Settlement Program

Settlement Program


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Settlement assistance for migrants is now available in the Wimmera. The Wimmera Settlement Program is available to eligible migrants in Horsham, with outreach sevices to West Wimmera, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack municipalities.

Eligible migrants are permanent residents with low level of English proficiency who arrived in Australia during the last five years as:

  • Humanitarian entrants
  • Family stream migrants
  • Dependants of skilled migrants; and
  • Selected temporary residents

Settlement services include casework, referrals, information sessions and support groups, to help migrants settle into life in Australia.

The Wimmera Settlement Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government/Department of Social Services under the Settlements Grants Program funding program.

For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Settlement Program Manager.

Support Services


Horsham offers a range of support services to migrant and refugee individuals and families living in the Wimmera. Our support services are aimed to support clients to become independent, self reliant and able to participate in Australian society as soon as possible.

Our range of Settlement Services are designed to support with educational development, social inclusion and pathways to employment.

Jellybeans Playgroup
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Jellybeans Playgroup offers a great way for migrant and all other families to form friendships, exchange parenting ideas and gain support from other parents. The playgroup meet at the Horsham Uniting Church, 10 Pynsent Street Horsham between 10:00am- 12:00pm every Tuesday during the school term. Morning tea is supplied along with a craft activity each week for the cost of a gold coin donation.

Homework Club

Horsham Homework Club is currently held on a Wednesday between 3:30 - 5:30pm at the Centre for Participation, 39 Urquhart Street Horsham. Each week children complete their homework with the help of volunteers, before participating in different crafts and games. Afternoon tea is supplied for children each week and is currently FREE.

ESL Classes

 English Classes are currently delivered through the Centre for Participation. For more information please click here.

Young G Youth Group

Young Generation or Young G is a multi-cultural youth group supporting youths of diverse backgrounds and cultures living in the Wimmera. The group aims to create a “happy place” where youth can feel safe and comfortable while being involved with events to showcase their cultures. Young G will provide a range of events and fun activities as well as a venue where migrant youth can go to talk or seek assistance with homework or finding a job.

The youth group was officially launched on Friday March 20th with an event at Nexus Horsham by Mayor Mark Radford. Music was provided by local DJ Cardiac Chaos and live band Cherrypool. Foods from China, Thailand, Japan and Turkey were also a highlight of the evening.  Young G Launch video

Young G are supported by Ballarat Centre for Multicultural Youth, Wimmera Development Association, Nexus and Horsham Rural City Council. They are keen to continue to support newly arrived migrant youth with more information about the group available on their Facebook page



Butterfly Playgroup

The Butterfly Playgroup currently meet on a Friday between 10am- 12pm at the Nhill Early Learning Centre, 2/20 Whitehead Ave Nhill. The group offers a fun environment where families can participate in cultural singing, dancing and craft activities. The Butterfly Playgroup is open to all including a morning tea for the cost of a gold coin donation.

Homework Club

Nhill Homework Club is currently run on a Tuesday between 3:45 - 5pm at the The Patch, 9 Clarence Street, Nhill. Each week children complete their homework with the help of volunteers before participating in a craft activity. Afternoon tea is supplied for children each week and is currently FREE.

ESL Classes

English Language Classes are currently delivered through the Nhill Learning Centre. For more information and times please click here.


For more information on any of the support services, please contact the Settlement Services officer on 03 5381 6504.

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Information in your own language

COVID-19 Translated Resources

WDA Settlement Services have compiled a list of reliable and up-to-date local, state and federal multilingual information and resources about COVID-19 below:

Local Support

Coronavirus Hotline (Wimmera Services): 1800 675 398
Coronavirus Testing (Horsham): If you have any COVID symptoms contact the Wimmera Healthcare Group clinic for assessment by phoning:  03 5362 3474 (10am-5pm any day).

Multilingual Covid-19 Information And Updates

Multilingual App

Bendigo Community Health Translated Videos & Karen Coronavirus Hotline

Mask Wearing Videos

Crisis Funding (for those Visa holder who are not eligible for Federal or State Covid-19 assistance

Red Cross (Federal):

Red Cross (Victoria):

The Australian Government has developed a range of translated fact sheets to assist members of the community access vital information. The fact sheets cover information on Centrepay, Medicare and a range of other topics in more than 60 languages. To access the website click here.


The Wimmera Settlement Services offers a range of events throughout the year from family days to information sessions.


No current upcoming events             



Hindmarsh Shire Council Karen Community Plan

The Karen Community Plan was developed in consultation with the local Nhill community. It provides the strategic framework for the whole community, service organisations and agencies. 

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WIMMERA SOUTHERN MALLEE Collaborative Approaches to settlement

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