ECCV Forum flags key issues for migrant employment

On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ECCV held a Forum -Work Solutions in partnership with the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council to improve cultural diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Around 70 participants from community organisations, local government and academia attended the forum held, on May 21, at the Preston City Hall, one the most diverse councils and one known for its inclusive policies.

The one day forum brought to the agenda the main obstacles to employment faced by migrants such as a lack of Australian work experience, language difficulties, a lack of local contacts, their qualifications not being recognised and restrictions due to visa type.

Speaking at the forum ECCV chairperson Joe Caputo OAM highlighted the need for a change in employment policies and employers attitudes.

‘We are here today because after 30 years of multiculturalism, people from culturally diverse backgrounds can still be excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged in employment,’ said Mr Caputo.

ECCV nominated employment participation of Victorians from non-English speaking backgrounds as a priority for 2013.

‘Employment is about people and people from CALD backgrounds are hugely motivated. They want to work, they have drive, enthusiasm and diverse talents but they are often denied a chance to be part of our workforce,’ added Mr. Caputo.

ECCV nominated employment participation of Victorians from non-English speaking backgrounds as a priority for 2013.

In the forum participants heard from experts on a range of topics including:

• Migrant women in the workforce

• On-the-job mentoring

• Recognition of overseas qualifications

• People form refugee, new and emerging communities

• Casualization of work

• Reforms in education and training for people from culturally diverse backgrounds

The discussion that followed helped ECCV identify the issues and action items that employers and government still need to address.

In the following months ECCV will write a Discussion Paper based on the key issues identified at the Forum to make recommendations to government and decision makers.

The following papers from the conference are now available:

Prof. Santina Bertone, Swinburne University of Technology, presentation 'Why Cultural Diversity isn't a priority - Busting myths and stereotypes that hold us back' Download  

Karen Toohey, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, presentation 'Workplace Diversity: what’s in it for all of us?' Download  

ECCV Forum flags key issues for migrant employment

WHY CULTURAL DIVERSITY ISN’T A 
PRIORITY - BUSTING MYTHS AND 
STEREOTYPES THAT HOLD US BACK
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