SBS Radio provides an invaluable service to migrant communities by delivering balanced and impartial multilingual news and information.
To meet the needs of new migrants and emerging communities, SBS has launched a weekly ‘how to’ guide on setting up life in Australia.
Available in 30 languages, SBS Radio’s Settlement Guide is a weekly series of audio and digital packages designed to assist multicultural communities to learn about life in Australia.
Drawing on expert advice and tips from service providers, each week the Guide focuses on a facet of daily Australian life that new migrants and emerging communities might find unfamiliar – from how to vote or lodge a tax return to guides on water and fire safety, healthcare and housing.
More than a quarter of the Australian population (26%) were born overseas with nearly one in five speaking a language other than English at home*. Since the first National Census in 1911, migrants have made up a large component of the Australian population.
The Guide aims to contribute to meeting the communications needs of migrants.
SBS Director of Audio and Language Content Mandi Wicks said:
“SBS Radio’s focus is to help migrants feel at home in Australia. We give them a voice, share their stories and celebrate their culture.
Our role is becoming increasingly complex – more languages, more cultures at different life stages and stages of migration. The Settlement Guide speaks to our purpose to inform, educate and inspire all Australians and by doing so, encourage social cohesion.”
The Settlement Guide is available online, on radio and on mobile in Bangla, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Malayalam, Nepali, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Urdu, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Kurdish, Spanish, Amharic, Dari, Dinka, Persian, Khmer, Pashto, Swahili, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Hmong and Somali.