The Migration Council Australia (MCA) commends the Federal Government’s announcement of the Migrant Communities Employment Fund, a $6.6 million program to support the creation of innovative, sustainable employment projects for unemployed and underemployed migrant and refugee job seekers.
The funding has been committed for a two-year period, with individual projects able to apply for up to $200,000 each. These projects may encompass training, English language skills, mentoring, work experience and assistance with accessing employment opportunities.
The CEO of MCA, Ms Carla Wilshire, said that as a nation of migrants Australia’s future prosperity depends on such schemes.
“Robust settlement services and support are essential in ensuring that new migrants become fully-fledged participants in the Australian community, improving social cohesion and well-being,” Ms Wilshire said.
“With labour force participation among certain segments of the recent migrant population significantly lower than for the broader Australian community, this funding is also an investment in Australia’s improved economic position.”
This funding recognises the challenges new migrants face in securing employment as well as the benefits to be realised through effective partnerships between the government, business and community sectors. The MCA supports this funding being made a permanent feature of Australia’s settlement program.
Further information regarding the Migrant Communities Employment Fund is available at www.deewr.gov.au/mcef. Application forms and guidelines are expected to be available shortly.
The MCA recognises the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations in the settlement sector and hosts the annual Migration and Settlement Awards.
Contact MCA Media: 02 6162 0361 or MCA CEO Carla Wilshire: 0409 363 888