Brisbane public hearing to examine issues for multicultural communities and service providers: Workforce Australia Committee

The Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services will seek evidence from service providers and from peak bodies representing Australia’s multicultural, migrant, and refugee communities at a public hearing in Brisbane on Tuesday 6 June 2023.

This follows site visits in Brisbane and far North Queensland, which will enable the Committee to gain further insight into the design and delivery of the employment service system in regional Australia.

Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, said “Frankly, Australia can do much better in engaging multicultural communities to boost the country’s economic prosperity. I represent one of the most diverse electorates and am particularly concerned at evidence that employment services are not adequately supporting migrants in securing skilled work to harness their talents.

“The Committee will also continue to listen carefully to the insights of employment service providers—including Sarina Russo, yourtown, and Workways Australia—to identify elements of the system which drive behaviours incompatible with high quality services and meaningful employment outcomes.”

Further information about the inquiry, including Terms of Reference, future public hearings, published submissions and hearing transcripts, is available on the inquiry website.

Public hearing details

Date 6 June 2023

Time 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Location Committee Room 3, Queensland Parliament

2A George Street, Brisbane City

Witnesses Multicultural Australia

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

Sarina Russo Job Access


Workways Australia

A live audio broadcast of the hearing will be available via the Parliament’s Watch, Read, Listen website.

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