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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 Initiative

Travers McLeod - December 2018

In 2018 CPD launched our Cities and Settlement Initiative – a three-year program that aims to improve the economic participation of refugees in Australia. Below we chart the background, current...

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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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Fellow John Menadue recounts immigration policies of PM Fraser on ABC’s AM

communications - November 2016

On Saturday CPD’s founding Chairperson and Fellow John Menadue AO spoke with Elizabeth Jackson on ABC Radio AM programme, commenting on recent remarks by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton about “mistakes”...

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CEO Travers McLeod calls for an integrated approach to foreign policy development

communications - November 2016

Our CEO Travers McLeod was invited to contribute a think-piece for the Australian Council for International Development’s October 2016 National Conference, entitled Australia Ahead of the Curve: An agenda for international...

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CEO Travers McLeod talks forced migration and refugee intakes on RN ‘Drive’

communications - September 2016

On Wednesday night, Travers McLeod was invited on to the Radio National Drive Programme to discuss the recent high-level meetings on refugees and migrants. Travers spoke with Jonathan Green about...

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One year after the Andaman Sea refugee crisis – is the region better prepared?

communications - May 2016

In May last year, the discovery of mass graves on the Thai-Malaysia border and stranding at sea of around 8,000 people fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh cast the spotlight on the grave reality...

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Second meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | January 2016

communications - February 2016

The second Dialogue meeting took place in late January 2016. Download key documents below and read on for more about the meeting, including photos. Key documents for the second Dialogue meeting: Participant profiles...

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Established in August 2015, the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) is a ‘second track’ process pursuing more effective, durable and dignified approaches to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific.

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