The Friendly Nation Initiative is a business led strategy that seeks to increase employment, mentoring, training, and internship opportunities for refugees and humanitarian migrants. With a particular focus on the special intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees, it recognises that creating pathways to employment is a crucial step in the process of resettling newly arrived refugees.

Backed by an expert Steering Committee, including representatives from the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Friendly Nation Initiative seeks to build effective partnerships between corporate Australia and settlement services, better linking the needs of business with the skills of refugees.

Encouraging businesses to play an active leadership role in the resettlement of refugees enhances Australia’s well-known capacity to integrate new populations and will contribute to improving overall integration outcomes.