Research & Policy

Research Projects

A key objective of the 2014–2016 AMES Australia Strategic Plan is to provide credible evidence to inform Government and others on policies and practices which impact on the settlement outcomes of refugees and migrants. Working in partnership with AMES Australia service delivery divisions, the Research and Policy team lead policy development and policy responses, preparation of major tenders, contribute to AMES Australia strategic and annual planning and undertake research projects.

The research focus has two purposes. Projects inform service developments and contribute to improving service delivery within AMES Australia. Projects also allow AMES Australia to document and analyse successful practice and contribute to the evidence base required for dialogue with key stakeholders and government and contribute to policy development.

Our research projects are outlined below:

Violence against women in CALD communities

This report is based on community consultation and research and identifies issues to be considered and recommends future actions when working with CALD communities to prevent violence against women.

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AMES Australia Migrants and Food Survey

22 April 2016

This study is based on a short survey of new arrivals undertaking the Adult Migrant English Program at AMES Australia. It details respondents’ changes in dietary habits since coming to Australia.

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Hidden Assets: Partner-migration, skilled women and the Australian workforce

29 February 2016

This report contains the findings of a national study into the employment experience of women “partner migrants” in Australia. It focuses on their experiences of finding work, employer perspectives and best practice in assisting skilled migrants find jobs

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Volunteer and Social Connections Report

16 December 2015

This report details the findings of a survey of almost 400 people undertaking the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP). It describes how newly arrived migrants connect to their local community and contribute to society through volunteering.

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Finding Satisfying Work

2 November 2015

This research documents the employment situations of a group of recent migrants with low English level from different occupational backgrounds. It explores the work they were doing, how satisfied they were and what factors influenced their satisfaction.

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Small towns Big returns – Economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill

23 April 2015

A collaboration between AMES and Deloitte Access Economics, this report studies the economic and social impact of the resettlement of the Karen in the township of Nhill.

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Migrant Employment Patterns in Australia: post Second World War to the present

25 November 2014

This report looks at three distinct periods in Australian migration history.

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Preparing for the next step: a proposal to invest in AMEP Youth Programs

18 August 2014

This report documents AMES approach to preparing young refugees and migrants for successful transitions to mainstream education or employment and subsequent successful settlement into Australian society.

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Migrant Perceptions of Australia – past, present and future – Summary Report

16 August 2014

This paper provides an overview of the research findings of migrants' perceptions before and after migration, their future aspirations in Australia and attitudes to sport.

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Perceptions of Australia – past, present and future: Literature Review and Survey Findings

15 August 2014

This report evaluates the past, present and future issues new migrants have in Australia. It is based on a survey administered to 506 students undertaking the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at AMES.

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