Through our policy, advocacy and research work, MYAN provides a credible and informed source of knowledge and advice on settlement, policy and programming relevant to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Our policy work also focuses on engaging with a number of government inquiries, as important opportunities to highlight the issues facing young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN) makes this response to the Draft Report released by the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health in December 2019.
Read the submission here.
As part of The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) human rights conference ‘Free and Equal’, MYAN was provided an opportunity to meet with Dr. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: a significant opportunity for Dr. Bachelet to hear directly from young people in MYAN’s networks about key human rights issues facing them in Australia today.
Read the submission here.
CMY and MYAN undertook a review of CMY and MYAN’s previous policy work around issues of mental health and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, whilst also drawing upon relevant broader literature. We also held consultations with CMY staff who work directly with young people and their families and with young people on CMY’s Youth Advisory Group. Additionally, we convened a national teleconference with MYAN networks around Australia in relation to the terms of reference.
Read the submission here.
MYAN provided a submission to the Independent Panel for Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants, and case studies highlighting examples of good practice.
MYAN recently made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs on Australia’s 2019-2020 Migration Program Discussion Paper. This submission provides a national perspective, drawing on the MYAN’s breadth of experience working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia. It has a focus on the rights and interests of young people (12 to 24 year olds) from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the Australian Migration and Humanitarian Programs.
MYAN made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for Inquiry on Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018. MYAN has been concerned about the presentation of the Bill to and by the media as legislation targeting young people under 18 following a similar damaging political discourse in Victoria.
MYAN made a supplementary submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration on its Inquiry on Review Processes Associated with Visa Cancellations. You can read MYAN’s initial submission here and supplementary submission here. In its submission, MYAN called for an expanded inquiry into visa cancellations regime, including a focus on the specific impact and circumstances of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their families and communities, and emphasised that the current visa cancellations regime is leading to ‘double penalisation’ of young people while undermining the efforts of the youth justice system.
MYAN made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment, highlighting the particular concerns of and recommendations from young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia in relation to current employment services and proposed changes for the next generation.
MYAN prepared a submission to the Department of Jobs and Small Business on the next generation of employment services, detailing the experiences of young people in navigating employment services and the labour market in Australia. The submission, informed by MYAN’s youth consultations on employment held across Australia in early 2018, highlighted particular concerns of and recommendations from young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia in relation to current employment services and proposed changes for the next generation.
MYAN made a submission to the National Children’s Commissioner on Australia’s progress of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), following a survey MYAN conducted with young people to hear their views.
MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs on Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2018-19. MYAN’s submission focused on strengthening Australia’s position as a global leader in the resettlement of unaccompanied humanitarian minors and made recommendations to continue resettlement of children and young people at risk, as well as increased family reunification for young people and youth-sensitive sponsorship through the Community Support Program.
MYAN made a submission on the Consultation Draft of Labor’s National Platform. MYAN recommended that the Platform include a specific and ongoing commitment to youth specific settlement services, as well as an end to detention of children and young people in immigration detention onshore and offshore, and an increase in intake through the Australia’s Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Programme.
MYAN Australia made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 recommending the Committee to not pass the Bill, and review the Bill with consideration of its potential damaging impacts on young people with particular vulnerabilities, particularly those from refugee or refugee-like backgrounds who may arrive in Australia with non-humanitarian visas. MYAN further recommended exempting vulnerable young people from any waiting periods for accessing social security benefits, and providing support for young people arriving in Australia with Orphan visa (subclass 117) and remaining relative visa (subclass 115) under the Family stream.
Additional information to the submission can be viewed here.
MYAN made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018
MYAN made a submission to the Inquiry on Review Processes associated with Visa Cancellations made on Criminal grounds. MYAN emphasised the importance of adopting a youth justice approach to respond to anti-social behaviour seen in a small number of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Australia’s Migration Programme in response to DHA’s discussion paper ‘Managing Australia’s Migrant Intake’. MYAN’s submission focuses on the need to ensure enough spaces for young people in planning Australia’s migrant intake, adequate support structures in Australia for young people from refugee-like backgrounds, and to utilise and simplify the Migration Programme to ensure family reunification for humanitarian arrivals.
MYAN made response to the Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes
This inquiry looks at how to protect and strengthen Australia’s multiculturalism and social inclusion. MYAN’s submission provides a national perspective and draws MYAN’s broad networks with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia.
Read MYAN’s submission.
You can also read the statement made by MYAN’s National Coordinator and youth representatives, who attended the Melbourne public hearing.
MYAN’s submission responds to Questions 1 and 3 in the Discussion Paper. It has a focus on children and young people in the Australian Humanitarian Programme. This submission provides a national perspective on the strengths and expertise available in Australia to support unaccompanied refugee children and young people to settle well. It draws on MYAN’s breadth of experience working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities, and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia. It has been informed by the perspectives of those working with unaccompanied minors throughout Australia through the UHM Programme, as well as consultation with the state programme providers (Centre for Multicultural Youth, MDA Ltd, Marist 180, and BaptCare), Amnesty International Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia. Also included are programme examples of good practice in supporting unaccompanied refugee children and young people to settle well in Australia, and information about programmes supporting unaccompanied minors in the United States and United Kingdom.
