Dear administration,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) welcomes you to our newly formatted Settlement News.  The April 2015 edition is the first of our e-Settlement News.  

The focus of this newsletter is Volunteering.  In this edition you can read about SCOA member's volunteer programs and events happening across the country. Also, learn about the latest policy developments from relevant Government Agencies and other community organisations and hear about SCOA's recent activities.

  Message from SCOA Chair - Dewani Bakkum (April 2015)
The SCOA Executive Committee gathered in Sydney for a one day strategic planning meeting on 12 March. It was a good opportunity to explore thoughts and ideas for the future of SCOA. We will be continuing this conversation as part of the consultations which is coming up very soon across the country. ... read more

  Message from the Executive Officer - Sky de Jersey (April 2015)
I have been able to attend some interesting and inspiring events recently. While in Adelaide I attended celebrations to mark International Women’s Day, which included inspiring women sharing their stories and achievements. ... read more


What is happening at SCOA

  What is happening at SCOA (April 2015)
Read about the latest things happening at SCOA including consultations, teleconferences, submissions and updates on SCOA's current project.... read more

News from the Department of Social Services

  News from the Department of Social Services (April)
Important updates from the Department of Social Services (DSS) relevant policy, research and other settlement related activities.... read more


News from the Department of Employment

  News from the Department of Employment
The Australian Government is introducing new employment services called jobactive. Starting 1 July 2015 jobactive replaces Job Services Australia. These arrangements will build on changes already introduced by the Government, including the Job Commitment Bonus for eligible young people who stay in work and off income support for at least 12 months, Restart wage subsidies for mature age job seekers and Relocation Assistance to Take Up A Job.... read more


Latest Settlement Research

  Latest Settlement Research (April 2015)
Keep up to date on the latest settlement research to help inform your practices and policies. Learn about new research being undertaken and opportunities for you and your clients to get involved.... read more


SCOA Member's Volunteering Programs and Activities

  Volunteers step up to run citizenship course at the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Ecumenical Migration Centre
Studying for the Australian citizenship test can be a challenge for migrants and refugees who are unfamiliar with Australian history and politics and have limited English and computer skills. ... read more

  Settlement Services International Volunteer Program
Without the support of volunteers, Settlement Services International (SSI) would not be able to achieve such positive outcomes for our refugee and asylum seeker clients. Volunteers take part in many different activities to assist new arrivals to start meaningful new lives in Australia. ... read more

  Northern Settlement Services Volunteer Program
Northern Settlement Services’ (NSS) Homework Centres program has been running for ten years. The program matches volunteer tutors with students at schools in the Newcastle area. ... read more

  MRCSA Volunteer Program: A catalyst to effective settlement outcomes for migrants
The MRCSA Volunteer Program plays a vital role in the provision of essential services to clients, as they arrive and settle in South Australia.
... read more

  Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency's Volunteer Program
Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) has seen a large increase in community members expressing their interest in volunteering. ... read more

  Many things grow in a garden that where never sown there!
Volunteers are integral to Melaleuca’s practice and support families, individuals and communities with refugee background in many ways. ... read more

  Diversitat's Geelong volunteer program
Diversitat’s Settlement Services has embraced the contribution of volunteers from our local community in supporting new arrivals to Geelong. ... read more

SCOA Member Profile

  SCOA Member Profiles (April)
The SCOA Settlement News profiles two of its members in each edition. Find out more about what SCOA members are doing across the country.... read more

The Learning Corner

  Learning Corner (April)
SCOA's Learning Corner is a new addition to the Settlement News and features good ideas of interest to our members. It will share ideas in the format of book reviews, TED talk links and other articles which will add to our collective thought bank.... read more


Awards in Focus

  Awards in Focus (June 2015)
Awards in focus shares stories of settlement sector colleagues whose achievements have been recently recognised, awards programmes open for application and much more.... read more

  Racism It Stops With Me supporter events
Since the launch of the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign in 2012, over 300 organisations across business, education, local government, and the sporting and community sectors have pledged to take action against racism and promote cultural harmony. ... read more

  National Volunteer Week 2015
This National Volunteer Week (11-17 May 2015), help us make Australia the happiest place on earth! ... read more

  MYAN has released its National Multicultural Youth Summit Report - FUSE
A Report on the MYAN's national multicultural youth summit - FUSE - is now available. Australia's first national multicultural youth event, FUSE was held in Sydney in October 2014. ... read more

  Cultural Diversity and the Law Conference
A conference on cultural diversity and the law, jointly organised by the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Migration Council of Australia (MCA), was held in Sydney over two days commencing on 13-14 March 2015. ... read more

  What does the Fair Work Ombudsman do? How can it help you and your clients?
Employers and employees in Australia have rights and responsibilities at work. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) can help your organisation learn more about this.
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  Webinar - Good practice when working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
This webinar will explore good practice when working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, using the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network’s soon-to-be released national Youth Settlement Framework (YSF).... read more

  Primary prevention in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
In partnership with local organisations, Our Watch is developing tailored initiatives to prevent violence against women and their children in CALD communities.... read more

  Want to contact SCOA? We'd love you to!
Click here for contact information for SCOA staff and SCOA Representatives in your state.... read more

SCOA welcomes you to contribute to our next bi-monthly Settlement News.  If you would like to share something in newsletter please contact Kat O'Neill at Alternatively keep your eye out for our next contribution call out.

The Team at SCOA