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Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program

​​​NOTE: Current SETS grant agreements will cease on 30 June 2024. Grant processes are currently underway to establish new arrangements from 1 July 2024. Program eligibility under the new SETS arrangements commencing 1 July 2024 will remain unchanged. This is with the exception that the program will no longer be limited to individuals who have been in Australian fewer than five years. ​

The SETS program aims to equip and empower humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities to address their settlement needs. It focuses on improving social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and community connectedness. The program commenced on 1 January 2019.

The program fills an important gap in the post-arrival period for eligible clients who do not have family and other community supports to rely on. The program is complementary to the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) and other Commonwealth support to humanitarian entrants and for other vulnerable migrants.

SETS is an enhanced version of the former Settlement Grants program. A policy review and ​independent evaluation of Settlement Grants found that the program provides effective early intervention that contributes to clients achieving full participation in society as soon as possible. Enhancements were made to the program to ensure that grant funding continues to:

  • appropriately deliver against the Government's policy objectives, in particular English, education and employment (the 3Es)
  • align with the HSP and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
  • be targeted, flexible, and innovative in providing timely and effective early intervention support to the most vulnerable based on specific emerging needs.

For more information see I​ndependent evaluation of Settlem​ent Grants.​

The program includes two components:

SETS – Client Services

SETS – Client Services provides clients with settlement-related information, advice, advocacy, and assistance to access mainstream and other relevant services. Services will be delivered in accordance with a needs-based approach.

This component has a key role in:

  • facilitating acquisition of English language skills
  • supporting engagement with education and training
  • building employment readiness with services complementing other settlement and mainstream services.

For more information see SETS – Client Services.​

SETS – Community Capacity Building

SETS – Community Capacity Building helps new and emerging community groups and organisations support their specific communities. It aims to ensure that positive settlement outcomes are sustained in the long term by collectively increasing:

  • ​social participation
  • economic wellbeing
  • personal well-being of community members.

Support may include:

  • development of leadership and governance skills
  • linkages to the broader community
  • interaction with government and local stakeholders
  • access to resources and facilities.

For more information see SETS – Community Capacity Building​.​