The Mackay Region Migrant Settlement Program is a free service that assists migrants who have recently moved to Mackay through increasing the independence, knowledge and ability to access mainstream services and participate within the Australian society. The program provides casework, referrals, information sessions and driver awareness classes.
The Migrant Settlement Program assists individuals and families to increase knowledge of the region, independence and access to services within the community.
Some of the services that the Migrant Settlement Program provide are
· Information about driving, health services, public transport, schools and activities for children, renting, staying safe and making friends
· Access to services in the community – employment, English classes, Centrelink, housing, volunteering, Department of Transport
· Help to make appointments with other services including doctors and government departments
· A five-week driving education class
· Links to volunteering opportunities
To be eligible for this program you must
Be a permanent resident who has arrived in the last 5 years as humanitarian entrant or family stream migrants who have difficulty with English
Dependents of skilled migrants who have difficulty with English
A temporary resident (prospective marriage, provisional spouse, provisional interdependency visa holders and their dependents) who have difficulty with English
Be part of a community, which requires assistance to develop capacity and who are still receiving significant numbers of new arrivals
For more information please contact the Migrant Settlement Worker on (07) 4957 7222.
The Migrant Settlement Program is funded by the Australian Government / Department of Social Services under the Settlement Grants Program.