Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Emerging Communities funding announced

    8/12/2006 10:11 PM

    Migrants and refugees in Western Australia will get increased assistance to access schools, health services, training and jobs under a new Carpenter Government initiative.

    Specialised liaison officers will help link newly arrived WA residents with community and Government services to enable better settlement and integration.

    The newly appointed officers will work with migrant communities established within WA in the last five years and those that do not have the resources to operate their own community support networks.

    Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae said many families in new and emerging communities were experiencing difficulty accessing employment, education and training, health, housing and family support.

    “Although many services are available, there are cultural, transport and language barriers that prevent too many members of these communities from fully participating in society,” Mr McRae said.

    “This new program will help migrants and refugees find solutions to their needs and assist inclusion in the wider community.”

    At least five officers will be based at not-for-profit community organisations for 12 months to assist and increase knowledge amongst members of the communities being helped and increase their participation in society.

    The project will be reviewed at the end of the 12-month period.

    A copy of the application package will be available on Monday, December 11 at or by telephoning the Office of Multicultural Interests on 9222 8800.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150