Federal Minister for Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, have announced $4.13 million in continued funding for three organisations specialising in migrant settlement services.
The Migration Council Australia, Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Settlement Council of Australia will receive additional funding from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2022 as part of the Department of Social Services’ Families and Communities Program.
“This funding will enable the organisations to continue to provide advice to Government about how best to support migrants to fully participate in employment and the community more generally,” said Mr Fletcher.
“This is an important part of our Liberal National Government’s plan for keeping Australians together.
“These organisations play an import role in assisting migrants in fostering social participation, economic well-being, independence and increased community connectedness.”
Ms Landry said the funding will ensure the organisations develop and share best practice across the settlement sector for things such as, governance, service delivery models, understanding client needs, migrant and refugee employment and participation in education.
“It is important for the Government to support organisations that promote social cohesion and diversity within the Australian Community,” Ms Landry said.
“The Families and Communities Program supports newly arrived migrants through a range of services focussed on strengthening relationships, building parenting and financial management skills, and providing support for better community connections.”
Services available to refugees and other migrants include English language lessons, employment services, education and training, housing, health and wellbeing support, transport, civic participation, family and social support.