Dr Judy Rudner from La Trobe University to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference

Dr Judy Rudner, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Dr Julie Rudner

Dr Julie Rudner

Speaker Introduction: Dr Julie Rudner is a lecturer in the Community Planning and Development Program, La Trobe University, Bendigo. Through research, consulting and teaching, Julie explores the gap between policy and everyday life, with a particular focus on children’s, young people’s and migrants’ use, views and experience of their environments. She seeks to support active citizenship through community participation in planning.

Presentation Title: Rhetoric and reality: Policy and actions for an inclusive future
Co-Author: Noemi Cummings, Executive Officer, Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Overview: Population changes, influenced by Federal migration policy, educational and employment opportunities, and migrants’ desire to live in a safe community means regional areas are experiencing increasing cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. Diversity is further reflected in the communities themselves, with different migrants from the same ethnic or religious group often sharing a similar heritage to multi-generational Australians, naturalised citizens, and those with a refugee background or part of emerging communities. Moreover, migrants, in terms of the Australian workforce, come from highly skilled, student, and poorly skilled backgrounds.

While multicultural strategies and other policy support greater engagement of migrants into social, recreation and work communities, there is often a gap between the rhetoric and reality. Based on research conducted in two regional cities and the professional experience of a multicultural resource professional, this paper presents some of the real and perceived issues encountered by migrants with regard to finding housing, work, and feeling safe in public spaces, before focusing on the challenges and potential policy and program solutions for low skilled migrants to engage with their adopted communities. Significantly, the level of commitment to community infrastructures that will assist low skilled migrants to gain the social and cultural capital they need to succeed for themselves and their new communities will be a defining feature of regional Australia.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.

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