Youth give their say on employment in Tasmania

MYAN Australia is preparing a policy paper that will provide a national overview of youth employment, with a specific focus on young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. To ensure the voices of Tasmanian multicultural youth are represented in the paper, MYAN Tasmania, a program of MRC Tas, held a Youth employment consultation with 25 young people during the Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) weekly …

Bridging cultural gaps between generations

Congratulations to the Australian-Oromo Community of Tasmania, who have received a $3000 grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Multicultural Communities Program. This grant will support the Oromo Community Language School and Holiday Excursions for Children program. Cultural events and language schools are important for more recently established communities, and are particularly significant for communities that have experienced dislocation from …

Bushy School Holidays

As part of the Youth team’s school holidays program, in early January two groups went on a day trip to Mount Field National Park to engage in a 2.5 hour bush-walking activity. A volunteer tour guide taught attendees about Tasmanian flora and fauna, the traditional custodians of the land, and natural remedies that came from the trees and shrubs in the area. …

Road Safety Campaign ‘Visiting Drivers’

As part of a new Road Safety Campaign ‘Visiting Drivers’, the Road Safety Advisory Council (RSAC) has information available for international tourists and new Tasmanians on a newly-created website. The information includes instructional videos, flyers and posters, and an integrated google map. MRC Tas collaborated with State Growth to help them achieve their road safety messages for people new to Tasmania. …

Housing Needed

    MRC Tas is in need of long term accommodation for our new families arriving in the north and south of the state via the Humanitarian Settlement Program. If you are a private landlord or an agent with rental properties available in Greater Hobart or Greater Launceston, please give our State Housing Officer Fran Jago a call on 0438 …

MY (Multicultural Youth) Swim to Sports Program 2018

MRC Tas has been announced as a successful applicant of the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations grants round 2017 for the MY (Multicultural Youth) Swim to Sports Program. The Program will partner with the ‘From Zero to Hero’ swimming project to run a series of swimming lessons for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The program will aim to build lasting links with …

Youth Client Mohammad Nazari’s story wins Heywire TAS 2018

MRC Tas Youth Client Mohammad Nazari has been announced as a winner of Heywire 2018 for his story giving insight into coming to Hobart as a refugee. “I’m in Australia now, a ‘country of opportunities’ as I call it. I have lived here for about a year and I am very thankful for this new life.” Each year, every ABC …

Celebrating volunteers and 2017

Our volunteers are passionate and committed people who make invaluable contributions to the work of MRC Tas. On the 5th of December an end of year event was held to thank MRC Tas volunteers, and to celebrate another successful year supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The night started off with entertainment by Inspire performers DancingDivas and Pardhu, who bedazzled guests with …

Working with service providers to improve settlement outcomes

On Thursday 30th of November MRC Tas hosted an information session with southern staff of the Department of Education English as Additional Language (EAL). The session provided EAL staff with information about MRC Tas training opportunities, the new Humanitarian Settlement Program service model, as well as the many Settlement programs and projects available for newly arrived migrants. The Phoenix Centre provided information on …