NSS Funding Bodies

Migration Agents Registration Authority.

The Code details the professional and ethical standards for registered migration agents.


Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC)


The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is part of Australia’s Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Portfolio which has responsibility for:

  • entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens;
  • border immigration control;
  • arrangements for the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants, other than migrant child education;
  • citizenship;
  • ethnic affairs;
  • multicultural affairs;
  • Indigenous affairs and reconciliation
NSW Department of Family & Community Services (DOCS)


The NSW Department of Family & Community Services – Community Services is responsible for delivering services that promote the welfare of people in NSW. Specifically they are charged with meeting the protection and support needs of children and adolescents vulnerable to abuse and neglect, their families and communities, and to help support people with disabilities.

Department of Health & Ageing


The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care promotes good health and ensures all Australians have access to key health services, including: aged and community care services, public health initiatives, Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits, hospital and health care funding, health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and emergency services for people in crisis.

Other Services

NSW Community Relations Commission


Promoting multiculturalism, ethnic affairs, cultural diversity, community unity and harmony in one of the most culturally diverse States of the world, New South Wales, Australia.



Centrelink is an Australian Government agency delivering a range of services to the community. Centrelink offices provide the following services: all services formerly provided by DSS offices, as well as childcare and student assistance payments and services; registration and acceptance of all new applicants for income support and employment assistance; self-help job search facilities, including computer access to a national job vacancies database; referrals for employment assistance; and specialist labour market assistance services for disadvantaged groups, including Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, sole parents, people with disabilities, migrants and young people.
Provides information in a range of community languages



Tafe New South Wales is Australia’s largest educational institution. TAFE NSW delivers flexible study programs and services to meet the needs of students, industry and the community. TAFE NSW Institutes offer more than 1000 courses at over 120 locations across NSW

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)


The Australian council of Social Service is the national peak council of the community welfare sector in Australia – the principal voice of low income and disadvantaged people in social and economic policy matters.

The Council of Social Services in New South Wales (NCOSS)


More than 800,000 people in New South Wales live in poverty. NCOSS works for them. NCOSS is the peak body for the social and community services sector in NSW, working towards achieving social justice in New South Wales.

NSW Settlement Partnerships


The NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) is a consortium of community organisations, led by Settlement Services International, delivering settlement services in agreed areas of NSW under the Department of Social Services’ Settlement Services Programme (SSP).The NSP represents a unique and innovative settlement services model and provides an opportunity for organisations with a long and proud history in service delivery to migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to work collaboratively to address the aim and objectives of the SSPThe consortium comprises 22 organisations, including SSI and its 11 member Migrant Resource Centres and multicultural services, as well as 10 community organisations located around the state.Using the partners’ grassroots experience in their local communities, the NSP’s high-quality, integrated services support self-reliance, equitable participation in Australian society and, as a consequence, promote social cohesion and productive diversity within the Australian community.

SES - State Emergency Services - Flood Safe Fact Sheets and Storm Safe Cards

Issued in a range of different languages by the New South Wales, State Emergency Services, these sheets explain all you need to know in the event of flooding.

Other Organisations

Other Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and Migrant Service Agencies (MSAs)


Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and Migrant Service Agencies (MSAs) are funded by Department of Immigration & Citizenship to help with settlement issues such as how to find housing, join English-language classes, find child-care facilities, look for work and enrol children in schools. They provide basic information on health, employment, education and the law and can refer to Government services dealing with these matters. They also give useful information about Australian society, customs and institutions.MRCs/MSAs have workers who speak languages other than English. They can also provide advice on other community organisations providing assistance on settlement issues. MRCs and MSAs are located in most capital cities and major centres.

Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastle Inc.


A non-profit, non-political organisation which acts as an umbrella body for the ethnic communities of the Newcastle and Hunter region.

Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre

Email: info@mncinc.org.au
Website: www.mncinc.org.au

A non-profit community organisation which aims to promote mutual understanding & respect among people of diverse backgrounds & improve access for mainstream services for NESB people. Various courses & programs available throughout the year. Brochure available or email for more information.

Hunter Parents’ & Teachers’ Association of Community Language Schools – HPTACLS


The Hunter Parents and Teachers Association of Community Language Schools (HPTACLS) is an umbrella organisation which supports community language schools and promotes heritage language maintenance.  HPTACLS provides advice on establishing new schools, applying for funding and professional development for teachers.

Samaritans Foundation


Provide disability services, disability care, youth, family, mental health and community support in Newcastle and several regions of NSW.