The first Assyrians arrived in Australia in the mid 1950s and in 2005 they number close to 20,000 in Sydney, the majority of which live in Fairfield. The Australian Assyrians have a rich history spanning over 6,500 years and originate from Bet Nahrain, the land between the two rivers of Euphrates and Tigris in the Middle East. The Assyrians are indigenous to the lands of modern northern Iraq, southern Turkey and the adjoining regions of Iran and Syria. Embracing Christianity in the first century, the Assyrian nation has maintained its distinct ethnicity, language and culture through arduous times over the centuries. In Australia, four generations of Australian Assyrians have built a significant presence in the Fairfield area, whose needs range from longer-term community infrastructure building to assisting recent humanitarian and refugee arrivals
- Address the settlement needs of Assyrian migrant, refugee and humanitarian entrants through direct services.
- Develop and enhance case management of service provision to clients.
- Increase social, educational and support network with youth, seniors and women to reduce social, cultural and physical isolation.
- Lobby government agencies and mainstream service providers to implement equity strategies to enable access by Assyrians.
- Provide ongoing information, support, training and skills development to members of the Assyrian community in Fairfield and South Western Sydney areas.
- Promote the services of the Assyrian Resource Centre and provide information to the Assyrian community through Assyrian media outlets.
Settlement Grant Services
The Assyrian Resource Centre (ARC) delivers Settlement Grant Services funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS).
The aim of settlement grant services is to provide support to humanitarian entrants and other eligible migrants in their first five years of life in Australia, with a focus on fostering social and economic participation, personal well-being, independence and community connectedness.
As a client, you can expect to recieve the following:
- Referrals to mainstream service
- Homework support programs
- Referralls to housing services
- Free immigration assistance, including form filling
- Counselling services provided by STARTTS
- Group information sessions
- Driver education classes
- Life skills workshops
- Computer training
- English conversation classes
- Sewing/craft/social groups