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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1323)


Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 29 November 2012:

In respect of the Refugee Youth Support Pilot, (a) what was the total cost, (b) what were the outcomes, and (c) is there any committed funding to allow for the further rollout of the pilot; and if not, what will happen to the 100 Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors who were part of the pilot.


Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

(a) The Refugee Youth Support Pilot is still in progress. The twelve month period of the Pilot will cease on 5 February 2013, with an extension of services until 30 June 2013 for those clients who have not yet turned 18 years of age. Program costs will be analysed through the Pilot evaluation.

(b) The outcomes of the Pilot will be set out in the evaluation report, expected to be completed by 1 March 2013.

(c) The Pilot was established to help inform future UHM care models and will not be extended beyond 30 June 2013. By this date, all Pilot clients will have turned 18 or will be close to turning 18 and will be referred to the HSS Program for continued care and support as required. A comprehensive transition out care plan will ensure that clients make a smooth transition into independent living.