FECCA concerned about impact of key Budget measures on migrant Australians
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) said today that key measures announced in tonight’s Federal Budget will have a disproportionate impact on Australia’s migrant communities.
New enhanced residency requirements for the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension will require claimants to have up to 15 years of continuous Australian residence to be eligible to receive these key supports.
Nearly 40 per cent of people receiving the Age Pension were not born in Australia. These provisions will disproportionately impact Australians of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
FECCA believes that migrant Australians should not be punished in their older age or because they require support for living with a disability.
Also announced in tonight’s Budget, the Skilling Australians Fund Levy, is a levy on employers who nominate workers for certain temporary and permanent visas. The levy will provide funds to support skills development in the Australian workforce.
This kind of measure implies that migrant workers are responsible for Australia’s skills gap and threatens social cohesion.
Migrant workers are some of Australia’s most vulnerable to the risk of abuse and exploitation by their employers.
This levy presents new risks to migrant workers including salary deductions and a rise in racism and discrimination.
Overseas workers fill key positions where local employees cannot be recruited: caring for Australia’s elderly and disabled, supporting our nation’s agricultural industry and growing Australia’s IT and high-tech companies.
FECCA has already expressed its concern on a number of other measures included in the Budget including changes to the citizenship test and the cost of the new temporary parent visa.
FECCA will issue further comment on the Federal Budget in coming days.
FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.
FECCA’s pre-Budget submission can be found here.
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MCCSA hosting Harmony Day Picnic to showcase SA’s rich cultural identity
Harmony Day Picnic performers Sourav Adhikari (Nepal), Airin Samadi (Kurdistan), Zaher Azar (Kurdistan), Lena Gasparyan (Armenia), Ras Minano (Ghana) and Rosina Gautam (Nepal). Picture: Roger Wyman Read full article in Adelaide Now
Apply for a Churchill Fellowship
On 28 February the 2017 Churchill Fellowship application period will open. The Adelaide Information Session will be held between 6 – 8pm on Monday 20 February 2017 at the Thebarton Community Centre Cnr. South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville. The event gives prospective applicants an opportunity to hear from Churchill Fellows, the Trust CEO and Chair of the selection Committee as well as meeting South Australian Churchill Fellows and being able to ask questions. Click link for more info Churchill Fellowship 2017 Fact Sheet
MCCSA hosting a Conversation with Race Discrimination Commissioner
Emerging Communities Conference
The Emerging Communities Conference, hosted in partnership by the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide Primary Health Network and Northern Health Network, aims to improve the health care experience for recent arrivals to Australia. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for clinicians, people with lived experience and support services to discuss and develop recommendations to improve health service delivery within emerging communities. For more information or to register for the conference, visit: www.sapmea.asn.au/emerging-communities-conference-2016 .
MCCSA Celebrates Refugee Week 2016
This year many of us have celebrated Refugee week with a variety of events across South Australia. The MCCSA held a morning tea on Wednesday 22nd June to celebrate the occasion and Adelaide City Council Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese attended, along with many other guests. Our Theme Connecting Refugees Past and Present, was a lovely way of acknowledging all those who have arrived on our shores over the past 70 years. People have come from all over the world and for many of them, their journeys were often fraught with challenges. People shared their stories and photos with us; it was a celebration of the positive contributions and skills that these Australians brought to their new home. We hope to in the future to collate these and many other stories into a book. As this year’s Refugee week comes to an end, thank you to all the agencies and people who have acknowledged the incredible journeys people have taken to reach our shores. We will continue to welcome future communities and look forward to acknowledging their contributions to this wonderful country in years to come.
Elder Abuse can be stopped
Office for the Ageing, SA Health has launched a media campaign to safeguard the rights of older people and increase awareness of Elder Abuse by helping the South Australian community to: • recognise the signs of Elder Abuse • know where to go for support and information. Elder Abuse is an act that causes deliberate or unintended harm to an older person, from a person they know and trust. Around one in 20 older Australians experiences some form of abuse from someone they trust, who is often a member of their own family. This abuse can be financial, emotional, physical and even sexual. Over the past five years, Elder Abuse has most commonly included financial and emotional abuse and in 80 per cent of cases the abuse was carried out by a family member. Older people may be vulnerable to abuse, which can often go unnoticed, especially where there is increasing frailty and physical or mental decline. Elder Abuse can be a hidden problem as it happens in the relationships where it is least expected to occur. It is important that the community has a clear understanding of the rights of older people and how these rights can be protected. This includes being aware of the signs of elder abuse and knowing where to go for help. Recognise the signs and help put an end to Elder Abuse – visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au for more information. Take action if you suspect abuse is occurring or you want to check in with your own experiences. Call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310. The campaign is a key action from the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians, Action Plan 2015-2021.
