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Maximising the economic contribution of Australia’s migrants and refugees – 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission

Supporting the digital inclusion of new migrants and refugees

The best of both worlds: A governance toolkit for organisations supporting migrant and refugee communities in Australia

Communicating with migrant and refugee communities during COVID-19: Learnings for the future

SCoA Annual Report 2019-20

SCoA Submission on the Proposed Licensing System for the New Employment Services Model

SCoA submission to Inquiry into the issues facing diaspora communities in Australia

SCoA Submission to Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

ATCR 2020 Report

SCoA Highlights 2019-2020

SCoA Submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

The Impact of Coronavirus on Workforce Retention and Business Continuity for Settlement Services – Consultation Report

In March and April 2020, the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) carried out a series of consultations with its members in order to gauge the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on settlement agencies and the communities they support, following the unprecedented measures taken by Federal and State governments in Australia to minimise the spread and subsequent impact of Coronavirus. This is the report of the second set of consultations held in April, which focused on workforce retention and business continuity for settlement agencies. An online survey was developed for SCoA members, and was open for approximately two weeks. 37 responses were received from SCoA member organisations in every state and territory in Australia. A national teleconference was also held on Thursday 23rd April, with 41 people registering for the call. The aim of the teleconference was to enable us to “dig deeper” on issues raised in the survey. This report provides a summary of the feedback received through these consultations with our members. View the report below.

The Impact of Coronavirus on Settlement Services- Consultation Report

In March 2020, the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) carried out a consultation with its members in order to gauge the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on settlement agencies and the communities they support. This was in response to the unprecedented measures taken by the Federal and State governments in Australia to minimise the spread and subsequent impact of the Coronavirus This report outlines key findings and recommendations.

Maximising AMEP and English Language Learning Consultation Report

In January 2020, SCoA consulted with our members regarding the Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP) and English language learning for newly arrived refugees and migrants. The report from the consultations has recently been presented to the Department of Home Affairs. The consultations consisted of four face to face roundtable discussions and a national teleconference. The purpose of the consultations was to identify practical and structural barriers that newly arrived people face in accessing English language programs, as well as ways to improve and support English language acquisition. There was a particular focus on the needs of specific groups including women; older people; people with disabilities etc. This follows recent reviews on behalf of the Commonwealth Government during 2019, including the Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program New Business Model conducted by Social Compass for the Department of Home Affairs, and the Independent Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Migrants to Australia, chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC. The report provides a summary of the feedback received through SCoA’s consultations with its members.

SCoA Annual Report 2018-2019

Community English Language Programs: Strengths and Challenges

This report outlines current community English language programs for adult migrants and refugees in Australia. The report analyses the views of migrant and refugee program participants of what works and what does not work. It also explores the experiences of community providers who deliver English classes to migrants and refugees daily, and often voluntary. Drawing on consultations and surveys with both providers and participants, the report offers guidance to policy makers, government and other stakeholders on how to develop successful English programs where clients’ diverse needs, backgrounds and skills are in focus. The report identifies good practice examples for consideration in future planning and discusses how community programs can overlap with or complement the Australian Government’s own funded program—the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). It also provides recommendations for improving the capacity of community driven English programs. SCoA was pleased to be able to collaborate with FECCA to produce this report.

SCoA Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Migration: Inquiry into migration in regional Australia

SCoA Submission Submission to the Community Affairs Reference Committee: Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia

This submission considers the effect of the current rate of Newstart, Special Benefit and related payments on people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, particularly humanitarian entrants and other recently arrived migrants. Read the full submission below: