The Australian government has launched a new leaflet to help inform recent immigrants to Australia about the government's settlement policy and to inform them of the services that are available to help them settle.
The Minister for
Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, said that the leaflet, which is
called The Settlement Journey: Strengthening Australia Through Migration, will
be available in libraries and migrant resource centres and from councils and
other community organisations. Ms Lundy said 'The Australian Government's
settlement policy is calibrated to capitalise on the economic, social, and
humanitarian benefits of migration so that new migrants can flourish and
Australia can prosper.'
She added 'Australia's settlement services aim to
address the needs of new arrivals to help them develop the knowledge and skills
they need to become full participants in Australian society.'
sets out the key principles governing Australia's treatment of its immigrant
1. Welcoming migrants and humanitarian entrants
entrants (asylum seekers) attend the Australian Cultural
Orientation Program offshore before being granted entry to the country. Other
migrants can find information online. On arrival, migrants should obtain
assistance from settlement grants providers.
2. Providing support based
Various different agencies exist to help migrants with their needs,
however complex, on arrival. English tuition is provided for those who cannot
speak the language. The Settlement Grants Program should be able to help
migrants to find the services they need.
3. Maximising opportunities for
migrants and humanitarian entrants to participate and contribute to Australian
The Australian Settlement Program aims to provide help for all recent
migrants by connecting them with mainstream services such as education and
employment providers and by linking them with the wider community.
Australian government will be monitoring its performance and will report on the
efficacy of its programs in 2015.
Ms Lundy said 'Migrants and refugees
contribute to Australia's prosperity and success through their ingenuity, drive
and determination and our settlement services are an investment in Australia's
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