The end of 2018 is upon us! And what a year it has been!
In November and December, the SCoA team has been very busy, undertaking a lot of crucial work on behalf of the sector. Below is just snapshot of recent activities.
Annual General Meeting
The beginning of November saw the SCoA team (and many of our members) enjoying the incredible Metropolis conference.
In addition to a wide range of interesting and useful presentations, keynote speakers and panels, during Metropolis SCoA was proud to host a dedicated “Settlement Sector Conversation” and our AGM.
A full report on both events, and our 2017-18 Annual Report, can be viewed here.
In November and December our team was privileged to represent our members at a range of events, including:
- the Senate Inquiry into jobactive;
- Refugee Sector Stakeholder Roundtable at the Australian Human Rights Commission;
- Australian 3C Forum into education opportunities for refugees;
- the ACT Government’s Multicultural Summit;
- the launch of the Scanlon Foundation’s 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion report;
- the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- Settlement Services International‘s 2018 AGM and Regional Settlement Forum;
- the first roundtable of the PM&C Review into Refugee settlement outcomes;
- among others.
You can read full reports of the above by clicking on the links.
In addition to appearing before the Senate Inquiry into jobactive, SCoA has spent a considerable part of the last two months advocating on behalf of the sector to government. This included a number of meetings with the Department of Social Services to discuss the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Grants and ongoing management of the Humanitarian Settlement Program.
Reports on both of these important pieces of work will be shared with members as soon as possible.
In November and December we were also pleased to meet with the Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon Michelle Landry MP, as well as the newly appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Chin Tan.
Media and Engagement
Our CEO, Nick Tebbey, conducted an interview with Connecting Up about the useful services provided by this important Not for Profit.
In December, to mark the release of an important piece of research by Central Queensland University, Nick also spoke with SBS about options for regional settlement.
Season’s Greetings from SCoA
Everyone at SCoA, from our passionate Board to our team of staff, volunteers and interns, wishes our members and stakeholders all the very best for the festive season and a happy and prosperous 2019.
Our office will close from 21 December 2018 and reopen on 7 January 2019.