Syrian Refugee Employment Plan Unveiled
21 December 2015 at 10:57 am
The Turnbull Government has funded six Not for Profit organisations to help asylum seekers find jobs and integrate into the Australian economy and community.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, launched a $22 million pilot program in Victoria, saying it would help up to 10,000 vulnerable young people aged 25 and under.
“The refugees and vulnerable migrants will benefit, the economy will benefit and our communities will benefit,” Porter said.
“Some of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are expected to be among the first beneficiaries.”
Porter said the Youth Transition Support pilot program would help “young refugees and vulnerable migrants” get the skills they needed for a job and engage in society through work, education and sport.
“I am pleased to announce six providers have been selected to deliver the 18-month pilot, with services to begin from 1 January 2016,” Porter said.
“In Victoria, Foundation House will deliver services in Greater Dandenong and Casey, with Brotherhood of St Laurence delivering services in Hume.
“In Queensland, MDA will deliver services in Brisbane, with Access Community Services delivering services in Logan.
“In New South Wales, the Community Migrant Resource Centre Parramatta will deliver services in Auburn and Blacktown, and the Lebanese Muslim Association will deliver services in Canterbury, Bankstown and Fairfield.”
Porter said starting a new life in a new country was a significant challenge.
“Young refugees face particular challenges putting them at a social and economic disadvantage, which in turn can increase the risk of social isolation and disengagement,” he said.
“We are supporting young people who want to build a positive future for themselves in Australia.”
Porter said the program was part of a $330 million jobs package for young people at risk of long-term welfare dependency.
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