Migrants, international students, refugees and asylum seekers can access a range of multicultural services in Victoria.
Links to external websites providing assistance
Centre for multicultural youth (Victoria)
The Centre for multicultural youth works with young people and their families to address problems of isolation, family conflict and homelessness. It also seeks to overcome income, health, education, training and employment barriers. Their services include counselling, group work, information and supported referrals.
Centre for Multicultural Youth (Victoria) website
Multicultural resource centre (Victoria)
The Multicultural resource centre provides independent advice to the Victorian Government to inform the development of legislative and policy frameworks as well as the delivery of services to our culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse society.
Multicultural Resource Centre (Victoria) website
Spectrum migrant resource centre (SMRC) is a one-stop-shop catering for the needs of newly arrived and established migrants and refugees.
Migrant information centre (Eastern Melbourne)
Migrant information centre (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC) provides a range of services for migrants and refugees living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Their services are available to people living in the local government areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges. Their services are free and confidential.
Migrant Information Centre (East Melbourne) website
Migrant resource centre (South Eastern Region)
Empowers and assists people who are migrants and refugees in Melbourne’s south east to establish themselves and achieve their aspirations.
Migrant Resource Centre (South Eastern Region) website
Adult migrant education service (AMES) (Australia)
AMES provides settlement services to refugees. AMES workers meet refugees at the airport and provide them with safe and secure accommodation. They also offer English and vocational courses.
Adult Migrant Education Services website
New hope foundation (Victoria)
Supports migrants and refugees to realise their hope of a new life in their new country.
New Hope Foundation (Victoria) website
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Federal)
For people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. Includes details of Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Includes information for employers about sponsoring skilled people to work in Australia.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Federal) website
Refugee council of Australia
The Refugee council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them.
Refugee Council of Australia website
The Victorian foundation for survivors of torture
The Victorian foundation for survivors of torture (VFST), or 'Foundation House' as it is also known, provides a range of services to people from refugee backgrounds whom have survived torture or war related trauma.
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture website
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Regional)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an impartial, non-political humanitarian organisation mandated by the United Nations to lead and co-ordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Regional) website
Kids helpline – 1800 55 1800
Kids helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Lifeline connects people with care by providing services in suicide prevention, crisis support and mental health support.
Beyond Blue – the National Depression Initiative
Australian organisation provides information about depression to consumers, carers and health professionals.
Beyond Blue - the National Depression Initiative website
Headspace - Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Headspace helps young people who are going through a tough time, helping thousands of young people to get their lives back on track. They can help you with general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment and other services, alcohol and other drug services.
Centre Headspace - Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation website
Diversitat - Geelong ethnic communities council
It is a not-for-profit community service group with a core set of services and business operations that support the multicultural communities and the disadvantaged in the region. Diversitat commenced operation in Geelong in 1976 and was known as the Geelong migrant resource centre, which later changed its name to Geelong ethnic communities council and now trades as Diversitat.
Starting from a small Family support service with an emphasis on household management, Goulburn Valley Family Care Inc. has gone on to develop programs that offer services to families to assist them to better care for and maintain their children in their own home.
Bethany provides services and programs that can help you, your family or friends. Our services are delivered in the Barwon South West Region, from Lara to Lorne and throughout the western district, reaching to the South Australian border.
Child and family services (CAFS) Ballarat
Child and family services Ballarat (CAFS) is a community service organisation that provides a range of programs and services to children, young people and families who are vulnerable or in need of support.
Mallee family care
Mallee family care provides assistance to families and community in guiding and supporting them into more fullfilling and meaningful lives, in turn benefitting the community as a whole.