English Language Acquisition for Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds
Department of Social Services: Language Services
All Australians have the right to communicate and engage with the Australian Government and other essential services, irrespective of their first language preference, their English language ability or their cultural and linguistic backgrounds. However, some members of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities may experience a language barrier when accessing government and other essential services. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census, more than 660 000 people born overseas self-reported as having limited English proficiency.
The Department of Social Services provides useful information about a variety of language services available to new arrivals on their website here.
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.