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Funding for refugee settlement support



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Senator Carol Brown Labor Senator for Tasmania Deputy Government Whip in the Senate

18 June 2011

FUNDING FOR REFUGEE SETTLEMENT SUPPORT

Senator Carol Brown, Labor Senator for Tasmania today announced two organizations in Hobart will receive $386,752 in funding to assist refugees and migrants become self-reliant and settle in Hobart.

A total of three projects from two local organisations will be funded under the Federal Government’s Settlement Grants program. The Program aims to help refugees and migrants become independent, acquire crucial skills and insights into life in Australia and to contribute to the national economy.

Organisation Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) $171,900

The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation of the Archdiocese of Hobart $214,852 TOTAL: $386,752

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

“This funding allows our local organisations to offer information sessions and cultural orientation programs, with activities focused on our legal system as well as driving and road safety.

“These projects help new arrivals to Tasmania feel more comfortable and more supported whilst equipping them with the tools they need to become self-reliant and successfully settle into the community,” Senator Carol Brown said.

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

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