Title Migrant access and equity
Database Press Releases
Date 07-02-1995
Source HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
Citation Id 2015HNC09132739
Major subject House of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs
System Id media/pressrel/2015HNC09132739


Migrant access and equity

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HOUSE OF REPRE SEN TA TIVE S

ST ANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUN ITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 4566

FAX: (06)277 4844

PRESS RELEASE

MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

The Parliamentary Inquiry into Access and Equity for people from non-English speaking background announced in December has generated a strong community response.

The Inquiry is being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs under the Chairmanship of Mr Allan Morris, MP and has called for submissions before the closing date of 17 March.

To date over 350 requests have been received for copies of the background paper describing the Committee's investigations and terms of reference.

Letters inviting submissions have been sent to Commonwealth, State and Territory Departments and agencies and also to community leaders and other non­ governmental organisations.

This is the first time a Parliamentary Committee is investigating the extent to which Access and Equity principles are applied in the delivery of services, funded solely or in part by the Commonwealth and provided by State or local governments, to those in the community who are of non-English speaking background.

A particular focus of the Inquiry will be the question of recognition of overseas qualifications and skills. "This is a complex issue and an unhappy one for many qualified migrants who came to live in Australia and who were confronted by institutional barriers to practice their chosen profession." Mr Morris said.

The Committee is seeking submissions from interested individuals and organisations across Australia and will conduct public hearings in each capital city and other centres.

A background paper outlining the scope of the Inquiry is available on request from the Secretariat.

A copy of the Inquiry's terms of reference is attached.

Further information can be obtain from the Committee secretariat on (06) 277 4566

7 February 1995

H O U S E OF 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 C O M M U N I T Y A F F A I R S

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (06) 277 4566

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY FA * 06> 277 4844

TERMS OF REFERENCE

To inquire into and report to the Parliament on the extent to which Access and Equity principles are applied in the delivery of services, funded in part or solely by the Commonwealth and provided by State or local governments, to those in the community who are of non-English speaking backgrounds excluding people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent.

Particular reference will be given to:

. the effectiveness of accreditation of overseas qualifications and the impact of overseas qualifications on access to education, training and labour market programs, and employment;

. an assessment (or analysis) of barriers faced at entry points to services and/or at any other point in accessing a full service, including availability and suitability of interpreter services;

. the level of cultural sensitivity of organisations and institutions providing such services and the existence of suitable cross-cultural training programs for staff;

. the impact of Access and Equity principles on service delivery; and

. the existence and adequacy of mechanisms to monitor such services in order to guarantee Access and Equity principles.

Committee Membership

The members of the Committee and their electorates are:

Mr Allan Morris, MP (Chairman) Newcastle, NSW Hon Don Dobie, MP Cook, NSW

(Deputy Chairman) Ms Maggie Deahm, MP Macquarie, NSW

Mr Richard Evans, MP Cowan, WA

Hon Wendy Fatin, MP Brand, WA

Mr Chris Haviland, MP Macarthur, NSW

Mr Neville Newell, MP Richmond, NSW

Mr Harry Quick, MP Franklin, TAS

Mr Philip Ruddock, MP Berowra, NSW

Mr Bruce Scott, MP Maranoa, QLD

Mrs Silvia Smith, MP Bass, TAS

Ms Trish Worth, MP Adelaide, SA

A background paper outlining the scope of the Inquiry is available on request.

Submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

The closing date for submissions is 17 March 1995.

Bjarne Nordin Secretary

Telephone: (06) 277 4566 Fax: (06) 277 4844