On Thursday, 17 November 2016 the Federal Government asked the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to inquire into and report on migrant settlement outcomes. The Committee was asked to focus on the effectiveness of services in promoting better settlement outcomes for migrants, giving “particular consideration to social engagement of youth migrants, including involvement of youth migrants in anti-social behaviour such as gang activity.”
Read MYAN’s submission.
You can also read the submission made by the MYAN Youth Ambassadors Network, as well as those of a number of young people and MYAN state and territory affiliated organisations.
“MYAN strongly opposes proposals to weaken the racial discrimination provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act, or to amending section 18C”. Read full statement here.
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia made a joint submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016
MYAN made a submission to the Department of Education on the employability skills component of Youth Jobs PaTH. Pre- employment and basic skill training in employability skills could potentially be very positive for young people from CALD background, and particularly for refugee young people with limited or no experience of the Australian work place culture. This submission provides a national perspective, drawing on the MYAN’s breadth of experience working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, their communities, and the youth and settlement sectors across Australia. The submission responds to a selection of the questions that MYAN regards as central to determining how relevant this element of the Jobs PaTH package will be to migrant and refugee young people.
MYAN made a submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Programme for 2016-17. The submission highlights a number of key international protection concerns facing refugee and asylum seeking young people across the world, explores how the rights and needs of young people are being addressed within Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Programme, and identifies barriers to settlement outcomes for young people of migrant and refugee background within current settlement support arrangements. MYAN thanks the many contributors to this submission who shared their concerns and experiences, as well as their ideas and recommendations.
MYAN made a submission to Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Discussion Paper Employment Services – building on success.
MYAN made a submission to Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program 2013-2014.
MYAN and AYAC made a joint submission to the Race Discrimination Team, Australian Human Rights Commission for the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
MYAN made a submission to Access and Equity Inquiry Panel: Inquiry into Australia’s Access & Equity Strategy and Framework.
MYAN 2019 ELECTION POLICY PLATFORM
MYAN has released a 2019 Federal Election Policy Platform identifying eight priority areas for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
This Election Platform uses the National Youth Settlement Framework as a basis for highlighting what the Federal Government can do to enable the active and sustained participation of young people in Australian society – by investing in programs and strategies that advance a strong, cohesive multicultural community.
Read MYAN’s summary Election Platform here.
See MYAN’s Election Report Card Snapshot here.
MYAN 2016 ELECTION POLICY PLATFORM
The MYAN have released a policy platform identifying key issues and priorities areas for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election. The platform calls on all candidates to lead with innovative and concrete policies that ensure young people can unlock opportunities that lead to full participation.
MYAN 2013 ELECTION POLICY PLATFORM
This policy platform presents the key issues and recommended responses for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the context of the 2013 Australian federal election. Recommendations are designed to address identified issues and are based on an understanding that this group of young people commonly face additional and more complex transitions to their Australian-born counterparts and have particular needs in their settlement journey.
Following months of consultations, UNHCR released the final draft of the Global Compact on Refugees. Throughout the consultation process, the youth agenda has progressed considerably and the final draft now recognized adolescents and youth as a group with specific needs and recognizes them as a stakeholder. MYAN released a short brief on its observations on the final draft following the release of the final version of the Global Compact on Refugees in the autumn of 2018.
MYAN recently released its response to Draft 2 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The development of the GCR is an historic moment and MYAN has been engaged in the drafting process, advocating for the inclusion of youth rights in the GCR. We were pleased to see stronger representation of youth needs, rights and capabilities in Draft 2 and believe this could be further strengthened. We have also been involved in the process organised by International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) to provide a joint response from the NGOs to the GCR Draft 2. MYAN congratulates ICVA for giving young people a platform to make presentations on behalf of NGOs. Two members of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) delivered ICVA’s statements during the last round of formal consultations in Geneva in early May.
MYAN endorsed a position paper from the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action – Recommendations on youth in the Global Compact on Refugees.
This paper calls for recognition of the particular rights, needs and capabilities of young people to be better reflected in the GCR. This includes commitments to facilitating their meaningful engagement in solutions and to youth-specific policy and programming. Following the New York Declaration in 2016, the drafting of the GCR is currently underway, with a series of consultations occurring throughout 2018. The final GCR will be released at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. Read more about the GCR here.
MYAN has recently released a response to Draft 1 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The creation of the GCR is a critical opportunity for the recognition and inclusion of refugee youth rights and needs in discussions around refugee protection. This would ensure that refugee youth, as a group with distinct rights, needs and capacities, and who make up at least one-third of the global refugee population, are adequately protected and empowered. This reflects and builds on the work of UNHCR and civil society over several years in promoting the rights and needs of refugee youth.
MYAN prepared this advocacy brief to support the inclusion of youth rights and needs in the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) has provided input and endorsed the brief in December 2017. The GYAC has also prepared a paper presenting recommendations on the GCR. The GYAC paper and MYAN brief are complementary and should be read alongside each other. Read the advocacy brief here.
This report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee) examines Australia’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The report is intended to inform the Committee’s review of Australia during its 94th session in November 2017. It has been prepared with substantial input by 26 individuals and non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia and endorsed by and 53 NGOs. This report seeks to address some of the key concerns and Concluding Observations made by the CERD Committee in its 2010 review of Australia and important issues that have arisen since 2010. Read the report here.
MYAN made a contribution to the the Australian NGO Coalition Submission to United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Review of Australia Fifth Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.