Migration and employment in regional Victoria

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This symposium seeks to assess the current situation and work together more sustainable and ethical economic growth of the region, based on practice insights and research evidence

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Date:
Friday 12 November 2021 09:00 am until Friday 12 November 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Corey Iredale
pastoralcoordinator@smecc.org.au
Presented by:
Migration and Multiculturalism Research Cluster at La Trobe University and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council
Type of Event:
Forum/symposium

This online event is hosted by the Migration and Multiculturalism Research Cluster at La Trobe University, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council and funded by the Victorian State Government. 

Until the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunraysia attracted numerous migrant workers for many years, from backpackers to seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands.  Workers have, however, also been sourced from settler communities with migration backgrounds, from Australia citizens to undocumented migrants known as 'overstayers'.

Over recent years the horticultural sector across Australia has been in the spotlight as a site of labour exploitation and other unlawful employment practices.  Research has highlighted the contribution of migration (e.g. visas) regulation and the political economy of foot retail to these problems.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the supply of migrant labour and higlighted farmers' resilience on migrants to pick the fruit on Sunraysia's farms and vineyards.

This symposium seeks to assess the current situation and work towards more sustainable and ethical economic growth of the region, based on practice insights and research, by bringing together stakeholders from business, local government, the community and academia.

The symposium aims to:

  • Establish a conversation that links short term business interests in labour supply with long term perspectives on workers’ employment and settlement outcomes;
  • Facilitate a dialogue between employers, workers and community;
  • Contribute to policy discussion about sustainable economic growth in relation to labour migration.

The draft program:

9:15am - 10:10am            Snapshot into work of regional coordinators
10:30am -12:30pm           Labour supply, demand and working conditions in horticulture
1:30pm - 3:00pm              Regulation of migration and migrant work in regional areas
3:20pm - 4:50pm              Migration, work, and local community

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