Covers of research reports
Covers of research reports

Links to reports, commentary and research on the NSW State Budget, employment, youth and migration.

Recipients of refurbished laptops
Recipients of refurbished laptops

It’s been a long road to get to Australia for 21-year-old Azim, who fled war-torn Afghanistan in 2013 and spent years in limbo before being granted a humanitarian visa and settling in Newcastle in 2017.

Friendship hikers
Friendship hikers

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, in partnership with Advanced Diversity Services, last month held a friendship hike for 39 adults and children in the Royal National Park.

Blacktown Employment Accelerator
Blacktown Employment Accelerator

SydWest Multicultural Services recently partnered with SSI-Ability Links and Blacktown City Council to undertake a pilot Employment Accelerator aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability, in the Blacktown LGA.

An ADS Nepalese cultural dance class
An ADS Nepalese cultural dance class

For four years, cultural dance classes have been connecting children and teenagers from Nepalese backgrounds that live in the St George and Sutherland area with their rich cultural roots and the wider community.

Each Sunday, around 20 young people, aged 4 to 17, meet at Advance Diversity Services (ADS) in Rockdale to be tutored by Nepalese dance teacher Anjeela BK in the folk and classical dances that have helped to shape and preserve Nepal’s diverse culture over millennia.

Participants at Indonesian Cultural Day in Rockdale
Participants at Indonesian Cultural Day in Rockdale

More than 100 people gathered to enjoy music and dancing, and to celebrate Youth Pledge Day’s message of unity, at an Indonesian Cultural Day held in Rockdale on October 14.

The day was organised by the Indonesian Reference Group from Advance Diversity Services and the Indonesian community from St John’s Anglican Church in Rockdale.

New mural at Kogarah High School
New mural at Kogarah High School

A vibrant new mural that celebrates harmony and diversity now flanks a classroom at Kogarah High School thanks to the collaborative effort of students, arts organisations, and the Settlement and Community Services Program at Advance Diversity Services (ADS).

Sutherland Shire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum
Sutherland Shire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum

One hundred high school students from eight schools in Sutherland Shire attended an action-packed Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum on October 20 that used interactive activities and firsthand accounts from recent arrivals from Syria and Kenya to debunk myths about refugees.

Meeting image
Meeting image

SydWest Multicultural Services has partnered with SSI-Ability Links and Blacktown City Council to undertake a pilot project aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability in the Blacktown LGA.

Edwin Akwu
Edwin Akwu

A chance to participate in a Refugee Week celebration in July has given a socially isolated engineer the confidence to engage with the community and prove once more that people with disability can be an asset to our society.

Launch of the Parramatta Housing Access Project
Launch of the Parramatta Housing Access Project

Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, on August 15 launched the Parramatta Housing Access Project, a collaboration between real estate agents, homelessness service providers and government agencies including housing and community services in Western Sydney.

Cooking classes at Jamie's Ministry of Food
Cooking classes at Jamie's Ministry of Food

Twelve people of Iraqi and Syrian background supported by Core Community Services have participated in a seven-week cooking course with Jamie’s Ministry of Food at Wetherill Park.

MMSI at Teen Ranch Cobbity
MMSI at Teen Ranch Cobbity

National Families Week in May was a time to celebrate with family, make contact with extended family and friends, and connect to activities within the wider community.

Refugee Week collage for NSW Settlement Partnership
Refugee Week collage for NSW Settlement Partnership

The following are events for Refugee Week – Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24 2017 – organised by or in collaboration with members of the NSW Settlement Partnership.

Migrants on a walking tour in Royal National Park
Migrants on a walking tour in Royal National Park

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service partnered with Sutherland Shire Council and Advance Diversity Services to celebrate Reconciliation Week this year.

Top Talent Placement Corporate breakfast
Top Talent Placement Corporate breakfast

Skilled migrants make up 68% of migrant entrants in Australia, and are twice as likely to have a university degree compared to an Australian-born worker. Despite this, they make up only 5% of the tertiary qualified workforce, with 9% of skilled migrants who have attained a permanent visa remaining unemployed.

Kalachakra 2017 at Bodhgaya
Kalachakra 2017 at Bodhgaya

Maria-Elena Chidzey, Coordinator of Northern Beaches Multicultural Services, Manly Community Centre & Services, is so close to her Tibetan friends and clients that late last year they invited her to attend with them one of the most important events for the Tibetan community and Buddhist religion: the Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in east India.

Emmanuel Musoni, Refugee Alternatives, Resourceful and Resilient – strength-based resettlement
Emmanuel Musoni, Refugee Alternatives, Resourceful and Resilient – strength-based resettlement

The resettlement of families from a refugee background at Mingoola in regional NSW is a great example of what refugees can contribute to this country, according to Emmanuel Musoni, chairperson of Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International.

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