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People from refugee backgrounds and seeking protection often face particular challenges in getting work. Yet there are many opportunities for these people, and for Australian society generally, in the workplace.

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Giving people seeking asylum the chance to get work

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.
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Migrant Workers in Australia: Fair Work Ombudsman Resources

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Settlement Guide: new podcasts by SBS Radio

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Finding employment is one of the highest priorities for refugees resettling in Australia. Despite their eagerness to participate in the Australian workforce and the wealth of skills and experience that…

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Sustainable employment pathways

This teleconference focused on the topic of Getting on the right track: Sustainable employment pathways for refugee and humanitarian entrants in Australia. It discussed the findings of RCOA’s research report What Works: Employment strategies for refugee and humanitarian entrants (available for download on our reports, papers and briefings page).
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