Who we are
Community Hubs Australia
Community Hubs Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide assistance to disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in Australia including migrants, refugees, international students and other temporary migrants. Our priority is to help build greater community connectedness and social cohesion.
Access Community Services Ltd
Access Community Services Limited coordinates hubs in Logan and Ipswich. It is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support services, housing and social enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian born clients.
Illawarra Multicultural Services
Illawarra Multicultural Services will coordinate hubs in Wollongong. It is a non-profit, community-based organisation that provides information and help to migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and those who are of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.
Hume City Council
Hume City Council coordinates hubs in Hume. It is a local government authority in the northwest of Melbourne. Hume has a population of more than 200,000 people and enjoys a rich cultural diversity. It is made up of a vibrant mix of residents from 160 different countries, speaking 125 different languages. Through the Social Justice Charter, Hume Council aims to improve access, equity and social inclusion for all community members in Hume City.
Settlement Services International
Settlement Services International coordinates hubs in Western Sydney. It is a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW.
The Smith Family
The Smith Family coordinates hubs in Brimbank and Dandenong. It is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
The national community hubs program
Community hubs work with permanent and temporary migrants and humanitarian entrants, whether they arrived in Australia last month or last decade. Hubs focus on engaging with and supporting migrant and refugee women with pre-school children. These are among Australia’s most vulnerable and isolated residents. In many cases, they are the forgotten faces of Australia’s settlement services system.
Hubs bridge the gap between migrant women and the wider community, giving them the best chance of achieving positive settlement outcomes. Independent evaluations indicate that community hubs significantly increase the uptake of services among migrant families. They serve as the vital ‘missing link’ in the service delivery chain, providing family friendly gateways linking migrants with their school, local services and each other. Hubs have opened up access pathways that are changing the way service providers do business.
The national community hubs program is resourced through one of Australia’s biggest partnerships between the philanthropic sector and federal, state and local governments. The Australian Government Department of Social Services is the primary funder of the program.