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What’s happening at SCoA?

July and August 2018 have been productive for the team at SCoA and our members around the country. We have captured below just some of the highlights.

SCoA AGM – coming to Metropolis 2018

SCoA members will have received notice that SCoA’s Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. We are excited to combine our AGM with the highly anticipated Metropolis Conference, and encourage everyone to register to attend the conference for truly unique national and international perspectives on migration and settlement. More details, and registration, for our AGM will follow.

Welcome new members!

We have been delighted to welcome a number of new members to the SCoA family over the past few months. We believe this recent rapid growth in our representation reflects the relevance of SCoA as a dynamic voice for the settlement sector and puts us in an increasingly strong position to both advocate on behalf of the sector and also to drive collaboration and innovation across our diverse membership. We look forward to working with you all in the coming months.

Our new members for July/August 2018 are listed below:

Member Consultation

We invite all members to participate in our survey on the Humanitarian Settlement Program.

All responses are anonymous, and will assist SCoA to represent the sector in important advocacy on this Program.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

The survey is open to all members, and we encourage staff at all levels within member organisations to complete it. It is designed to capture input both those who are both directly and indirectly involved in the HSP program.

Representing the Settlement Sector

In July 2018 SCoA CEO, Nick Tebbey presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: What Matters Most to Families in the 21st Century. He joined an impressive lineup of over 200 separate presentations across multiple disciplines. Topics explored over the three days were varied and highly insightful. SCoA members were also well-represented across the three days. Read more here.

In August, Nick also spoke at the Regions of Welcome Conference in Toowoomba, Qld. This was an excellent exploration of regional settlement and SCoA was delighted to take part in, and sponsor, this important event.

SCoA CEO Nick Tebbey presenting on settlement in Australia

On 27 August, Jamila attended the Harmony Alliance roundtable on the 4th Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022). This was an important opportunity to join with other sector representatives to discuss key gaps and issues relevant to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Read more here.

Representing the sector to government

In the past two months SCoA has held numerous high level meetings with government and various members of parliament during which we have advocated for policy that will enhance settlement outcomes and support the hard work of the sector.

Prior to the Cabinet reshuffle in late-August, SCoA Chairperson Dewani Bakkum held productive meetings with both Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan MP and Assistant Minister for Families and Children Dr David Gillespie MP. We look forward to continuing to work on some of the outcomes of those meetings with the Department and with the newly appointed Minister and Assistant Ministers.

August also saw the submission of SCoA’s input into the review of Employment Services in Australia. Following substantial member consultations in July, we were able to put forward a bold and innovative vision for the future employment services model. Read more here.

In August, our CEO met with the Department of Home Affairs to discuss the Community Support Program (CSP) and to provide feedback on its implementation. We hope soon to be able to connect with SCoA members who are also Approved Proposing Organisations under the CSP in order to assist in the future delivery of this program.

Finally, the last two months have seen SCoA engage with government at a number of important meetings and consultations. Read more about the outcomes of the Community Services Advisory Group and National Multicultural Advisory Group meetings here.