Shepparton News

Funding boost for Afghan services

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CANBERRA: Support services for Afghan refugees recently evacuated to Australia will receive a $27 million boost over the next two years.

Almost $8 million has been committed to the Federal Government’s torture and trauma survivors’ assistance program.

A similar amount will go to Afghan-Australian community organisati­ons which welcome and support new arrivals.

Specialist legal services to help evacuees on temporary humanitari­an visas stay in Australia permanentl­y will receive $6.4 million.

Almost $5 million will be spent on helping new arrivals learn about skills and education pathways to help them get a job.

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