The Government will expand the existing Reconnect and Job Placement, Employment and Training (JPET) programs to specifically help young newly arrived migrants.
Ten new 'multifunctional' services will be established to provide both Reconnect and JPET services. The new services will be located in areas where there are high levels of settlement by young newly arrived migrants.
The expansion of these two mainstream youth services is part of the Government's response to the Report of the Review of Settlement Services for Migrants and Humanitarian Entrants.
Over 1,000 newly arrived young migrants will receive assistance each year.
The Reconnect program provides early intervention assistance to young people aged 12 to 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program helps these young people to reconnect with their family, education, training and employment.
The JPET program helps disadvantaged young people aged 15 to 21 years who are homeless; at risk of becoming homeless; refugees; in care or leaving care; and geographically isolated young people. Support and services provided through JPET help young people to overcome personal and social barriers to participation, and achieve greater social and economic participation in the community.
The Report of the Review of Settlement Services for Migrants and Humanitarian Entrants found that newly arrived people have difficulty accessing mainstream government services. The review recommended that early intervention strategies at a whole-of-government level recognise and support school children and young people at risk of not making successful transitions due to their pre-migration experiences, low English language proficiency, and recent arrival in Australia.
1 February 2005.
Total Government Funding
$8.0 million over four years.