Education Pathways – Teleconference and Open Letter

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia)




Exploring education pathways for young people seeking asylum and young refugees on TPVs and SHEVs

National Teleconference - 17th March, 2016

Following the teleconference we held late last year, MYAN invite you to the first national teleconference for 2016 to explore recent developments in this area.

This includes the announcement by two more states that they are signing on to the SHEV scheme and RCOA's launch of a national campaign on access to education for refugees and asylum seekers on temporary visas (see open letter below). It will also be an opportunity to share current activities in this area from around the country

When: 12:00 - 1:00pm (AEST) Thursday 17th March 2016
Where: Teleconference (dial in details below)
RSVP: Edmee Kenny, MYAN (Aust) Policy Officer - 

Teleconference dial in details:

        Melbourne 03 8687 0635                     Gold Coast 07 5560 0956
        Adelaide 08 8220 0836                        Hobart 03 6218 0647
        Brisbane 07 3811 0988                        Perth 08 9460 0829
        Canberra 02 6210 0851                       Sydney 02 9696 0774
        Darwin 08 8989 0817

Guest code: 509 292 38#

Young people seeking asylum, and those on TPVs or SHEVs, face a range of barriers to accessing and remaining engaged in education and training pathways. While engagement in education has a significant impact on a young person's mental and physical health and their sense of purpose and participation in the community, their options are limited once they turn 18. Addressing this often relies on individual advocacy and creative solutions.

This teleconference provides an opportunity for:
  • Networking between workers and agencies supporting young asylum seekers and young refugees on TPVs or SHEVs across Australia
  • Sharing and promoting initiatives that support young people to continue engaging in education/training opportunities beyond the age of 18
  • Identifying any future advocacy priorities or opportunities.


RCOA - Open Letter to Government Ministers

In March, RCOA will be launching a campaign using the findings of their report, ‘Barriers to education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas’, to advocate for better access to education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas.

RCOA are writing an open letter to the federal and state governments outlining our findings and urging them to remove the barriers preventing people in these situations from accessing education, a basic human right.

RCOA are asking if your organisation will join them in calling for change. The text of the letter is available here. Please email Laura Stacey at by next Friday, 4th March, if you would like to add your signature.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement.
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