You and your children have the right to be safe no matter what your culture or background.
Families settling in a new country have a lot to get used to, including languages, culture, laws and people. As a parent or caregiver arriving in Australia, you might find:
- life for your children is very different to your childhood
- ways of parenting aren’t what you’re used to
- you may have less family support than before.
Families in Australia
Australian families are all shapes and sizes, including single parents, same-sex couples and families with adopted children and we respect and value all kinds.
Under Australian law, parents can raise their kids by their own values and beliefs, as long as children are safe and cared for. Parents in Australia are encouraged to use positive approaches as their children grow and develop.
All Australians, including women and children, have equal rights to education and health care, to be safe and to be heard.
Many support services are ready to help you and your family settle into your new community.
It’s ok to ASK for help. ASK is a safe place.
To talk to someone in your preferred language, phone the National Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) any time on 13 14 50.
You can also go to the Translating and Interpreting Service website.
Information for you
Parenting SA provides the community with free quality information on raising children.
Parenting Easy Guides
Parent Easy Guides on a wide range of parenting topics from birth to 18 years including some specially designed for Aboriginal and migrant families.
There are a range of Parenting Easy Guides available in languages that include:
Services for you
STTARS is a free and confidential services to support good health and wellbeing of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee-related trauma before their arrival in Australia.
These services include counselling programs for children and young people, and for families.
AMES Australia provides practical support to refugees in their first 18 months in Australia. Services include:
- on-arrival settlement support
- placement in short-term accommodation (help with finding long-term accommodation)
- linking to essential services such as Centrelink, Medicare, banking, schools and health care services
- referral to English language and literacy training
- vocational education and training.
Phone 13 AMES (13 2637).
Shine SA provides sexual health and relationship well-being services including clinics, counselling, education and information. Male or female interpreters can be arranged.
Phone 8300 5300
Someone to talk to
The Domestic Violence Crisis Line offers information, counselling and safe accommodation support for women experiencing domestic violence in South Australia.
You can phone the Domestic Violence Crisis Line for free. They can organise a safe telephone interpreter. Let the person know what language you need.
Phone 1800 800 098 (24-hour service)
If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)
The Legal Services Commission gives free legal information and help.
In South Australia, everyone must obey the law. The law protects everyone’s rights and interests. The Legal Services Commission helps people who cannot pay for legal services.
If you are not a permanent resident and would like some legal information about your VISA and rights to stay in Australia if you separate due to domestic and family violence – you can contact the Migration team at the Legal Service Commission.
Online chat is available.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4:30 pm. Not open on public holidays.
PEACE is a service that works with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, regardless of their visa status.