UPDATE: Payment Pilot to Support Migrant and Refugee Women
Migrant and Refugee Women to Receive Support Through Payment Pilot
Recently the Federal Government of Australia has announced the Federal Budget for 2021 – 2022. Recognizing that the epidemic continues to pose a threat to lives and livelihoods, this budget places a renewed emphasis on migration programs, job creation and investment.
The Federal Budget 2021-22 includes several spending announcements that range from preventing violence, delivering frontline and response services, providing support for migrant and refugee women leaving a violent relationship, expanding responses through the justice system and improving data collection and monitoring.
Australian Government’s policy response represents the social and cultural diversity of Australian women, ensuring that all women have equal access to resources and protections. Additionally, included in the women’s budget statement 2021-2022 Federal government announces $10 million boost for temporary migrants and refugee women experiencing family violence. Find out more about this new update below!
Supporting Migrant and Refugee Women
Family violence services have long called for more resources to support temporary migrants who are particularly vulnerable, particularly migrant and refugee women, to abuse due to their inability to access government welfare payments.
Many temporary visa holders also face increased barriers to leaving abusive situations due to social isolation, limited English language skills, and fears they could be kicked out of Australia without sponsorship.
The government has recognized and respects diverse lived experiences and is working to provide targeted support for migrant and refugee women through the 2021-22 Budget.
The federal government has announced a $10 million funding boost to support temporary visa holders trying to flee domestic and family violence.
The majority of the money will go to a 12-month Red Cross pilot program that will provide temporary visa holders experiencing violence up to $3,000 to help with costs including housing, food, and medical care. It can also be used for referrals and short-term casework assistance in some situations. The additional $3.5 million will go to nine regional and women’s law centers to help migrant and refugee women get access to migration and legal advice.
When Will this Pilot Program for Migrant and Refugee Women Take Effect?
The Temporary Visa Holders Payment Pilot will be provided with $10.3 million from 30 June 2022 to 2023 to be administered by the Australian Red Cross.
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