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Funded by the Australian Government DSS

Passport To Drive

Passport to Drive Graduation Photo

Passport To Drive is a driver education, training and mentoring program, unique to the Northern Territory, designed to assist recently arrived refugees to become safe and competent drivers and attain their driver’s licenses in a cost-effective and timely manner.

This project is funded by The Australian Government Department of Social Services through Settlements Grants Program (SGP). This project initiated during 2010 and successfully running to date. The staff and management committee of the MCNT are grateful for the support from the Australian Fovernment.

The MCNT has been aware for some time of the considerable demand for driver's licences in newly arrived refugee and migrant communities in the Top End of the Northern Territory. For many of the MCNT’s clients, the lack of the driver's licence is a barrier to meaningful education, employment and training opportunities. For newly arrived refugees in particular, a driver’s licence facilitates social participation.

Certainly one of the most exciting developments for the Passport To Drive project was the donation in December 2010 of a Toyota Corolla training car from TIO.

In general the target groups for Passport To Drive have different driving and road safety environments experienced in their home countries that contributes to a lack of understanding about driving conditions and road safety in Australia. Many of these SGP clients do not have any formal driving experience prior to arrival in Australia.

It is expected that new drivers in the recently-arrived refugee community who exit from the MCNT’s Passport To Drive project will have increased road user awareness and will observe enhanced compliance with road rules. We have aimed through this project to assist the participants develop practical skills to become safe, courteous, proficient and skillful drivers in the wider community.

For more detail contact Passport to Drive Project Officer on 8945 9122 or email 



Homework Club

The Homework Club is a project which was initiated in August 2008, after feedback primarily from the refugee community in Darwin. Its aim is to provide extra academic support for young people of middle school and high school 

age (12-18yrs), from newly arrived refugee and non-English speaking backgrounds as well as contribute to the social aspect (self-esteem and confidence) of their integration into the Darwin society and broader Australia.

Many of these young people have spent extended periods of their lives in refugee camps, and as a result experienced broken and interrupted schooling which essentially also impacts on their social skills.

Many parents also have had minimal or interrupted schooling, and particularly if English is not their first language are unable to assist their children with homework.

The Homework Club runs on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 4.00 - 6.00, during the school terms at Casuarina Library and at the Multicultural Council in Malak, respectively. Homework Club is coordinated by Project officer under the Department of Social Services Settlement Grants Program, and is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteer tutors. The program is very popular and currently has many registered students and tutors. The students supported come from backgrounds such as; Liberia, Sudan, Somali, Burma, Ethiopia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Cameroon and Burundi.

The Homework Club also seeks Volunteer Tutors! If you can spare at least 3 hours a week and able to provide academic support in English, Math and/or Sciences, we would be happy to hear from you! 

Homework Club on ABC news

For more information on the program please call Home Work Club Project Officer on 8945 9122 or send an email:

Our goals are:

The MCNT promotes multiculturalism as a policy that works for all Australians. The MCNT promotes empowerment for people from CALD backgrounds through culturally appropriate advocacy and direct service delivery to ensure full participation in the Territory’s social, cultural, economic, political and civic life.

The MCNT’s core business and organisational ethics are guided by the principles of access and equity, social inclusion, community harmony and celebration of diversity.

Multi Cultural Council NT

Office Address:

Shop 15 Malak Shopping Centre
Malak Place - Malak
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Postal Address:

PO Box 299
Karama NT 0813