Joint Media Release with Minister for Families and Social Services The Hon Paul Fletcher MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The CLP has announced over $300,000 funding to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees to form a stronger connection with their new communities in their first five years in Central Australia.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia would be funded to deliver services in and around Alice Springs for engagement and integration for newly arrived migrants and refugees via a Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) grant.
SETS replaces the Settlement Grants program which had been in place for more than 10 years.
It fills an important gap in the post-arrival period for eligible migrants who do not have family and community support to rely on.
The grants fund activities that are focused on families and individuals and increase community capacity. Services include assisting with English language skills, building employment readiness and encouraging homework for school students.
“The Territory is well-known for its ethnically diverse communities, it is important that our newly arrived migrants have a strong connection and sense of belonging,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia will receive funding of $300,828.58 to deliver these services for migrants in Alice Springs.
“Lowering barriers to being involved in communities builds wellbeing, safety and prosperity – these are things that enrich the whole country,” Ms Price said.
Federal Minister for Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said 79 organisations across the country will share in $163.4 million to deliver services in engagement and integration for newly arrived migrants and refugees.
“The SETS program is about helping reduce barriers for migrants so they can fully participate in employment and the community more generally,” Mr Fletcher said.
“This is an important part of our Liberal National Government’s plan for keeping Australians together.
“People settling in Australia have a lot to contribute to our society. We want to give them every opportunity to succeed and be part of a stable, prosperous economy.”
The SETS program will start on 1 January 2019. For a list of successful recipients go to www.grants.gov.au