PUTTING UP THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

Cruel funding cuts to translation and interpreting services by the Federal Government will leave Casey’s most vulnerable residents without access to the help they need.

From December 1 many local organisation will be forced pay for translating and interpreting services as the Federal Department of Social Services completes a review.

Following a community forum for local multicultural community groups in which many raised their concerns about the funding cuts State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley raised the issue in Parliament.

Ms Graley asked the Minister for Housing, Disability, Ageing and Mental Health, Martin Foley to raise their concerns with the Federal Minister for Social Services.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“There are many outstanding organisations just like Casey North Community Information and Support Service who use these services to provide much needed support and assistance to local residents,”

“Many come to them with little or no English seeking help with often very serious and complex issues and without access to these services their job becomes just so much harder,”

“It is appalling that the Federal Government would slash funding for a service so many within our diverse community rely upon.”

Quotes attributable to Susan Magee, Executive Officer, Casey North Community Information & Support Service

“Availability of the interpreter service is a matter of access and equity and community inclusion and would severely disadvantage many community members if they were not able to access this service,”

“Working with clients from different cultural backgrounds with limited understanding of English is quite time consuming as we take longer to ensure they understand the issues that they are coming to us with and options that are available to them,”

“Without the availability of the interpreter services it would be even more difficult and time consuming to assist these clients.”