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Inquiry into migrant access and equity



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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATI VES

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 4S66 FAX: (06) 277 4 8*4

Inquiry into Migrant Access and Equity

Public Hearing Committee Room 1R1 Parliament House CANBERRA

Friday 1 December 1995

Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Department of Employment, Education and Training and NOOSR

Lunch

Australian Medical Council

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Department of Human Services and Health

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

Department of Housing and Regional Development

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H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S , - _____________

S T A N D I N G C O M M I T T E E ON COMMUNI TY A F F A I R S

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PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 4 566 FAX: (06) 277 4844

MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY - X O S k J

The Houfee'of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs is concluding a review of Commonwealth funded and State/Territory and local government provided services to migrants to ascertain the extent to which access and equity principles are applied in the delivery of these services.

The inquiry, which was referred to the Committee by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator the Hon Nick Bolkus on 10 November 1994, is looking at a range of matters including the recognition of overseas professional

qualifications, availability of interpreter services, cross-cultural training programs for service deliverers and the impact and evaluation of access and equity principles on service delivery.

The Chairman of the Committee, Allan Morris MP, Member for Newcastle, advised that the final public hearing on the inquiry will be conducted in Canberra on Friday, 1 December in Committee Room 1R1, Parliament House.

"This inquiry is being conducted against the background that access and equity is an essential p art of the Government's social justice agenda. The aim of the inquiry is to ascertain the extent to which access and equity principles are also encompassed at State/Territory and local government levels. This is of particular concern to people of non-English speaking backgrounds in the community," Mr Morris said.

" At this hearing, the Committee will test the evidence taken to date with officials from the major Federal Departments with responsibilities in the areas under investigation. This will enable work to proceed on the Committee's report, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament early next year".

"Evidence will also be taken from organisations concerned with accreditation and recognition of overseas gained professional qualifications with a view to exploring alternative ways of capitalising on such resources and to make them available to employers and the Australian community as a whole".

"As many interested people as possible are encouraged to attend the hearing to observe the evidence taken from the organisations appearing on the attached program", M r Morris concluded.

For further information, please contact Allan Morris MP on (049) 26 1555 or the Secretary to the Committee, Mr Bjame Nordin on (06) 277 4566.

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23 November, 1995