Cities and Settlement Initiative

Improving the economic participation of refugees in Australia

The Cities and Settlement Initiative was a Centre for Policy Development initiative that sought to capture a triple dividend: benefiting vulnerable Australians; boosting the budget; and improving community cohesion. 

It sought better governance and coordination connected to partnerships and delivery at the local level. The Cities and Settlement Initiative was a key building block of the Resilient People and Places Program.

The objectives of the Cities and Settlement Initiative included:

  • streamlining arrangements between federal, state and local governments
  • developing place-based approaches to integrated service delivery that provides holistic support to the individual refugee and their family unit and improves economic participation
  • ensuring that work and English language education can be pursued in tandem
  • ensuring that the specific needs of refugee women are appropriately addressed
  • identifying best practice to be replicated and scaled
  • knitting more tightly together selected regional and capital cities and providers undertaking refugee settlement

Cities and Settlement Initiative highlights

Settling Better header - Two men in hard hats on a construction site in Melbourne

Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services charts a new approach to refugee employment and settlement services

Seven steps to success header image - a man standing behind the country of a cafe smiling at the camera

Seven Steps to SUCCESS draws on Australian and international  best practice  to make a series of key policy recommendations to government, business and civil society on how to better support refugee entrepreneurs

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Putting Language in Places charts reforms to the Adult Migrant English Program to improve the economic participation of refugees in Australia

Cities and Settlement Initiative experts

Cities and Settlement Initiative recent work

The Centre for Policy Development’s submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Australia’s migration system makes recommendations to strengthen the role that migration plays in nation building,
Program director Annabel Brown’s closing remarks at the Regional Refugee Settlement Forum on October 12 2021
The Blueprint for Regional & Community Job Deals advances CPD’s work on improving employment services in place by showing how this approach can be scaled up across the nation in

Cities and Settlement Initiative in the media

Refugees are already equipped with the key skills to succeed in business and their contribution can be worth billions of dollars
Study shows helping new arrivals into employment more quickly would aid Australia’s economy, benefit vulnerable people and improve social cohesion
Australia has had a knack of settling people. In the postwar period, we have successfully settled millions of migrants into the Australian community, including hundreds of thousands of refugees.
There is “no centre of gravity” within government for helping settle newly arrived refugees into their lives in Australia, argues a report released by the Centre for Policy Development.
Changing the way Australia assists refugees into employment could radically alter their job prospects as well as provide major savings to the federal budget, according to a new study.

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