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Chair’s Message

Welcome to SCoA’s February Newsletter, our first newsletter for 2020.

This month, our newsletter looks at one of the key priority areas identified in SCoA’s National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards: Access to Transport. Transport is one of the nine foundations identified in SCoA’s NSSOS, and is achieved when diverse, flexible and affordable transport options are available to facilitate social and economic participation.

SCoA has been very busy since the last newsletter. Our AGM was held on 25 November in Canberra, where the Board of Directors for 2019-2022 was elected. I am delighted to have been elected Chairperson and am looking forward to working with all of you to further develop SCoA’s work across our priority areas of policy, advocacy, sector representation and promoting best practice.

In January 2020, SCoA consulted with our members regarding the Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP) and English language learning for newly arrived refugees and migrants. The consultations consisted of four face to face roundtable discussions and a national teleconference.

The purpose of the consultations was to identify practical and structural barriers that newly arrived people face in accessing English language programs, as well as ways to improve and support English language acquisition. There was a particular focus on the needs of specific groups including women; older people; people with disabilities etc. The report from the consultations has recently been presented to the Department of Home Affairs, and can be viewed here.

On behalf of the SCoA board and team in our national office, I thank all of our readers for subscribing to the newsletter and hope you have found each edition to be useful in your work.

I hope you will benefit from the collection of stories and case studies that highlight the sector’s work and the great outcomes that are being achieved.

Best wishes

Melissa Monteiro