Migration strategy, resources and regional advocacy
Wimmera Southern Mallee Development’s vision is to grow the Wimmera Southern Mallee from a $3.3-billion region to a $5-billion region by 2030. Population growth driven by migration is essential to that that vision.
WDA Migration Strategy Review, 2020 (717kb PDF)
Wimmera and Southern Mallee Integrated Approaches to Settlement, 2017 Report (2Mb PDF)
The settlement of Karen refugees at Nhill has contributed economically and culturally to the life of the town while offering opportunities for employment and social participation to the refugee settlers. The settlement has added more than $105-million to the local economy during the decade since it began while also providing rich cultural and social benefits to the town. AMES Australia commissioned two reports to track the benefits to the region:
Karen Settlement Review, 2019 report – Settling Sustainably – Ten years of refugee settlement at Nhill, in western Victoria (4Mb PDF)
Small Towns Big Returns – Economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill, 2015 report (1Mb PDF)
National Settlement Framework 2021 - SCoA-Settlement Sector Quality Framework
The WSMD follows the recommendations in the Settlement Council of Australia's Settlement Service Best Practice. The Settlement Sector Quality Framework (1Mb PDF) describes the outcomes that need to be achieved for refugees and migrants to be considered ‘settled’, and how settlement services go about achieving these outcomes in practice. The Self-assessment Tool (1Mb PDF) provides more detail about what an effective settlement support service can provide.
The WSMD does not provide assistance with migration. Please contact an accredited migration agent.