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NSSRN: How well does Australia’s social security system support victims of family and domestic violence? (August 2018)

The National Social Security Rights Network has produced an important and timely publication looking at the support offered to victims of family and domestic violence through Australia's social security system. An increasingly prevalent and important issue, family violence impacts migrants and refugees in Australia in many unique ways and SCoA welcomes the analysis this report provides concerning the social security support available to these vulnerable members of the community. Read the report here  

Law Council of Australia: The Justice Project

SCoA welcomes the release of the Law Council of Australia's important final report: The Justice Project. Since early 2017, the Law Council of Australia has been conducting a national, comprehensive review into the state of access to justice in Australia for people experiencing significant disadvantage. The Justice Project, overseen by an expert steering group led by the former Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French AC, is one of the most extensive reviews of its type in the past 40 years. It is also one of the most important pieces of work the Law Council has ever undertaken. As part of the review, SCoA made a submission concerning the experiences of newly arrived migrants and refugees in their interactions with the justice system, and the impact this can have on settlement. In particular, we raised the importance of justice as one of the nine priority areas in the National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards. We welcome this detailed and highly-relevant report and endorse the recommendations contained within it with respect to "Recent Arrivals to Australia". You can view the Final Report here.

Beginning a Life in Australia

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has prepared a comprehensive information booklet detailing key information for those building their lives in Australia. The booklet provides helpful settlement information, including links to other resources, for people who have recently come to Australia and people who are helping them. Available on the DSS website in over 20 languages, the book is of great value and highly recommended.

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.