Community Development Program

The Community Development Program helps migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and longer term permanent residents and citizens born overseas with a range of services to assist in establishing themselves within the Canberra community. Offered services include: language classes, tutoring, information sessions, computer classes, driving lessons, sports programs, assistance finding employment, training courses and more.

English for Living

Our English for Living classes are held throughout the school terms Monday through Friday. The classes are friendly and informal, meeting the needs of both new arrivals who are waiting to enter studies elsewhere and others who have completed their studies and want to continue learning informally.

The English for Living program offers:

  • Beginners English
  • Elementary English
  • Advanced English
  • English Conversation and Pronunciation
  • English for Employment
  • Singing and Dancing (in these classes student learn songs in English to assist with their English language skills in an informal setting)

For more information contact MARSS.

To download an updated timetable, follow the link below:

Program for After School Studies

Program for After School Studies (PASS) is a program that exists to provide volunteer tutors to 8-25 year olds students from non-English speaking backgrounds in three locations. Students can be in high school, college, CIT or university. Students are matched with appropriate tutors based on the subjects they require assistance with, and the expertise of the tutor. These are one-to-one tutoring sessions.   

Tutors can help you with:

  • Learning English
  • Doing your homework
  • Reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Writing essays, reports and journals
  • Acquiring study skills
  • Understanding maths and science concepts
  • Learning new skills, such as typing, using the library and doing research

When and Where:

PASS is held for students aged 12-25 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (during school terms) between 3.30pm-6.30pm at the MARSS office. For more information on our location visit our How to Contact us page.

PASS is held for students aged 8-15 on Mondays 4pm-5:30pm (during school terms only) in the upstairs community room at Belconnen Community Service Meeting Room 2.

Looking for a tutor? 

If you would like more information or would like to enroll in the program please contact MARSS.

Looking to Volunteer?

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a tutor for PASS, fill in the following forms and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can! 

MARSS Volunteer Registration Form

PASS Volunteer Tutor Form

Working with Vulnerable People Application

Referee Form 

More information about volunteering with MARSS can be found on our Volunteer page.

The Home Tutor Program

The Home Tutor Program matches volunteer tutors with migrants and refugees to Canberra who are unable to attend our regular English classes. The tutors help their students with English in their own homes.

MARSS currently has a number of students waiting to enroll in the Home Tutor Program in the Northern suburbs of Canberra, including Amaroo, Bonner, and Ngunnawal. If you live in these areas and would like to volunteer, please contact MARSS.

Sewing Group

The program provides an opportunity for all migrants and refugee women to meet with others and take part in regular sewing activities. This class is held on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-1pm.

For more information please contact MARSS.

Computer Class

A lack of essential computer training can be a barrier to gaining information and employment and staying connected with friends and family. MARSS is working with the Australian National University Medical School to offer computer training for members of new and emerging communities.

The course runs for 6 weeks. The course is an ideal opportunity for migrants and refugees unfamiliar with the use of computers to learn the most basic and essential skills like using the internet, word processing, email and Facebook.

The current class runs during regular school terms on Mondays from 2:30 until 4:00 pm.

For more information please contact MARSS.

Road Ready

MARSS Road Ready Program consists of a series of lessons teaching students the ACT road rules in preparation for their Learners (L) knowledge test which is completed in the final lesson. Interpreters are provided by MARSS where required and lessons are taught in a culturally sensitive manner. 

For more information or to enroll, please contact MARSS.

Learn to Drive

MARSS Learn to Drive program is a program that offers subsidized driving lessons with an Accredited Driving Instructor to eligible migrants and refugees who already have their learner's licence and are working towards their provisional licence. Clients learn to drive in an automatic car. Lessons are booked and paid for in advance and go for 50 minutes each.

For more information or to enroll, please contact MARSS.

Multicultural Leadership Development Program

The Multicultural Leadership Development Program (MLDP) enhances communication, managerial, business, media, planning and event delivery skills to promote community cohesion, engagement, respect, acceptance, motivation and resilience.

The MLDP aims to upskill existing and potential community leaders from new and emerging migrant communities so they can advocate their needs and interests with local government and other agencies, landlords and businesses to assist individual migrants and their families find employment, education, training and social integration.

For more information please contact MARSS.

Job Ready Program

The Job Ready Program helps migrants and refugees obtain jobs suited to their qualifications and work experience. It helps clients by creating a pathway for clients, which includes referring clients the MARSS English for Employment Program to improve their workplace English and job search skills, referring clients to MARSS courses and courses offered by other Registered Training Organisations, and referral to the Work Experience Support Program offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Clients are assigned a mentor if required to help improve their job readiness.

For more information please contact MARSS.

Digital Literacy for Mature Age Students

MARSS understands an aging population brings difficulties that seniors and mature aged workers face with reskilling, reintegration back into employment, and ensuring that they remain active and productive members in the community.

Our Digital Literacy course seeks to address this by offering six-week long courses to equip seniors and mature aged workers with the knowledge and skills to access and use these online services. Participants in the course will each receive a tablet to learn and develop their new skills. At the end of the course, participants will get to keep their tablet for personal use along with a certificate of participation.