Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Ethnic organisations funded for priority services

    17/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Education and employment assistance grants for WA ethnic communities
    • State Government invests in the best multicultural services
    Three organisations providing Western Australia’s culturally diverse population with assistance in skills, such as language and grass-roots community services, will share up to $700,000 funding.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli said he was proud to announce the three-year program to assist thousands of migrants in WA. The recipients were:
    • Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees:  $78,210 per year for the Opening Doors-CARAD Homework Support Program, which will link volunteers with refugees to annually build the capacity of primary, secondary and tertiary students by supporting their education
    • Edmund Rice Centre, Mirrabooka:  $72,646 per year for its Language for Living in Australia Project, to build the capacity of adults of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background and support their successful integration into the community through English language support classes
    • Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors:  $82,143 a year for the Family Links and Connections Project, to build the capacity of CaLD communities by providing mentoring support and parenting education to affected families.

    Mr Castrilli said priority was also given to family assistance and youth services, as well as capacity building for new and emerging communities.

    “This funding ensures we invest in the best multicultural programs available to help migrants settle into our State,” he said.

    The Minister said it was important for people to feel secure and healthy and participate in all aspects of community life.

    “The State Government continues to work with ethnic organisations to strive for the best outcomes as our culturally diverse population continues to build,” he said.

          Fact File

    • Fund re-launched as a contestable triennially-based grants program in 2009
    • Funding allocation available each year is $233,000 for three years
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