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Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Indigenous Australians represent the oldest living civilisation on earth. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the custodians of this land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We commit to this acknowledgement on an ongoing basis in a manner that is meaningful in our everyday practice and conversations. It is a commitment of the Harmony Alliance to ensure that the starting point of any conversation we have in relation to the rights of migrant and refugee women is firmly centred around the broader conversation on the rights of First Nations women and First Nations people.

 

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A strategic approach to improving employment outcomes of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia

Promoting meaningful participation in the workforce by women from migrant and refugee backgrounds produces a win-win situation – boosting workforce performance while improving quality of life for individuals. This strategic approach seeks to contribute to facilitating better employment outcomes of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. It is intended as a recommended roadmap for what better outcomes would look like, and what steps need to be taken in order to achieve these.

 

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Working Together for Equality: NGO Beijing+25 Review 2019

Jointly drafted with 51 other organisations, networks, alliances, and individuals, “Working Together for Equality Beijing+25 Review 2019: Australia” is part of the ongoing Australian Civil Society monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights commitments made by the Australian Government and Civil Society to the advancement of women through use of agreed strategies from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) (1995), and the Beijing+5 Outcomes Document (2000). The purpose of this document is to measure Australia’s progress in the last 5 years (2014 – 2019) against the BPFA 25 years since it was agreed in 1995.

 

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Blueprint for Reform: Removing Barriers to Safety for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence who are on Temporary Visas

Harmony Alliance is a member of the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence, that consists of over 50 state and national peak bodies, service providers and other organisations working to address violence against women across Australia. The Blueprint has been developed and endorsed by the group with an aim to collectively advocate for policy and law changes to support women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children to be safe.

 

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Election Priorities

Australia is a thriving multicultural society. Migration has been instrumental to Australia’s growth, with 49 per cent of Australians either born overseas or with at least one parent born overseas. All levels of our society have benefitted from the skills and diversity that migrants bring to Australia.

 

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Women from all backgrounds have the right to live free from violence

5 March 2019

The Harmony Alliance has today welcomed the strong funding commitments announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, the Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, and the Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, as part of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

 

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Submission regarding the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

February 2019

The Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change notes the importance of social protections in fostering equitable societies and promoting equality and non- discrimination.

 

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Pre-budget submission 2019-20

February 2019

Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Treasury regarding the 2019-2020 Federal Budget.

 

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Submission to the Review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants

February 2019

Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants.

 

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2018

Path to Nowhere Report

9 December 2018

Path to Nowhere (the Report) examines the issues for women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children.

 

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Migrant and Refugee Womens' Voices: Survey Report

26 November 2018

The Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change conducted the inaugural Migrant and Refugee Women’s Voices Survey in partnership with SBS and SBS Radio over six weeks between May and July 2018.

 

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Migrant and refugee women must be supported to participate in the workforce

20 November 2018

The Harmony Alliance has today welcomed a series of measures announced by the Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, in the inaugural Women’s Economic Security Statement.

 

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Submission to the Consultation on the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030

October 2018

Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership and Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change welcome the opportunity to make a joint submission to the consultation on the draft National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030.

 

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Submission to Department of Social Services consultation process regarding the development of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022

September 2018

As part of the Alliance’s commitment to advocate for better health and wellbeing of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, we held four consultations in the lead up to the development of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of jobactive.

The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the submission to the Senate Education and Employment Commitees regarding the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of jobactive.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia

17 August 2018

The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia.

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Submission to the Future Employment Services Consultation

August 2018

The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Future Employment Services Consultation.

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Open Letter to Female Members of Parliament and Senators

22 May 2018

An open letter calling upon the female Members of Parliament and Senators to oppose proposed changes to Social Services legislation that would see new permanent residents of Australia wait four years before being eligible to access many crucial welfare payments.

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Migrant and refugee women overlooked in Budget

8 May 2018

The Harmony Alliance has this evening welcomed a series of measures announced in the 2018 federal budget aimed at improving the lives of Australian women. The Alliance has, however, expressed concern at the lack of focus on the needs of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018

27 April 2018

The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018.

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Submission to Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018

18 April 2018

The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Committee regarding the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018

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International Women’s Day 2018 - Response to Government and Opposition policy priorities

19 March 2018

The Harmony Alliance reiterates its commitment to working with the Government and the Opposition to improve experiences and outcomes for women in Australia from migrant and refugee backgrounds, including women seeking asylum.

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It’s time to improve data

28 February 2018

The Harmony Alliance has today called on the Australian Governments to prioritise for further research the experiences of violence by women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, after the release of the Australian Institute on Health and Welfare report on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence 2018.

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2017

Increased waiting periods to keep women out of work

19 December 2017

The Harmony Alliance has today expressed concern at the Government’s announcement that it will seek to increase waiting periods to three years before new migrants can access many welfare payments, and introduce a three-year waiting period to access Family Tax Benefit, Paid Parental Leave and Carer Allowance.

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2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission

15 December 2017

AWAVA and Harmony Alliance call on the Government to facilitate the implementation of actions and commitments made in the Third Action Plan 2016-19 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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