MYAN Policy Submissions

Submission on The Next Generation of Employment Services

MYAN contributed to the Department of Jobs and Small Business’ consultation process on the next generation of employment services. This submission highlights the particular concerns of and recommendations from young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia in relation to current employment services and proposed changes for the next generation.

Read MYAN's submission here


Submission on Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2018-19 

MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs on Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2018-19. MYAN’s submission focused on strengthening Australia’s position as a global leader in the resettlement of unaccompanied humanitarian minors and made recommendations to continue resettlement of children and young people at risk, as well as increased family reunification for young people and youth-sensitive sponsorship through the Community Support Program. You can read MYAN’s full submission here


Submission to Labor's National Platform Consultation Draft 

MYAN made a submission on the Consultation Draft of Labor's National Platform. MYAN recommended that the Platform include a specificand ongoing commitment to youth specific settlement services, as well as an end to detention of children and young people in immigration detention onshore and offshore, and an increase in intake through the Australia’s Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Programme. 


Submission to Inquiry on Review Processes associated with Visa Cancellations made on Criminal grounds 

MYAN made a submission to the Inquiry on Review Processes associated with Visa Cancellations made on Criminal grounds. MYAN emphasised the importance of adopting a youth justice approach to respond to anti-social behaviour seen in a small number of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 


Submission to DHA's Australian Migration Programme discussion paper

MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Australia's Migration Programme in response to DHA's discussion paper ‘Managing Australia’s Migrant Intake’. MYAN’s submission focuses on the need to ensure enough spaces for young people in planning Australia’s migrant intake, adequate support structures in Australia for young people from refugee-like backgrounds, and to utilise and simplify the Migration Programme to ensure family reunification for humanitarian arrivals.


MYAN response to Draft 1 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR)

MYAN has recently released a response to Draft 1 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The creation of the GCR is a critical opportunity for the recognition and inclusion of refugee youth rights and needs in discussions around refugee protection. This would ensure that refugee youth, as a group with distinct rights, needs and capacities, and who make up at least one-third of the global refugee population, are adequately protected and empowered. This reflects and builds on the work of UNHCR and civil society over several years in promoting the rights and needs of refugee youth. 


MYAN response to Draft 2 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) 

MYAN recently released its response to Draft 2 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The development of the GCR is an historic moment and MYAN has been engaged in the drafting process, advocating for the inclusion of youth rights in the GCR. We were pleased to see stronger representation of youth needs, rights and capabilities in Draft 2 and believe this could be further strengthened. We have also been involved in the process organised by International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) to provide a joint response from the NGOs to the GCR Draft 2. MYAN congratulates ICVA for giving young people a platform to make presentations on behalf of NGOs. Two members of UNHCR's Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) delivered ICVA’s statements during the last round of formal consultations in Geneva in early May.


 
Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018

MYAN Australia made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 recommending the Committee to not pass the Bill, and review the Bill with consideration of its potential damading impacts on young people with particular vulnerabilities, particularly those from refugee or refugee-like backgrounds who may arrive in Australia with non-humanitarian visas. MYAN further recommended exempting vulnerable young people from any waiting periods for accessing social security benefits, and providing support for young people arriving in Australia with Orphan visa (subclass 117) and remaining relative visa (subclass 115) under the Family stream. 

Additional information to the submission can be viewed here.


Submission to the Australian Migration Programme

MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Australia's Migration Programme in response to DHA's discussion paper 'Managing Australia's Migrant Intake'. MYAN's submission focuses on the need to ensure enough spaces for young people in planning Australia's migrant intake, adequate support structures in Australia for young people from refugee-link backgrounds, and to utilise and simplify the Migration Programme to ensure family reunification for humanitarian arrivals. 


Policy briefing: Children and the Global Compacts 

This policy brief outlines key recommendations made by Australian members of the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts – including MYAN, Save the Children, UNICEF Australia, World Vision, International Detention Coalition, and ISS Australia – calling on the Australian Government to lead the way in protecting child refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly. The recommendations are concrete actions based on global commitments made in the UN’s 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and include a ban on immigration detention of children. 
 
Read the policy briefing here
Read the joint press release here

Submission to the Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism

This inquiry looks at how to protect and strengthen Australia's multiculturalism and social inclusion. MYAN's submission provides a national perspective and draws MYAN's broad networks with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia.

Read MYAN's Submission here.

You can also read the statement made by MYAN's National Coordinator and youth representatives, who attended the Melbourne public hearing, here.


Submission to the Federal Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

On Thursday, 17 November 2016 the Federal Government asked the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to inquire into and report on migrant settlement outcomes. The Committee was asked to focus on the effectiveness of services in promoting better settlement outcomes for migrants, giving "particular consideration to social engagement of youth migrants, including involvement of youth migrants in anti-social behavior such as gang activity." 

Read MYAN's Submission here.

You can also read the submission made by the MYAN Youth Ambassadors Network, as well as those of a number of young people and MYAN state and territory affiliated organisations here


MYAN's Statement on freedom of speech in Australia to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights 

"MYAN strongly opposes proposals to weaken the racial discrimination provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act, or to amending section 18C". Read full statement here


Temporary Parent Visa

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A submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on the introduction of a temporary parent visa. The DIBP Discussion Paper is available here.


Employability Skills - Youth Jobs PaTH

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A submission to the Department of Education on the employability skills component of Youth Jobs PaTH. Pre- employment and basic skill training in employability skills could potentially be very positive for young people from CALD background, and particularly for refugee young people with limited or no experience of the Australian work place culture. This submission provides a national perspective, drawing on the MYAN’s breadth of experience working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities, and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia. The submission responds to a selection of the questions that MYAN regards as central to determining how relevant this element of the Jobs PaTH package will be to migrant and refugee young people.


Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Programme 2016-17

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A submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Programme for 2016-17. The submission highlights a number of key international protection concerns facing refugee and asylum seeking young people across the world, explores how the rights and needs of young people are being addressed within Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Programme, and identifies barriers to settlement outcomes for young people of migrant and refugee background within current settlement support arrangements. MYAN thanks the many contributors to this submission who shared their concerns and experiences, as well as their ideas and recommendations. 


Employment Services - building on success

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A submission to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in response to their discussion paper on Australian Government employment services programs. Education, training and employment transitions is one of MYAN's five policy priorities and this submissiong highlights the importance of understanding the particular barriers young people of migrant and refugee background experience in securing employment, explores good practice and successful partnerships. 

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