Talia Stump is passionate about driving cross-sectoral collaboration to address complex social challenges in innovative ways.
Talia is a qualified social worker and a Sessional Lecturer – Community Work at UNSW. Talia holds a Master of Development Studies in Refugees and Displacement from UNSW, a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies and Japanese) from Flinders University. She has studied and undertaken post-graduate research in Sweden and Japan. In 2018, Talia was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to Canada, USA and Europe to research strategies to support the secondary migration of refugees to regional and rural towns.
Talia has over 15 years’ experience working to enhance the wellbeing and inclusion of refugee communities through policy, research and practice. As a community worker turned policy maker, she is deeply committed to enabling the participation of people with lived experience in government decision making. Talia has held a range of positions within the community sector, academia and government. She currently works as the Associate Director Settlement at Multicultural NSW where she advises the NSW Coordinator General for Settlement, Professor Peter Shergold, and coordinates migrant settlement policy and programs on behalf of the NSW Government. She oversees NSW GROW (Growing Regions of Welcome), a NSW Government pilot program based on her Churchill Fellowship findings which has the dual aim to support regional communities in the NSW Riverina and Murray to attract and retain newcomers through strategic, place-based partnerships, and to assist interested newcomers in western Sydney to relocate to regional NSW for work and lifestyle opportunities. She previously worked at the Australian Red Cross in a program supporting people seeking asylum living in the Australian community. Talia regularly speaks at conferences and other public events and has presented her findings to a range of Australian regional communities interested in population issues.
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