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Pilot Citizenship Workshop

On Wednesday 24 May 2017, a group of new citizens to Australia living in the City of Melville came together to take part in the City's pilot citizenship workshop New Citizens Making a Difference. The workshop was a success and a second workshop was held in September.

The purpose of the workshops is to build positive connections between residents and to empower new citizens with knowledge about how they can make a difference in their communities through building community capacity and participating in local governance.

New Citizens Making a Difference Class of 2017

We would like to give all new citizens an opportunity to participate in the New Citizens Making a Difference evening to celebrate your Australian Citizenship and how you can become an 'active' citizen within your community.

The evening will be an opportunity:

  • To meet people from your neighbourhood;
  • To hear an inspirational guest speaker from the community tell us about their personal journey and commitment to be an active citizen;
  • To learn about ways to ‘activate’ your citizenship in the City of Melville
  • To think about your personal commitment to Australia – what can you do for your new country, your community and the people you meet each day

Please submit your expression of interest in the form below and we will be in touch with the details of the next New Citizens evening.

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Stats and Facts on Migrants to WA

Here are some statistics and facts extracted from the report The Economic and Social Contribution of Migrants to Western Australia published by the office of Multicultural Interests in 2012.

A statistical publication by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection Population Flows shows that between June 1996 and June 2009, Australia’s resident population grew by nearly 20 per cent, from 18.3 million to 22 million. The overseas-born population grew by double this amount (nearly 40 per cent) from 4.3 million to 5.5 million. (p. 14)

The economic returns from migration and cultural diversity are substantial. They include:

  • an injection of labour to WA’s workforce
  • filling crucial skills gaps
  • job generation
  • economic growth
  • a significant fiscal contribution
  • increased productivity through innovation and
  • business formation
  • enhanced trade links and international markets
  • supporting regional development and repopulation. (p. 23)

In August 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recorded the Australian labour force as comprising some 12.07 million people ‘of which some 3.32 million were overseas-born and 1.34 million from the mainly English speaking countries (MESC) of New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, South Africa and Ireland. The remaining 1.98 million migrants were from non-English speaking countries (NESC)’ (ABS 2012: Cat. 6291)". (p. 24)

The following table extracted from the publication shows the representation of Australia-born, MESC and NESC in the various industries in Australia.

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