$152,760 to enhance local settlement services

The Commonwealth Government will invest in $152,760 in local services to assist refugees and migrants become self-reliant and settle in the Illawarra region, Federal Labor MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, announced this afternoon.

Illawarra Multicultural Services will receive the funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Settlement Grants Program, which aims to help refugees and migrants become independent, acquire crucial skills and knowledge about life in Australia and contribute to the national economy.

“I am delighted that Illawarra Multicultural Services will receive the financial support they need to continue to provide practical assistance to help our newest community members,” Ms Bird said.

“The Government recognises the important role community organisations play helping migrants and refugees settle as quickly as possible and build rewarding lives in Australia and the Illawarra.

Mr Jones said the projects would assist refugees and migrant families strengthen their connection to the wider Australian community and encourage participation, engagement and inclusion.

“Activities will include group information sessions focusing on life skills, tenancy skills and how to access mainstream services.

“These projects will provide new arrivals with the tools they need to become self-reliant and successfully settle in the community,” he said.

Illawarra Multicultural Services will deliver services under the Settlement Grants Program in the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.