YOUTH

Youth Pathway Planning:

Pathway Planning supports young people (16 – 25 years) with the completion of education, developing work-skills and/or achieving and maintaining positive life outcomes.

Young people receive individual and small group support to focus on their goals and steps to achieve them. It allows young people to connect with other individuals, groups and organisations in areas of interest to them. Young people on the program commit to a minimum of six months.

If you are interested in accessing this support, please contact Sharon Wright on 6332 2211.

Youth Advisory Network (YAN):

Membership of the YAN is open to young people aged 18 – 25 years through an application and interview process.  YAN members foster leadership and participation of young people within communities and are also a voice for young people.

As a member, there are opportunities to participate in, and to facilitate information sharing forums and workshops that promote healthy lifestyles.  Members meet once a month to share ideas, plan activities and support other young people.

If you are interested in applying for the Youth Advisory Network membership, please contact Sharon Wright on 6332 2211.

Tutoring Program:

The Tutor Program operates during school term time, two days a week:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 – 5.30 pm. The Tutor Program caters for young people at High School, College and TAFE, with volunteer tutors offering their time and assistance to support young people with their homework and school assignments.

If you are interested in participating in MRC’s Tutor Program, please visit MRC offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays (during school terms).

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

MRC delivers employment and skills development support to assist our clients in securing sustainable employment outcomes.

FIND YOUR WAY INTO WORK

The Find Your Way into Work program, funded through Skills Tasmania, delivers one-on-one and group support to humanitarian entrant and refugee participants to undertake:

  • Skills identification and career pathway planning;
  • Resume development and job applications;
  • Interview and employment preparation;
  • Introduction to computers and workplace documentation;
  • Accredited and non-accredited training;
  • Workplace communication and tours; and
  • Work placement and volunteering opportunities.

If you are a humanitarian entrant or refugee, who has completed Certificate II in English, please contact Alister Mackinnon, MRC Job Coach, on 6332 2211.

SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION

MIGRANT SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT AND REFERRALS

The Migrant Small Business Program is funded through Skills Tasmania. The Program provides intensive support training and mentoring to our clients during the initial stages of establishing a business.

If you are thinking about starting a business and need some assistance, please contact Alister Mackinnon, MRC Job Coach, on 6332 2211.

CULTURAL AWARENESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

The Migrant Resource Centre delivers Professional Development training to companies and organisations, enabling participants to:

  • develop greater understanding of Australia’s humanitarian program, and people who arrive into Launceston under it,
  • work equitably with people who arrive under Australia’s humanitarian program,
  • gain confidence in accessing and working with interpreters, and,
  • help confront some of the contemporary challenges faced by people resettling in Launceston.

Core Training Modules

Module 1. MRC Services and Volunteer Opportunities:

An overview of the core programs and services of the MRC, and the multiple and diverse volunteer opportunities available within.

Module 2. People and Processes:

Australia’s Humanitarian Program, and the bureaucratic and procedural challenges people face to gain eligibility.

Module 3. How to work with People:

Working with people who arrive under Australia’s Humanitarian Program, from a human rights perspective.

Module 4. Working with Interpreters:

Accessing the Translation and Interpreting Service, TIS National, and demonstrations on how to work with interpreters.

The program can be tailored to fulfil the objectives and interests of the participating company or organisation.

If you are interested in our Professional Development Training, please contact Kerry Clough, Settlement Unit Manager, on 6332 2211

IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS

MRC provides free Australian citizenship application assistance.

Australian citizenship is an important step in the settlement journey. Australian citizenship represents an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of a formal membership of the Australian community.

A permanent resident of Australia enjoys living in a free and democratic society.

An Australian citizen receives new responsibilities and privileges, which include:

Responsibilities

As an Australian citizen, you must:

  • obey the law
  • defend Australia should the need arise
  • serve on a jury if called to do so
  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum

Privileges – what Australia will give you

As an Australian citizen, you have the right to:

  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • apply for work in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force
  • seek election to parliament
  • apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely
  • receive help from an Australian official while overseas
  • register children born overseas as Australian citizens by descent.

MRC Application Assistance:

MRC provides free assistance for clients applying for Australian citizenship.

This assistance includes:

  • providing guidance on the rules and eligibility of becoming an Australian citizen;
  • explanation of application fees and the assessment process;
  • explanation of the citizenship ceremony, including citizenship is received at the formal ceremony, not upon successfully completing the assessment;
  • guidance on completing the necessary application forms;
  • provision of resources and study material required to prepare for the citizenship assessment.

