MWC in the News 2019 | Peter Dutton's department regains control of refugee settlement services

Date: 29 May 2019

Source: The Guardian

Peter Dutton and the home affairs department have regained responsibility for refugee settlement services and migrant adult education.

The administrative changes were made on Wednesday, accompanying the swearing-in of ministers appointed by Scott Morrison following his post-election reshuffle.

Refugee support groups have criticised the move, citing the home affairs department’s border security focus, but the former immigration department deputy director Abul Rizvi has argued it is better placed to manage settlement services.

The functions are currently performed by the social services and education departments, after they were moved by the Abbott government out of the immigration portfolio.