is managed by the Executive Committee (EC), guided by a constitution.

Our goals

An active, engaged and vibrant community : We will encourage all Odias living in Australia to become members of ORIOZ Inc. We will work to ensure that our members are engaged, connected and have a sense of belonging to the Odia community, with high level of participation and awareness about their rights and responsibilities.

Maintaining our unique Odia identity enriching the diversity in Australian society : We will make our presence felt as an emerging Indian community with unique identity. We will celebrate our culture and traditions along with the wider Indian community. We will showcase and share our culture with all Australians.

A well organised accessible community : We will position ORIOZ Inc. as the first port of call in Australia for any Odia who is seeking basic information on Australia for settlement purposes. We will develop and form relationships with individuals, groups and institutions with common interests.

We think and act locally and globally : We will let the global Odia community know that the Odia community in Australia is a collective of citizens active locally and globally. We will encourage our members to be active citizens of Australia while maintaining our linkages to Odisha purposeful and meaningful.

A professional & functional organisational base : ORIOZ Inc will have a professional but inclusive culture. Practices and processes, both formal and informal, will be underpinned by robust community engagement processes. Due diligence, policy and protocols will safeguard the organisation’s credibility and repute amongst its members and its stakeholders.

Preparing the future generation : ORIOZ Inc and our community will provide a platform for the young Odias in Australia to grow up as active and proud citizens with a strong sense of self identity.

We have succeeded in continuing with our biennial national level get-together, the Sammilanis. We recently met at Wisemans Ferry in New South Wales over Easter break 2014. It was our 7th Sammilani. Please click here to read a report published on Orissadiary.

Since 2005, when we got ourselves registered as an Incorporated, we have had 4 Executive Committees.

Years State Reps Treasurer & Deputy Treasurer General Secretary & D General Secy Executive Advisor Vice President President
2016-2020 WA – Mahesh Sahu
SA – Akash Pattnaik
NSW – Satya Prakash Arya
VIC – Rajiv Mohapatra
ACT – Abhinas Patro
Bighnaraj Mohanty, WA – Treasurer
Ritesh Mishra, NSW – Deputy Treasurer
Sashank Mohapatra, VIC – General Secretary
Aryama Acharya, VIC – Deputy General Secretary
Manoj Nayak, QLD Pravati Panigrahi, ACT Sujeet Jena, NSW
2012-2016 QLD-Mitali Chhotray
NSW-Meena Rath & Satya Arya
VIC-Sambit Das
WA-Dipankar Srigyan
Srimanta Acharya
Rajiv Mahapatra
Sujeet Jena
Tapas Senapati
Nalini Pati Shantanu Padhi Rajendra Padhee
2008-2012 QLD,NSW-Sovesh Chhotray
VIC–Mitali Das
ACT-Sekhar Mohapatra
WA-Shantanu Padhi
Sujeet Jena Rajendra Padhee Govinda Mishra Tapas Senapati Rajsekhar Acharya
2005-2008 Founding EC NSW-Debjani Mohanty Jagdish Atre
Sujeet Jena
Subash Pradhan Charu Chandra Mishra Rajsekhar Acharya Bharadwaj Mishra
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