The Department of Social Services is responsible for the resettlement of refugees accepted under the Australian humanitarian migrant program.
The agency runs a Humanitarian Settlement Services program aimed at providing practical support for refugees in their first year in Australia.
Outsourced to a range of 23 local providers around Australia, the program includes setting refugees up with accommodation, providing an initial package of food and household goods, and assistance with registering for services such as Medicare, English lessons and education.
Providers are also responsible for giving new refugees general orientation information about Australian culture and values, and an understanding of the law and police.
The groups selected by the department are often charities and non-profits who rely on volunteers and donations as well as government support.
State by state, here are those providers:
Sydney and Western NSW Settlement Services International
Riverina Region St Vincent de Paul
Illawarra and Hunter Region Navitas
North Coast Anglicare North Coast
Victoria AMES Australia
Far North Centacare Cairns
North and West Queensland Townsville Multicultural Support Group
Brisbane, Central Coast, MDA
South West Queensland
South East Queensland ACCESS
North Perth and North WA Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc
South Perth and South WA Communicare Inc
South Australia The Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia
South Tasmania CatholicCare
North Tasmania The Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania
Northern Territory Melaleuca Refugee Centre