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Employment Services Issue Paper Submission

Employment Services Issue Paper Submission

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The Australian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations invited community group's and interested parties to make a submission on the operation and design of employment services being offered in Australia.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association has made this submission with the aim of raising the 3 fundamental barriers our community experiences in attaining work in Australia on emigrating from their native homeland of Egypt.

These 3 key points have been discussed in the paper.
The Australian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations invited community group's and interested parties to make a submission on the operation and design of employment services being offered in Australia.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association has made this submission with the aim of raising the 3 fundamental barriers our community experiences in attaining work in Australia on emigrating from their native homeland of Egypt.

These 3 key points have been discussed in the paper.

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Published by: The Australian Coptic Movement Association on Feb 20, 2013
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The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd
 
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd | ABN: 17 147 783 186PO Box 30, ST CLAIR NSW 2759P: 0418 331 213 | E: info@auscma.com | W:www.auscma.com 
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd is a registered not-for-profit organisation with full tax concessions
20 February 2013DirectorEmployment Services Beyond June 2015GPO Box 9880CANBERRA ACT 2601Dear Director
Employment Services
 –
Building on Success Issue Paper
We would firstly like to thank you for opening community feedback and allowing The Australian CopticMovement Association to submit its perspective from what we as a community based, not for profitorganisation have experienced over the last few years.The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) was established to raise awareness of Copticpersecution in Egypt and Sudan as well as other countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)region. Since its incorporation in 2010, the ACM has undertaken a much wider role in becoming arepresentative body for the Coptic Community in Australia, by undergoing a series of programs,seminars and other initiatives to promote the Coptic Identity and its significant and ongoing contributionto Australian society. One of our core programs is our refugee settlement initiative whereby we aim tosupport and assist newly arrived refugees and recently settled immigrants of Coptic origin throughaccommodation, education, community integration and legal services.It has been in our experience through our refugee settlement program that many of these new arrivalspossess quite significant education merits and recognition, with many attaining tertiary levelqualifications in a multitude of areas and fields. Education is perceived as a matter of high importance inour community and cultural spine. Many parents, in both Egypt, Sudan and countries which have aCoptic diaspora including Australia, sacrifice and contribute tirelessly to the education of their childrenso that they may attain much more than generic financial success, but acquire personal gratitude inknowing that have made a positive contribution to society.In Australia, the Coptic Community possess a range of skilled individuals in a multitude of occupationsand disciplines in Finance and Banking, The Arts, Engineering, Trade and Construction, Medicine andAllied Health, Sports and Nutrition and Government. We pride ourselves on the fact that for the last 50years, the Coptic Community has contributed to the growth of this nation. Despite the cross roads facedby our community with respect to English as a second language, the inability to properly attainexperience in the respective field and the failure by institutions to recognise the qualifications attained
 
 
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd
 
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd | ABN: 17 147 783 186PO Box 30, ST CLAIR NSW 2759P: 0418 331 213 | E: info@auscma.com | W:www.auscma.com 
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd is a registered not-for-profit organisation with full tax concessions
In reputable universities and colleges overseas, we have overcome the tribulations faced in theemployment sphere to build ourselves, our community and this nation we have adopted as our home.As mentioned above, the three core limitations in entering the workforce which individuals whom ourorganisation assists are:
1.
 
Intermediate English Skills.2.
 
Difficulty in attaining work experience.3.
 
Failure to recognise the qualifications possessed by individuals despite attaining credentials of ahigher magnitude than that advertised.
Our organisation wishes that the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations torecognise these barriers and work with community groups such as ours in being able to develop andtrain individuals to be able to effectively place them in the employment market, so they too, in thewords of the Honorable Kate Ellis MP,
 
‘contribute to the economy, pay taxes which boost services and experience the dignity and stability that a paying job provides’ 
.
Many of the individuals we have spoken to whom have recently arrived to Australia escaping thepersecution and suffering of their native homeland are motivated to meet whatever is required tocontinue working in their respective field in their newly adopted country for which they are proud tocontribute to. The issue faced however are the resources and lack of support in meeting the above threementioned limitations. For example, a recent case we handled involved a young woman who acquired aBachelor of Commerce at Cairo University with a major in Accounting, a field which she sought topursue. Her English skills were poor and she had no local experience. We assisted her by registering theyoung woman to English as a second language class, for which we incurred the costs on her behalf. Wealso worked tirelessly to find her a local Accountant who was willing to provide practical experience toher so that she may be prepared to enter the workforce with a proper foundation of knowledge andskillsets and be competitive in seeking employment. Unfortunately, no firm or accounting practitionerpossessed the resources to be able to assist and this is understandable. For this young woman to be ableto comfortably attain the practical experience required in this skilled field, she will require a mentor whocan at first closely supervise her until she develops a proper foundation to work unsupervised. The time,resources and ultimate sacrifice by a mentor in the Accounting field will prevent them from properlycontinuing their business efficiently. We initially sought a community member who fits these criteria sothat this young woman can feel some minimum level of comfort to attain the basic skillsets at firstbefore she integrates into a new environment. We cannot however, request someone to sacrifice theirown duties and responsibilities to their business, clients and employees, for the sake of one individual.
It’s in our
view that if an initiative funded by government and administered by organisations such asours, would provide funding to trainers for their own consumption in resources, then the barrier of lackof experience would be efficiently overcome.This is only one example, but a familiar sounding one, of the challenges faced by niche communitygroups such as the Copts in being able to undergo employment in Australia.

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