Fairfield a great fit for unique team

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne today paid tribute to staff at the Fairfield Service Centre for the important work they perform assisting refugees.

With one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country, Fairfield is one of only five sites around Australia to host the highly specialised refugee servicing team.

Minister Payne praised staff at the Fairfield Service Centre for their work in providing support to new arrivals.

“Most refugees arrive in Australia without money, assets or a support network of family and friends, so the Refugee Servicing team plays a vital role in helping new arrivals transition into their adopted community,” Minister Payne said. 

“The team provides a face-to-face service to refugees on arrival and advises them on the range of Commonwealth assistance they may be entitled to depending on their personal circumstances.

“Access to helpful information through a specialised team such as the group based here in Fairfield is critical for these new arrivals.”

Minister Payne said it was very appropriate that the dedicated team of staff was based in the Fairfield region.

“Fairfield holds a unique place as one of Australia’s most culturally diverse communities with around 73 per cent of the local population from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds,” Minister Payne said.

“Settlement patterns of refugees are highest in locations of low cost rental accommodation that are close to public transport and accessible to familiar foods, community and religious support.

“Therefore, arrival patterns tend to be concentrated in the outer suburbs of the largest cities.

“Fairfield Local Government Area has the largest number of refugee arrivals after Dandenong in Victoria.”