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

  Innovative partnership delivers work for newly arrived refugees
An innovative partnership between Settlement Services International (SSI) and a global insurance company is delivering new career opportunities and support for refugees and migrants who have settled in Australia.... read more

  Building the Buddha of Bamiyan
In a partnership between the Association of Hazaras in Victoria, Ermha, Keysborough Men’s Shed and the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre, a group of Afghan Asylum seekers joined together to build a replica of the famous Buddha of Bamiyan. ... read more

  Sector Events
Find out about events happening in the sector including National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016 - Influencing Change: Vision and Impact and ACOSS National Conference plus much more!
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A place to find out about opportunities that arise in the sector including grant opportunities, social projects to become involved in and much more! ... read more

  Research and Resources
A one stop shop for useful research and resources to help inform your work ... read more

  Awards in Focus
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

  Refugee Week 2016
Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about issues refugees are facing and celebrate the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). In true form, SCoA members celebrated Refugee Week with enthusiasm, reverence and passion.
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  Opening Doors Project
Opening Doors aims to do exactly as its name suggests – to open doors to young refugees, who otherwise have limited access to science and technology-based studies and career opportunities, here in Australia.... read more


  Social Catering from Parliament on King
Refugees and asylum seekers are feeding the homeless as part of Parliament on King's social catering project... read more


  UNHCR NGO Consultations and Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement in Geneva
The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) allows for open and frank dialogue, and strives to produce positive outcomes by forging collaborative approaches to global resettlement. It provides an opportunity to address a wide range of policy and procedural matters, including advocacy, capacity building and operational support... read more


  Film Making an Impact: Contance on the Edge
Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds – attempting, often against the odds – to create a home in regional Australia. The film aims to have a significant impact in relation to issues of social importance – and benefit the partners, the development of the films and society as a whole.
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Government Updates

  Humanitarian Settlement Program Announced
In this edition we look at the recent announcement to transition to the new Humanitarian Settlement Program ... read more

  The Department of Social Services News and Updates
Find out about the latest news from DSS about policy, research, projects and partnerships in the sector. ... read more

SCoA thanks its members that contributed to this Settlement e-news edition. If you would like to contribute to the next Settlement e-news please contact Aniela Pepe at Alternatively keep your eye out for our next contribution call out.            

The Team at SCoA