After you arrive in Queensland and once you settle, you might be interested in getting in touch with some of the local community or migrant support groups.

There is a range of support to help you settle into your new life in Queensland – check out the Queensland’s Government tool which lists the services and help available, and tells you where you can go for advice. Also, check out the below links for more information on living in Queensland.

 

Local Council

The local council covering your area usually has useful information and supports for migrants and new arrivals to the area. You should take a look at their website or contact their office. To search for your local council, see Queensland’s local government directory.

 

Community Groups

Community groups help people get together for a common purpose or to share an interest. There are all kinds of community groups in Queensland, including multicultural, sport, religion and recreation.

Cultural Diversity Queensland publishes the Queensland Multicultural Resource Directory which provides a comprehensive listing of more than 1500 key organisations with an ethnic community focus in Queensland including:

You can search the directory online or download the directory to find groups that may be of interest to you. You can also search the My Community Directory for cultural and migrant services, and places of worship in Queensland.

 

Learning English and further education

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of free settlement-focused English lessons for eligible new migrants. You should check whether you or your family members are eligible for this program with TAFE Queensland, who administer the program for the state.

You can find more information about education, including childcare, English language providers and schools in Queensland here.

Australia Plus also is an online website which has useful tips and guides to using and learning English in Australia.

 

Australian Government’s free translating service

The Free Translating Service is funded by the Department of Social Services and delivered by The Migration Translators, a translation agency specialising in NAATI translations. This service allows holders of certain types of visas to get key personal documents translated for free.

 

Community Legal Advice

Community Legal Centres can provide free information, advice and referral, representation and casework, community education and advocacy for vulnerable clients and communities facing legal problems. You can also contact the Immigration Law Clinic run by the Bond University, which can provide you with basic advice.

Legal Aid Queensland may also be able to provide information and advice services to assist those in financial difficulty with criminal, family and civil law.


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