Fitted for Work

Fitted for Work welcomes all women (trans and cis), including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women, who have experienced disadvantage and are seeking employment. We believe self-definition is at the discretion of the individual. Fitted for Work will conduct an information session at St Paul’s African House on Friday 22nd March at 1pm.

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New guide launched to help refugees into the workforce.

A first-of-its-kind guide has been released to help Australian employers hire refugees and asylum seekers, the inaugural project from Deakin University’s new Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE).

The 10-page guide helps simplify the process for employers who may be unsure of the different visas and work rights held by those with a refugee or asylum seeker background.

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NDIS Transition Projects

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria is currently coordinating the transition support project which is funded until June 2020 by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As NDIS transition progresses it is important that there is a response to the changing needs of people with disability, families, carers and service providers, with a particular focus for additional support for consumers in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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Climate Refugees

No climate change, no climate refugees“. On the basis of this theme, this paper aims to propose a method for undertaking the responsibility for climate refugees literally uprooted by liable climate polluting countries. It also considers the historical past, culture, geopolitics, imposed wars, economic oppression and fragile governance to understand the holistic scenario of vulnerability to climate change.

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Moving Pictures

In Australia, limited awareness of dementia in people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds often results in delayed diagnosis, poorer prognosis, and a higher burden of care on families and health systems. Moving Pictures, an innovative multi-media project, aims to change this through the production of 15 short films co-produced with people from Hindi-, Tamil-, Mandarin-, Cantonese- and Arabic-speaking communities. For each language, there are three films: Detection and Diagnosis, Navigating Care, and the Carer Journey.

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Australian farmers’ reliance on illegal labour as exploitation is readily accepted, report says

Worker exploitation has become an “established norm” in pockets of Australia’s horticulture, a new report has found. The University of Adelaide report, led by Joanna Howe, said Australian farmers often relied on illegal labour, or risked leaving their crops to fail.

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Report of the Migrant Workers Task Force

migrant workers task force report

The Migrant Workers Taskforce was established in 2016 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect vulnerable workers. It was asked to identify further proposals for improvements in law, law enforcement and investigation, and other practical measures to more quickly identify and rectify any cases of migrant worker exploitation.

On 2 April 2019, the Australian Government announced measures in the 2019-20 Budget responding to recommendations in the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report. Additional funding will be provided to the Fair Work Ombudsman to bolster enforcement action against employers who exploit vulnerable workers. Funding will also be provided to enhance resources to ensure vulnerable workers are aware of their workplace rights.

Also stemming from this year’s Budget is the development of the National Labour Hire Registration Scheme to offer a balanced approach to protect vulnerable workers, target rogue operators and level the playing field for businesses that do the right thing, while leaving the labour hire industry as a whole, intact. The Government is committed to working with the labour hire industry on the final details of the Scheme.

The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, released the report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce (the Taskforce) on 7 March 2019.

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Sudanese Community Profile

Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence.

The government of Sudan gave its blessing for an independent South Sudan, where the mainly Christian and Animist people had for decades been struggling against rule by the Arab Muslim north.

However, various outstanding issues – especially the question of shared oil revenues and border demarcation – have continued to create tensions between the two successor states.

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