Australia is a secular country that enables freedom of religion. In this week’s SBS Radio Settlement Guide, let’s explore what that means.
What is secularism?
Australia has been a secular country since Federation in 1901. It means that the State and Church are separate, and as such, the government can’t interfere with the exercise of religion.
“What secularism in Australia sa...
It's important for migrants, just like any other Australian, to learn what rights they have as a worker in Australia and how to report exploitation.
"Migrants need to know that their work rights are exactly the same as those of any Australian worker," says Professor Alan Fels, head of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce.
Pay, leave and entitlements
You’re entitled to the minimum hourly wage...
We often hear on the news stories of employers underpaying their workers, whether it’s restaurant chains or even small businesses.
As an employee, you have clear rights when it comes to pay, conditions and safety.
And there’s easy ways to report ...
While securing employment is an integral part of the settlement process for new migrants arriving in Australia, getting a job interview often requires a more targeted approach.
Landing a job interview these days often comes from personal contacts and recommendations. However, there are a few steps you can take to get that break.
What are your strengths?
You need to figure out your strengths and be specific about ...
Going online always implies surrendering some of your personal and financial information. But there are some simple steps you can take to prevent online fraud.
Smart phones, social media sites and the internet are becoming inseparable aspects of our everyday lives.
By 2019 the average Australian household will have 24 devices connected to the internet. These are the estimations of Australia's Cyb...
Migrants communities and non-English speakers are far less likely to access mental health services than those who were born in Australia. If you feel like you could have mental health issues and need support, there are many ways to get...
Even if we don’t talk about them as much as physical issues, mental health problems are common. In the past year alone, one in five Australians would have dealt with some form of mental disorder.
Talk to your GP
If you’re struggling with m...
For new migrants to Australia, the bureaucracy of government can sometimes seem intimidating, but our leaders' job is to represent you. So how can you make your voice heard? And what's this postal survey all about?
Having a say in Australia is not just a matter of speaking to a local member of parliament. It’s also important to know who the right person is to take a complaint to and who is responsible for what area of government.
Australia has a lon...
More than one-fifth (21 per cent) of Australians spoke a language other than English at home. So it's important to know that you can access free interpreting and translating services in Australia.
Free interpreting through TIS National
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is available all over Australia for people who don’t speak English and need to communicate with an agency or a business.
How does it work?
A guide to help you do your tax return in Australia.
With a new financial year having begun on the 1st July in Australia, now is the time to do your tax return.
Do I need to do a tax return?
If you’ve worked in Australia during the last financial year and earned more than $18,200, you need t...
Being able to speak and write English well can make all the difference for migrants wanting to find work and to connect with other Australians.
The Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP)
Yazidi Refugees learning English at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute (SBS Arabic 24)
What is it?
It’s a program aimed at newly-arrived migrants so they can learn the foundation of English and ...
Prescription medication, like opioids and benzodiazepines, can be very dangerous if not used properly.
When you think about an overdose, you probably have a mental image of somebody doing illegal drugs, like heroin. But it’s actually prescription drugs that are responsible for most of the overdoses in the country.
Those drugs can be very ne...
There are strict rules to follow in Australia in the case of a road accident, whether it’s a big car crash or just a small fender-bender.
If you drive regularly, there are big chances you’ll be involved in a traffic mishap at some point in your life. Here’s what to do if it happens to you.
Stop your car in a safe place
The first thing to do after an accident is to stop your ...
In many cultures, talking about death can be taboo, but it's important not to avoid these conversations. You may not decide when and how you’ll die, but you can still take steps so that your wishes are respected at the end of your life.
Talking about death can be daunting, but it’s better to do when we’re well rather than wait until it’s too late.
Here's a list of things you should get in order now to make life easier for you and your loved ones when the times comes.
By taking a few minutes to register to become an organ donor, you could improve or save the lives of up to ten different people.
2016 was a record-breaking year for life-saving transplants in Australia, but many more donors are still needed. There are currently around 1,400 people on transplant waiting lists and 12,000 people on dialysis around the country.
With the current shortage of foster carers in Australia, especially those who are Indigenous or from a culturally diverse background, now is the time to take the leap.
Becoming a foster carer can help have a positive impact on a child’s life, while being a rewarding experience.
Who can become a foster carer?
You have to be:
-an Australian citizen or permanent resident,
-in good health,
-without a crimin...