SCoA Regional Settlement Policy Paper: November 2016
Much of the discourse around Australia’s immigration policy focusses on the number of migrants granted permission to enter the country each year. This is increasingly contentious in relation to Australia’s refugee and humanitarian programme, where numbers remain at the forefront of public debate. Also contentious is the make-up of the programme itself: the skills, origins, health and character of migrants and the way in which they are selected. A vital element that remains absent from the majority of debate, however, is the distribution of those migrants on their arrival in Australia...
SCoA Submission to Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia: December 2016
SCoA considers that the current provisions within the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA), the subject of this Inquiry, provide a basis for respect and tolerance which are core to any community and are essential in a multicultural democracy. As such, on behalf of our members, SCoA urges the Inquiry exercise extreme caution when considering recommendations to reform Section 18C and 18D of the RDA. Submission released in December 2016.
SCoA Submission to Senate on Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill: September 2016
The strengths that families bring to the settlement process are well documented. Family provides significant support during the challenging process of settlement, leading to long-term personal, social, community and economic benefits. Families can be a built-in social network reducing isolation and providing emotional support. They can share economic burdens such as cost of housing. They support each other to navigate new cultural and government systems. The role of the family in Australia’s settlement programme therefore cannot be underestimated. This submission was released in September 2016
SCoA Submission to Temporary Parent Visa review: August 2016
SCoA recognises and celebrates the enormous value that family migration contributes to Australia, often in non-traditional economic terms including providing social and emotional support and fulfilling family roles including childcare. This is especially clear in the settlement sector, where family reunion can play a vital role in the successful settlement of people from refugee backgrounds. This issue was the focus of our Issues Paper on Family Reunion, released in August 2016.
SCoA Submission to Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform – August 2016
Settlement services are already a sector with a competitive and contestable funding process and do not require further reform or investigation in this regard. The HSS, CCS, SRSS and AMEP programmes undergo a tender process, and SGP is funded through a competitive grants process. Further introduction of competition measures could be counterproductive to the Government’s current objective to encourage collaboration amongst these service providers. This submission was released in August 2016.
Employment Solutions: Case Studies of Good Settlement in Practice – 2015
This discussion paper builds upon the SCoA Discussion Paper Addressing Barriers to Employment. It provides a summary of the employment barriers faced by migrants and people of refugee backgrounds, recommends actions to overcome these barriers and provides a series of case studies highlighting settlement service provider’s best practices to overcome employment barriers for refugees and migrants.
SCoA Policy Brief: Domestic Violence (2013)
SCoA had played an active role in addressing issues of domestic and family violence in new and emerging communities. This included a range of workshops in 2017 in which we partnered with Lifeline to deliver DV-Alert seminars for the settlement sector. We are also an active member of the White Ribbon reference group for CALD Communities. We will continue to bring relevant and useful information to the sector on this crucial issue. For a detailed look at domestic and family violence, please see SCoA's 2013 Policy Brief, below.