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Our History


Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was initially established in 1980 to provide settlement services for migrants and refugees living in the Northern region incorporating the municipalities of Yarra, Darebin, Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik, Hume and Moreland.

In the past 10 years, the Spectrum MRC was known as the Northern Migrant Resource Centre (NMRC). In 2007, it launched its new name, Spectrum MRC, in recognition of its new innovative services and programs serving migrants and refugee clients beyond northern metropolitan Melbourne. We offer statewide services such as Spectrum Immigration services, Spectrum Education and Training Centre, cultural and multilingual Aged Home Care & Personal Support for carer families, as well as launching several unique and innovative parenting and intergenerational youth programs supporting new refugee and migrant families choosing to settle in Victoria

In 2009 Spectrum MRC celebrated its 25th anniversary since incorporation in 1984 at Government House. Stakeholders, community members, clients and former and current staff have celebrated the event at a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, AC.

For the occasion a publication was produced to capture, commemorate and celebrate the organisation's history. Request or download a free copy.


The Spectrum MRC is popular with new migrant and refugee families because it offers a “one stop-shop” for migrants and refugee families and individuals that are new to Australia through a wide menu of over 21 re-settlement and integration services and programs and employs staff fluent in 17 relevant community languages and cultural backgrounds reflecting the diversity of Victoria’s migrants and refugee settlers.