Shire of Plantagenet to Become a 'Proposer' for Local Hazara Community

Published on Thursday, 25 November 2021 at 4:05:14 PM

Following the Shire of Plantagenet becoming a Refugee Welcome Zone in October, making a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community and upholding the human rights of refugees, The Shire has applied to become a ‘Proposer’ for members of the Mount Barker Hazara community, who are Safe haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders, that have family members wishing to apply for Humanitarian Visa’s to Australia.

The role of a Proposer is to assist in the settlement of the proposed entrants, including:

  • meeting the entrants at the airport
  • providing accommodation for the entrants on arrival
  • assisting the entrants to find permanent accommodation; and
  • introducing the entrants to relevant services.

An organisation acting as a Proposer for a refugee for a humanitarian visa is not making a financial commitment, rather assisting the new arrivals. In this instance, where an organisation acts as the Proposer for the families of SHEV or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders, this assistance will be provided by the SHEV or TPV holders themselves. This is not only legal, but also the way it is envisaged under Migration Policy.

 Australia is home to more than 800,000 refugees and our country has a proud history of settling refugees from all over the world. Refugees have made a significant contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of our community.

Shire President Chris Pavlovich said, “The Mount Barker Hazara community members who are SHEV or TPV holders have demonstrated a strong connection with Australia, having settled here for many years and becoming an integral and productive part of our community.”

“The Shire acting as a Proposer on behalf of the Hazara SHEV holders already living in our community reinforces the Shire of Plantagenet’s commitment to being a Refugee Welcome Zone and shows leadership by actively attempting to provide a home for those able to receive a humanitarian visa that have family support in our community.” he said.

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