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Government Must Do More for Regional Settlement Services

November 13, 2019

ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

MARIA VAMVAKINOU MP
DEPUTY CHAIR OF MIGRATION COMMITTEE
MEMBER FOR CALWELL

LISA CHESTERS MP
MEMBER FOR BENDIGO


After repeated calls from Labor, the Morrison Government is still keeping secret a major review into humanitarian resettlement.

This is an important report that aims to improve the integration, employment and settlement outcomes of refugees in this country. The Australian public have a right to see it. Failing to release this report is treating the public with contempt, as well as letting down refugees and our communities.

It is clear the Morrison Government lacks a whole-of-government regional settlement strategy.

We know highly skilled refugees under Humanitarian Settlement Program are finding it very difficult to find a suitable job through job active network providers.

In Victoria, particularly Bendigo, there is a great record of private sector and community engagement with humanitarian migrants in recognising and addressing the challenges to participate actively in the regional economy. Specific settlement services such as workplace familiarisation training programs and programs that provide a logical extension to the English training deliver genuine professional employability pathways for skilled migrants and refugees.

Implementing effective programs for the attraction and retention of migrants and refugees in regional areas is essential in building strong regional communities, as well as the ongoing wellbeing of migrants and refugees living in those areas.

We should be doing everything we can to help people get the support they need, find work and integrate into the community. Clearly the Morrison Government is not doing enough.

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA