Release type: Joint Media Release


Creating job opportunities for new migrants and refugees


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Mr Craig Laundy
Member for Reid

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker and Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy today met with Auburn Diversity Services (ADSi) to discuss how  employment services can be tailored to help deliver improved outcomes for new migrants and refugees.

Auburn Diversity Services Inc provides crucial services to refugees, women, youth, children, the aged and the unemployed who have recently settled in Australia and are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Hartsuyker said new arrivals often needed intensive support when settling in Australia and organisations such as ADSi delivered vital services.

“I was particularly interested to discuss how ADSi provides assistance in trying to secure employment for recently arrived migrants and refugees. Getting a job is an important part of settling into a new country and participating in the local community.

“I am currently consulting with stakeholders across the country about how we can deliver a more efficient and effective employment services sector. The Australian Government is committed to better targeting its employment programmes to job seekers and employers.

“It is vital that Job Services Australia Providers develop strong links with both employers and job seekers, including refugees and migrants.  Craig Laundy was very keen for me to meet with ADSi and understand their challenges in finding a job for recent arrivals" Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Laundy acknowledged the importance of the services ADSi delivered in the local community.

“In many cases ADSi is the key link between new arrivals and essential services. They assist with health, education, income support, language translation and housing.  They give new migrants a better opportunity to settle in Australia and live a productive life.

“We have many new migrants settling in the Reid electorate and I am committed to ensuring local government services reflect the individual circumstances of our community,” Mr Laundy said.