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Each year, 13,750 humanitarian migrants enter Australia. From 2023, The Guardian Australia estimates that more than 300,000 newcomers are set to arrive in Australia to start a new life. 

Securing meaningful and sustainable work is key to starting a new life in Australia. It provides a sense of belonging and helps migrants give back to the community that hosts them. 

Yet getting a start in the Australian job market is very difficult for refugees and also for many migrants as they lack local industry work experience and knowledge. Some also struggle with English language or securing qualification recognition. A study from BNLA shows that about 6% of refugees secure work within the first 6 months and 18% within the first 18 months of arriving in the country.

A key contributor to these issues is that refugees and migrants lack local professional and social networks which facilitate access to local industry knowledge, job references and opportunities for paid or unpaid work that leads to a sustainable job. Networks also provide a source of important motivation and support community integration.

By becoming an Industry Mentor, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as they secure to secure their first job in Australia or advance their career. By sharing your own experience, offering career guidance, and linking up your professional networks you can make a significant impact on their ability to thrive in Australia.

If you are ready to make a difference and become a volunteer Industry Mentor, we invite you to fill out the form below to express your interest. 

Our team will be in touch with more information about the program and next steps for getting involved. Together, we can build hope and dignity for newcomers and create a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

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