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
The Effects of Discrimination of Refugee and Migrant Housing Needs
SCoA Achievements 2018-2019
Recognising Overseas Skills and Qualifications
My Health Record
Volunteering and Settlement in Australia
- 65 per cent of new arrivals engaged in volunteering within the first 18 months of their arrival to Australia.
- People mainly volunteer as a way to contribute to society, make friends, improve their English, and/or gain local work experience.
- There are personal and professional benefits from volunteering.
- Organisations gained many benefits from their volunteers.
- More than two-thirds of organisations surveyed reported that they and their volunteers need more formal support, and would benefit from funding for training programs, supporting material, and from forming new partnerships and sharing resources.
SCoA’s 2019 Federal Election Platform
SCoA Policy Focus – Access to Justice
Barriers and Exclusions: The support needs of newly arrived refugees with a disability – February 2019
SCoA Annual Report 2017-2018
SCoA Policy Focus – Loneliness
The future of employment services in Australia: July 2018
SCoA Achievements 2017-2018
SCoA Submission on Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period: March 2018
The Federal Government has proposed to increase the Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period (NARWP) for social services payments from two years to three (and, subsequently in the 2018 Budget, to four years).
In March 2018, SCoA made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee outlining our concerns about the proposed increase.
Our Submission can be accessed below.
SCoA Policy Focus – Education
SCoA Submission to 2018-19 Migration Program: Feb 2018
Following a national consultation, SCoA has made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs consultation into planning for the 2018-19 Migration Program.
Highlighting the crucial importance of migration to Australia - both in economic and social terms - SCoA's submission calls on the government to adopt a settlement-focus towards immigration policies that will ensure the success of our Migration Program into the future.
SCoA has also used this opportunity to call for a holistic plan for the Migration Program which takes into account both global trends and Australia's needs into the future. We recommend the government learn from the successful National Settlement Framework and adopt a plan across all levels of government that will ensure our Migration Program remains flexible and dynamic.
Finally, SCoA has urged the government to review opportunities to increase access to the Migration Program for humanitarian migrants, including by investigating options to make skilled and other general visa streams more accessible and, crucially, prioritising family migration opportunities as a matter of urgency.
As a common theme across our submission, SCoA views the role of settlement services as being integral to ensuring that all new arrivals are empowered to achieve independence and become fully contributing members of the community. We see this as being the vital key to striking the best balance in our Migration Program and unlocking its full potential.
You can read SCoA's full submission here.