Hobsons Bay Settlement Network

Hobsons Bay Settlement Network

In 2011 Council established Hobsons Bay Settlement Network to bring together all relevant stakeholders and facilitate a stronger collaboration to assist Hobsons Bay’s newly arrived migrants and refugees into successful settlement.

The overarching aim of the Network is to work collaboratively, through a coordinated services approach, to address the settlement needs of the target groups within Hobsons Bay through assistance, support and advocacy on their behalf.

The Network’s main objectives are to:

  • share information
  • identify issues and needs of the target group
  • work collaboratively to address issues through joint project work
  • advocate on behalf of the target group
  • provide opportunities for professional development and skills sharing
  • reduce race based discrimination

The Network meets bi-monthly at Laverton Community Hub.

For more information about the Network, please contact the current convener Kathy Brunton, Community Strengthening Manager at Wyndham Community and Education Centre on 9742 4013 or kathyb@wyndhamcec.org.au or the Multicultural Officer at Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1095.

Hobsons Bay Settlement Network Members

The following agencies are involved in the Network. They provide various settlement services and support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who live in Hobsons Bay.


AMES is a provider of humanitarian settlement services for refugees and newly arrived migrants and offers English classes, employment services, employment readiness programs and case work.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre offers a range of support services for asylum seekers including legal assistance, health care, mentoring, orientation tours, vocational training, employment pathways and food assistance and guidance.

Catholic Care

Catholic Care’s Refugee Settlement Program provides services for newly arrived refugee and humanitarian entrants including case work for individuals and families, homework support for school children, social support groups for adults, information, forums and orientation to Australian life.

City West Water

City West Water can run presentations for groups from non English speaking backgrounds on water conservation, including water saving programs, water wise gardening, tips for saving water in the home and paying bills. They can be tailored to include your group's specific requirements or interests.

To book a presentation contact: Jane Tunnicliffe, Community Liaison Officer, ph 9313 8284 email: jtunnicliffe@citywestwater.com.au

Foundation House

Foundation House provides services to people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries.

Hobsons Bay Refugee Network

Hobsons Bay Refugee Network assists asylum seekers with securing low-cost rental accommodation and the sourcing of household goods and clothing.

Contact Ann Morrow morrowann8@gmail.com

ISIS Primary Care

ISIS Primary Care provides a Refugee Health Program that offers refugees and asylum seekers free support through education, advocacy and referral with priority given to complex health needs.

A refugee Health Nurse has a presence at the Altona Meadows campus on Thursdays and support from a nurse or community case worker and Karen/Burmese bilingual worker is available on-site or outreach from the Hoppers Crossing campus.

All referrals to the Refugee Health Program should go through Hoppers Crossing site on phone 8734 1400.

Laverton Community Education Centre

Laverton Community Education Centre provides English classes and educational training courses and skills for employment programs.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Through a variety of community education campaigns and programs, MFB fire fighters work closely with Melbourne’s diverse communities, across all age groups, to promote community safety and coordinate emergency prevention activities.

To book a presentation email Colin Campbell CCampbell@mfb.vic.gov.au

Migrant Resource Centre North West

Migrant Resource Centre North West provides settlement services such as immigration advice, group information sessions and community development activities.

Newport Community Education Centre

Outlets Co-op Neighbourhood House Ltd provides English classes, pre-employment and computer classes for migrants and refugees at Newport Community Education Centre.

New Hope Foundation

New Hope Foundation offers a range of settlement services for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers as well as Youth Settlement Services such as homework groups, holiday programs and support groups for primary and secondary students.

Western Bulldogs Spirit West Services

Western Bulldogs Spirit West Services provides Youth Settlement Services for refugees as well as sport employment readiness programs and community leaders mentoring.

Williamstown Community and Education Centre

Williamstown Community and Education Centre provides English and computer classes for refugees and migrants.


WEstjustice provides legal advice and casework, financial counselling, criminal law advice and community legal education sessions on a range of legal topics.

Wyndham Community and Education Centre

Wyndham Community and Education Centre offers a range of settlement services to newly arrived refugees and migrants through case work, information sessions and community development programs.

Victoria Police

Victoria Police employs a Multicultural Liaison Officer whose role is to actively promote and maintain a harmonious relationship between the Police and Victoria's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. This role is enacted through taking part in presentations, programs, projects, education and providing advice on issues that relate to CALD communities. 

Contact Leading Senior Constable Richard Dove on ph: 9742 9454 or mobile 0438 374 071 or email: richard.dove@police.vic.gov.au

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