Launceston Refugee Action Group

Please consider donating food to support vulnerable people who have no access to government support or financial assistance. Many people on Working visas, international students and asylum seekers are finding the current situation very difficult. Many are struggling to feed their families and cover they accommodation costs. Please contact Kimberley on 0433 098 700 to organise our food donation pick - up.

Tasmania’s Roadmap To Recovery

Obeth Sampang explaining Tasmania’s Roadmap To Recovery to his Nepalese community in Launceston including information about students returning to school. 

David- Thang Yawngtun from the Burmese Launceston community speaking about Tasmanians Roadmap To Recovery including information about students returning to school.

Eid Mubarak 2020 

Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Although the date might vary from one country to the other, the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) has stated that May 23 will be celebrated as Eid ul-Fitr. People visit their relatives, host parties also known as iftaar, hug their loved ones, and give greetings on this day. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak this year the festivities are going to a little different with the lockdown and social distancing in place.

Rent Relief

The Tasmanian Government is providing rent relief for residential households who rent homes in the private market and who are experiencing housing stress because of the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme starts on 25 May 2020.
More information about the scheme can be found on the Rental Services page. https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/housing/rental-services

Who is an eligible tenant? 
A tenant is eligible for rent relief if: 
  • you are a tenant renting in the private rental market 
  • you have experienced and can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • your rent is more than 30 per cent of your household income 
  • the household has less than $5 000 in savings 
  • your landlord or agent has agreed to reduce your rent for a set period 

COVID-19 Rent Relief– Fact Sheet for Tenants 

COVID-19 Rent Relief -  Fact Sheet for Landlords

Plan to return to learning at school information 

From Monday May 25 2020:

  • Kindergarten to Year 6 students will return to learning at school
  • All Year 11 and 12 students return to learning at school (including Extension Schools).
  • Students in Year 7 to 10 will continue to learn at home.

From Tuesday June 9 2020:

  • Year 7-10 students (all remaining students) will return to learning at school
Up to Friday 22 May 2020: 

Important information for families regarding your child’s learning in Term 2 has been translated into the most common languages spoken by families in Tasmanian Schools.

Roadmap to Recovery

The time frame starts from Monday 11 May 2020.

The easing of restrictions will continue to be based on Public Health advice. Changes will be made depending on Tasmania's circumstances. 

Major changes to COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday 11th May have been announced.

Please ensure that you continue to follow Tasmanian Public Health guidance, including social distancing and hand washing. 
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For more detailed information follow this link

MRC North YouTube channel

A Good Life Begins with an Introduction 

ጽብቕ ህይወት ፡ብሌላ እዩ ዝጅምር (AGL Tigrinya)

The Migrant Resource Centre North (MRC) has recently posted some short videos about their new NDIS Information,  Linkages and Capacity Building Project - Beyond Limits
Beyond Limits supports migrants and families living with disability by providing links and introductions to the local community and mainstream services. 
MRC currently have videos translated in English, Tigrinya and Amharic. They are planning more in a range of different languages. Follow the link to see more: 


ጽብቕ ህይወት ፡ብሌላ እዩ ዝጅምር (AGL Tigrinya)

Telling your story

Do you love telling stories? We are running a storytelling competition! Open to anyone aged 6 – 18 years from a refugee background living in Tasmania.

Submit a story using any medium – video, creative writing, audio, music, photography, art… it’s up to you!
Lots of prizes to be won!

Entries close 31 May 2020. Register now via this link:

Mentors are available for assistance in creating stories across a number of mediums – just get in touch communitydevelopment@mrctas.org.au or call 03 6221 0999.For more information and to register email communitydevelopment@mrctas.org.au or call 03 6221 0999.
Winning entries will be announced and showcased on the MRC Tasmania website and Facebook page during Refugee Week 2020.

L2 Driver Licence Application

You are no longer required to sit the L2 Driving Assessment - You can apply to progress to the next licensing stage (L2) by simply filling in our online form

L2 Driving Assessment in Tasmania Information in Nepalese language.

