The Australian Government has announced a $6.6 million fund to help tackle higher levels of unemployment amongst immigrant and refugee workers in Australia.
The Migrant Communities Employment Fund (MCEF) will be geared towards supporting the creation of innovative and sustainable employment opportunities for underemployed first and second generation immigrant and refugee job seekers and will be available over two years.
Under the scheme, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community groups, employment service providers and employers will receive funding to develop and implement innovative initiatives aimed at assisting immigrant and refugee job seekers to prepare for, and ultimately gain, employment.
The MCEF was discussed in-depth at the Melbourne Employment Forum (MEF) General Meeting on Friday 5 July, attended by The Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Employment, Skills and Training and Adam Bandt MP, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens.
More information regarding the Migrant Communities Employment Fund is available through the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, at: www.deewr.gov.au/mcef.