Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Supporting African refugees and migrant men in Melbourne

The Australian Government has renewed funding for a Melbourne project which helps refugee and migrant men from Africa settle into life in Australia.

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins and Senator for Victoria, Gavin Marshall, today announced the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre is receiving $83,000 to continue to run its successful Horn Afrik project over the next year.

“The project helps men from the Horn of Africa now living, studying or working in the Carlton area meet the challenges of settling in Australia,” Ms Collins said.

“This Government has provided $143,000 to the project over the past two years for employment, education and training support to around 400 men.

“Employment will assist these men realise their potential, gain financial independence and allow them to remain effective role models for their families and community,” Ms Collins said.

Senator Marshall said the ongoing funding will also enable the Carlton centre to continue its work in the wider community to dispel negative attitudes and to build corporate partnerships in education and employment.

“Horn Afrik is a locally-driven project that helps men gain access to social support networks and a range of vocational training and employment opportunities,” Senator Marshall said.

“Many of these men have qualifications, often Australian qualifications and yet struggle to find a job.

“The project will continue to educate employers about the skills these men bring to the workplace,” Senator Marshall said.