Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Pamela Gatos
Diversity Officer, City of Greater, Dandenong
Jenny Semple
Manager, South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre
Baryalai Rahimi
Temporary Protection Visa Settlement Worker, SERMRC

Greater Dandenong's Response to the Arrival of Temporary Protection Visa Holders from Detention into the South East of Victoria

The Temporary Protection Visa Working Party was set up in August 2000 in response to the arrival of TPV's in the local area.

- The Migrant Settlement Committee (a Council resourced committee) developed a Temporary Protection Visa Working Party (TPVWP) over 12 months ago.

- Key people from relevant services providing support and programs to new arrivals are involved in the TPVWP.

- The TPVWP meet monthly and focus on;
1. Local responses to TPV holders wishing to live or work in Greater
2. Problem solving and assisting in the co-ordination of services by finding out what is being delivered and where gaps exist.
3. Keeping abreast of the issues and monitoring where priorities are emerging.

- The TPVWP oversee the distribution of available funds. ($10,000 allocated from this year from Community Grants yet to be distributed, $30,000 from Department of Human Services has already been distributed)

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

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Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001