Multiple interview transcripts from 58 individuals including; members of the refugee groups (nominated by reference groups, HACN, or self selecting), key service providers in both locations, community stakeholders (representatives of refugee support groups, voluntary tutors, taxi drivers), refugee community leaders, service providers and local government managers.
The Swan Hill Refugee Relocation Project was jointly developed over three years by several organisations who co-managed the project, including; The Horn of African Community Network (HACN) in Melbourne, the Murray Mallee Training Company (MMTC), a major not-for-profit employment provider in the Swan Hill area with a community development focus, Victoria University (VU) through it's TAFE Division, the Swan Hill City Council and a local reference group composed of community stakeholders.
Within this context there was to be an ongoing role for HACN post relocation so that members of the community who had moved to Swan Hill could continue to be supported by HACN and the host community could benefit from their cultural experience.
This first stage involved working with HACN to raise awareness of the program amongst the Horn of Africa community in Maribyrnong.
The program was provided by Victoria University TAFE Division developed in partnership with HACN. The training program included job search training, familiarisation with the rural community and preparation for work experience.