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What’s Happening at SCoA?

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 May/June 2018 are listed below:

Representing the Settlement Sector on the World Stage

In June 2018 our Chairperson, Dewani Bakkum and CEO, Nick Tebbey will be joining representatives from around the world at the UNHCR’s Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement and NGO Consultations in Geneva.

This is an important opportunity to share with the world the successes of Australia’s refugee settlement program and the hard work of our sector. It is also an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the world to collaborate on important measures that will improve the global response to the growing humanitarian crisis of displacement.

The consultations aim at identifying best practice and appropriate responses that will meet the growing need to support refugees globally in a way that promotes independence and ensures they are treated with dignity and respect.

We will provide a full report of the meetings on our return.

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.

This has included making a submission on behalf of the sector to the Department of Home Affairs’ annual consultation on the Humanitarian Program, attending a roundtable with Minister for Home Affairs the Hon Peter Dutton MP and Assistant Minister for Families and Children the Hon Michael Gillespie MP.

We have also met with a number of MPs and Senators to discuss the government’s proposal to increase the waiting period for new migrants to access social services payments. Our advocacy on this issue has been captured on our website here.

Member Consultations

We thank all members who participated in our national consultations on the 2018-19 Humanitarian Program and were delighted with the overwhelming response to our 2018 Member Survey. The results of this survey will shape the work of SCoA in the years to come and we thank all those who took the time to contribute their thoughts.

Refugee Week 2018 #WithRefugees

To mark International Refugee Day on 20 June 2018, our CEO attended a number of events including ACT Member Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services’ Refugee Week celebration.

He also spoke at the ACT Government’s annual Refugee Day breakfast. A copy of his speech can be viewed here.

Conferences and Events

We were pleased to attend the following events in recent months: