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Cities and Settlement


The Cities and Settlement Initiative (CSI) aims to improve the economic participation of refugees in Australia. Our analysis tells us this would deliver a triple dividend: benefiting vulnerable Australians; boosting the budget; and improving community cohesion. We seek better governance and coordination connected to partnerships and delivery at the local level. Our objectives include:

  • streamlining arrangements between federal, state and local governments;
  • developing an integrated service delivery model that improves labour market participation;
  • identifying best practice to be replicated and scaled; and
  • knitting more tightly together selected regional and capital cities and providers undertaking refugee settlement.

CSI is supported by the Myer Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and follows CPD’s February 2017 report, Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services, released with the support of the Boston Consulting Group. Learn more about the initiative here.

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Cities and Settlement

communications - May 2018

CPD is proud to announce our Cities and Settlement Initiative, consisting of three pillars delivered over three years. Purpose: The Cities and Settlement Initiative (CSI) aims to improve the economic...

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How to better help refugees and asylum seekers enter the workforce on Life Matters

communications - March 2018

Published on ABC’s RN Tuesday 12 December 2017 9:06AM (view full episode) Download audio  Imagine moving to a new country and having to learn from scratch the systems of society. But...

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Council on Economic Participation for Refugees

communications - February 2018

Key documents: Full agenda Participant list First Council summary On 22 February 2018, CPD convened the first meeting of the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees (the Council), hosted by...

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Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services | REPORT | February 2017

communications - February 2017

As a nation built on immigration, humanitarian migrants (refugees and others in refugee-like situations) make up only a small proportion of the entrants who settle in Australia. Over time, however,...

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Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration – December update

communications - December 2016

The Secretariat and members of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) have been busy since meeting in Kuala Lumpur in September 2016. After the New York Refugee Summits in...

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