Multicultural services and support
  • Last updated:
  • 28 May 2020
The Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network is the best local resource for information about support services and social connections.

Ways to connect:

WhatsApp group has been created for multicultural community leaders to communicate with the Department of Home Affairs. If you would like to be included in this group: 

  1. Add the Queensland Home Affairs number (0434 861 883) to your contacts in your phone (this is important, otherwise you will not receive messages they send)
  2. Text 0434 861 883 with the name of the community you represent

Information, support and services

  • I Speak Your Language
    You can have a friendly conversation with someone who speaks your language
  • Department of Home Affairs
    Updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements
  • Services Australia 
    Information on newly arrived residents waiting period
  • Homeward
    Provides free assistance to non-Australian citizens who wish to voluntarily return to their home country, those eligible can access assistance with counselling, obtaining travel documents, short term accommodation, flights and other transport needs
  • Queensland Human Rights Commission
    Talk to someone about discrimination, vilification or human rights call on 1300 130 670 or email enquiries@qhrc.qld.gov.au
  • Red Cross 
    Emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas
  • Harvest Trail 
    Jobs for backpackers and seasonal workers
  • Culture of Connection
    Multicultural Australia invites individuals, communities and organisations to share your stories and messages of hope and resilience through these extraordinary circumstances

Translated resources

SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal 

SBS are continuing to provide the latest news and information in your language. They also have resources explaining the health and safety measures we all need to take.

Call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 for help when you need support and advice.

  • Ethnolink 
    A multilingual resource library providing up-to-date information in 18 languages
  • Australian Human Rights Commission 
    Information about how to make a discrimination complaint to the Commission, in 64 languages