Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP)

Refuge Employment Support brochureThe Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) is a four-year $22 million initiative by the NSW Government, managed by the NSW Department of Industry, RESP addresses the challenges that are experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in finding long term skilled employment opportunities.

The RESP will assist up to 6,000 refugees and 1,000 asylum seekers across Western sydney and Illawarra, the areas where a majority of the refugees settle in NSW.

The RESP is supported by the AMP Foundation.


Outcomes-focused and innovate in its delivery models, the RESP helps participants to develop career plans, and links them to the employers, education and training as required.

The RESP will support participants to:

Gain sustainable and skilled employment
Participants receive assistance in obtaining suitable employment that uses their skills

Improve English language skills
Participants may be enrolled in a relevant language training course.

Benefit from relevant education and training courses
Participants may be enrolled in Smart and Skilled training or in higher education.

Access mentoring
An appropriate mentor may be identified and a meeting plan implemented.

Gain recognition of overseas skills/qualifications
Participants may be assisted to gain recognition of their qualifications and/or skills in Australia with associated costs subsidised by the NSW Government.

Become work ready
Participants may receive assistance relating to basic employability skills, such as interview preparation and understanding Australian workplace culture and norms.

Business Skills Development
Participants who wish to start a business may receive direct support and access to advisory services.

Benefit from work experience placements
Participants may be offered relevant work experience with one or more employers.

Overcome transport barriers
Participants may be supported to overcome significant transport barriers such as assistance obtaining a NSW driver licence.

Region Illawarra Western Sydney
Refugees
Asylum seekers
Age 18-55
Entered Australia From 1st December 2011
Enrolled in Career Pathways Pilot

Individuals can only be registered in the RESP where their Visa provides work and/or study rights and their participation in the RESP will fully comply with their Visa conditions.

The RESP is being delivered by Settlement Services International on behalf of the NSW Government. Settlement Services International is a community-based not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of services in the areas of refugee settlement, migrant support services, asylum seeker assistance, and multicultural foster care in NSW.

Contact Settlement Services International to enquire or to register with the RESP:

For refugees and asylum seekers in Western Sydney: For refugees (only) in Illwarra:
Level 2, 45-47 Scott Street, LIVERPOOL NSW 2170 71-77 Kembla Street, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500
Phone: 02 8713 9366 Phone: 02 8713 9366
Email: resp@ssi.org.au Email: resp@ssi.org.au

A Refugee is an individual who holds one of the following permanent visas:

  • Protection Visa (Class XA) (Subclass 866)
  • Refugee Visa (Class XB) (Subclass 200)
  • In-country Special Humanitarian Visa (Class XB) (Subclass 201)
  • Global Special Humanitarian (Class XB) (Subclass 202)
  • Emergency Rescue Visa (Class XB) (Subclass 203)
  • Woman at Risk Visa (Class XB) (Subclass 204)

or has been granted a permanent visa of any subclass by the Minister for Immigration following an application under s.417 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).

An Asylum Seeker is an individual who:

  • has applied to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for one of the visas listed under the definition of Refugee which is yet to be determined; or
  • has applied to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for one of the following temporary visas:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (Class XD) (Subclass 785)
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Class XE) (Subclass 790)

which is yet to be determined; or

  • holds one of the following temporary visas:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (Class XD) (Subclass 785)
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Class XE) (Subclass 790); or
  • has made an application under s.417 or s.48b of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) which is yet to be determined and holds a bridging visa which grants permission to work.

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) in New South Wales: For Refugees and Asylum Seekers:

 

Page last updated: 04 June 2018