Sector Development

MYAN NSW hosts a range of activities aimed at supporting the youth and multicultural sectors to work more effectively with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. These include quarterly networking meetings in Western Sydney, Sector Development Forums and Training and Professional Development.

National Youth Settlement Framework 2-Day Training

MYAN NSW is hosting a training workshop in Sydney on the National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF). The Framework is the first of its kind in Australia and this is an exciting opportunity to learn more about how you can apply it in your organisation or role.

Australia’s first evidence-based framework supporting good practice in youth settlement. A conceptual and practical resource, the NYSF is designed to enable services to respond more effectively to the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and support their active participation in Australian society.

2 days of interactive professional development, exploring:

  • How practitioners and policy-makers can incorporate the NYSF into their work, including using the NYSF Assessment Tools
  • Factors contributing to good settlement outcomes for young people
  • Good practice in facilitating active citizenship

All participants will receive copies of the NYSF, including additional resources and tools. This training is linked to a range of competencies in the VET sector Training Packages for Community Services and Health.

Date: September 8th & 9th

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue: Australian Red Cross, St Andrews House 464 Kent Street, Sydney


Upcoming Training

Working with CALD Youth & Communities in Mental Health

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Venue: TBA

Cost: $195 - $245

This full day workshop will focus on direct practice skills when working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) & refugee young people and communities in a mental health setting. Topics covered include:

  • Building rapport, cross-cultural communication & using interpreters
  • Culturally Sensitive Practice in Social Work (Theory/Practice Framework)
  • Mental Health Focus: Conducting Cross Cultural Mental Health Assessment
  • Cultural Competence standards within Mental Health & Child Welfare
  • Case study, group work activities and using Transcultural Assessment Tools

This workshop is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD - 7.5 hours) credit for Social Workers and has been delivered across Australia. This workshop is based on latest research, policy and social work practice and will enable social workers to meet the AASW Practice Standard 3: Culturally responsive and inclusive practice. All participants will be provided with training program materials and a Certificate of Attendance with AASW CPD hours.

Delivery partner:

The training will be delivered by Jatinder Kaur of JK Diversity Consultants. Jatinder has 14 years experience of working in policy, research and social work practice and is a current mental health clinician. In 2007, she conducted the first Australian research which explored child protection assessment frameworks used when working with CALD families in the child protection system and developed the Cross Cultural Child Protection Survey (CCCPS). 


Practitioners should have basic knowledge and experience in working with CALD and newly arrived refugee groups. 

Training for your Organisation

MYAN NSW offers training to organisations that work with young people from multicultural backgrounds to better understand their needs and issues. We provide multi-agency training every few months, as well as offering in-house training on a fee-for-service basis. This includes workshops on:

  • Working with Young People from Multicultural Backgrounds
  • Understanding Youth Work for Multicultural Workers
  • Working with CALD & Refugee Young People in Mental Health
  • Working with CALD & Refugee Young People in Child & Family Welfare Settings


We hold sector development forums on a range of issues.

Our most recent forums have included:

  • Engaging Young People from Multiculutural Backgrounds through Sport  - this was held with over 45 people from across NSW, in partnership with the GWS Giants at the Learning Life Centre at Olympic Park in April 2014.
  • Employment and Multicultural Young People - this was run in partnership with Blacktown City Council in Blacktown, with over 55 people attending in November 2013.

To read and download the reports from our recent forums, go to the Resources page.

MYAN NSW Network Meetings

MYAN NSW holds quarterly networking meetings in Western Sydney. If you don't receive our email updates and would like to find out about future meetings, please email Alex Long by clicking here.


MYAN NSW hosts Sector Development Forums as part of its sector development and capacity building activities. Sector Development Forums focus on the network's priority areas and invite participation from a broader cross-section of community services such as health and education.

Sector Development Forums have focused on Sport, Employment, Mental Health, Transitions, Intergenerational Family Conflict and Homelessness.

If you would like to co-host a forum on a particular topic or for a particular group of workers, email Alex Long, MYAN NSW Executive Officer.