Settlement and Multicultural Affairs

The Department of Social Services works to improve the lifetime wellbeing of migrants and refugees settling in Australia by responding to their specific needs, encouraging their independence and participation in the Australian community. We support a productive, harmonious and diverse society for all Australians.

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Settlement & Multicultural Affairs Features

Darwich a refugee from Syria

Helping refugees

Watch and read personal stories from refugees and find out how you can help our newest arrivals build their lives in Australia.
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Syrian / Iraqi humanitarian crisis

Syrian/Iraqi humanitarian crisis

Learn more about the Syrian/Iraqi humanitarian crisis and what you can do to help.
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Settlement & Multicultural Affairs Latest News

National Settlement Framework

The National Settlement Framework is a high level structural blueprint for Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Government, to work in partnership to plan and deliver services that support the settlement of migrants and new arrivals in Australia.
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New Community Grants Hub

The Community Grants Hub started operating on 1 July to simplify the grant experience for service providers, the community and the Government.
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Harmony Day

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
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