OUR WORK WITH THE SECTOR
MYAN works in partnership with young people and a broad range of actors, at the state and national levels, to support good practice in addressing the rights and needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in policy and practice. We undertake a range of sector development activities to achieve this. The National Youth Settlement Framework continues to be the benchmark for good practice in youth settlement and integration.
MYAN maintains broad networks across Australia’s generalist, youth and settlement sectors, recognising that various sectors all play a critical role in facilitating successful settlement outcomes for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
NATIONAL YOUTH SETTLEMENT FRAMEWORK
The National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) 2020 edition remains Australia’s first and only evidence-based national guide to benchmark good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds – and is the only one of its kind globally. With practical tools, including Self-Assessment Guides, the NYSF is designed to equip policymakers and service providers with the skills and knowledge to best support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to thrive in Australia.
Since its release in 2016, the NYSF has been utilised in practice across sectors, in policy and service delivery, and more 1,500 people have participated in NYSF training, webinars, and workshops in Australia and New Zealand. MYAN has also presented on the NYSF globally.
While the core of NYSF remains unchanged, utilising Active Citizenship Domains and Indicators and Good Practice Capabilities, the 2020 edition includes updated and new content – including a section on youth work in Australia and 3 new Good Practice Capabilities.
MYAN will be supporting the implementation of the NYSF across Australia in the coming months through a range of online and face-to-face interactive training workshops.
The NYSF is comprised of resources that provide conceptual and practical information to support those working with newly arrived young people.
National Youth Panel on COVID-19: exploring the new normal
MYAN hosted a youth panel led by young people from across Australia from refugee and migrant backgrounds, exploring the new normal during and beyond COVID-19 on 21 July 2020. This was an important opportunity to hear directly from young people themselves about the challenges and solutions to COVID-19 in a discussion focused on Education, Employment and Mental Health.
Panel: Swathi Shanmukhasundaram – VIC, Harpreet Dhillon – NSW, Butrus Haider – QLD, Zahra Al Hilaly – WA, Mehak Sheikh – VIC from MYAN Australia (Moderator)
National Youth Settlement Framework 2020 ed. Launch Event
MYAN launched the National Youth Settlement Framework 2020 ed. on 1 July 2020.
The event was an important opportunity to hear from Alison Larkins, Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services about government’s work in strengthening youth settlement, including embedding the NYSF in service delivery, and listening to Zahra Al Hillay and Apajok Biar about what the NYSF means in practice, along with a Q&A panel.
YOUTH TRANSITION SUPPORT SERVICES
MYAN Australia played a national support role with the YTS, including overseeing the independent evaluation and coordinating the YTS Community of Practice (COP). The COP was an important component of the YTS, facilitating provider communication, sharing practice and documentation of YTS models, as well as engagement in the evaluation.
Youth Transition Support (YTS) services have been funded $42.8 million over 4 years to help young humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants aged 15 to 25 to participate in work and education. YTS services improve workplace readiness, provide access to vocational opportunities, and create strong social connections through education and sports engagement. Service providers deliver a range of projects and activities for participants, including connections with local employment services and jobs, and vocational or other further education opportunities.
YTS PILOT PERIOD EVALUATION REPORT
The Youth Transition Support (YTS) Pilot Period (January 2016 to June 2017) Evaluation Report (the Report) has been publicly released. The report examines the 18-month YTS pilot period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017.
The Report demonstrates that the pilot is showing some early success and that YTS services are filling an important gap in the range of settlement services required by humanitarian entrants and other young migrants.
It highlights increased client confidence, self-esteem and motivation, increased work readiness and access to work experience opportunities. The Report found that the YTS pilot is also showing some early success in generating medium-term outcomes, such as increased employability for young people and clients completing vocational qualifications.
Key findings from the Report show that:
- the pilot assisted 5,492 clients, with a total of 15,496 sessions delivered across all providers;
- the majority of young people entered the YTS to achieve employment, education and training outcomes and to improve their community participation and networks; and
- younger clients are more likely to seek assistance in community participation and networks, while older clients are more likely to seek assistance in employment, education and training.
The Australian Government has accepted or accepted-in-principle all the suggested improvements in the Report.
YTS services were recently further extended based on these initial positive findings. The Department of Social Services (DSS) will continue to monitor outcomes during the post-pilot period, from 1 July 2017.
SERVICE LOCATIONS & PROVIDERS
YTS services are delivered by six providers in 16 Local Government Areas in the following select locations:
- Access Community Services and MDA Ltd – Brisbane and Logan, Queensland.
- The Community Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta) and the Lebanese Muslim Association – Sydney, New South Wales;
- Foundation House and the Brotherhood of St Laurence – Melbourne, Victoria.
The areas selected for YTS services have high numbers of humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants and each provider is partnering with other settlement services, employers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other community and sporting organisations in their local area.
LIFE IN AUSTRALIA: CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM REFUGEE AND MIGRANT BACKGROUNDS
MYAN’s short film series was launched at the MYAN conference in November 2017. The short films capture young people’s stories and experiences of settling in Australia. Produced in partnership with Dr David Corlett, acclaimed filmmaker and host of SBS’ Go Back To Where You Came From, the 9 films feature young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds talking about leaving their country, arriving in Australia, what helped them settle in Australia, belonging, identity and aspirations for the future. These films are part of MYAN’s resources supporting the National Youth Settlement Framework.