government sites AND portals

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"Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Our People

Indigenous Australians

Multicultural Australia


International Relations

Trading with the world

Economy, business environment and industries

Arts and Sport

Science and innovation in Australia


Australia and the Environment

Australian Government

Study in Australia

Visiting Australia

Migrating to Australia


Embassies and Consulates

Documents on Australian Foreign Policy

Economic fact sheets

Australia and Me-----The online video series Australia and Me showcases the migration experiences of residents who have moved from the country of their birth to Australia."



"Welcome to our Post Office and Street Posting Box Locator

Find a Post Office or Street Posting Box

Find a location

Find a Service at a Post Office"



"If you have migrated to Australia from 1 October 2007, most people are required to pass a test and meet general eligibility requirements. Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life.




"The Beginning a Life in Australia booklet welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia. It provides useful national, state/territory and local settlement information for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and service providers. This information is available to download in English and 37 community languages."

If you can't find the answer to your question here, then good luck as you dig even deeper.This is the master government site for new settlers.



" Services & programs A to Z...Select a letter for an alphabetical list of Centrelink, government department and other agency services and programs."

Of course we all know of Centrelink. What we probably didn't know is that their website has an exemplary page of links regarding settlement.

And this gigantic department says We speak your language, via Translated information. Browse by language at



Closer to where you live is local government---here's the link to every council in Australia.



"Visa & migration. Standard & cost of living. Where to live or work. Entertainment & leisure. Getting around"


"A Migrant Resource Centre or MRC is an Australian community-based organisation that provides settlement services for migrants and refugees. The main purpose of MRCs is to cater to the immediate and longer term needs of migrants and refugees to facilitate successful integration into their local community and enable them to reach their full potential. MRC's provide information and referral services and assistance with finding and keeping employment to newly arrived migrants and refugees. MRCs also provide services for aged and disabled members of ethnic communities who prefer to access ethno-specific services. Many MRCs also conduct research and consultancy on a range of cultural and community issues."

If you are working with the Navitas English AMEP Settlement book, level 2/3, then you might want to go to the following link mentioned in Activity 11, page 15......




"Adult migrant English program (AMEP)1 Department of Immigration and Citizenship information page about the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), provides English lessons to eligible adult migrants.

Beginning a life in australia - English2 Contains information to welcome migrants to Australia. Information is provided on the types of settlement services available in each state and territory and advice on where to go for assistance.

Beginning a life in australia - multicultural language booklets3 Booklets on beginning a life in Australia are available in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian/Bahasa, Italian, Karen, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali,Persian/Farsi, Portuguese,Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Everyday Life in Australia4 Department of Immigration and Citizenship index page linking to practical information for your life in Australia including: education, family life, health, housing, law, recreation, transport and work.

Help with English5 Department of Immigration and Citizenship page with information for people who need help understanding the English Language.

Living in Australia6 The Living in Australia web pages contain information and publications about life in Australia, and links to government settlement services including help learning English. These web pages also provide information about Australian values and the cultural diversity of Australia's people.

Things to do first7 Department of Immigration and Citizenship index page linking to information on seven important things that you should do as soon as possible after arriving in Australia.

Where can I find help?8 Department of Immigration and Citizenship index page linking to places you can contact for help with settlement."

This is the site that promotes all the other national government sites, like a portal to the government's role in assisting new settlers.



"The Commonwealth of Australia is a union of six states and various territories. The Australian mainland is made up of five states and three territories, with the sixth state of Tasmania being made up of islands. In addition there are six island territories, known as external territories, and a claim to a territory in Antarctica. All states and three territories have their own parliaments and administer themselves; the remaining territories are administered by the Federal Government."

Every conceivable link to the states & territories of Australia, which will hopefully make your particular location settlement search easy to do.



You might not want to know about taxation, but maybe you'll get some money back from the government???





Websites that try to cover the entire range of settlement issues while perhaps not focusing on single issues in depth. They are usually non-government but they link very heavily to government sites. 





australian immigration point 1 Apply for a Tax File Number - can be done on the internet

australian immigration point 2Enrol in Medicare - approx 10 days after arrival

australian immigration point 6Open a Bank Account - easier within 6 weeks of arrival

australian immigration point 7Register with Centrelink, the Government agency offering a range of services to migrants

australian immigration point 3Enrol children in school - Australian Education

australian immigration point 4Organise a drivers license - within 3 months of arrival



"One of Australia's leading sources of quality educational resources on multiculturalism.Teaching resources and strategies to understand cultural diversity and tolerance.

More than 3500 pages of articles, research, teacher guides, lesson plans, audio interviews, video clips, Australian multicultural artworks.


"A practical guide for newcomers to help them make the most of their new life in their new location, particularly if they are moving to Australia.

"The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) is the national peak body representing migrant and refugee settlement agencies across Australia.

SCOA operates as a network of settlement service providers. Our aim is to bring settlement service providers together at a national level in order to create cohesion amongst our members, and improve collaborative and strategic planning processes for the settlement sector."

Direct link to the services in your state

When you want a more local non-government provider try this site. Such providers usually do a great job on limited resources.
This page of links might be useful to someone learning English & wanting even more Australiana.





If you want to test your understanding of what it means to live in Australia---via exercises & activities & lessons & worksheets & interactives, online or sometimes offline (printing required)---you should now go to the site


And, if you need more general English tuition via the internet, you could try the site
















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