Building a New Life in Australia

News, 2017

Thank you

Thank you very much for taking part in the Building a New Life in Australia project. It is great that so many of you have taken time out of your busy lives to talk with us. The project couldn’t keep going without your valuable contribution.

We are now in the fifth year of Building a New Life in Australia. We hope that you will speak with us again about your settlement experiences. We want to know how you and your family have been going since we last spoke with you.


How will your views make a difference?

You have given us important feedback about what can be done to help new humanitarian migrants living in Australia. Your opinions are being heard.

The government has used information from this study to develop programs to help humanitarian migrants find employment. For example, this study has informed the development of a new trial program, the Career Pathways Pilot program. You can find information about the Career Pathways Pilot program at

We delivered a presentation with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network that was attended by 120 organisations all over Australia. What you shared with us will help these organisations deliver services that respond more effectively to the needs of young people from humanitarian migrant backgrounds.

Later this year we will talk to health experts to tell them about the challenges you have faced so that they can work out how health services can better support migrants like you.

These are some examples of how your participation is helping researchers, policy-makers and service providers to improve the wellbeing of humanitarian migrants in Australia.

What’s new?

We are very excited to share with you that Building a New Life in Australia will keep going beyond Wave 5. Your contribution is helping governments understand the difficulties faced by new humanitarian migrants and to improve programs and services. Five years is a short time, so continuing the study will help policy-makers and service providers find out about humanitarian migrants’ ongoing settlement experiences in Australia. Thanks! We are looking forward to having the opportunity to speak with you more in the future. We will be contacting you next year about how you can continue to be involved.