Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Extending Assistance for Melbourne’s Newly Arrived Young People

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today presented nearly $450 000 in funding to the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues (CMYI), enabling them to continue to assist with culturally appropriate services for newly arrived young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Mr Cobb said the funding is part of the Howard Government’s 2004-05 Budget announcement of $8 million for the expansion of the existing Reconnect and Job Placement, Employment and Training programmes to specifically help newly arrived young people.

‘The Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS) initiative was established following the Report of the Review of Settlement Services for Migrants and Humanitarian Entrants, which showed newly arrived young people do not take up the opportunity for assistance through mainstream services at the same rate as other young Australians,’ Mr Cobb said.

‘As one of eight organisations across Australia who have successfully applied for funding under Phase 2 of the initiative, CMYI will expand their services to assist newly arrived young people and families in Moonee Valley, Brimbank and Hume.

‘CMYI is a statewide community-based organisation in Victoria, directly assisting young people from refugee and newly arrived communities and is also the NAYSS national lead provider, providing information, training and resources for other NAYSS providers across the country.

‘By providing a service which is flexible and tailored to local circumstances and individual needs, NAYSS providers assist newly arrived young people aged 12 to 21 improve their level of engagement with family, work, education, training and the community.

‘Through the use of a variety of strategies such as counselling, family mediation and practical support, NAYSS providers improve the opportunities for newly arrived young people to participate in the economic and social life of the Australian community,’ Mr Cobb said.