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Session #1: 8 September 2016

Session #1: 8 September 2016

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We held our first Migrant Job Club session on Thursday 8 September 2016 at Red Cross in Melville Street, Hobart.

The session was well attended with 7 young men mainly from Iran, with non-English speaking backgrounds.

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The organising committee decided to begin our sessions with basic information regarding working in Australia, and the rights and obligations of employers and employees.  As such, we invited Lynda Dobson from the Fair Work Ombudsman to be our first guest speaker.

Lynda was great and tailored her presentation to the audience at a level they would understand. She began by showing a YouTube clip on working in Australia.  She showed this clip in English and Persian, which was the prominent language spoken by attendees. Lynda covered a range of topics including:

  • Employee types – casual, part-time and full time workers;
  • Annual leave and personal leave entitlements;
  • The National Employment Standards;
  • Superannuation;
  • Job trials and illegality of unpaid trials;
  • Payslips; and
  • Overtime.

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Following Lynda’s talk, we had some light refreshments whilst the volunteers and attendees had informal one-on-one chats. The purpose of these were to get to know the attendees better and enquire as to their needs and expectations from these sessions in order to formulate a direction for the future.

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Our first session was very well received, with the Migrant Job Club being a ‘hope’ for these young men. They were very open and forthcoming with their hopes and dreams for their lives in Tasmania, as well as where they would like to see the future sessions go.

A sobering moment came for volunteers when Lynda discussed superannuation, and some of the young men didn’t even know what this was. This confirmed to the organising committee the real need for this project and our desire to continue to hold future sessions.

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