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The National Settlement Policy Network (SPN) is a joint initiative of RCOA and the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) to enable our members to participate in planning joint advocacy on settlement issues. RCOA and SCOA co-host quarterly SPN teleconferences that focus on specific themes. The teleconferences provide an opportunity for members to hear from guest speakers with expertise in particular areas of settlement policy, raise issues of concern and share ideas for ways forward.

Latest Settlement Policy Network teleconferences

21May 15

Volunteering: Settlement agencies’ good practices

This SPN teleconference focused on the topic Volunteering: Settlement agencies’ good practices. Speakers included Brad Chilcott, Director of Welcome to Australia, and Molly Kennedy, National Refugee Services Manager at the New Zealand Red Cross.
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26Feb 15

Creating community harmony: Sharing ways to address racial discrimination

Following on from recent events in Australia and around the world which have the potential to challenge the cohesiveness of our multicultural society, and the recently proposed unsuccessful amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, this teleconference focused on the importance of processes and strategies to respond to racism in our communities. Guest speakers included Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; and Maha Krayem Abdo OAM, Executive Officer, Muslim Women’s Association.
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03Dec 14

English Language Services for refugees: Responding to the evaluation

An evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) was conducted by the Department of Industry by ACIL Allen Consulting. The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) and Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) used this opportunity to have a focussed discussion on the provision of English language training and classes to refugees through the Settlement Policy Network (SPN).
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08May 14

Supporting humanitarian entrants with disabilities

This SPN teleconference focused on the implications for humanitarian entrants of two recent policy developments: the relaxation of the health requirement for humanitarian entrants being resettled from overseas, which has allowed larger numbers of people with disabilities to be resettled in Australia under the Refugee and Humanitarian Program; and the progressive rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Speakers includes Dwayne Cranfield, CEO, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, and Sandy Eagar, Nurse Manager, NSW Refugee Health Service.
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18Feb 14

Local government and settlement

This SPN teleconference focused on the role of Local Government in the settlement process and opportunities for settlement service providers to engaging with Local Government on settlement issues. Speakers included Rolf Fenner, Senior Policy Advisor, Australian Local Government Association; Con Pagonis, Multicultural Policy Advisor, Municipal Association of Victoria; and Cr Gaetano Greco, Mayor of Darebin Council.
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