Supporting migrants who make Brimbank home


Brimbank Council has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting migrants and new arrivals to successfully settle in our community, under the Brimbank Settlement Action Plan 2019-2023.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the plan provides long-term strategies that respond to the challenges facing new and emerging communities.

“As one of the most multicultural communities in Victoria, diversity is one of Brimbank’s key strengths.

“Refugees, humanitarian entrants, asylum seekers, migrants and skilled migrants, make up a significant portion of our new and emerging communities – bringing opportunities, cultural richness and diverse ideas.

“But migrants and refugees also face unique challenges – and receiving high quality support is key to successfully settling into their new lives in Australia,” Cr Congreve said.

The Brimbank Settlement Action Plan aims to:

  • Identify strategic opportunities to work with local agencies, peak representative bodies, and the State and Federal Government agencies to achieve joint goals.
  • Develop strategies to respond to the identified needs of new and emerging communities settling in Brimbank.
  • Support the work of Brimbank’s settlement agencies.

“Under the Brimbank Settlement Action Plan, Council will work in partnership with community groups, service providers, business and government agencies to deliver a range of strategies and initiatives to support people who are migrating to Brimbank,”Cr Congreve said.

The plan focuses on eight themes for support: Education and Training, Employment, Family and Social Connections, Civic Participation, Language Services, Housing, Transport, and Services Provision. It aligns with Australia’s Multicultural Statement: Multicultural Australia – United, Strong, Successful as well as the National Settlement Framework.

Council adopted the Brimbank Settlement Action Plan at its 16 April 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting following a two-month community consultation period.

Cr Congreve thanked community members who had shared their thoughts, ideas and feedback on the draft plan.