September eNews

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Welcome to MYAN’s September eNews.

With Spring now upon us, we all welcome the warmer weather and the prospect of further border openings and changes in restrictions - particularly in Victoria, with positive steps away from Stage 4 lockdown.

But we are also acutely aware of the long-tail of COVID-19 – the long-term and disproportionate impacts on young people’s lives,  and what this will mean for those navigating longstanding barriers to economic, social and civic participation.  While the challenges are significant, we know this time also presents a critical opportunity to create policies for a more equitable society. We continue advocating for the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds - working with government, young people and the sector to create concrete, nationally coordinated solutions for policy and service delivery.

Read on to learn more about what we’ve been up to in our policy, sector development and youth leadership work, including meetings with decision-makersopportunities for young people (including a disability-focused reference group call-out), campaigns, and news and resources relevant to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Stay safe and well.

The MYAN team   - Nadine, Shannon, Mehak and Andrew
National News

Read SBS's Story:
MYAN provides evidence at the Senate Inquiry into Issues faced by Diaspora Communities in Australia 

Top (L to R): Jane Chen, Nadine Liddy
Bottom (L to R): Arif Hazara, Apajok Biar.
On Tuesday, 29th September young people from MYAN's networks presented evidence at the Senate committee hearing evidence about the ongoing challenges faced by diaspora communities in Australia.

The committee heard racism, discrimination, employment limitations, barriers to accessing essential services and a lack of culturally-tailored support services persist, particularly for young people in these communities. 

Ambassador Jane Chen told the committee racism and discrimination has a disproportionate and unique effect on young people, harming their identity development and sense of belonging...
Read the full article on SBS news
MYAN Submission to the Inquiry into Issues Facing Diaspora Communities in Australia

National Youth Settlement Framework Panel

On Wednesday,  23rd September more than 140 people joined MYAN's online panel to learn and discuss how they could apply the National Youth Settlement Framework in their work with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

We will be sharing summarised notes and a recording event of the event very soon. Stay tuned!

In case you missed it…
Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Discussion Paper

MYAN recently released this discussion paper, prepared in consultation with AMEP and settlement service providers. The paper highlights the importance of taking a flexible, youth focussed approach to best support the English language learning of young people in AMEP, and provides guidance on how this can be achieved.

It also includes a comprehensive set of recommendation for Government to ensure that the AMEP can best meet the English language learning needs of young people.

Young people share their ideas with decision-makers

On Tuesday, 8th September eight young people from MYAN’s networks met with Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Youth to discuss issues important to young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia. 

Key issues raised included representation, media, mental health, education and employment.  Some of the key messages from the meeting were:
  • Solutions in policy and programming must be co-designed and co-led with young people always, to ensure that the lived experiences of Australia’s diverse youth population are considered and addressed in any future national Youth Strategy/Agenda.
  • There is a strong desire among young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build relationships with First Nations communities, but limited national platforms for this.
  • Proposed changes to university fees and HECS requirements are barriers to education pathways and will disproportionately affect young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Less accessible pathways will result in the exacerbation of existing employment barriers. 

Supporting LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants in Settlement

On Thursday, 3rd September SETSCoP hosted a webinar on Supporting LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants in Settlement, with guest speakers Tina Dixson (Forcibly Displaced People Network) and Nadine Liddy (MYAN). The webinar explored some key considerations for supporting good settlement outcomes for LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people, including young people. Watch the webinar recording here.

Additional resources and links:
MYAN PowerPoint slides
National LGBTQ+ Health Alliance 
Heart Chat
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib 

View all SETSCoP Best Practice Webinars and COVID-19 Webinars on their website. 

Opportunity for young people to shape development of National Youth Policy Framework

The Youth Taskforce are seeking direct input from young people to shape the development of the National Youth Policy Framework (the Framework) currently being developed by the Australian Government. 

The consultation will provide the Youth Taskforce to better understand how the Youth Taskforce can work with our network of Australian Government Departments and Agencies to provide more targeted support.
Survey for National Youth Policy Framework
Spotlight on MYAN’s Youth Ambassadors Network (YAN) – NT

Meet Mfaume

YAN representative from NT
Melaleuca Refugee Centre

Who is Mfaume Kakozi?
I’m 21, one of eight kids, and I’m aiming to do an engineering apprenticeship to become a boilermaker.

Why did you apply to be the MYAN YAN representative for NT?
I want to experience more and learn more - mostly about leadership so I can keep growing as a leader in my community.
What sparks a fire in you, and why?
I’m passionate about studying, singing in the community choir, playing the drums and learning the keyboard. I’m one of the youth leaders in our community and I enjoy helping young people make positive changes. I also enjoy playing soccer. I have been playing as a number 3 since I was little and when I came to Australia I joined a local soccer club. I enjoy the fun and fitness of training with people and meeting up to refresh our minds.
Read Mfaume's full interview
State and Territory News

MyQ statewide forum - bringing together the multicultural youth sector 

Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) was delighted to host a statewide forum on Tuesday 15th September- bringing together the multicultural youth sector and stakeholders across Queensland to work on collaborative approaches to support multicultural young people. 

