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Media Invitation: World Refugee Day Fair + launch of roadmap to unlocking potential of untapped skilled workforce | Parliament House, Tuesday 20 June

Settlement Services International (SSI) 2 mins read
  • What: Refugee and Migrant employment fair, research launch, press conference with the Hon. Andrew Giles, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, and presentations from experts and skilled professionals from refugee backgrounds 
  • Date: Tuesday 20 June 2023
  • Time
    • Official opening: 11.30am
    • Press Conference: 12.30pm - 1.00pm
    • Event close: 2.00pm
  • Location: The lawns of Parliament House, Parliament Dr, Canberra ACT 

Harnessing untapped potential of skilled migrants and refugees already living in Australia provides a solution to national skills shortages and add billions to the economy by 2025, according to a new report.  

Billion Dollar Benefit: A roadmap for unleashing the economic potential of refugees and migrants, (report under embargo until Tuesday June 20, 10am) authored by non-profit Settlement Services International (SSI), outlines key barriers that limit the workforce potential of migrants and refugees and recommends five solutions to unleash their talent by 2025.  

The report, which has been endorsed by major organisations including IKEA, the Australian Council of Social Services, the Refugee Council of Australia, and Amnesty International is set to be launched at the World Refugee Day Fair at Parliament house.  

The World Refugee Day Fair will showcase the skills and contributions of refugees in Australia and highlight the systematic barriers preventing them from participating in the workforce to their full potential.  

The event will feature stalls and food from refugee-led businesses, refugee service providers, and employers who have enriched their workforces with skilled refugees.  

It will conclude with a joint press conference to launch the report and answer questions on its findings.  

Media are encouraged to attend the event and press conference.  

If you are interested in attending or covering the event, please contact SSI Senior Communications Officer Jordan Wood (M: 0403 082 926, E: 

About us:

About SSI: 

Settlement Services International (SSI) delivers a range of human services that connect individuals, families, and children from diverse backgrounds with opportunities - including settlement support, disability programs, community engagement initiatives and training and employment pathways. At the heart of everything we do is a drive for equality, empathy, and celebration of every individual.  

Contact details:

Jordan wood, Senior Communications Officer. 

M: 0403 082 926 E: 

Hannah Gartrell, Head of Executive Communications and Media 


M: 0423 965 956 E: 

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