Diversitat runs several programs to support Asylum Seekers in the region, including Geelong and Colac.
Status Resolution Support Services
The Federally funded Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program provides services to people seeking to resolve their immigration status. The services aim to cater for their basic needs, while they are waiting for the outcome of their protection visa application. This includes financial assistance through Centrelink, needs-based support, information and referral and case management support for people with complex issues.
The services are delivered from the Diversitat Northern Community HUB. We also assist people who wish to access this program by assessing eligibility and filling out the application form for SRSS programme. Applicants need to be approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to receive the support though SRSS.
Drop-In for support
Diversitat is currently running a Drop-In case work service for Asylum Seekers not eligible for the SRSS program, including holders of the SHEV or TPV visa.
The Drop-In service currently runs at Diversitat Northern Community Hub, every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm. No appointment is necessary. The service provides information and referral as well as needs-based assistance.
Asylum Seeker Food Bank is open every Thursday from 9:30am to 12pm at Diversitat’s Belmont office, 33 Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont.
We offer fresh food donated by Second Bite, as well as pantry staples provided through generous public donations and philanthropic funding. We always welcome food donations from the community.
You can donate food directly to the Food Bank by dropping in on Thursdays, or phone 03 5260 6000 to make other arrangements.
Asylum Seeker Employment program
Job Options for Asylum Seekers is a program funded by the William Buckland Foundation, to support employment pathways for Asylum Seekers in Greater Geelong and Colac.
The program provides tailored individual one-on-one support to asylum seekers, to navigate the complexities of the Australian labour market. The program is open to Asylum Seekers with work rights, however, places are limited.
To find out more call Mayumi Wantanabe on (03) 5260 6000
The Northern Community Hub
25-41 Arunga Avenue, Norlane, 3214
Phone: (03) 5260 6000
Fax: (03) 5278 4664