Media Release: Harmony Day, The Australian Way – Our HR Company Helping Migrants & Refugees Find Work

Posted on March 22nd, by Bourse Communications in News and Announcements. Comments Off on Media Release: Harmony Day, The Australian Way – Our HR Company Helping Migrants & Refugees Find Work

This week the Government announced its plan for Australia’s future population, which includes providing a greater level of support for migrants to help them to become established and engaged in their communities.

Backing this push to support migrants and refugees adapt to life in Australia is Senator for Victoria, Jane Hume, who yesterday announced the Federal Government funding for an Australian-first initiative program to help working-age migrants and refugees find employment in Australia.

Receiving the $1.2 million funding through the Government’s Try, Test and Learn Fund, The Australian Way Project is designed to improve work readiness and accelerate employment outcomes for new arrivals and refugees.

Announcing the Project funding at a Harmony Day event in Melbourne, Senator Jane Hume said The Australian Way Project, delivered by Our HR Company, will be trialled to assist 500 new arrivals and refugees across New South Wales and Victoria over the next 16 months.

Senator Hume said that of the refugees currently on welfare, 52% will still be on government financial assistance in 20 years’ time, but innovative solutions like The Australian Way Project could change this outlook.

“The Australian Way Project will help a cohort of 500 new arrivals and refugees feel even more welcome in this great country of ours through access to an innovative, engaging digital platform to accelerate their potential employment success,” Senator Hume said.

Based on a storytelling methodology, a group of four animated stories within The Australian Way app will provide a better way to understand the Australian workplace dynamics and provide the all-important tools needed to get a job.

The user friendly and easy to navigate app will help participants prepare resumes, complete job applications, encourage attendance at English language classes, provide links to services and access other job-seeking support.

The Australian Way will be presented in English and translated into four of the most commonly spoken languages used by participants – Arabic, Assyrian neo Aramaic, Dari and Chin Hakha.

“We hope this new Project will support new arrivals and refugees to gain a good working understanding of our unique workplace cultures, expectations, and how to go about the task of looking for work,” Senator Hume said.

Our HR Company’s Managing Director, Margaret Harrison said many new arrivals and refugees, in both an historical and current context, come to Australia ready to find work, earn money and make a better life for themselves.

“The interactive program we have developed, and the Stories shared through the app, will provide the necessary tools to those people who are ambitious and motivated to work through accessing the content at their own pace, which will help to accelerate their employment prospects. It even has great potential to assist many more new arrivals and refugees into the future,” Ms Harrison said.

“Our team is passionate about the work we do and so proud to be working with the Federal Government on The Australian Way’s ground breaking initiative to help those who are finding it tough to secure their all-important first job in Australia. Sometimes a new approach and different way of thinking is needed.

Hosting the Harmony Day event at their Box Hill Centre was AMES Australia. AMES Australia and SSI are Australia’s two leading settlement service providers for migrants and refugees and will work with the Project to help the 500 migrants and refugees to use the innovative program and adopt The Australian Way.

Speaking at yesterday’s event, AMES Australia CEO, Catherine Scarth said that Our HR Company had developed an exciting program that would mean that organisations providing support for new arrivals would no longer be the gatekeepers to information on how migrants and refugees can find employment in Australia.

“With this initiative, they will truly hold the answers in their hand,” Ms Scarth said.

For further information please contact:

Rod North, Managing Director,
Bourse Communications Pty Ltd
T: +613 9510 8309, M: +61 408 670 706,
E: [email protected]

About Our HR Company
Our HR Company is led by Margaret Harrison who has over 20 years’ experience in change management and organisational development. Margaret was a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University for many years prior to a career in corporate life. She was a Consultant in Change Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Organisational Change Manager at RACV. She was Human Resources Director at adidas Australia immediately before establishing Our HR Company in 2003.

Margaret is known for her drive and enthusiasm and passion for learning. She is a business focussed professional who strongly believes that the fundamental competitive advantage an organisation has is its people.

Our HR Company’s team of highly qualified and experienced Associates provide support and facilitation services throughout a project. We pride ourselves on the quality of our team who know our processes well and have the ability to develop immediate rapport with our clients.

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