INVESTMENT IN VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES TO HELP YOUNG AUSTRALIANS MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES

The Abbott Government will invest over $22 million in assisting humanitarian entrants and other vulnerable migrants under 25 participate in educa­tion and make successful tran­sitions to work the Hon. Scott Morrison and Parliamentary Secretary, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells announced recently.

 

“We cannot afford vulner­able youth to disengage from society. Disengagement poses broader risks to social cohesion, especially when young people are concentrated in particular geographic areas in our major cities. Some of them are vul­nerable targets for extremist predators in their communities seeking to proselytise, indoctri­nate and radicalise,” Minister Morrison said.

 

“Racism, discrimination and events overseas can cre­ate an ‘us and them’ mentality for these young, marginalised, vulnerable people.

 

“There is no excuse for young people making the choices that put them on the deadly road to Damascus. At the same time, we can act to ensure they make the right choices to be in study and work and create a positive future for themselves in Australia, which is their home.

 

“We need to stop the journey to radicalisation before it even begins.

 

“We achieve this by getting these vulnerable young people into jobs and education and into the mainstream of our community. Our package of measures is aimed at helping achieving this outcome.

 

“We want to support young Australians in vulnerable com­munities who want to make the right decisions about their future,” Minister Morrison said.

 

The Transition Support for Young Refugees and Other Vulnerable Young Migrants programme is made up of four measures:

 

· Partnerships for Employ­ment: support for over 2,000 young refugees and vulnerable migrants to undertake job readi­ness programmes to improve their work readiness, gain work ex­perience and to fill existing job vacancies;

 

· Strong Connections to Education: assistance for up to 1,500 young refugees and vulner­able migrants to remain engaged with education through address­ing and building self-confidence and social connections;

 

· Sports Engagement for Youth: support for up to 10,000 young people a year to participate in sporting activities delivered by community groups and sport­ing organisations to help young people build social connections and confidence beyond their own community; and

 

· Increased Vocational Op­portunities: design of an innova­tive partnership-based model and piloting of new arrangements to create pathways for young refu­gees and vulnerable migrants to strengthen and obtain vocational skills. Up to 300 eligible young people to benefit.

 

Parliamentary Secretary Fierravanti-Wells said: “This programme reinforces the gov­ernment’s commitment to the three E’s; English, education, and employment.”

 

The measures will commence from 1 January 2016 with the exception of the Vocational Op­portunities initiative which will be finalised over the coming fi­nancial year before being piloted.

 

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