Unit 1

The Refugee Experience and Its Impact on New Arrivals

Unit Descriptor

This unit provides information about the refugee experience and its impact on new arrivals. It is the Foundation unit for the Training Package Good Food for New Arrivals

Employability Skills

The unit contains Employability Skills

Application of the Unit This unit will be used by health workers, teachers, volunteers, government departments and organisations that are providing support services for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Competency Field

While the unit is directly related to Community Services the unit is also related to:

  • Health
  • Local Government
  • Public sector
  • Retail services
  • Humanitarian
Element Performance Criteria

1.1 Identify aspects of the refugee experience and the impact they have on new arrivals

1.1   Define ‘refugee', ‘asylum seeker' and ‘migrant'.
1.2   Describe similarities and differences between migrants,
         refugees and asylum seekers.
1.3   Describe some of the support services for migrants, refugees and
         asylum seekers.
1.4   Identify new and emerging refugee and migrant groups.
1.5   Apply the UN Declaration of Human Rights in the context of
        participants' home and work lives.
1.6   Explain some of the barriers for refugees in accessing services.

1.2 Identify attributes of new and emerging communities in Australia.

2.1   Identify support mechanisms that facilitate community engagement.
2.2   Describe some differences between an established community
         and New and Emerging communities.
2.3   Identify some tendencies to stereotyping and discrimination.
2.4   Use the Describe, Investigate, Evaluate process for reflecting on   
2.5   Use the Care for, Match and Pace process for achieving rapport.
2.6   Identify new and emerging communities in a specific location 

1.3 Recognise the impact of the refugee experience on settlement in Australia.

3.1   Reflect on attitudes and perceptions of Australia and how others
        may see it. 
3.2    Identify some connections and interactions between people in the
        community and the ways in which an individual is influenced by the    
        ‘circles' around them.
3.3   Discuss how much Australians tend to take for granted around
        politics and decision making.
3.4   Explain ways in which culture and experience affects people's
        understanding of rules and behaviour, and how they adapt or
        otherwise to unfamiliar situations.
3.5   Describe some refugees' journeys to Australia
3.6   Identify some of the strengths that life experiences can give to
3.7   Link the effect of refugees' previous experiences on their ability to
        manage the economic system in Australia.
3.8   Link the impacts of refugees' previous experiences on educational
        outcomes for a young person.
3.9   Analyse services to identify some ways in which they might be
        modified in order to support access by refugees.

1.4 Recognise the impact of refugee's experiences of torture and trauma on settlement in Australia 

4.1   Define ‘health', recognising the differences in definition to 
4.2   Describe some of the influences of life experience on health and
4.3   Identify psychological impacts of torture and trauma.
4.4   Respond to people who have experienced trauma and torture.
4.5    Identify some of the strengths that experiences of torture and
         trauma can give people.