Good Practice

30 April 2018
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Uzair Safi and Luke Thomas, Internship Manager and Team Leader – Overseas Workers, Fair Work Ombudsman.

Uzair Safi, President of the Pashtun Association of SA (PASA), is undertaking a paid internship with Fair Work Ombudsman. As part of his internship, he has gained valuable experience in understanding how to support and enforce compliant, productive and inclusive workplaces, to ensure that people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are aware of their workplace rights, and how to access information or seek assistance if workplace concerns arise.

He arrived in Australia in 2011 on a humanitarian visa with his siblings. His profession in Afghanistan was a teacher, which he later resumed when he fled to Pakistan, teaching the Pashto and Dari languages. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Preregistration Nursing and Midwifery, and managing the Adelaide Multicultural Cricket League, comprised of 28 teams with members from different communities. His managing role and cricket league has been nominated for the 2018 City of Adelaide Sports Award, showcasing and celebrating the very best of community sport in the City of Adelaide.

Uzair’s experience entails working for ABC International – Translating and Interpreting Services, working as a bilingual support worker for the Pashto language with the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) and volunteering with the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) to engage CALD communities through cricket and the Australian Red Cross (ARC). He has undertaken work placement at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC), whereby he received training in governance as a community leader. “My work placement at the AMRC provided me with an opportunity to further develop and refine my leadership and confidence skills to apply both within my community and the broader South Australian community.”

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