The event included guest speakers:
  • Grace, Joseph and Rachael from MyQ Council, who shared youth perspectives on experiences of COVID-19 and what needs to be done in the recovery.
  • Nadine Liddy from MYAN Australia who shared national policy perspectives
  • Eli Moore from Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma who shared perspectives and initiatives from the sector

MYAN NSW - New program supporting young people on temporary visas

MYAN NSW recently received a COVID-19 specialist grant from Multicultural NSW to assist temporary migrants to access support, including learning English, finding a job, volunteering or connecting the relevant services. Through this grant, MYAN NSW was able to recruit a Multicultural Youth Worker who has joined the team and is providing social and emotional support to connect young people with the right services.
  • If you are a local NSW-based service who would like to collaborate on this work, please reach out to MYAN NSW by emailing

Upcoming event: Young people, racism & COVID-19

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Australian National University invite you to a lunchtime webinar and launch of their recent report on young Victorians' experiences of racism during COVID-19.

Mr Josh Bull MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Multicultural Affairs, will join the event to launch the report, followed by a conversation with experts to discuss how experiences of racism are impacting our community, and what more we must do to address this.

Findings of the June survey of young Victorians revealed:
  • 89% of all respondents had at least one experience of vicarious racism.
  • 85% of participants from multicultural backgrounds had at least one experience of direct discrimination during this period.
  • Despite the reported frequency of experiences of vicarious and direct racism, less than one in three (29%) talked with friends or family about it and only 6% reported their experiences.
This event will explore the findings in-depth, hear from young people with lived experiences, and look at mental health and impacts of life in 'lockdown' for young multicultural Victorians.
Register for Webinar: Young people, Racism and COVID-19


MYAN is recruiting for a youth-led reference group to develop and plan a National Youth-Led Meeting on Disability in November 2020

  • Aged between 18-30 with lived experience of disability
  • From a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) background
  • Able to commit up to 3 hours a fortnight from October to late November 2020
Applications close 7th October 
Fill in the EOI here!
MYAN is recruiting for a Youth Ambassador Network (YAN) representative from South Australia
You can apply for this rewarding leadership and advocacy opportunity or share this with someone you know!
Applications close 5th October
National Youth Disability Summit
Join the inaugural online National Youth Disability Summit! Participation is free for all young people with disability.
The Summit will take place online over Zoom and Hopin platforms. Anyone living in Australia is welcome to join.
2020 International Day of the Girl Webinars
Reflect – Grow – Thrive!

YWCA is excited to launch an exciting 10-part webinar series focusing on personal and professional development opportunities for young women! 
If you identify as a migrant or refugee woman living in Australia and you are over the age of 18 years, we encourage you to complete the survey above.

It is an opportunity to inform the advocacy work of Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women to improve outcomes for migrant and refugee women in Australia.
Save Youth Work
The Save Youth Work campaign is opposing changes that will increase the cost of youth work degrees and limit the number of youth workers. The impact of COVID-19 for young people means we need more youth workers now more than ever. You can take action and easily send an email to your representative asking them to Save Youth Work:’
Raise the Rate Survey
In August 2020, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) surveyed more than 600 people receiving JobSeeker or related income support payments to shed light on how the higher rates of payment helped people cover living costs, and their views on the planned reduction and removal of this payment in coming months.
You can share the survey report or share social media tiles here.
Raise the Age
The national Raise the Age alliance is calling for all state, territory and Commonwealth governments to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia to at least 14.
If your organisation is working on this important issue, you can fill out this form to request to join the national Raise the Age alliance.
In the Media
These recent articles highlight the significant short and long-term challenges of COVID-19 for Australia's young people  and their families, including those from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
When coronavirus hit, Poasa wanted to quit school - but his community had other ideas
When Poasa Telepe’s family began struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Year 12 student quit school. But thanks to those around him, he’s now on track to get his high school certificate and launch a career in the NRL.
New report finds, five months into the pandemic, young
people in Australia are still under strain, while adapting
to change - though equity issues are emerging

Five months after the COVID-19 pandemic and responses began in Australia, the majority of our young people (aged 13 to 17) are doing better than they had expected they would be at this point, new national research by UNICEF Australia has found.
‘Garbage’ and ‘cash cows’: temporary migrants describe anguish of exclusion and racism during COVID-19
In early April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison sent a clear message to temporary visa holders that if they were no longer financially solvent to ride out the pandemic, they were not welcome in Australia.
'My sense of identity is falling away': young people pay the heaviest price in COVID recession
Young people are the least vulnerable to coronavirus but they have suffered the most from its economic fallout. Seven young Australians tell their story

Resources & Reports

Impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people who contact Kids Helpline
These factsheets include information and considerations specific to people with disability and people caring for them.
This includes printable tags for those who can’t wear masks for medical reasons.
As If We Weren’t Humans: The Abandonment of Temporary Migrants in Australia During COVID-19
Report from Migrant Workers Justice Initiative.
The Department of Home Affairs have started a new newsletter called “Update for Communities” to share information with multicultural communities. Updates include:
  • New Social Cohesion page that includes links to information about Australian values, the Citizenship test, multicultural affairs, community engagement and more.
  • Additional 10 Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions are now available for Australians affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available in English here.
To subscribe to this newsletter, email your request to  
Fact sheet on Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service from Beyond Blue in 63 languages
This resource was also shared by the Department of Home Affairs in their newsletter above.
Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19)
These factsheets include information and considerations specific to people with disability and people caring for them.
This includes printable tags for those who can’t wear masks for medical reasons.
Swimming with Sandbags
This report from UNICEF details the views and experiences of young people in Australia five months into the COVID-19 pandemic. 
MYAN National Resource Library for COVID-19 
This is a live resource compiled through sector networking and information sharing.

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