MCCSA Community Transport Forum 2015
Submissions – Commonwealth Home Support Programme April 2015
Some of the proposed changes in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme such the social support group fees have the potential to be very detrimental for South Australia’s CALD communities. MCCSA and members of its CALD Ageing Alliance have worked together to produce this response. 538 CALD community members from the Italian, Greek, Dutch, German, Croatian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese communities responded to a survey to provide evidence of the benefit of social support groups and 470 people signed a petition calling for a review of fees for social support groups. For more information please read the following three responses.
If you would like to sign a copy of the Petition please download and forward it to Kristin Johansson 113 Gilbert St Adelaide SA 5000
MCCSA response to Reclaim Australia Rally
The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) is extremely disappointed with the reclaim Australia rallies held all over Australia including South Australia over the weekend. We strongly believe as Australians we should embrace our diversity and use its richness and values to build a strong society that will stand as one in the face of all adversity. Helena Kyriazopoulos, President of the MCCSA said she is deeply concerned about the negative impact these rallies are having on our multicultural communities. She said these are times when we should be an example to the rest of the world. “We should be improving relationships in our communities rather than generating divisive environs which would only serve to create tensions and mistrust in our communities”. “The message from these rallies does not help to bring us together if anything at all it leads to division within our society. People have a right to express their view but not at the expense of alienating others in our society”. Australians have on several occasions rallied in support of our Muslim communities and other minority groups allaying the fear that they are unwanted. However, the Reclaim Australia rally undermines these efforts and sets us back in our bid for a harmonious multicultural society. It is well documented and celebrated that Australia as a nation has much to thank its migrant population over the past 100 years. As a country Australia has evolved as one of the most advanced nations of our times. Considering the positive contribution of migrants to our society it is important that we reach out to all members of our multicultural community and promote harmony and acceptance for all. The MCCSA would like to reaffirm our position in support of a harmonious multicultural Australia where people from all walks of life, religion or race are welcome to live and pursue their dreams.
Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced and, fair and reasonable fees set
The fees proposed in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme – National Fees Policy Consultation Paper are too expensive and will destroy community programs in South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities because people will be unable to meet these costs. These programs reduce social isolation, help us maintain our own culture and help reduce depression and mental problems in our community. At present under the fee paper for a 3 hours day centre program (social support group) with a meal if we are on a full pension we would be asked to pay:
- 3 hours of social support at $9 an hour = $27
- 2 one way transport trips for under 20 kilometres at $5 each way = $10
- One meal at $9 plus the cost of ingredients
This would be over $46 for one group session. If you are worried about these proposed aged care changes to the commmonwealt home support programme sign this Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced, and fair and reasonable fees set and send it back to Kristin Johansson via email to email@example.com or post to 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000.
MCCSA strongly believe that it is important that we have affordable social support programs for South Australians from a CALD background!!
Landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from CALD Backgrounds released
18 March 2015 The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) released its landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Despite increasing numbers of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, research about this group has only been sporadic. As a response, FECCA worked with the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, to review the Australian research on older people from CALD backgrounds. The report was launched by the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison MP, at the Parliament House in Canberra, at an event hosted by the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and the Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent. The aims of the review were to identify the existing research evidence base about older CALD Australians and to identify gaps in the research, covering four broad topic areas:
- older people from CALD backgrounds in general;
- older people from CALD backgrounds with dementia;
- ageing and mental health issues for people from CALD backgrounds; and
- CALD carers and carers of older people from CALD backgrounds.
The review report highlights that older people from CALD backgrounds are not a homogeneous group and therefore meeting their needs is highly complex. Many older people from CALD backgrounds have higher levels of disadvantage and other risk factors than older Anglo-Australians. Speaking at the event, FECCA Chair, Joe Caputo, said: “The review is unique in that it has for the first time systematically identified current evidence and gaps in research on older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia.” “This is a significant start and, we hope, it will guide policy makers, researchers, and service providers in promoting better practice, stronger collaborative partnerships and better outcomes for all older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Joe Caputo concluded. To view the report, click here. To view the factsheets accompanying the report, click here. Media Comments: Joe Caputo, FECCA Chair – 0419 173 122, or the FECCA Office – (02) 6282 5755, firstname.lastname@example.org.