JRS has welcomed the announcement by NSW Premier Mike Baird that his government will “provide travel concessions to asylum seekers to help them access important social and community services and increase their participation in our society”.
JRS was instrumental in lobbying, along with other NSW-based agencies, for the introduction of these concessions. The most generous of any Australian state in the nation, they will apply from 1 January 2016.
“JRS congratulates Premier Mike Baird on this ground-breaking announcement,” says Oliver White, JRS’ Executive Officer.
“This is a small but significant change in policy that will have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives. Asylum seekers will now be able to travel to appointments much more easily and use their precious and limited finances on other needs such as food and medicine.”