Settlement Services

The SMRC provides settlement services to new humanitarian visa arrivals within 5 years of settlement in Australia. To be eligible for services, participants must have arrived in Australia on a refugee or humanitarian visa and have been in Australia for less than 5 years.

Settlement Services includes:

  • one-to-one case work
  • information sessions on various topics
  • building capacity for new and emerging communities
  • groups for men and women
  • recreation activities
  • community development projects
  • assisting mainstream agencies to work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • service development, planning and other related activities.

Staff of the Settlement team can assist clients with referrals and links to housing, education, employment, financial assistance, local council services, and referral to other mainstream or ethno-specific agencies or government departments.

   

Case Management and Counselling Team

The Family Relationship Service Program has been established to assist refugee communities by supporting individuals and families to address personal, cultural, ethnic and social challenges.

SMRC also provides counselling, family support and cross-cultural parenting courses. We refer clients to other agencies to assist with material aid, legal issues, housing and integration support, and family disputes.

Community Strengthening Programs

  • Driver Education: support for refugees getting their learners and their license. Registration is essential. Please contact the Driver Education worker on 9767 1962.

  • Homework Support Program: for secondary school students, Mondays to Wednesdays 3.30 pm - 6pm. For information contact the Youth Engagement Worker on 03 9767 1965.

  • The Learning Space: every Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during school term. Meet friends, socialise and learn new skills in English, Sewing and Computers.

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