To apply you must meet the following criteria:
  • You have completed a minimum period of three consecutive months on your L1 learner licence
  • Your learner licence is current
  •  You are not currently disqualified from driving
  • Your learner licence is not currently suspended
  •       You will be required to provide a brief statement on your practical driving experience as an L1 licence holder.  
You will be notified electronically when your application has been approved and you will receive the L2 licence card in the mail free of charge.

It is strongly recommended you complete 80 supervised driving hours in a logbook, including 15 at night .
It is important to continue to log your hours.

Brooks High School Online Learning

Pubitra Subba is the Vice Chairperson of the Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania. She is a registered nurse working at the Launceston General Hospital.

Pubitra took the initiative to make this video to support parents and students within her community to access online education at Brooks High School.

School Term 2, 
Launceston Tasmania


It’s important that parents and students have correct and clear information about what is planned for Term 2 of this school year.The Department of Education is working with Public Health Tasmania and the Australian Government to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff.


We all understand that it is a confusing time for parents and a difficult decision to make regarding sending their children to school when it starts on Tuesday, 28thApril or keeping their children at home. 

Firstly, it is a parent’s decision to send their children to school or to keep them at home during this time of COVID-19 and social isolation. The government and schools will support parents  in whatever decision they make. 

If you want to send your children to school because you are working or cannot support their learning at home, schools are open and will provide a safe learning environment for them.


If you want to keep your children at home than parents should contact their children’s school as soon as possible to advise them. Teachers will provide parents with a learning schedule and activities. Activities may be online, offline, or both. Teachers will be in regular contact with both parents and children. 

This advice is based on information provided by Tasmania’s Department of Health Public Health updates and Tasmania’s Department of Education. If you have any concerns, need more advice or information please contact your children’s school directly and speak with the Principle. 

For School related COVID-19 information please contact the Department of Education – Phone: 1800 816 057. Their Service Centre is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays.

John shows us some Michael Jackson dance moves

John lives in Mowbray and has always liked to dance. He goes to school in Mowbray and he is in grade five. John is always practicing his dance moves and is also mastering his traditional cultural dance heritage. He says dance helps him to keep him healthy, happy and active.

BEHIND YOUR WINDOW, A Community Photo Project

Today, the Multicultural Communities of Launceston are launching their 
 Community Photo Project.

Pabitra Subba - Newnham
 Obeth Sampang

Anmol Rai - Newnham
At the moment, many of us are living and working in isolation from our homes. Everyday, we look out through our windows at the same views but with different lighting, weather, sky patterns and feelings. 

The idea for this project is to share the atmosphere of your daily life from BEHIND YOUR WINDOW, where you live.

Orion Beyene - Mowbray

Maria from Newstead -Snow Capped Mount Barrow
Photos of rooftops, your street, a brick wall, a backyard, snow on the mountain, buildings, a river, or even the sky. All photos will be excepted as long as they are taken from within your home. Photos will be put up on the Multicultural communities of Launceston blog every day and at the end of each week a video will be made of all the images received. 

Please email your photo, with your first name and your suburb to multiculturalcommunitiesoflaun@gmail.com or text to 0459 033 035. 
Dolman Rai 
Yadav Magar - Mowbray 

We are all in this together.  Your involvement and the sharing of your experience can strengthen all our sense of community. Your participation is encouraged and all images wil be warmly welcomed.

HOW TO SEND YOUR PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHONE                                             

Mostafa Karimi's videos that show you how to send your photos by text message or email, from your phone.

Video celebrates essential workers from multicultural communities

Coronavirus health workers have read aloud a poem with a powerful message about essential workers from multicultural communities.


Engaging With Children In The Home

Kumari Mangden who lives in Mowbray, Launceston, sent in this video. It is a wonderful example of how parents can set up their own Play Area in their homes with lots of exciting activities and fun things to do. 

Laiela Abdulla shared this video of her working with her 5 year old son and teaching English and Arabic.  
From the 1st of May both:
Playgroup Tasmania will soon deliver a structured program that focuses on engaging children and their carers in play.Playgroup@Home Tasmania

The Salvation Army Tasmania Communities for Children website  will be updated each week with activities, educational sites, resources and ideas for families in lockdown.

African, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages
Coronavirus & Hand Washing Videos

Human Like Us has a great web site with videos in 25 languages explaining the best ways to keep yourself and family safe from the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines_Oromo