Settlement Services Advisory Council to be led by Paris Aristotle
The newly named Settlement Services Advisory Council (formerly the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council) will be chaired by Foundation House CEO Paris Aristotle AM.
According to Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, the council would “focus on improving migrant and refugee integration into Australian society” and programs and support to develop English language, education and employment related skills. The council will also have as a focus, the 12,000 refugees arriving in Australia through the recently announced Syrian humanitarian intake.
The council, which will meet formally several times per year, comprises expertise and representatives from across settlement services and refugee and migrant communities. Paris Aristotle will be joined by other council members as follows:
Ms Carmel Guerra OAM
Ms Gail Ker OAM
Ms Carmen Garcia
Mr Abeselom Nega
Dr Mohammed Taha Alsalami AM
Dr Eman Sharobeem
Ms Melissa Monteiro
Ms Maha Abdo
Ms Catherine Scarth
Appointed by the Minister for Social Services, the term of the Settlement Services Advisory Council term continues until December 2017.
Further information on the council and its work is available here.
Additional information on the Syrian humanitarian crisis and Australia’s planned response is available here.