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Melissa Monteiro Applauds $120 Million Allocation in New Federal Budget for Settlement Service

by  Africa Media Australia


The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) has welcomed and applauded the recent allocation of $120 million in settlement services in the Federal Budget, emphasising the critical role of migrant and refugee support infrastructure in Australia’s diverse society.

Ms. Melissa Monteiro, Chair of SCOA, underscored the significance of adequately funding settlement services, stating that it is essential for fostering inclusivity, prosperity, and fulfilling lives for all Australians.  Over the years, SCOA has tirelessly advocated for increased investment in settlement services, recognising the escalating challenges faced by migrants and refugees, including cost of living pressures, domestic violence, and housing shortages.

Ms. Melissa Monteiro, Chair of SCOA


Ms. Sandra Elhelw, CEO of SCOA, expressed gratitude for the government’s recognition of the sector’s pivotal role, particularly highlighting the injection of funds into the Humanitarian Support Program. However, concerns were raised regarding the decrease in funding for migrant and refugee women experiencing domestic violence.


SSI leadership team making at a press conference in NSW



Despite a temporary extension of funding in the 2024-25 Budget, concerns persist due to a substantial reduction compared to previous allocations. Ms. Elhelw emphasised the urgency of increasing support for women in violent situations, highlighting the alarming statistics of violence against women in Australia.

Looking ahead, Ms. Elhelw urged for proactive measures to address the crisis, emphasizing the need for culturally appropriate support for migrant and refugee women. She expressed hope that future announcements related to the Multicultural Framework Review would address the specific needs of this demographic.






The increased investment in settlement services is a good step in the right direction. However, there remains a pressing need to prioritise support for vulnerable groups, particularly migrant and refugee women facing domestic violence. SCOA remains committed to advocating for inclusive policies and programs that uphold the rights and well-being of all Australians.

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