A new online directory of information on settlement services for migrants and humanitarian entrants to Western Australia has been launched by the State Government.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli said the Catalogue of Settlement Services and Programs would improve co-ordination and the delivery of services by State and Federal Government agencies.
“The online directory is an initiative of the Interagency Settlement Group (ISG) which was set up in August 2009 by myself and the then Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans,” Mr Castrilli said.
One of the major projects for the ISG has been the development of an online, searchable catalogue of services for use by government agencies, non-government organisations and individuals.
It contains information about services and programs targeting people who have entered Australia under the Humanitarian Program.
Areas of priority are education, employment, health, housing, justice, language services, transport, civic participation, and family and social support.
The Minister said the information was collected as part of a national cataloguing of programs and services provided in each State and Territory. WA was the first jurisdiction to place it online.
The ISG had also developed an action plan to address feedback from non-government organisations and community groups regarding data collection, language services, education, health, transport, and family and social support, raised at a community consultation in September 2010.
The Office of Multicultural Interests would monitor the action plan and report on its progress.
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