The following information is originally compiled by the HTCC for their website and it is reproduced with their kind permission. All members are welcome to contribiute new resources to this list.


Welcome to ACT

Live in Canberra


Migrant Resource Centre


The Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT’s Mission is to be a leader in provision of settlement and related services for migrants refugees and humanitarian entrants in the ACT and region, in a caring, supporting and enabling way.

Location: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 2nd Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit Civic, Canberra

Postal Address: GPO Box 697, Canberra City, ACT 2601

Tel: 02 6248 8577,

Fax: 02 6257 7655,

Email: [email protected]


Post Skill Assessment

ACT Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) – This is a free service for citizens and residents of the ACT

Skills assessment for Australian Recognised Trade Certificate

Australian Accreditation

Licensing and Registration Contacts

National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR)


List of recruiters in Canberra



ACT Government – Work Experience and Support Program (WESP)


WESP is designed to help Canberrans from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enter the workforce by giving them an opportunity to improve their skills and confidence, as well as develop important networks within the ACT Public Service. The Program involves four weeks of formal office skills training plus an eight-week work experience placement within the public, private or community sectors in the ACT.



For next available program visit โ€“ experience_and_support_program (ACT Government) (Commonwealth Government) (The guide and fact about different occupations)

Volunteer Work

Private – Personal Accident Insurance for Unpaid Work Experience Persons


Important Emergency Numbers (All 24 hour services)




Life-line – 131 114

Poisons Info Service – 131 126
Kids Help Line – 1800 551 800

Domestic Violence Centre – 1800 656 463


ACT Health advice (Health First) โ€“ 6207 7777

National Security Hotline – 1800 123 400





Electricity โ€“ 131 093

Natural gas โ€“ 131 909

Water, sewerage and stormwater โ€“ 131 193

Hot water repairs and replacements โ€“ 131 493


Government Services

ACT Government


Federal Government

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National – Telephone: 131 450


ACT Freedom of Information (FOI) – Freedom of Information Act 1989

ACT Government FOI Contact list

Commonwealth of Australia Law – Freedom of Information Act 1982


Directory of Schools

Preschools (Public)

Primary Schools (Public)

High Schools (Public)

Preschool to Year 10 (Public)

Colleges Y11-12 (Public)

Special Schools and Education Centres

Introductory English Centres

Non-Government Schools

Directory of Universities / TAFF

Australian National University (ANU)

University of Canberra

Australian Defence Force Academy

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) – for elite athletes

Australian International Hotel School

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) – Vocational training and education

Australian Catholic University

Health Matters


List of Doctors and Chemists in Canberra

List of Hospitals in Canberra

ACT Health Service Directory

GPs by suburb

Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service (CALMS)

Medical and dental centres (no more bulk billing)

These two medical and dental centres no more bulk bill Medicare card holders for GP, pathology, x-ray, ultrasound services and CT scans:

Ginninderra Medical and Dental Centre

Nettlefold Street (Corner Coulter Drive), BELCONNEN
Weekdays: 7am – 10pm
Weekends: 8am – 10pm (including public holidays)
Phone (02) 6112 7111



Phillip Medical and Dental Centre

33 Colbee Court, PHILLIP
Weekdays: 7am – 10pm
Weekends: 8am – 10pm (including public holidays)
Phone (02) 6112 7000

Indian Associations in ACT


ACT has a number of Indian Associations and community groups. You may wish to visit their websites as listed below:

Indian Associations & Organisations In ACT Canberra

Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand

Rajasthan Sabha of Australia

Gujarati Samaj of ACT

Bengali Cultural Association

Karnataka Association of Canberra

Places of Worship

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON)

Sikh Gurudwara

Buddhist Temple

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre


Please see below for your accommodation needs:

To rent click here

To buy click here

To share click here

Checklist forย  Migrants

Please see the attachment for all your needs and sources of assistance.

Checklist for new migrants

Beginning a Life in Australia (Government Resources)


Checklist in English

Checklist in Hindi