May 29, 2009

Over $300,000 to assist refugees in Inner West

Over $300,000 to assist refugees in Inner West

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 29 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today announced the Federal Government would spend more than $332,573 on services to assist refugees and migrants settle in Sydney’s Inner West.

The Marrickville-based Indonesian Welfare Association and the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Lewisham are being funded as part of the Federal Government’s Settlement Grants Program. The program provides annual funding to assist refugees and migrants become self-reliant and settle in Australia.

The Indonesian Welfare Association will receive $80,000 to provide orientation, developing communities and integration services to eligible Indonesian clients in the Inner West. St Vincent de Paul will receive $252,573 over two years to provide parenting and life skills to newly arrived migrants with a special focus on primary school age children.

"I am pleased that much needed support is going to local organisations providing practical assistance to our newest community members," Mr Albanese said.

“Both organisations will conduct comprehensive programs to assist refugees and migrants strengthen their connection to the wider Australian community and will deliver cultural orientation and information sessions on health, nutrition, housing, employment, training and the Australian legal system.”

“Mentoring programs and community support groups will also form part of the projects to assist with social connectedness and community participation,” said Mr Albanese.

Funding through the Settlement Grants Program aims to assist refugees, family sponsored migrants and the dependants of those on skilled migration visas with low levels of English.

A list of successful applicants in the 2009-10 funding round is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/settlement-grants.