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Integrated services/programs for new immigrants to Australia as new ministry stream

by Anil Arya | Sep 23, 2019 | in Archived Ideas
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Overseas immigrants account for about 61% of the overall population growth in Australia. When a new immigrant family arrives from overseas, they are the potential consumers of the following services:-

  1. Temporary housing
  2. Purchasing essentials for household goods
  3. Employment services
  4. Educational services
  5. Driving lessons
  6. English lessons ( A good percentage of immigrants are from non-English speaking countries)
  7. Assimilation/Integration into Australian life

 Considering the vast range of services that TSA provides, we are in a good position to provide an integrated settlement program for new immigrants and students coming to Australia.

This will help in generating a new ministry stream and having TSA’s influence on the new residents of Australia which should eventually help in increasing the number of Salvos.

What department are you from?

IT

Who is your target market?

New Immigrants in Australia.

edited on Sep 26, 2019 by Elizabeth Bland
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Neri Morris Sep 23, 2019

Love this idea Anil! Sandra Pawar has posted an idea this morning in the crowd called Neighbours Together Apartment Ministry which you should definitely check out, there could be some great synergy between the two ideas, i.e. the ministry team who live in the apartment complex with refugees/immigrants/asylum seekers can be part of the integrated settlement program.

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Anil Arya Sep 24, 2019

Yes, that could address some aspects that I mentioned e.g. temporary housing, assimilation into social circles etc.

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Sandra Pawar Sep 24, 2019

Love this idea! And would love to work together on this

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Neri Morris Sep 23, 2019

Forgot to mention in this comment that for an idea to make it to a Redemptive Design Lab (which is the next step after your idea has gone through the approval process) you need 2 people at least to enter the RDL. So maybe there is potential for you both combine your ideas. Just a suggestion though, both ideas have great merit on their own as well!

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Mervyn Holland Sep 25, 2019

This is an area of need for further exploration and development. Ashish and Sandra Pawar at Doonside are making advances in this much needed ministry.
I prefer to label your idea a New Ministry Stream rather than a New Revenue Stream.
Recommend you download General William Booth's book Darkest England and the Way Out and read his vision for assisting migrants.

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Anil Arya Sep 26, 2019

Thanks, Mervyn. I will be meeting Sandra next Friday to discuss it further and will definitely read through the book that you suggested. This portal doesn't allow me to change the category to New Ministry Steam.
Hi Elizabeth, can you help in labeling it in the right category as Mervyn suggested?

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Elizabeth Bland Sep 26, 2019

Hi Anil and Mervyn, Great idea. I have updated the wording in the idea from "Revenue" to "Ministry"- let me know if you need any further changes. Thanks!

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Cynthia Gunawan Sep 26, 2019

While it is a good idea, there are many aspects to consider if you are thinking about TSA being a government-funded Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) providers such as SSI in NSW, AMES in VIC or MDA in QLD. From your description of the support services above with the basic household goods package and temporary housing, these are the services provided by the HSP providers that have been through a thorough tender selection process. We need to present a very strong case to the government that we have the expertise and experience in the humanitarian settlement or settlement support in general and show that we can compete with the existing providers who have been doing this for many years.

I'm not against the idea, just saying it is not a straight forward or easy thing to put into realisation. Yes, it will provide a significant revenue stream if TSA is successful in the tender. To be successful, significant effort and hard work from many stakeholders is needed. Sorry... not trying to be negative here, just providing overall perspective.

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Anil Arya Sep 26, 2019

Hi Cynthia, Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
This idea is not about becoming HSP. It's about providing "paid" services to new immigrants. Australia has pretty a successful skilled and regional immigration program which attracts people from all over the world and we have a large number of families migrating to Australia. Most of these immigrants look for services like housing, employment services (Finding a job is normally the top priority for new immigrants) and other services that help in settling in a new country. We already have EmploymentPlus, salvo stores, some options for housing, etc. If we can stitch these services together with an offer an integrated "paid" bundled services that help in connecting with jobs, providing rental/shared accommodation when you don't have a credit history, providing household stuff from Salvo Stores etc, it can be a viable business model. My assumption is that a lot of immigrants migrate to Australia in a healthy financial state and they have good earning potential (who come as part of skilled immigration), they won't mind paying for services if it helps in easy transition to the new country.

Of course, there is no easy money so like any other idea, also requires a more detailed business model discussions with facts and numbers to assess the business potential instead of going by the assumptions.

Since this has some synergy (especially about overlapping services) with another idea that talks about helping asylum seekers and refugee families, it got linked with HSP but that was not the intent of the initial idea that I posted.

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Graham Liddle Oct 8, 2019

Let’s do it!

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