by John Maguire
Originally published: June 27, 2016
The much-debated and occasionally fraught issue of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia is among the nation’s most pressing social questions. It is inevitable, therefore, that it will impact many who work in HR and recruitment, as refugees go about seeking work in an already highly competitive employment market.
There are a number of ways that HR managers can smoothen both the recruitment process and workplace environment for refugees, in order to take advantage of the wide range of skills and experience such employees may offer, according to Angela Keefe, employment manager at the Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) in Sydney.
The ASC works with individuals seeking asylum who have not yet been granted permanent refugee status. However, Keefe says the Centre’s employment candidates all have full working rights on their Bridging visas while their cases are being reviewed.