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On this page you can find updates on our work on settlement policy.

Latest updates

New Migration Regulations increase potential for indefinite detention

New Migration Regulations took effect on 18 November that could have a very significant impact on refugees, especially those on temporary protection visas. Unless these Regulations are disallowed by the Senate on 27 November, the Regulations will apply to a broad range of temporary visas, including temporary protection and bridging visas.
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Not Working: Experiences of refugees and migrants with Jobactive

This report, co-authored by Fairfield Multicultural Interagency (FMI) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), focuses on the barriers faced by refugees and migrants imposed by the main federal employment program, Jobactive. The report’s findings are based on 102 case studies collected by FMI and supplemented by national consultations conducted by RCOA.
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Recent changes in Australian refugee policy

Recent years have seen numerous changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies, largely as a political response to an increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat (51,637 arrivals in the five years to December 2013) and a consequent increase in deaths at sea between Indonesia and Australia (at least 862 deaths recorded over the same period).[1] Both of Australia’s major political parties have attempted to address this issue through deterrence-based policies which block access to protection in Australia and impose penalties on people who arrive by boat. This document summarises some of the more recent policy changes.
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Settlement Grants Program: Where does the money go?

The Settlement Grants Program is a Federal Government grant program that provides funding to organisations offering settlement support to new arrivals in Australia. The focus of the program is on providing services within the first five years to help people settle in Australia. This report analyses SGP grants still effective in 2017, and identifies where the money is going.
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State of the Nation 2017: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia

The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful integration of refugee communities. This report reflects what we have heard from refugees and people seeking asylum, and the people supporting them
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Addressing the pain of separation for refugee families

Our new report summarises both the continuing and new concerns expressed to the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) during our annual national consultations and other discussions with service providers and refugee community members. It proposes alternatives for positive reforms that will benefit those seeking protection in Australia and the humanitarian arrivals and ultimately enhance the outcomes for our entire community.
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Policy brief: reuniting refugee families

One of the hardest challenges refugees in Australia face is being apart from their families. Every year in our annual consultations, refugee community members have spoken of the devastating psychological, economic and social impacts of family separation.
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