Lane Cove is home to a vibrant and diverse community with over 20% of people coming from countries where English was not their first language.
Council's commitment to cultural diversity starts with the acknowledgment of the Cameraygal people as the original inhabitants of our area. The area which is now Lane Cove was originally inhabited by the Cam-mer-ray-gal Group of the Ku-ring-gai Aboriginal Tribe. Lane Cove celebrates culture and heritage through a number a festivals, events, programs, partnerships lead by our Cultural Action Plan.
NDIS Information & Pre-Planning sessions for people with disabilities, families & carers - FREE
- Learn more about getting ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and about preparing for the NDIS Transition
- Learn more about disability in Australia, the rights of people living with disability and managing NDIS individual funding packages
- Meet with local disability services, advocates and linkers to find out what supports are available to you now
- For those who are funded by NDIS these seminars will help you better plan for your review next year
All sessions take place from 10-am – 12noon at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street Chatswood
- Cantonese speaking: Thursday 4 May and Friday 5 May
- Mandarin speaking: Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May
- Korean: Thursday 18 May and Friday 19 May
- Japanese: Wednesday 21 June and Thursday 22 June
The first session for each language group is an information talk open to all. The second session is a pre-planning workshop to assist a person with a disability/ their family/carers to prepare a plan for applying for NDIS. The pre-planning workshop is limited to six consumers (or at most eight). People who wish to register for the second session, preferably should also register for the first session, or must have prior knowledge about the NDIS.
Flyers are available in the following languages: Chinese Simplifed , Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin Seminars in English, Japanese in English, Korean in English
Connect with your Community
To help people settle into the community, Council has developed a free guide to services, support and activities that may assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The guide is divided into Celebrate, Connect and Support; the three steps to enjoy being part of the Lane Cove Community!
- Celebrate – we love to celebrate cultural diversity here in Lane Cove and there's plenty of opportunity to get involved
- Connect – for those who are looking to connect with new friends or new experiences, there are details of community programs and local groups
- Support – for those who are trying to find the support services they need, we've included a section with local help to get you started
Welcome to Lane Cove – English version
Welcome to Lane Cove – Chinese Simplified
Welcome to Lane Cove – Hindi
Welcome to Lane Cove – Farsi
The English version is also available to collect in print from Lane Cove Library, Lane Cove Civic Centre (48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove) or you request one to be sent to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services for migrants and residents from the CALD Community
Sydney Multicultural Community Services
Sydney Multicultural Community Services (Sydney MCS) is a community-based, not for profit organisation, specialising in service provision for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. Sydney MCS provides free services to newly arrived refugees and migrants and is funded by the Australian government to deliver the Settlement Services Program (SSP), which involves: casework, community development and migration assistance. Sydney MCS provides:
- Regular meet ups with various ethnic specific groups and supports these groups with information, referral to appropriate services and encourages them to become self-sufficient.
- Settlement Service Programs (SSP), which involves: casework, community development and migration assistance
96 Bank Street, North Sydney 96 Bank Street, North Sydney
TIS Translation Service
TIS is a free 24hour government service providing language assistance in the various community languages.
More information about procedures for accessing this service can be viewed on the TIS Information Sheet
If you need to speak to someone at Council but have difficulty speaking English, ask a Council staff member to contact TIS.
English Conversation Classes in Lane Cove
These English Conversation classes are for people who would like to improve their English conversation skills and for whom English is a second language. Volunteers will help you to have everyday conversations as well as to learn more about Australian society and customs.
Find out more about English Conversation Classes
Location: Lane Cove Library, Library Walk
Bookings: 9911 3593
Help for newly arrived migrants
To assist in settling in the community, quick reference guides on local services for newly arrived migrants are now available in English and selected community languages. The guides have been produced by the Lower North Shore Multicultural Network with financial assistance from Lane Cove Council and other lower north shore councils.
The Migrant Employment Guide has been written to help migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds to find a job. It is full of practical tips to help you understand the steps involved in finding a job in Australia. It includes contact details for local services which can help you with your job search and provides links to useful websites for more information.
Australian and NSW Government information - available in community languages
• Immigration & Citizenship
• Australian Taxation Office – tax information
• Beginning a Life in Australia – welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia – available in 37 community languages
• Centrelink – information on government financial assistance and employment
• Office of Fair Trading – covers topics such as buying a car, renting and credit
• The Adult Migrant English Service – English language courses for newly arrived migrants
• State Library of NSW – information about public libraries & language collections in New South Wales
•Roads and Maritime Services – Everything you need to know about getting, renewing and replacing a driver or rider licence in NSW.\
• Road Users Handbook (PDF files) – in English as well as Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.