The ASRC will partner with the community sector, local government and community leaders to develop and implement innovative community-based solutions for people seeking asylum.
The ISH will provide services and spaces for learning, empowerment, volunteering, and advocacy. Furthermore, volunteers, partners, and the local community will come together to provide the resources people seeking asylum need to live independently and sustainably.
The ASRC works to ensure that people seeking asylum can live safely, sustainably, independently and equally within the Australian society. Its mission is to support and empower people at critical junctures of their journey. The ISH will create access to diverse services and programs to increase the
well-being of people seeking asylum through social and economic participation.
In the process of establishing and developing the ISH, the ASRC’s primary responsibilities are expected to be:
- Initiating partnerships in the development of integrated, place-based and regional approaches to service delivery
- Coordinating the integrated development and operations of the ISH promoting and supporting efficient, effective and equitable service delivery
- Delivering services based on the ASRC’s existing expertise including paralegal, employment and education support
During 2019, the ASRC will finalise partnership and governance arrangements for the ISH. There is still scope for additional partners to be involved, including shorter-term or ‘one-off’ partnerships for community activities or events once the hub is up and running.
In order to help and support people seeking asylum, the ASRC has identified four critical themes regarding their needs:
- A shifting circle of complex needs (housing, material aid, employment, education, health, and legal)
- A sense of ‘embrace’ that some support services provide
- Community partnerships that build cooperative relationships
- Service provider collaborations (a practical way to extend the reach of resources)
Importantly, the principles underpinning the ISH delivery should be implemented at every stage – from provider collectives and service delivery right through to the way well-being is measured and defined in program evaluations, and how member outcomes are reported. The principles are supported through key elements of effective service delivery.