Multicultural resource directory
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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.
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 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 to find groups that may be of interest to you. If you have babies or toddlers, you may like to join a playgroup. Search for one in your area using Playgroup Queensland. Playgroups are informal and relaxed weekly get together of mums, dads, grandparents, carers, children and babies.
You can also search the My Community Directory for cultural and migrant services, and places of worship in Queensland.
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.
ABC Australia also is an online website which offers Australian news, current affairs, entertainment and cultural programs in English.
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 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 and Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS), which may be able to provide you with basic advice.
Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community, make friends, get Australian work experience, and build networks and skills. To look for volunteering opportunities in your area, see volunteering opportunities on the Queensland Government website, Volunteering Queensland, GoVolunteer, the Smith Family and Professional Services Collective.