Media Response Advocacy Status Resolution Support Service

Questions & Responses

I was hoping to get a couple of comments about advocacy for the SRSS:

 Why is it important to advocate for this?

Monash Council wants to support one of our neighbouring councils, the City of Greater Dandenong, who has a significant population of people who may be affected by the cuts, estimated to be around 2000 people awaiting a decision on their claim for asylum. Australia-wide it’s estimated that there are over 10,000 people who rely on the Status Resolution Support Service.

It is simply unacceptable that there will be thousands of people in Victoria who may be left with no financial safety net.  

Many asylum seekers living in Dandenong come to Monash to access health, education, charitable and other services. 

Are there any figures as to how many people in Monash will be affected by the pending cuts (on June 4)?

We don’t have exact figures but they are likely to be small. As there is a significant number of people currently residing in Greater Dandenong we may see some move into Monash.  

What happens now?

We will write our letter to Minister Dutton. 

Provided to: Monash Leader

Date: 1 June 2018

Quoting: Mayor Paul Klisaris