Building Communities22 Jun 2019

Refugee Week feature: the incredible work of Talent Beyond Boundaries

Talent Beyond Boundaries is a not-for-profit connecting refugees to employers in Australia and Canada.

Harvey Beef General Manager Wayne Shaw with new employee Ali Wawi. Photo Credit: Minderoo Foundation .

In honour of Refugee Week, Minderoo Foundation is shining a light on the honourable work of not-for-profit Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB). TBB supports refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Palestine to gain employment in Australia and resettle here with their families.

Employers around the world are facing challenges meeting their hiring needs. At the same time, talented refugees face employment barriers that prevent them from working and rebuilding their lives. Talent Beyond Boundaries connects employers with qualified employees while simultaneously helping to solve the global refugee crisis.

Since the beginning of its pilot program in 2016, TBB has found jobs in WA, Victoria and New South Wales for four men and one woman. They have been employed in a variety of roles: butcher, software engineer, management consultant and executive assistant.

Ali Wawi found work with Harvey Beef, a beef production company owned by Harvest Road, Tattarang’s agrifood business, and he and his family have settled in Peel.

Now that TBB’s pilot program has proven its hiring model is sustainable, the organisation is hoping to increase its capability to connect refugees to employers.

Refugee Week aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions they make to Australian society.

According to UNHCR, there are 25.4 million refugees worldwide and over half of them are children. Since 1947 more than 900,000 people have settled in Australia. This history has made Australia the diverse country it is today.

In 2015-16, Australia accepted 17,555 refugees (according to Settlement Services International). Less than 0.5% of the world’s refugees are resettled each year and Australia can play a larger role.

Minderoo Foundation applauds TBB and its work to support refugees to find fulfilling lives here in Australia. If you’re an employer interested in learning more about TBB and how you can get involved, register here.