Dear administration,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) welcomes you to our August edition of the Settlement News.  

The focus of this e-news is Addressing barriers to employment for refugees and migrants.  Read about SCOA member's, stakeholder's and partner's initiatives.  Also, in this edition you read the latest policy and research developments from relevant government agencies and other community organisations and hear about SCOA's recent activities.

  Message from SCOA Chair - Dewani Bakkum (August 2015)
I was delighted to attend the UNHCR NGO Consultations and Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement this month. I focused primarily on the ATCR component of the conference, as the bilateral meetings were distributed among an Australian delegation of about 20 participants. ... read more

  Message from Executive Officer - Sky de Jersey (August 2015)
This will be my last contribution to the Settlement News as SCOA's Executive Officer. It has been a great journey with you all across the country over the last four and half years, but now new horizons beckon. During my time at SCOA I have greatly appreciated the connections and conversations I have had ... read more


What is happening at SCOA

  What is happening at SCOA (August 2015)
Read about the latest things happening at SCOA including consultations, teleconferences, submissions and updates on SCOA's current projects, partnerships and other advocacy activites.... read more

  SCOA Conference 2016
The Settlement Council of Australia invites you to attend the Triennial and International Conference 2016. For the first time SCOA is engaging beyond Australia’s borders to bring together a breadth of exemplary presenters to contribute to the this international conference. ... read more


News from the Department of Social Services

  News from the Department of Social Services (August 2015)
Important updates from the Department of Social Services (DSS) relevant policy, research and other settlement related activities.... read more


Latest Settlement Research

  New Research to Examine Pacific Islander Migrant Communities
La Trobe University researcher Professor Helen Lee has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant to study the socio-economic situation of Pacific Islanders in regional Victoria.... read more

  Latest Settlement Research (August 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


Initiatives Addressing Barriers to Employment

  Sikh Formaggio
Immigrants from India’s Punjab region are helping preserve a slice of Italian culture while making an invaluable contribution to the economy.... read more

  Bake and Make
Community Migrant Resource Centre's Bake and Make project is a cooking and small business training program providing women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds practical training, skills and knowledge to gain employment in the food industry or set up small businesses of their own.
... read more

  Fairfield Pathways to Employment Expo
The Fairfield Pathways to Employment Expo has become a significant annual event for hundreds of residents (in and around the Fairfield LGA) who are looking for apprenticeships, part time, full time or casual jobs or further training and development opportunities that enable their participation in the workforce. ... read more

  Enterprise Helsinki - Supporting immigrant entrepreneurs before problems arise
Supporting migrant entrepreneurs has become high on city agendas around the world as studies show that migrants start businesses at a higher rate than native-born citizens. Enterprise Helsinki, a free business counselling service to the city’s entrepreneurs, has the proof ... read more

  Helping Migrants Find Work in Darwin
MCNT are working with migrants and the community to help people find work.... read more

  Migrant Resource Centre in Northern Tasmania tackles employment barriers for people of refugee backgrounds
The Migrant Resource Centre of Northern Tasmania is offering humanitarian entrants and people of refugee backgrounds specialised employment preparation assistance.... read more

  MRC Works is supporting pathways to employment and micro-enterprise development
MRC Works as part of the Migrant Resource Centre of SA provides multifaceted training programmes ranging from cultural-awareness training, job skill training, volunteer training, work experience and certificate courses for migrants mostly of refugee background, to prepare them for employment. ... read more

  SkillME Project
SkillME is a three-year pilot project funded by NSW Government through Multicultural NSW to assist migrants with skills and qualifications to find suitable employment, by helping them through the complex process of having their skills and qualification recognised and through training or work placement pathways. ... read more

  The Spice Exchange
A social enterprise initiative of Access Community Services Limited, The Spice Exchange utilises the culinary skills and traditions of refugee and migrant women to produce quality and authentic products ... read more

  Talking Work - a Communicare Settlement Grants Program Initiative
Talking Work is a new Communicare Settlement Grants Program initiative will commence delivering a range of specialised services in September 2015 to assist clients from Humanitarian and Refugee backgrounds to gain employment in Australia. After a successful pilot in 2014, the new program will be tailored ... read more

  Supporting settlement through employment options
Settlement Services International brings fresh ideas and energy to the employment sector and established working relationships with large employers.... read more

  Practical work experience - working in wood!
Connect Employment Support Services at the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) have developed strong local partnerships with employers to provide practical woodworking experience to people from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds and to identify opportunities for specialist training based on employer needs.... read more

  Enterprising Communities
Recently Senator Concetta Fieravanti-Wells visited a group of over 40 key members of the Middle Eastern Communities Council of South Australia.... read more

  Pathways to Youth Employment Forum
The Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia in conjunction with Limestone Coast Local Settlement Committee is conducting a Pathways to Youth Employment Forum in the Limestone Coast. ... read more


SCOA Member Profile

  SCOA Member Profiles (August 2015)
The SCOA Settlement News profiles its members in each edition. Find out more about what SCOA members are doing across the country.... read more

The Learning Corner

  Learning Corner
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 (August 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

General Settlement News

  Update from NAATI on Improvements to NAATI testing program - August 2015
NAATI have commenced work on what is one of the largest sub-tasks within the Improvements to NAATI Testing Project, and certainly one of the most important for the final scheme design - the Job Analyses. ... read more

  Constance on the Edge update
Constance on the Edge is a new documentary film, due for release in early 2016, that traces the resettlement journey of a UNHCR sponsored family from South Sudan, and their lives in Wagga Wagga in regional NSW over the past ten years.
... read more

  Refugee Week - 2015
Refugee week is a great opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate and recognise the contributions refugees bring to Australia.... 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