Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is a Brotherhood of St Laurence employment program for people seeking asylum. The program's services includes assessing their job readiness, help with job applications, access to training, interview preparation and understanding Australian workplaces. By partnering with employers, the program also creates new jobs and training opportunities. The program has helped many individuals get their first job in Australia. The first phase of this program has recently been evaluated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
For many years, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has raised significant concerns regarding the support and assistance that refugees receive through employment services funded by the Federal Government. This paper summarises concerns expressed to RCOA during our annual national community consultations and other discussions with settlement service providers and refugee community members.