Thursday, 13 December 2018
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister - Review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes

The Liberal National Government has commissioned an independent review into Australia's integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants.

We are focused on keeping Australians together. This means ensuring all new Australians can find their footing and participate in their new home.

"We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help people get jobs, and integrate into the community," said Prime Minister Morrison.

"Having a job gives people financial independence, increases their personal connections and is one of the quickest ways to improve language skills.

Professor Peter Shergold AC will chair the review, which will recommend ways to improve integration, employment and settlement outcomes.

"I have asked Professor Shergold to provide my Government with advice on how we can better ensure refugees and humanitarian entrants can make valuable contributions to our society and our economy."

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said Australia has one of the most substantial refugee and humanitarian programs in the world.

"Our per capita refugee and humanitarian intake is matched by very few other nations," Minister Coleman said.

"We are a vibrant and very successful multicultural country, but we also have clear responsibilities in building an even stronger and more socially cohesive society.

"This review will ensure refugee and humanitarian entrants, those that have already arrived and those not yet here, are best placed to succeed and contribute to the Australian way of life."

The review will consult broadly with stakeholders across the country and across sectors and will deliver a report to the Government in February 2019.