When you’ve spent the past five years of your life living in Australia, you’re familiar with the fear that your children may not have a fair chance of getting to the country on their own.
And that’s why we want you to remember this when you go on holiday or buy a new mobile phone.
“We need you to be able to get a phone number to call or email if you need to check on your child,” said Kate Williams, Director of Communications for the National Council for Child and Family Services.
The council’s national director of child migration, Sarah Scott, said the organisation had been in contact with all Australian States and Territories to get the message out about the child migration crisis.
She said many parents were frustrated with the Government’s failure to ensure they were able to reach out for help, and said it was important that they were aware of what was going on in their own states.
“The National Council has been inundated with calls from parents who are frustrated with what has happened,” Ms Scott said.
In Victoria, the Council’s national coordinator of child immigration, Trish Williams, said parents were now aware of the issue in their states.
Ms Williams said many children had received no help and were living in precarious circumstances in their local community.
“[It’s] the result of the Government not having the ability to communicate effectively with families and community,” she said.
“It’s been quite a shock to the system, and we need to make sure that parents are aware of how their children are being affected.
A national program is currently underway in the states to help people who need to contact the Child Immigration Office.
You can call 1800 1313 to speak to a child migration officer, or click here to view the Child Migration Office website.