EXCLUSIVE: A “win win” consequence for the closure of MMRC to handover providers to MSCWA

EXCLUSIVE: A "win win" outcome for the closure of MMRC to handover services to MSCWA

Throughout June of this yr, the Metropolitan Migrant Useful resource Centre WA (MMRC) committee had a troublesome assembly which finally noticed the closure of their providers in Mirrabooka.

With a lot deliberation, luckily, the crew managed to have their legacy stay on and their providers proceed.

“We sought out organisations that have been like minded and doing the work we have been,” Chair and Administration Committee Member Leena Bakshi mentioned.

Working for round 27 years, the MMRC have established sturdy connections in immigrant and migrant communities round Perth metropolitan areas.


Ms Bakshi instructed WAMN MMRC’s providers would nonetheless be capable of be accessed, nevertheless, at their new house in North Perth, on the Multicultural Providers Centre of Western Australia (MSCWA).

“MSCWA has providers within the very space that we used to service so it seems like a continuation of a distinct kind,” she mentioned.

Govt Director of MSCWA, Ramdas Sankaran says he understands how individuals could be “unhappy, dissatisfied, involved” as a result of uncertainty of the way forward for accessible providers.

“What has occurred on this case, is it has been an absolute seamless switch of all of the funded applications,” he mentioned.


Mr Sankaran reassured WAMN that providers would nonetheless be the identical and there wouldn’t be a noticeable distinction.

“All of the applications have been taken out and just about all of the employees that got here from MMRC, who’ve carried out these applications have come throughout to us. So, nobody ought to really discover something,” he mentioned.

“I sleep nicely at night time understanding that every one the employees that we had, have a job or are employment nonetheless, so the talents are nonetheless within the sector, MSCWA have these abilities now,” she mentioned.

Each Ms Bakshi and Mr Sankaran are proud of the end result as they spoke in opposition to considerations concerning cash falling into the improper arms.


“Equities have given the cash again to the funding our bodies, and had they completed that, then it might have been the funding our bodies that will’ve then distributed the cash the improper method,” Mr Sankaran mentioned.

There have been preliminary considerations with just a few ‘mainstream’ organisations who have been initially thought of in handover Ms Bakshi instructed WAMN.

Nevertheless, the issue was “turning into a tick field when it comes to like a variety consumer, moderately than the principle focus,” she mentioned.

Ms Bakshi mentioned their ultimate determination got here right down to “who was servicing the consumer” and “employees who seemed just like the consumer”.


If the cash had gone again to authorities funding our bodies “then the sector would don’t have any management the place that cash would’ve gone”.

Mr Sankaran instructed WAMN Information a brand new constructing can be constructed at MSCWA to facilitate the additional assets coming from MMRC.

With the merge underway, Mr Sankaran additionally defined the extra providers MMRC purchasers can be supplied at MSCWA.

“MMRC didn’t have specialist housing providers, they didn’t have aged care providers, they didn’t have incapacity providers, these are three important areas that migrants and refugees require,” he mentioned.


MSCWA has added $2 million to their annual turnover inside the previous yr.

The connection between MMRC and MSCWA has been nicely established for a few years with foundational “mutual respect”.

12 employees members from MMRC will likely be shifting throughout to MSCWA together with the Appearing Normal Supervisor in a transitional supervisor position.

“As an organisation, we have now 220 plus employees, and we have now 82 totally different languages, which is likely to be at 83 or 84 after taking up the MMRC employees into consideration as nicely,” Mr Sankaran mentioned.


With a robust relationship constructed inside the sector, it’s with assurance the method will likely be as easy as attainable.

The formal takeover occurs on Jan 4th 2023.

Vital data for anybody utilizing MMRC Providers:

Principal employees phone numbers and e mail addresses will stay the identical.

Any emails despatched to outdated MMRC e mail addresses will likely be routinely despatched to e mail addresses at MSCWA.