| October 26, 2018

$1.5m to support newly arrived migrants and refugees in the Goulburn Valley

A total of $1.5 million in Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) grants have been announced for the Goulburn Valley region. The funding will assist newly arrived migrants and refugees to form a stronger connection with their new communities in their first five years in Australia.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said two organisations will deliver services in and around the Goulburn Valley region for engagement and integration for newly arrived migrants and refugees.

“The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District Inc will receive more than $855,000 and Uniting Vic.Tas will receive more than $720,000 to assist new migrants and refugees who have joined our community,” Mr Drum said.

“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 Goulburn Valley is well-known for its ethnically diverse communities, it is important to Australians that our newly arrived migrants have a strong connection and sense of belonging,” Mr Drum said.

“Lowering barriers to being involved in communities builds wellbeing, safety and prosperity – these are things that enrich the whole country.”

The SETS program will start on 1 January 2019. For a list of successful recipients go to www.grants.gov.au.

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