In 151 regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the country, the numbers of overseas-born residents are increasing, while the number of Australian-born residents is decreasing. Population loss means there are still labour shortages in rural Australia. This loss requires new strategies to enable migration to better meet local labour needs. One way to tackle this issue is through locally-led migration strategies. Support for these projects across rural Australia is key to future population and economic growth in small towns. Supported by literature and analysis from the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), this policy paper is based on discussions between regional settlement representatives at Migration Nation, a RAI roundtable event held at Old Parliament House on 1 November 2017 as well as consultations with governments and community groups.Access the report here In addition to the Report, RAI have released a series of Community Narratives that demonstrate just how well locally-led community support for migrants is already working across the country. These well-researched narratives provide ample inspiration for others interested in harnessing the power of migration. We congratulate RAI on this work as well as the various individuals, NGOs and government agencies that supported it.
The Missing Workers: Regional Australia Institute
Regional Settlement in NSW: Multicultural NSW
A National Compact on Permanent Migration: 4 May 2018
National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards
International Migration and Employment Growth in Australia 2011-16
What can the census tell us about refugees in Australia?
Building a New Life in Australia: 27 November 2017
Stories of Making Australia Home
SCoA member, Sydwest Multicultural Services has created an inspiring book which shares the stories of some of Australia's newest citizens. Exploring themes of employment, education, health, social engagement, family and many more, this collection of stories is a message of hope and a celebration of all that Australia stands to gain by welcoming refugees and helping them settle.
Empowering Migrant and Refugee Women
This report explores various aspects of service delivery to migrant women who have been living in Australia for at least five years. It documents the nature and types of service available, and identifies best practice principles and key service gaps in service delivery for migrant and refugee women. This report also outlines key priorities for addressing these service gaps.
NSW Settlement Partnership – In Focus
Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion Report – 2017
Census 2016: Cultural Diversity in Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a number of interesting data sets arising from the 2016 Census.
Data describing Australia's rich cultural diversity has been compiled into a useful report which can be accessed here.
Settlement Grants Program Evaluation Briefing Paper: February 2017
Fundamentals of Effective Settlement 2017
SCoA Briefing Paper – Multiculturalism Alive and Well in Australia: November 2016
SCoA Regional Settlement Policy Paper: November 2016
Beginning a Life in Australia
Building a new life in Australia
The Building a New Life in Australia project is a longitudinal study of refugees in Australia and maps their experiences over a series of years. This study is being undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, with information collected by Colmar Brunton Social Research. The project is commissioned and funded by the Department of Social Services.
Building a New Life in Australia aims to identify factors that impact the settlement of humanitarian migrants in Australia, in the hope that it will help improve policy development and program delivery for Australia's settlement sector.
In 2017, the AIFS will be releasing its first comprehensive release of the study's findings.
For more information, visit the project, here.