Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN Australia)

Program Name

National Youth Settlement Framework

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

The National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) is the first national framework to guide youth settlement policy and service delivery in Australia. The NYSF has been designed to support a targeted and consistent approach to addressing the needs of newly arrived young people settling in Australia. Developed in consultation with young people, government and the settlement sector in Australia the NYSF works to ensure that young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds reach their potential as active citizens and contributors to Australian society.

Program Description

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia) is Australia's national peak body representing multicultural youth issues.  The MYAN works in partnership with young people, government and non-government agencies at the state and national levels to support a consistent approach to addressing the unique needs of multicultural young people in policy and practice. The MYAN works across the youth and settlement sectors because it is at the intersection of these sectors, that good settlement outcomes for young people are achieved.

The MYAN has developed this National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) to support a targeted and consistent approach to addressing the needs of young people in the settlement context. This is Australia's first national framework to guide youth settlement policy and service delivery.

The NYSF consists of:

  • 4 components:  understanding the refugee and migration experience for adolescents; understanding the Australian settlement context; facilitating good settlement through active citizenship; and facilitating good practice in youth settlement.
  • A set of indicators guide application across 4 domains, economic, social, civic participation and personal well-being, as achieving active citizenship requires building skills, knowledge and networks in all of these domains.
  • 8 good practice capabilities sit at the foundation of the framework, providing guidance on facilitating good settlement at the service delivery level.

The NYSF is designed for those engaged in policy development and service planning and delivery. It is intended to have broad application across a diversity of sectors including settlement, health, education, training and employment, housing, justice and sport and recreation. Achieving good settlement outcomes for young people is the responsibility of all services, not just those delivering settlement-specific services or programs.

The NYSF and supplementary resources provide conceptual and practical information for those working with newly arrived young people settling in Australia, enabling services to respond more effectively to the specific needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in order to support their active and sustained participation in Australian society.

Resource Materials Used in Program

National Youth Settlement Framework is available at www.myan.org.au and is supported by five supplementary resources and a national training program.

  1. MYAN NYSF Applying Good Practice Capabilities
  2. MYAN NYSF Applying Active Citizenship Indicators
  3. MYAN NYSF Useful Resources
  4. MYAN NYSF Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  5. MYAN NYSF Humanitarian Migrant Youth Arrivals to Australia: A snapshot of the data July 2014-2015

Groups Served by Program

The NYSF is targeted at services working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds as they settle into Australian society. However, the NYSF is intended to have broad application across a diversity of contexts and sectors including settlement, health, education, training and employment, housing, justice and sport and recreation. The MYAN believes that achieving good settlement outcomes for young people is the responsibility of all services, not just those delivering settlement-specific services or programs.

Program Funding

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

Training on the NYSF is available from the MYAN, please visit our website for further details at www.myan.org.au.

Program Evaluation

The NYSF has been informed by national consultations with young people, government and the non-government sector in Australia. Evaluation of the NYSF is yet to be confirmed. Please visit our website for further details www.myan.org.au.

Program Outcomes

As above.

Additional Comments

Program Contact

Nadine Liddy
+61437897178
nadine@myan.org.au
www.myan.org.au

Operates in Australia

Program Dates

Launched 2016