2021 10 01 employment action plan

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In August 2019, the Government launched an Employment Strategy. Under this Strategy, there are seven specific Employment Action Plans. The Former Refugees, Recent Migrants and Ethnic Communities Employment Action Plan (the Action Plan) is one of these plans. There are plans for Māori, Pacific, Older Workers, Youth, Disabled People and Women.

The aim of the Action Plan is to lift the employment outcomes for former refugees, recent migrants and ethnic communities. When compared to the total New Zealand population, these groups persistently experience poorer employment outcomes due to a range of barriers. The Action Plan brings together current and planned programmes of work to support these groups to develop their skills, get into work, and to have fulfilling careers.

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment are the lead agencies for the Action Plan.


We are now consulting on the draft Action Plan in word or PDF and the proposed actions and we would like to hear especially from former refugees, recent migrants and members from ethnic communities.

We want to better understand if:

  • The proposed actions will address the employment barriers experienced by former refugees, recent migrants and ethnic communities;
  • The proposed actions will support these groups into meaningful employment; and
  • Whether there are additional actions we can take.

You can share your views on the Employment Action Plan through our online survey.

This survey is open from 28 September to 31 October 2021

You can also make a submission by emailing us at info@ethniccommunities.govt.nz.

The Office for Seniors is also consulting on the Older Workers Employment Action Plan. You can find a copy of the consultation document and online feedback for here Older Workers Employment Action Plan | Te Tari Kaumātua (officeforseniors.govt.nz).

If you have any questions about the consultation process or the draft Employment Action Plan, please contact info@ethniccommunities.govt.nz.

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