This SPN teleconference provided an opportunity for settlement service providers and refugee and migrant communities to hear more about the new income management policy that will come into effect on 1 July 2012 in the local government areas of Playford (SA), Shepparton (Vic), Bankstown (NSW) and Logan and Rockhampton (Qld), as well as to raise concerns about how this new program may impact local refugee and migrant communities.
What we spoke about
This SPN meeting focused on the role of refugee community organisations in supporting the settlement of refugee and humanitarian entrants. Research conducted by RCOA has found that these organisations provide critical support in a wide range of areas to newer members of refugee communities. However, the role of refugee community organisations in the settlement experiences of refugee and humanitarian entrants is often unrecognised and has barely been touched upon in Australian research. This SPN highlighted the important role of these organisations in the settlement process and discussed ways that settlement service providers can work together with refugee community organisations to achieve positive settlement outcomes.
Speakers at this SPN teleconference included Sahema Saberi, former executive member of the Australian Hazara Students’ Group, and Caz Coleman, Director, Melaleuca Refugee Centre.