MARSS’s mission is to be a leader in provision of settlement and related services for migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants in the ACT and region, in a caring, supporting and enabling way.
MARSS Australia Inc. was established in 1980 as the Migrant Resource Centre and incorporated in 1983. It has been funded largely by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Financial support has also been provided to MARSS by ACT Governments since 1990. Since its inception, MARSS has been managed by a Board of Management comprising of elected nominees from Canberra’s ethnic communities, and nominated members representing the Local Government. MARSS has grown to become a vibrant service-oriented organisation, incorporating programs for migrants of all ages to assist with language, welfare, employment, access and equity for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED
The settlement and integration of hundreds of migrant and refugee families in Canberra through the many Settlement Service programs.
Integration and connection with mainstream support services and government departments.
Free English education and home tutoring for migrants, and refugees from CALD backgrounds.
Free homework assistance for children and youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds after school.
Road Ready and driving programs designed to assist migrants and refugees obtain their license in Australia.
Sporting programs designed to foster harmony and community connections for migrants within Canberra.
Andrew Alwast OAM
Simon Kwan Kit Ng
Borhan Uddin Ahmed
Raewyn Bastion JP
Isaac Te Ao Cotter