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What’s Happening at SCoA?


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 report from the consultations has recently been presented to the Department of Home Affairs, and can be viewed here.

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.

This follows recent reviews on behalf of the Commonwealth Government during 2019, including the Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program New Business Model conducted by Social Compass for the Department of Home Affairs, and the Independent Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Migrants to Australia, chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC.

The report provides a summary of the feedback received through SCoA’s consultations with its members, and can be accessed on SCoA’s website here

SCoA Board of Directors 2019-2022

SCoA’s Board of Directors for 2019-2022 were elected at the 2019 AGM.

SCoA would like to thank all outgoing board members, and welcome and congratulate our new Board on their election. We are looking forward to working with you in the coming years.

SCoA Board of Directors for 2019-2022:

  • Melissa Monteiro (Chairperson)
  • Eugenia Tsoulis (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Alison O’Neill (Secretary)
  • Kwame Selormey (Treasurer)
  • Clement Meru
  • Dewani Bakkum
  • Mirta Gonzalez



SCoA AGM – 25 November 2019

The SCoA AGM was held on 25 November 2019 in Canberra.  The AGM was followed by a panel of distinguished guest speakers:

  • Mr Steve Biddle, Assistant Secretary, Department of Home Affairs
  • Professor Sev Ozdowoski AM FAICD, Chair, Australian Multicultural Council
  • Ms Gulnara Abbasova, Migration Council of Australia
  • Mohammad Al Khafaji, CEO, FECCA

SCoA would like to thank all our guest speakers, members, and colleagues who attended our AGM.

ACOSS Conference – 26-27 November 2019

SCoA attended the ACOSS National Conference on 26-27 November 2019 in Canberra. The conference was informative and engaging, and provided a great opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the sector. SCoA congratulates ACOSS on a successful conference.

CASS Celebrations – 9 December 2019

On 9 December, SCoA Chairperson Melissa Monteiro attended and presented at Chinese Australian Services Society’s 25 Years of CASS Settlement Services & 20 Years of CASS Home Ageing Services Celebrations. SCoA would like to congratulate CASS on their wonderful achievements.

3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference (ACCC2020) 10-13 February 2020

On 10-13 February, SCoA attended the 3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference in Western Sydney. SCoA deputy Chairperson Eugenia Tsoulis presented on regional settlement and community cohesion. Policy & Projects Officer, Madi Cooper, also presented with FECCA on community English language programs.  The conference provided a fantastic opportunity to understand new ideas and projects, as well as to meet colleagues working to advance community cohesion in Australia.