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Chair’s Message

Hello and welcome to SCoA’s August Newsletter.

In this newsletter we focus on English language support for new and emerging communities. The diverse range of activities and initiatives that we have highlighted in this newsletter demonstrate the commitment of the Settlement Sector to ensuring new arrivals have the best possible opportunities to learn English following their arrival.

SCoA accepts that English is a crucial aspect of the settlement process, and it is certainly an issue that has received increased government focus over the past twelve months. We argue that an inclusive and supported approach to English language acquisition is crucial for all new arrivals who need it, and we celebrate the sector’s dynamic range of activities, both through formal funding and otherwise, that are designed to enable it.

I hope you will enjoy reading through the collection of case studies presented.

Since our last newsletter, the team at SCoA has continued to work hard to represent the sector though consultation and targeted advocacy. We attended several high level meetings and consultations including: the Community Sector Advisory Group; the National Multicultural Advisory Group; the Harmony Alliance Consultation on the 4th Action Plan to reduce violence against women and many others. We have also travelled to several cities and regional centres to consult with our members on the key issues impacting the sector. Consultations are invaluable to our work and thus we appreciate our members taking time to discuss their issues and concerns with us. Read more about our activities in the What’s Happening at SCoA article.

Speaking of consultations, this week we announced a national survey to examine members’ views regarding the Humanitarian Settlement Program. The purpose of this survey is to provide a cohesive voice on behalf of the sector and to identify areas where SCoA can advocate for improvements and make a positive contribution to the policy development behind this important program. I encourage all members to take part in the survey, which you can read more about here.

 

We continue to be inspired by the hard work of the settlement sector across multiple aspects of a migrants’ settlement journey. We trust you will also find the stories of English support services that we have collected for this newsletter inspirational and useful to your work.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of settlement news and invite you to contact our national office on 02 6282 8515 if you have any comments, suggestions or questions.

Kind regards

Dewani Bakkum,