The city of Ipswich has stepped up to support migrants and their children. Five new Community Hubs will help them assimilate more readily.

Elke Bowman reports.


The Access Community Hubs program was established in Queensland four years ago with the support of the Department of Education and local schools.

Gail Ker, Access Community Services CEO: “There is nearly 75 Hubs across Australia and they are absolutely successful everywhere they operate.”

The hubs help both children and parents develop school readiness skills, and navigate the education system.

It encourages them to engage with others in Australian society.

Many participants are refugees or migrants, who seek better learning opportunities.

Katherine Hicks, Redbank Plains Hub Leader: “The Community Hub is that soft entry into the school community which in turn will improve outcomes for students.”

The program allows parents to meet welfare groups and take part in life-skills programs not available in their own countries.

Services currently on offer include English lessons, art and play groups, dance classes and sewing clubs.

They help build confidence.

Tegan Tinette, Mother: “This Community Hub really offered me an outlet to be myself.”

With all sides of government supporting community hubs, Access is hoping to expand the program around Australia.

Elke Bowman, QUT News.