Help and information for people from overseas
PEOPLE who hail from overseas and want to call Queensland home will have access to a new community support and information program designed to help them land firmly on their feet.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said today the Strengthening Communities program will assist migrants and refugees better understand their new home and to settle successfully in Australia.
"The settlement journey is often difficult and daunting for new arrivals and Australia's lifestyle and customs can be very different to their originating country," he said.
"This program contains six modules including, Australian rules, transition into schooling, bringing up teenagers and children in Australia, and talking together for young people.
"A module about introducing migrants and refugees into the Australian workplace is especially important to improving their prospects of attaining jobs and participating in the economy."
The Strengthening Communities program offers grants to local government and non-government organisations to deliver innovative projects to support economic participation, and business development for Queenslanders from culturally diverse backgrounds, particularly newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants.
Local governments are eligible for funding up to $40,000 for projects in partnership with non-government organisations. Non-government organisations working alone are eligible for funding up to $20,000.