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Improved resource for migrants and refugees starting life in Australia



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Senator Kate Lundy Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship

Improved resource for migrants and refugees starting life in Australia Friday, 22 October 2010

The Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, was pleased to announce today the release of an enhanced information resource for new migrants, with the 2010 edition of Beginning a Life in Australia now available.

Beginning a Life in Australia is a unique resource for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and settlement organisations. It is designed to let migrants settle more effectively and provides vital information on housing, employment and services such as English language training.

'Newly arrived migrants and refugees face a lot of challenges when they arrive in Australia,' Senator Lundy said.

'As a government, it's important that we welcome them with useful, up-to-date settlement information to help them begin their lives here.'

The previous edition of Beginning a Life in Australia was immensely popular, with the web version receiving some 850 000 hits in 2009.

The new edition has a streamlined format with national coverage, incorporating all state, territory and local settlement information in one resource.

'The government is committed to providing comprehensive and effective settlement support to those who migrate to Australia,' Senator Lundy said.

'I hope that our newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants take advantage of this resource as they settle into their new home.

'The booklet is available in English and 37 community languages, and is readily accessible through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website.'

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URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/parlsec/media/kl/2010/kl153772.htm Last update: Monday, 22 November 2010 at 16:45 AEST