Our Beginnings, Our Heritage
The Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was established in September 1979 following recommendations from the Galbally Report that the establishment of Migrant Resource Centres would be fundamental in ensuring the successful settlement of Non-English Speaking Background migrants in Australia. Opened as the Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, we were set up to provide community development and welfare related services for people living with the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA).
The years past have been full of opportunity, growth and change at the Liverpool MRC, hence our recent name change to Western Sydney MRC.
We are now focusing our efforts in new spaces and growth opportunities & the first step was a rebrand. We’re the same people with the same commitment to our community, clients and existing partners.
Western Sydney continues to be primarily funded by the Federal Department of Social Services. The Centre also actively seeks and receives funding from Local and State government entities and other organisations to implement specific community projects and programs.
We are proud of our heritage and have continued to grow and involve since 1979.
NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP)
Western Sydney MRC is a member of the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP), a consortium of organisations that deliver settlement services in different areas of NSW under the Department of Social Services ‘Settlement Services Program (SSP).
The NSP represents a unique and innovative settlement services delivery model and provides an opportunity for organisations with a long history in service delivery to migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants, to work collaboratively in achieving the best outcomes for clients.
Find out more about the NSP here
Our plans for the future
We hope in the future to be able to:
- Provide outreach services supporting rural and remote areas alongside partner organisations
- Provide clients whose needs do reach beyond the Liverpool LGA and the new name will allow us to enhance their bonding and bridging processes
- Build connections with new communities and reconnect with lost allowing us to both gain and receive support
- Continue to connect with services such as Legal Aid to provide information relevant reliable information in an extended capacity alongside partnering organisations.
We are committed to staying client and community centric throughout all that we do.