Fairfield – who will welcome 6000 humanitarian arrivals from war-torn Syria and Iraq by the end of the year – was the venue for the launch of a dedicated statewide refugee service by Legal Aid NSW on Wednesday morning.
The targeted service, made possible by a NSW Government investment of $4 million over four years, will help newly arrived refugees address legal problems before they escalate.
“By helping refugees understand their rights and responsibilities, we hope to give them the confidence to fully participate in Australian life and become self-reliant members of our community,” Legal Aid NSW Acting cheif executive Richard Funston said.
“For those who have grown up in Australia, it is easy to underestimate the extent to which law shapes our everyday lives. But every time you pay a bill, pick up the phone to talk to Centrelink, fill out a rental application, or get behind the wheel, you are relying on legal rules.”
The service was launched by the NSW Coordinator-General of Refugee Resettlement, Professor Peter Shergold who described Fairfield as a “vibrant” place with plenty of services for refugees.
The service will target legal problems in areas of immigration, housing, social security, fines, credit, debt and employment.
The new service will start on March 15 and will be based at Bankstown.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s edition of the Fairfield Champion