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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1612 ..


Gungahlin Child and Family Centre has commenced working with agencies who deliver specific multicultural services and multicultural peak bodies with a view to establishing relationships with local community members and to undertake and gather needs analysis information to determine gaps in program development and service delivery in Gungahlin;

Development of a Homework Club in Charnwood, specifically targeting primary school aged children from non English speaking backgrounds;

Engagement with the Multicultural Liaison Officers of the Australian Federal Police to develop programs to address the needs of children at risk of targeted intervention;

The development of a Multicultural Parenting Program in Tuggeranong has been supported by the Bendigo Bank. The key deliverables for this program are engagement with community groups, the delivery of parenting talks, information on service provision, and attendance at public events to promote services; and

Engagement with the multicultural community will continue to be a key focus for the Child and Family Centres.

Multicultural Youth Service

Multicultural Youth Services ACT are funded through the Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for $180,000 on a year by year basis (with $30,000 of this spent in Queanbeyan, the remainder in the ACT). Multicultural Youth Services provide support services to migrants and refugees. These include case management, information, advocacy and support, regular drop in, holiday programs and skills development workshops for young migrants and refugees between 12 to 25 years.

(4) Multicultural Youth Services ACT advise that under its FAHCSIA grant it has had a target of 100 new clients (12-21yrs) per year and has exceeded this each year since May 2005:

123 new clients with 984 support contacts (excluding drop-in & holiday program)

117 new clients with 936 support contacts (excluding drop-in & holiday program)

In addition, Multicultural Youth Services ACT has had 38 new clients (22-25yrs) in 2007/2008 per year and 36 under its ACT Government Community Inclusions Fund which ceased this financial year.

2007

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Male

556

485

453

602

736

786

Female

246

125

85

174

96

115

Refugee

751

572

517

749

802

873

Migrant

51

28

21

27

30

28

Total Client Support Contacts

802

600

538

776

832

901


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