Dear Intern,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) welcomes you to our August 2016 edition of the Settlement News. In this edition we highlight the impact of recent changes to Australia’s migration policy on family reunion and the impact this is having on the settlement process for humanitarian entrants to Australia. We also provide a comprehensive update on member achievements; a summary of the latest policy, research and grant opportunities; and much more!           

SCoA News

  Message from the SCoA Chair
It has been a busy couple of months for SCoA. The SCoA team has expanded with two new staff on board! The team is finalising plans to roll out the National Settlement Services Standards Outcomes Standards around the country and we are gearing up for SCoA Elections and AGM in November. We look forward to moving forward in a collaborative and innovative way with the sector with all hands on deck. ... read more

  What's Happening?
Find out about SCoA Elections and AGM coming up in November, SCoA's submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into human services reform, a National Settlement Services Outcome Standards update plus more! ... read more

Policy Focus

  SCoA Issues Paper: Refugee Family Reunion
Recent changes to Australia’s migration policy have created significant barriers to people of refugee background reuniting with their families. SCoA is concerned that this is impacting the settlement process for humanitarian entrants to Australia and has looked into some of the key concerns with the current system. We invite further input from our members on this important issue. ... read more

Around the Sector

  Member Profile
Community Migrant Resource Centre is a Sydney based MRC that provides specialised support services to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants. CMRC operates within a community capacity building framework by encouraging individuals and multicultural communities to identify and address their own issues and to work in collaborative partnership with other agencies to provide services which have both an immediate and long term benefit for the community... read more

  Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania Project Highlights
Find out about MRC Northern Tasmania's community kitchen initiative, community support for refugees and a grant that is helping young refugees and migrants in Launceston.... read more

  Australian Migrant Resource Centre Project Highlights
Find out about inspirational community members, arrival communities bridging the employment gap and AMRC women's empowerment project.... read more


  African Leadership Initiative Program
Find out about Metropolitan MRC's exciting initiative that is empowering African young people to become leaders in Western Australia. ... read more


  Young migrants and refugees introduced to AFL football through AMES Australia
The annual AMES Australia Cup ‘Game On’ event provides the opportunity for new arrivals to Australia from across Melbourne to come together to play football, make friends and community connections as well as practice English in a social setting.... read more

  CASS “Save Our Hearts” Project
Chinese Australian Services Society held a series of information sessions called "Save Our Hearts" for the Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean speaking communities to raise awareness about heart health. ... read more












Government Updates



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The Team at SCoA