Newly Arrived and Refugee Employment Law

WEstjustice’s Refugee Employment Law project seeks to improve employment outcomes for newly arrived and refugee communities. 

For many newly arrived workers, sustainable employment forms the heart of successful resettlement. It provides financial security, social connections, self esteem and independence.  However, newly arrived and refugee workers are more vulnerable to exploitation at work. They are often underpaid, unfairly terminated, injured at work and subject to workplace bullying and discrimination.

Over the past 2 years, our Newly Arrived and Refugee Employment Law Service has assisted over 200 workers from more than 30 countries. Our Community Legal Education Program has delivered face-to-face information sessions to over 600 community members, community workers and community leaders.

Evidence gathered through these activities has informed our advocacy work, including submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations Framework Inquiry, Victorian Government Inquiry Into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, and Final Project Report: Not Just Work - Ending the exploitation of refugee and migrant workers, which argued for:

> Improved laws and processes to stop wage theft and sham contracting
> Reform of unfair dismissal and discrimination processes to better support vulnerable workers
> Increased accountability in labour hire, supply chains and franchises
> Better protections for temporary migrant workers
> Greater resourcing for targeted legal education, culturally responsive assistance and the linking of vulnerable workers to key services

The full report can be downloaded here.

The Refugee Employment Law project is generously funded by the Victorian Government CLC Assistance Fund. Download the project flier here.

 

 

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  • Footscray
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Footscray

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Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

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