Sessional Services

Settlement Services International (Mon to Fri )

Humanitarian Services – an early settlement program that provides refugees and humanitarian entrants with essential support and information to help them settle successfully in Australia.   Current Session worker: Christine Keogh (02) 9597 5455

Ability Links – operated in partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Uniting Care. Ability Links coordinators “Linkers” will help people with disability, their carer’s and families plan for their future, build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities so they can achieve their potential.  Linkers are based at Bexley Community Centre (02) 9597 3582 and Rockdale Office (02) 9597 5455

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association (Mon-Fri)

Organisation providing support services to the Macedonian speaking community.  Individual case works available on Thursday by appointment (02)9597 5455.

Arab Council of Australia Problem Gambling (Monday)

Arab Council of Australia is a secular, non-profit, independent community organisation working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the community.

The problem gambling program offers face to face and telephone counselling, case work and community education.  Current Session worker: Zena Jawad. For an appointment please contact (02) 9709 4333

South Sydney Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service (Monday)

South Sydney Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service is funded by the Office of Fair Trading as part of the NSW Tenants Advice and Advocacy Program.  Providing information and advice on the rights and obligations of tenants and also assisting tenants who live in the local government area of Bankstown, Canterbury, Rockdale, Hurstville, Kogarah and Sutherland.  Current Session worker: Rachel McCormick. For an appointment please contact (02) 9597 5455

Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (Tuesday)

WDVCASs help to address the legal and social needs of women and children experiencing domestic violence (DV) by assisting women and children to obtain legal protection from NSW Local Courts in the form of an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, making referrals, and working with local community NGO’s. For an appointment please contact (02) 9589 1200

Pro Bono Migration Advice (Tuesday)

Migration agent provides advice on migration law, free of charge for one session only. Appointment is essential. For an appointment please contact (02) 9597 5455 

Australian Hearing (Friday)

Outreach at the Rockdale Centre was established to assist the elderly and in particular the CALD community in accessing hearing services.  This site is managed by the staff at Hurstville where appointments can be made by contacting them direct.  An audiologist visits the centre at least 4 times per month to work with individual, eligible clients, to find the best solution for their hearing needs.

 For an appointment please contact (02) 9585 7800

ATO Tax Help – July to November (Tues & Fri)

The Australian Tax Office utilise the services of volunteers to offer a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns.  The volunteers are trained and accredited by the ATO and attend the Rockdale Centre from July to October. For an appointment please contact (02) 9597 5455. 

NSW Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) (Thurs)

STARTTS provides treatment and rehabilitation to torture and trauma survivors.  Current Session worker: Tshimanga Beya. For an appointment please contact (02) 8778 2000

Marrickville Legal Centre (Friday)

One of 39 community legal centres across NSW, Marrickville Legal Centre operates a drop in service every Friday at Rockdale Centre.  Solicitors attend the Centre from 10am until the last person is assisted.  For appointment please contact (02) 9559 2899, indicate you want an appointment at the Advance Diversity Services.