You can see the full CGU infographic and report HERE.
In Tatiara, a broad multicultural township in South Australia with over 75 per cent of its population of non-English speaking background, MRC’s Bordertown office works in partnership with the town’s major employer and the Tatiara District Council to support migrant settlement and integration.
“These partnerships are crucial to meeting the needs of all community members to promote social cohesion and to build social capital,” Australian Migrant Resource Centre coordinator Tracey Grosser says.
“Economic and social migrant contributions to the region include the creation of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, working in local industry, use of housing and other services, accessing local schools and recreational facilities and becoming involved in local clubs which are beneficial to the entire community.”
Grosser believes Australia’s large businesses have a role to play in helping migrants to contribute their experience, skills and qualifications to our society, culture, economy and environment.
“Big businesses can assist by engaging with and working alongside settlement agencies through to financial support for education programs and recreational activities,” she says.
The Australian Migrant Resource Centre is one of 26 community organisations from across regional Australia which will share in more than $A250,000 in grants in 2018 as part of ANZ’s Seeds of Renewal Program.
The grant will be used to assist newly resettled migrants with a new volunteer run driver education and road safety program in Tatiara.
“Tatiara is home to a growing population of newly resettled migrants attracted by jobs in the viticulture and meat processing industries but often they don’t have the linguistic skills or experience with motor vehicles and road safety to obtain a licence,” Grosser says.
“This becomes a huge barrier both economically and socially, and we hope to overcome it to the betterment of our participants and the broader local community.”
Cultural diversity is one of our nation’s strength. It’s also a significant economic contributor - according to CGU’s Migrant Small Business report released this week, Australia’s population will reach 38 million and migration will inject $A1.6 trillion into Australia’s GDP by 2050.
For these contributions to continue, attracting and retaining migrant and refugee communities in rural and regional Australia requires effective policies developed in collaboration with local communities, local government and businesses.
Isaac Rankin is General Manager Business Banking at ANZ