Thursday, 10 March 2022
Media release

Afghan-Australian communities to be supported through the first round of the Afghan-Australian community and settlement support program

​​The Morrison Government has provided $4 million to 20 Afghan-Australian community groups and community-based organisations to support the critical settlement and integration needs of recently arrived members of our Afghan community.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, said these organisations have been granted funding as part of the first round of the Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support (AACASS) grant program to deliver information and orientation sessions, case management support, mentoring programs and social activities for young people, men, women and the wider community.​

“The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support (AACASS) grant recognises the unique settlement needs of those most recently arrived from Afghanistan,” Minister Hawke said.

“Projects that have received funding in this first round provide support across family settlement, women’s safety, health and wellbeing, sport and recreation, and community education. All of these are crucial to supporting individuals to settle successfully into life in Australia”, he said.

The AACASS grant program is part of the Morrison Government’s $27.1 million Afghan settlement support package to support recent evacuees from Afghanistan settle successfully into their new lives in Australia. ​

The second round of the AACASS program is scheduled to open on 28 March 2022.

Further information on the program, including successful recipients and details on the second round of funding, is available on the AACASS website: www.aacassgrants.org.au.​