Jesuit Social Services welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Multicultural Framework Review, led by the appointed panel under the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
Jesuit Social Services has been working for more than 45 years delivering support services and advocating for improved policies, legislation and resources to achieve strong, cohesive and vibrant communities where all people flourish. Advancing social cohesion and inclusivity by supporting migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum to become integrated within the Australian community is a priority for Jesuit Social Services.
Australia is a multicultural society with its foundations rooted in its diversity. However, many current policies and systems present barriers for newly arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum being able to fully participate in our society. To support a cohesive and inclusive multicultural Australia that celebrates the contributions that migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum bring to our society, existing policies must change and structural barriers removed. In our submission, we outlined our key concerns and recommendations of what we believe needs to be addressed to achieve this.