Women at Risk
South East Queensland has been selected as a preferred settlement location for women arriving on visa subclass 204 (Women at Risk). The arrival numbers for this visa subclass are increasing, representing 34% of the HSS client group last financial year.
This program aims to ensure women are well-linked and supported in the community, with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, build confidence, learn new skills to support independence, and access pathways to training and employment.
Community development initiatives are also organised in collaboration with the women. These are tailored to suit their individual needs and interests, with the overall aim to facilitate social cohesion, cultural understanding and integration. They not only incorporate elements of daily life, but also opportunities for training and employment.
Access is currently undertaking research with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to assess the effectiveness of the HSS program for women at risk. This research is a three-year project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The research is currently in the data collection phase and is expected to provide useful insights to inform future service planning and delivery.