Our Settlement Program provides free settlement support to eligible visa holders from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Our Settlement, Engagement and Transition Support (Settlement Program) provides free settlement support to eligible visa holders from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We support people to build a new life in regional Victoria. This includes people on humanitarian visas and some migrant visas.
Our Settlement services support people with:
- Understanding Australian systems and forms
- Building stronger communities and meaningful connections to community
- Groups and casework to support young people
- Bilingual settlement workers and interpreter support
We deliver this service as part of the Regional Multicultural Consortium and are funded by the Australian Federal Government.
Supporting people seeking asylum and on temporary protection visas
This Program provides case-coordination and settlement support for people who are seeking asylum or on a temporary protection visa, generally the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV). People on SHEVs have been encouraged to move to regional areas, and we are seeing a steady growth in individuals on these visas or who have applied for these visas. Asylum Seekers and TPV/SHEV holders have limited access to mainstream services and this program supports them to settle into the community and access the services for which they are eligible.
This Program is run in partnership with City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Community Health Services and is funded by Victorian State Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet.