Coronavirus recession puts thousands of refugees and asylum seekers at risk of job loss, homelessness

boat at Christmas IslandThe Refugee Council of Australia has looked at the impact of the coronavirus-led recession on refugees and asylum seekers. The Refugee Council says 19,000 are at risk of losing their jobs and 14,000 could end up homeless. Advocates are calling on the Federal Government to extend JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments to this group.

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Coronavirus creates mental health ‘obstacle race’ for culturally diverse communities

Sara BuiPeople seeking help with their mental health should speak to their GP. They can get a second opinion if their doctor doesn’t understand their cultural background. Beyond Blue has a 24/7 coronavirus support line — 1800 512 348 — linked to an interpreter service. Many migrants and settlers face language and cultural barriers to accessing mental health support.

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Have you been told to self-isolate?


The Department of Health and Human Services is providing a one-off $1,500 payment designed to financially support Victorian workers who, as of 20 June, have been instructed by the department to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

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Overseas seasonal workers considered high COVID-19 risk, banned from crossing NSW border

NSW Border and Police

Overseas seasonal workers have been locked out of New South Wales under tighter border restrictions introduced last night.

A statement from the state Health Minister’s office said: “seasonal workers from Victoria will no longer be permitted entry into NSW, and they are not eligible for a permit”.

Seasonal workers on a visa cannot get a permit to cross the NSW border. Pacific workers, backpackers and people on working holiday visas are considered “high-risk” by NSW Health Minister. The citrus industry says the decision is “illogical and discriminatory”.

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African Australian Welfare Bureau

Australian African Welfare Bureau

The Australian African Welfare Bureau Inc is an established non-government, non-political, non-religious not for profit organisation whose aims are to assist people from the African community. The African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc.’s mission is to provide confidential, sympathetic, caring support and service for ready individuals and groups within the extended African community to support self-reliant, integrated, sustainable and flourishing refugee communities. Reach them for FREE – 1300 025 864

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New border zone introduced between NSW and Victoria

Border zone restrictions

NSW will introduce a strict border zone with Victoria in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases south of the border.

From midnight on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 the border zone will restrict entry of Victorians to NSW to “extremely limited purposes”, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“Essentially, unless you’re travelling across the border in the border zone for education, health or employment, you shouldn’t be going.” Seasonal workers will not be allowed to cross the border.

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Line of Remembrance – Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Indigenous deaths in custodyShepparton Region Reconciliation Group members together with members and supporters of Shepparton’s indigenous community have organised a silent vigil in which 437 stakes bearing messages will be placed around Victoria Park Lake marking the number of indigenous people who have died in police custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991. The “Line of Remembrance” will commence at 09:30 am Saturday, 18 July 2020. The earlier event was a washout, due rain and vandalism.

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