To make an appointment to discuss your citizenship application, please contact Senka Mujkic on 6332 2211.

IMMIGRATION ADVICE AND APPLICATION ASSISTANCE (IAAAS)

Locally available migration advice and application assistance is a vital service that MRC delivers to provide support systems and programs to encourage families stay in northern Tasmania.

This Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS)  gives free, professional migration advice and visa application assistance to people who have arrived lawfully in Australia and who meet specific eligibility criteria with respect to disadvantage. To qualify for IAAAS assistance, individual applicants must be disadvantaged financially and disadvantaged in another, specific way.

MRC is the Registered Migration Agent for northern Tasmania, and is contracted through the scheme to help with complex immigration matters, the completion and submission of visa applications, liaison with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and explaining the outcome of the visa decision.

To find out more about the scheme or to assess your eligibility, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

To make an appointment and discuss your application with our Registered Migration Agent, please phone 03 6332 2211.

To find out more about the RMA services, please view our brochure

CHILDREN

MRC MULTICULTURAL PLAYGROUP

MRC runs weekly playgroup sessions at the Haig Community Space in Mowbray.

Parenting in a new country, with different norms and laws, can raise many challenges.

The MRC Multicultural Playgroup aims to: support families to access resources and services; assist families to address family relationship issues and conflict, and to develop their confidence as parents in a new country; and develop bicultural links to help foster community capacity to mentor and support their own communities.

Funded through Communities for Children, the Multicultural Playgroup has continued to run weekly sessions covering the following:

  • Session activities include painting, building blocks, books and creative activities
  • Guest speakers include a child health nurse, dietician and dentist.
  • Excursions to local resources, such as the library and museum, that provides families with affordable ‘child friendly’ activities.

The program, which has been operating since 2007, is targeted towards families with children under the age of five years.

PLAYGROUP SESSION DETAILS:

DAY:                    Every Monday (school terms only)

TIME:                   10:00am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:        Haig Community Space

21 Haig Street, Mowbray

If you have any questions, please contact Bec Blair on 6332 2211.

HAIG COMMUNITY SPACE

MRC owns the Haig Community Space, a community hall located in Launceston’s northern suburbs. The Space has recently undergone extensive refurbishments, funded through the Tasmanian Community Fund, and is now an expanded facility that provides an attractive venue for community groups to conduct their activities and programs.

If your community group is interested in hiring the Space, please download and complete the booking application form. Click Here.

Alternatively, to discuss your request, please contact MRC on 6332 2211.

SETTLEMENT

Settlement Grants Program

The Department of Social Services, through the Settlement Grants Program, funds case management services.

Settlement Services offers strength-based settlement related services to eligible clients for up to five years from settlement. The service builds on a client’s initial settlement skills and experience. The program includes casework/coordination, community development and youth settlement services.

 

DRIVER MENTORING PROGRAM

MRC runs driver mentoring programs to assist migrants and refugees through the process of securing their driver’s licence.

DRIVE 4 LIFE (D4L) PROGRAM

The Drive 4 Life Program is a community project, established to assist migrants and refugees through the process of securing a driver’s licence. The Program participants are migrants and refugees who are on low incomes and unable to access mentor driving services.

A licence to drive is a passport for migrants and refugees to gain independence. However, many do not have licensed family members to supervise their compulsory 50 hours pre-licence driving, while others do not have access to a vehicle to undertake the required supervised driving.

The Program has recruited 40 dedicated volunteers who act as mentors that provide complimentary driving tuition in one of two dual-controlled vehicles that are owned by the Migrant Resource Centre.

To find out more about the D4L Program or to find out if you’re eligible to access this service, please contact Janice Molineux on 6332 2211.

DRIVE 2 WORK (D2W) PROGRAM

The Drive 2 Work (D2W) Program is funded through the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The D2W Program enables people to car pool when travelling to work, while the rotational driver builds their hours necessary to achieve a provisional licence.

The D2W Program responds to the high staff turnover of employees outside the urban areas of Launceston, which is due to:

  • Lack of rural public transport for employees to get to work;
  • Employees do not have a driver’s licence; and
  • Employees do not access to a vehicle.

If you are seeking work and do not have a P1 licence, please contact the D2W Coordinator, Janice Molineux, on 6332 2211

WORKSHOPS

Each year, MRC hosts a series of sessions to develop the capacity of our community members. Topics range from governance training, grant writing, taxation and the Australian electoral system.

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