Support for Migrants and Refugees

Settling in a new country is not easy. WACMRO can assist new migrants and refugees to Australia with the support of the Catholic church, to offer a sense of welcome and belonging into the community that you choose to call home.

WACMRO is available to assist directly through our forums and programs and also to provide guidance towards organisations that can help you to establish roots in Western Australia.

Catholic Migrant Community Forum

If there is a settlement or integration issue in your community that is causing concern, WACMRO may be able to assist by hosting a Forum.

Some of the issues that we can help with include women’s rights, gender equality, personal identity and ‘fitting in’, trauma, remittance, Catholic faith formation.

If you would like to learn more, please get in touch with our team.

Neighbours 4 Newcomers

The Neighbours 4 Newcomers mentorship program offers tailored local support to humanitarian entrant families (refugees) depending on their individual needs and circumstances. The program connects a volunteer group to a refugee family who provide support and mentoring for up to 12 months.

If you are a refugee family, have been in Perth for less than 5 years and think you would benefit from mentorship, please contact us, your settlement agency or case worker, or Red Cross.

Modern Slavery

If you believe you are being exploited by your employer (Forced Labour) or your family (Forced Marriage) or are a victim of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, you can get support even if your visa is irregular or your passport has been withheld from you.

SETS supports humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities by providing one-on-one support, counselling, advocacy and informative group programs.

SETS focuses on addressing three of the key challenges refugees face when resettling in Australia – English language skills, education and training, and employment readiness.

Migrants who have lived in Australia for less than five years are encouraged to participate.

Seek support from
Mercy Care »

Learning Conversation English in an informal setting is a good way to get the confidence you need for your new life in Perth. If your education has been limited or interrupted, you will find that meeting and speaking with other people will help you to develop the casual and informal language used by everyday speakers.

Seek support from
Adult Migrant English Program »
Centacare »

It is important to keep your visa status regular. Please contact a migration lawyer if you have concerns about your visa status, want to renew your visa or apply for a different visa.

Seek support from
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority »

Note – WACMRO are not affiliated with, nor endorse, any of the services listed on the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority register

If you are a person seeking asylum in Australia, you must apply for a bridging visa. This will protect you legally while you wait to be recognised legally as a refugee through the grant of a humanitarian entrant visa.

Seek support from
Circle Green »
Scales »

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to Elders past and present.

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